Jodeci (Jō’-dě-sē), also known as The Bad Boys of R&B, is an American R&B quartet. Possessed with a singing style that integrates R&B, soul, gospel and new jack swing genres; they enjoyed chart-topping success during the early to mid 90’s hip hop scene. 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).
Fusing the feisty vocals of the Haileys’, joined with the DeGrates’ production-musical genius, earned the group three multiplatinum 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, to greater acclaim and further chart success.
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.