Bell Biv DeVoe

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Bell Biv DeVoe
Also known asBBD
Origin Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Genres R&B, new jack swing, hip hop
Years active1989–present
Labels MCA, Biv 10, eOne Music
Associated acts New Edition, Boyz II Men, Another Bad Creation, TLC, Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant
MembersRicky Bell
Michael Bivins
Ronnie DeVoe

Bell Biv DeVoe, also known as BBD, is an American music group formed from members of the New Edition, consisting of Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronnie DeVoe.


The band is best known for their debut album, the multi-platinum selling Poison , a key work in the new jack swing movement of the 1990s that combined elements of traditional soul and R&B with hip hop. Two singles from the album, "Poison" and "Do Me!", both reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1990. The band released three more albums, though none had the success of their debut. Their most recent album Three Stripes came out in 2017.

Despite only producing four albums of original material in a 27-year span, the group has continuously toured and performed live, both as an act on their own and on several New Edition reunion tours.


The trio of Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronnie DeVoe has their origins as founders of the Boston-based quintet New Edition, which had gained notice of famed producer Maurice Starr at a talent show in 1981, and as children had several hits with songs like "Candy Girl" and "Cool It Now". Throughout the 1980s, the line-up changed and the group matured and sought to branch out in new musical directions. During a hiatus in 1990, and at the suggestion of producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, the three decided to form a new group, and were signed by MCA Records. [1] With help from Public Enemy producers Eric Sadler, Hank and Keith Shocklee and several others, Bell Biv Devoe released its debut album Poison in 1990, an album credited as pioneering the "new jack swing" sound of the early 1990s, combining hip-hop, funk, soul, and pop music. [2] This fusion of styles helped to expose them to a fan base which preferred a harder edged sound. [1] Poison reached number 1 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop chart, and its title track, along with its second single, "Do Me!", both reached number 3 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. Shortly thereafter, Richard Wolf and Epic Mazur were responsible for the remix of "Do Me!" (which hit number six on the dance charts). [3] Poison also spawned the singles "B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)?", "When Will I See You Smile Again?" and "She's Dope!" [4] Poison sold over four million copies, and was followed up by a remix album titled WBBD-Bootcity. [5] [6] Richard Wolf and Epic Mazur helped create BBD's premiere album, blending rhythm, blues, pop, and rock, and Poison achieve triple Platinum success. [7]

Bell Biv DeVoe released Hootie Mack in 1993 on MCA Records, and the more hardcore rap/R&B influenced BBD in 2001 on Biv 10 Records. Neither album was as successful as Poison, though Hootie Mack did reach Gold success. Despite the fact that the group has only released 4 albums, the members of Bell Biv Devoe continue to perform together as a group. [8] They also participated in several New Edition reunions, and continue to perform with them on tour as part of the group. On May 30, 2013, Bell Biv DeVoe performed their hit song "Poison" for Boston Strong, a benefit concert to raise money for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. [9]

In 2016, BBD released their first track in 15 years, "Run", along with an accompanying music video. [10] It was the first single off the album Three Stripes , which was released January 27, 2017.

On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Bell Biv DeVoe among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire. [11]

Awards and nominations

In 1991, the group received the award for Best R&B/Urban Contemporary Album of the Year, Group, Band or Duo for Poison at the Soul Train Music Awards. [12]

The group also received an American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Band/Duo/Group in 1992.


Studio albums

YearAlbum detailsPeak chart positions Certifications
(sales thereshold)
1990 Poison 51831335
1993 Hootie Mack
  • Release date: June 1993
  • Label: MCA Records
2001 BBD 62
2017 Three Stripes 1810

Remix album

YearAlbum detailsPeak chart
(sales threshold)
1991 WBBD-Bootcity!: The Remix Album
  • Release date: August 27, 1991
  • Label: MCA Records

Compilation album

2000Bell Biv DeVoe Greatest Hits
  • Release date: September 26, 2000
  • Label: MCA Records


YearSinglePeak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Dance
"Do Me!"34660856
"B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)?"261161003786
1991"When Will I See You Smile Again?"633
"She's Dope!"9
"Word to the Mutha!" (featuring Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill) [a] WBBD-Bootcity
1992"The Best Things in Life Are Free" (Luther Vandross featuring Janet Jackson, BBD and Ralph Tresvant)10322062 Mo' Money (soundtrack)
1993"Gangsta"21221711data-sort-value="" style="background: #ececec; color: #2C2C2C; vertical-align: middle; font-size: smaller; text-align: center; " class="table-na" | non-album single
"Above the Rim"8115Hootie Mack
"Something in Your Eyes"3867360
2001"The Hot Shit"BBD
2016"Run"7 [b] Three Stripes
2017"Finally" (featuring SWV)18 [b]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


  • a ^ As it was not issued as a retail single in the United States, "Word to the Mutha!" was not eligible to enter the Billboard Hot 100; [24] however, it peaked at number 37 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart. [25]
  • b ^ Chart peak listed represent the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart.

Music videos

1990"Poison" Lionel C. Martin
1991"Do Me!"
"B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)?"N/A
"When Will I See You Smile Again?" Lionel C. Martin
"She's Dope!"
"Word To The Mutha!"N/A
"Above the Rim"N/A
"Something in Your Eyes" Lionel C. Martin
2001"Da Hot Sh** (Aight)"N/A
2016"Run" Lionel C. Martin
2017"I'm Betta"Kay Gee

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