With the recent buzz of R&B bands Dru Hill and Jodeci potentially making a Verzuz together, many fans may be wondering: what happened to the boy bands?
Dru Hill were a very popular R&B group in the early 90s and 2000s.
With hit singles such as “5 Steps”, “In My Bed” and “How Deep Is Your Love”, they have been a driving force in the world of contemporary R&B.
Jodeci were another iconic band of the 90s that spawned one of music’s best duos:K-Ci and JoJo.
In the late 90s the band finally broke up, announcing they would be taking a break to pursue other projects, but reunited in 2013 for their fourth studio album, The past, present and future.
In a recent Twitter debate, fans weighed in on who they thought was the best or just loved the idea of a Verzuz.
A fan said:
“They killed me for saying Dru Hill could hang when Jodeci on a verzuz. But I stand by my statement.
another fan said:
“Dru Hill is my favorite band. I also really like Jodeci. It would be a great #Verzuz. A celebration of great music and voices.
Boy bands were dominant in the 90s and early 2000s.
groups like Boyz II Men, black streetand B2K took over the charts and showed off so much bromance chemistry it was easy to believe they would be together forever.
With sold-out tours, TV appearances, and movie deals, boy bands seemed like the best way to succeed in the industry.
However, all good things must come to an end, which takes many forms in the music industry. Many factors play into the downfall of a band, drugs, creative differences, women and sometimes the label itself.
Fans have witnessed this in more current bands such as Migos, who are currently going through a potential split and have begun to pursue solo careers.
Sometimes the band’s label behind-the-scenes practices are the culprit; even their fanbase gossip may be to blame.
For example, members of City Girl news and YungMiami have faced many harsh comparisons.
While it’s common for boy bands to break up, it seems to be less common for their female counterparts.
groups like Fashionable, child of destiny, and CCM demonstrated a brotherly bond that carried over into their music and performances.
Girl groups were never taken seriously since men dominated the music industry.
Women had to work twice or even three times as hard to achieve the same success as their male colleagues.
Working together and struggling together will make or break a group.
The most famous girl group that fits this narrative is CCM.
The band was signed to The Face Records in the early 90s, and they became a huge hit with empowering lyrics and a bold fashion sense that no one was doing.
Their time with LaFace was a tough time as the members barely saw any money.
For anyone, this will cause you to give up and pursue another career, but the girls have bonded and even called out the label heads they were signed to.
This proves that girl bands have always understood friendship and family better than boy bands.