Jodeci make comeback with producer Timbaland

R&B group responsible for 90s hit Freek'n You return with the rapper and producer, whose first production credit came on their 1993 album Diary of a Mad Band

Jodeci are mounting a comeback. 18 years after the last of their five Top 25 singles, one of the most quintessential R&B groups on the 90s are making a new album with Timbaland.

"People who follow Timbaland from day one, I met with [Jodeci's] DeVante [Swing] and I'ma help work on the new Jodeci album, just for y'all," Timbaland revealed in a new video (via MTV News). "That'll be my career coming in full circle, connecting back with Devante."

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Almost two decades have passed since the release of Jodeci's last album, The Show, The After Party, The Hotel. That record reached No 4 on the UK albums chart and sold more than one million copies in the US. But it was on the preceding LP, 1993's Diary of a Mad Band, that Timbaland scored his first-ever album appearance, kicking off a career as one of hip-hop's most legendary producers.

Formed in North Carolina around 1991, Jodeci was the project of two pairs of brothers, all known by their stage names - Swing and Mr Dalvin, K-Ci and JoJo). Although they split in 1998, the group was an important launch-pad for collaborators like Missy Elliott, Ginuwine and Mary J Blige. Hugely influential, Jodeci was most recently acclaimed in Drake and J Cole's 2013 team-up of the same name.

After their split, Jodeci's K-Ci and JoJo caught a second wind as a duo.


Sean Michaels

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