Basic Black

Basic Black

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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.
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Basic Black Discography Tracks

Albums

Basic Black Basic Black (Album) Sound Of New York, Motown UK & Europe 1990 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

BSR 912 Best Master Free & Jazzano / Basic Black Best Master Free & Jazzano / Basic Black - Climb Mountains / It's All Over(12") Starstream Record Co. BSR 912 US 1989 Sell This Version
Basic Black Nothing But A Party (Single, Maxi) Sound Of New York, Motown UK 1990 Sell This Version
Basic Black She's Mine (Single, Maxi) Got Records US 1990 Sell This Version
Basic Black Whatever It Takes (Single, Maxi) Sound Of New York, Motown US 1990 Sell This Version
Basic Black Don't Make Me Fall In Love Not On Label US 1991 Sell This Version

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