Basic Black

Profile:
This obscure Atlanta-based R&B group was released on Motown Records in 1990. Presented by *Gene Griffin (Teddy Riley's uncle and Guy's former management) only die-hard urban New Jack Swing fans know much about this group, their biggest hit being “Nothing But A Party.” The other two Basic Black hits were "Whatever It Takes" and "She's Mine."

The lead singer of Basic Black was Daryl "Dezo" Adams, who also went on to join the short-lived early 90s group ARB (you can find the ARB single "New Jack City" on 'New Jack Swing Mastercuts, Vol. 4). ARB was also a creation of Gene Griffin. The other members were: Walter Scott, Lloyd Turner and Kelvin Bradshaw.

Basic Black resembled Today in terms of their sound and style, but Dezo’s voice was more shrill than that of Today’s lead singer, Big Bub.

By the mid-1990s, Daryl "Dezo" Adams was working with Teddy Riley, and helped remix Blackstreet's "Fix" on the "Dezo Call Me Remix" which would eventually evole into "Call Me" which can be found on the "Soul Food" soundtrack featuring Jay-Z. Then, Dezo became lead singer of a group called 911 which was set to be released on Teddy's Lil Man label before it folded. But 911 managed to release two singles: 1997's "In A Magazine" featuring Queen Pen on the Nothing To Lose soundtrack, and "Cutie" -- both of which were produced by T.R.

Regrouped in 2019 with members: Spec Turner, Kelvin Bradshaw, Anthony Dupree, and Sean Black Jones
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Albums

ZD 72723 Basic Black - Basic Black album art Basic Black Basic Black (Album) Sound Of New York, Motown ZD 72723 UK & Europe 1990 Sell This Version
1270512 Basic Black - The Resurrection album art Basic Black The Resurrection(10xFile, AAC, Album, 256) Records DK 1270512 US 2019

Singles & EPs

BSR-813 Basic Black - Love Thing / Try Me album art Basic Black Band* / Slash Band Basic Black Band* / Slash Band - Love Thing / Try Me(12", S/Sided) Budweiser Showdown, Foxie 105 WFXE FM BSR-813 US 1988 Sell This Version
BSR 912 Basic Black - Climb Mountains / It's All Over album art Beat Master Free & Jazzano / Basic Black Beat Master Free & Jazzano / Basic Black - Climb Mountains / It's All Over(12") Budweiser Showdown, Foxie 105 WFXE FM BSR 912 US 1989 Sell This Version
MOT-10120 Basic Black - She's Mine album art Basic Black She's Mine (Single, Maxi) Got Records MOT-10120 US 1990 Sell This Version
ZT 44058 Basic Black - Nothing But A Party album art Basic Black Nothing But A Party (Maxi, Single) Sound Of New York, Motown ZT 44058 UK 1990 Sell This Version
ZD 44427 Basic Black - Whatever It Takes album art Basic Black Whatever It Takes (Single, Maxi) Sound Of New York, Motown ZD 44427 US 1990 Sell This Version
none Basic Black - Don't Make Me Fall In Love album art Basic Black Don't Make Me Fall In Love Not On Label none US 1991 Sell This Version
none Basic Black - Basic Black (Live South Carolina 1990) album art Basic Black Basic Black (Live South Carolina 1990)(File, AAC, Single) Not On Label (Basic Black) none US 2016
none Basic Black - The Anthem album art Basic Black The Anthem(File, AAC, Single) Records DK none US 2019
none Basic Black - Always album art Basic Black Always(File, AAC, Single) Records DK none US 2019