A pair of brother acts combined forces to form Jodeci
, a singing group with one foot in the future and the other squarely in the past. Dalvin
and Devante Swing DeGrate
teamed with JoJo
and K-Ci Hailey
for a debut album that mixed vintage soul singing with new jack production and bravado. But it wasn't the hip-hop-flavored songs that earned them popularity; instead, urban contemporary audiences embraced the love tunes "Come and Talk to Me" and the title track, signaling the beginnings of a move away from new jack swing that became a full-fledged retreat.