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Bob and quickly signed by Puff Daddy, who was hitting his commercial stride. 112's self-titled debut album was a smash, went platinum on the strength of three big singles, and led to multiple world tours. The follow-up wasn't as much of a hit, but 112 took a few years off and came back hard on Part III: arguably its best full-length to date. Diddy plays the background and lets the fellas really do their thing, while the only feature comes from Twista on the Midwestern-ish "Don't Hate Me." Throughout, the production is spot-on: a near-perfect blend of hyper-slick love jams and hip-hop–inspired joints (especially on "112 Intro," which mixes Biggie and The Beastie Boys, plus the Mobb Deep–influenced "It's Over Now"). Other standouts include the lead single "Peaches and Cream" and the R. Kelly–produced breakup joint "Do What You Gotta Do."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Bob and quickly signed by Puff Daddy, who was hitting his commercial stride. 112's self-titled debut album was a smash, went platinum on the strength of three big singles, and led to multiple world tours. The follow-up wasn't as much of a hit, but 112 took a few years off and came back hard on Part III: arguably its best full-length to date. Diddy plays the background and lets the fellas really do their thing, while the only feature comes from Twista on the Midwestern-ish "Don't Hate Me." Throughout, the production is spot-on: a near-perfect blend of hyper-slick love jams and hip-hop–inspired joints (especially on "112 Intro," which mixes Biggie and The Beastie Boys, plus the Mobb Deep–influenced "It's Over Now"). Other standouts include the lead single "Peaches and Cream" and the R. Kelly–produced breakup joint "Do What You Gotta Do."

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About 112

Equally rooted in gospel, soul, and hip-hop, 112 were the first and most successful urban vocal group to emerge from Sean "Puffy" Combs' Bad Boy Records roster. Not only was the group's eponymous 1996 debut popular, but the group could be heard on records by such Bad Boy artists as Mase and the Notorious B.I.G. Unlike most artists on Bad Boy, 112's image was clean, pure, and wholesome (initially, at least), which helped the group cross over to a more mainstream audience. The four members of 112 -- Marvin, Daron, Q, and Mike -- met each other while attending high school in Atlanta, GA. The quartet began to play talent shows at school and local churches, eventually gaining the attention of Courtney Sills and Kevin Wales, who soon became the group's managers. Sills and Wales brought 112 to the attention of Sean "Puffy" Combs at Bad Boy Records. Combs signed on as the executive producer of 112's eponymous debut album, which featured songs the group co-wrote with such professional songwriters as Stevie J, Wayna Morris of Boyz II Men, and Combs himself. "Only You," the group's debut single, was released in the summer of 1996 and climbed to number three on the R&B charts, peaking at number 13 on the pop charts. 112 was released in late 1996, and it steadily worked its way to gold status as the group's second single, "Come Seem Me," reached number 15 on the R&B charts. Room 112 followed in 1998 and Part III was issued three years later. 112 all but left Bad Boy for 2003's Hot & Wet, and the group cemented its new relationship with Def Soul on 2005's Pleasure & Pain. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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    Atlanta, GA

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