112 (pronounced "one-twelve") is an American R&B quartet
from Atlanta, Georgia. Formerly artists on Diddy's Bad Boy Records,
the group signed to the Def Soul roster in 2002. They had great success
in the late 1990s and early 2000s, most notably winning a Grammy in
1997 with the song "I'll Be Missing You" with Puff Daddy
and Faith Evans for Best Rap Performance by A Duo Or Group. They have
re-signed with Def Jam and Bad Boy Records.
A series of hot single tracks by 112 populated the charts in 1997, beginning with "Come See Me," which hit the top 40 in January. "Cupid," released in May, made the top 40 and was certified gold in the same month. By August the track went platinum. Another 1997 single, "I'll Be Missing You," hit the top 40 in June and was certified triple platinum by July. Attaining the number one chart position by August, the song won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 1997. "I'll Be Missing You" sat at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for eleven weeks and spent nine weeks at the top of the Hot Singles sales. The track also topped the R&B singles, R&B singles sales, and rap singles charts for eight weeks running. The group booked tours with the Isleys, Keith Sweat, and New Edition, as well as with Puff Daddy and the Family, totaling four separate tours. The group spent 18 successive months on the road fulfilling tour commitments.
Their sophomore project, Room 112 was released in 1998, and featured the hits, "Love Me" featuring Mase and "Anywhere" featuring Lil Zane. Both the album and the song "Love Me" were certified gold. Album sales surpassed the platinum level by May 1999, and double platinum sales were recorded in 2002.
A 2001 single, "It's Over Now" charted at the top of the
Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs. Room 112’s follow-up, Part III was
released in 2001, spun the hit Peaches & Cream, and earned the
group their first and only Grammy nomination in the Best R&B Group
or Duo category. While the group was in production on a new album for
2001, however, executive producer Combs was called to court repeatedly,
regarding a shooting incident. Instead of taping at the usual accommodations
in Combs's studio, 112 went to Nashville, Tennessee, to record the
new disc. It was a move that signaled a pending split with Bad Boy
Records. The album, Part III, was released on March 20, 2001, following
an intensive barrage of advance radio publicity. Even in the absence
of Combs, Part III took off with a running start. It raced up the charts
to debut at number two on the Billboard 200 chart. Surpassing gold
sales in April, the album went platinum in May. To promote the album
further, 112 joined Janet Jackson that summer for her All for You world
tour. Among the singles released from the album, an upbeat track called "Peaches
and Cream"—which was credited in part to Combs—scored
another crossover hit for the band. Released in June, the track soared
to number one on the Rhythmic Top 40 and peaked at number four on the
Hot 100. The group earned two award nominations for the song that year:
an MTV Best Video nomination in September, and a Grammy nomination
for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group.
In 2002 the group members, having matured both personally and professionally, came to the realisation that a split with the Bad Boy label was necessary due to the lack of interest. In search of greater creative control, 112 left Bad Boy Records in February 2002 and signed with Def Jam in July on their Def Soul-imprint, insisting that the breakup was amicable. They reiterated this no-hard-feelings attitude by going to Daddy's House to record a debut album for Def Jam. Disagreements remained over ownership rights to the 112 catalog of songs, and their fourth album Hot & Wet, the Def Jam debut disc, was waylaid as a result, while negotiations ensued between Lyor Cohen of Def Jam and Bad Boy owner Combs. With both sides ultimately in agreement, Hot & Wet appeared in November 2003, with its title song breaking into Billboard 's Hot 100 and the Rhythmic Top 40 that year. In 2004 the album charted on the Billboard 200 and peaked at number four on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. The album however failed to make any noticeable impression on the charts. From the album they released "Na, Na, Na" featuring Dancehall legend Supercat.
Pleasure & Pain, the group's fifth album, was released in 2005,
eventually reaching platinum status and featuring the popular single "U
Already Know." The album is their first to come with a parental
advisory sticker, reportedly caused by a rap from Three 6 Mafia though
a few songs on the album also contain profanity. Shortly after the
release of the album though and amidst rumors of issues regarding money,
the members separated to pursue solo careers and were subsequently
dropped by Def Jam.
In 2007, 112 formed their own label One Twelve Music Group and were in talks with a joint venture deal with Irv Gotti's The Inc. Records-imprint to release an album in 2008 after being dropped from Def Jam Records. The group continued to tour nationally and world wide, whilst they embarked on their own solo projects.
Daron Jones was reported to have left the group to pursue a solo career in 2007. However in 2008, he was seen performing with the group again while overseas in Germany and Belgium.
Slim is featured along with Three 6 Mafia on 8Ball & MJG's second single "Cruzin'" off of their album "Ridin High". He has signed his own label deal with Asylum/Atlantic called M3 Productions Inc. and released his solo debut album Love's Crazy in November 2008. He released his first single called "So Fly" featuring Yung Joc and Shawty Lo.
In an interview with MiddleChildPromotions, Q. Parker confirmed that his debut album is entitled "Real Talk" and is due for release in September 2008. He was in the studio working with Tim & Bob, The Pirates, Jammy, Bryan-Michael Cox, The Platinum Brothers and Crystal Johnson. The album will be released under a joint-venture between his own label NewFam Entertainment and Drift City Records. The first single off the album is called "Crazy Crazy" and it features Rock City.
Michael Keith decided to leave 112 and go solo. He stated that a former
groupmate stole his, and member Slim's, money. Causing the two to leave.
Slim however states that he never fell out with anyone over money and
is still with 112. The group now consists of members Q, Slim, and Daron.
Mike said his business partner showed him that he wasn't receiving
his royalty checks and that he needed to sue either Q or Daron. Q said
that he respects Michael Keith as a man but wishes he would not put
false rumors out in public. Mike says that his personal relationships
with the other three members are good but business wise he can't deal
with them anymore. Q, Slim, and Daron have been performing without
him overseas in Australia, France, and Germany. Mike released his debut
solo album, Michael Keith, on September 30, 2008 as a digital download
through iTunes and Amazon MP3. He also released two songs "She's
My Superstar" and "Sexy" under the pseudonym "Dangerus" via
the internet. In 2010, Michael Keith has reconciled with the other
three members of 112 and will record with the group on their sixth
studio album planned for release in 2010.
In March 2010, 112 returned to the studio, according to member Q.
Parker. The group is recording a follow up to the 2005 album, Pleasure & Pain.
He broke the news via Twitter, "In the studio with my boys Mike
and Daron! New 112 album comin soon!" The news of the group's
reunion was also confirmed by member Daron Jones in an interview published
on Sound-Savvy.com. Jones confirmed that the reunion will include
Mike and Q, but not Slim. Daron shared that Slim declined to be a part
of the reunion, but not for reasons of contractual obligation, but
simply opting out. He commented, "Slim just didn’t want
to be a part of it". The yet-to-be titled album currently doesn’t
have a release date.
* 112 (1996)
* Love's Crazy (2008) by Slim
The Grammy Awards are held annually by the National Academy of Recording
Arts and Sciences. 112 has one award from two nominations, so far.
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