Like We Did In The 90’s: Dru Hill And Playa Unite To Form Supergroup For New Album
Dru Hill will always have a place in my heart since they were one of the first concerts I went to without parents as a teenager. But the group my middle school BFF and I “Dru-Hill-Bounced” to all those years ago with our hands in the air to hits like “Tell Me” and “In My Bed” isn’t the same group that was announced recently. VIBE reports the quartet that once included Jazz, Woody, Nokio and Sisqo has switched up the roster a bit and added 90’s R&B group Playa to mix. Playa is composed of Jawann “Smoke” Peacock and Benjamin “Black” Bush and the group is famous for hits like “Cheers 2 U”. Larry “Jazz” Anthony is focusing on his career as a solo artist and James “Woody Rock” Green left the group some time ago. The group also includes member Antwuan “Tao” Simpson.
The group shared with VIBE their excitement to share their new project The Second Coming with fans:
“While Jazz is working on solo endeavors, it only made sense to come together with our brothers.”
“Not many people know this, but we met way back in 1998 when we all played the Ladies Night Out tour and Playa was a trio. We’ve been family ever since. When we stepped on that stage with Dru Hill for the first time this year, it was instant magic. We knew right away that this was where we all belonged.”
Smoke went on to explain how the group plans to blend their R&B/soul harmonies to deliver music that fans are familiar with that still has a fresh energy:
“We are bringing our churchy, soulful vocals— which is the foundation of Playa’s legacy— and adding them to the legacy of Dru Hill.”
“I feel like we bring a whole other concept of harmonies and melodies to the table. And not only that, we’re writers, producers, and arrangers. The vocals that Aaliyah came within the 90s, the overall feel of Drake’s Take Care album, we were a big part of making that happen and we’re only going to keep innovating with Dru Hill on this next project. For me, The Second Coming is definitely the resurrection of real R&B. Fans should get ready because as of this fall, R&B is no longer dead.”
The newly formed group will join Ella Mai and Jacquees for the AFRAM Festival in Baltimore this Sunday, Aug. 12. Surprisingly it will be the first performance at Druid Hill, the famous park that gave the group its name in the city where the members originated from.
The Second Coming will be released under their own label, Dru Hill Entertainment in the fall. Grammy-winning writer and producer Troy Taylor of Songbook Entertainment will produce the project. Taylor is known for his work with Boyz II Men, Mary J. Blige, and B2K, as well as helping curate the career of Trey Songz and most recently, R&B newcomer Kevin Ross.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen an R&B group complete with dance moves, smooth harmonies and each member bringing a special kind of sexy to the table. Are you looking forward to new music from the supergroup or should Dru Hill leave the Dru Hill bounce back in the nineties where it belongs?