VH1 may be producing a biopic about Jodeci, one of the most popular male R&B vocal bands of the 1990s. HipHopWired.com reports that one of the members of the group vaguely suggested that the network is brewing a behind the scenes film, but nothing has been confirmed yet.
Jodeci consists of two sets of brothers, Cedric and Joel Hailey of Charlotte, North Carolina and Donald and Dalvin DeGrate of Hampton, Virginia. The group’s name is a combination of the names from all four members (Jo-De-Ci). They earned three multi-platinum albums until their departure into occasional obscurity, lasting from 1996 to 2014. The Hailey brothers have also performed together as the duo, K-Ci & JoJo, scoring several top ten hits.
The group reunited in 2014 and released their fourth studio album, “The Past, Present, And Future” in 2015. As reported by VIBE, group member Mr. Dalvin posted up a tweet last month that seems to hint at a Jodeci biopic to be produced by the major cable network. “#JODECI FANS #FollowMe 4 your ALL ACCESS PASS into the Making of the@VH1 #JODECI MOVIE.”
Artists and producers who have been heavily influenced by Jodeci were those directly or indirectly associated with them, including Mary J. Blige, Dru Hill and Usher. Mariah Carey repeatedly mentions Jodeci in her song “The Impossible” from her album “Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel,” which sampled “Forever My Lady”. She also samples Jodeci’s “Freek’n You” in her song “Makin’ It Last All Night” featuring Jermaine Dupri. Additionally, she sampled a line from “Bring On Da’ Funk” in her song “Don’t Stop (Funkin’ 4 Jamaica)” on her album Glitter.
Although VH1 officials are not confirming the movie, it wouldn’t be the first time the network has given a beloved 90’s R&B group the biopic treatment.
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