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Have you ever heard the name of a group and wondered to yourself, Where did that come from? With some of the very unique band names out there, it only makes sense. And while some stories are yet to be uncovered, including the story behind The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guy, and After 7 (seriously though, what’s the deal?), we did some digging and were able to get the backstory on the names of some of our favorite hip-hop and R&B groups. If you know the tea on others, feel free to share other unique group name origins below!



I don’t know about you, but I still jam out to “If You Love Me,” by the group Brownstone. “Grapevyne” isn’t so bad either. But after watching their video for “If You Love Me” last night, my fiancé couldn’t help but ask, “Why in the world did they choose that name?” As it turns out, lead singer Nicci Gilbert told Essence in 1995 that the name was all about strength and stability, which described the friendship of herself, Charmayne Maxwell and Kina Cosper: “We picked our name because brown is the earth and stone is solid.”

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