112 (pronounced "one-twelve") is a Grammy Award winning American R&B quartet from Atlanta, Georgia. Formerly artists on Diddy's Bad Boy Records, the group signed to the Def Soul roster in early 2002. They had great success in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
112 is an American R&B quartet from Atlanta, Georgia. Formerly artists on Sean "Diddy" Combs' Bad Boy Records, the group left Bad Boy and signed to the Def Soul roster in early 2002. 112 formed in Atlanta, Georgia and consisted of members Marvin Scandrick, Michael Keith, Quinnes Parker and Daron Jones. Equally rooted in gospel, soul and hip-hop, 112 was the first urban vocal group to emerge from Combs' Bad Boy Records roster. The group had its start when the members met while attending high school. Known as ???Forte??? at the time, the group performed talent shows at church and school and eventually gained the attention of Courtney Sills and Kevin Wales, the group's would-be managers. After being brought to the attention of Sean "Puffy" Combs, the group was quickly signed in front of a local club in Atlanta called 112, which is credited to the group???s name 112. Soon afterwards they found themselves living in New York, recording their self-titled debut album. Released in 1996, the album eventually went double platinum. It featured the hit singles "Only You" and "Cupid," both of which peaked at #13 on the Hot 100 and #3 and #2 on the R&B charts respectively. The group also contributed to records by artists including Notorious B.I.G, Puff Daddy & Mase.
The group eventually went on the road as the opening act for the Isley Brothers at Ron Isley's request, the first of four separate tours that saw the group criss-crossing the U.S. with Keith Sweat, New Edition and finally Puff Daddy and the Family, over an 18 month period. In the years that followed, they found themselves touring with other artists such as Whitney Houston and Janet Jackson. The group has sold collectively a total of about 16+ million records world wide.
Def Jam and U Already Know
In 2003, the group left Bad Boy Records, releasing their fourth album Hot & Wet on Def Soul, but this 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 (however, a few earlier songs also contain profanity).
One Twelve Music Group, The Inc. and solo projects
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Recent reports have announced that Daron Jones is no longer a member of the group and is embarking on a solo career. 112 formed their own label One Twelve Music Group and got a joint venture deal with Irv Gotti's label The Inc. Records after being dropped from Def Jam Records. 112 continues to tour worldwide as well as in the States. While touring, Slim, Q, and Mike seem to be embarking on their own solo projects anticipated to come out in 2008. Mike goes by the name "Dangerus", and has two songs that have leaked "She's My Superstar" and "Sexy". Slim is featured along with Three 6 Mafia on 8Ball & MJG's second single "Cruzin'" off of their new album "Ridin High". He has signed his own label deal with Asylum/Atlantic called M3 Productions Inc. and is releasing his solo debut album Love's Crazy in November 2008. His first single is called "So Fly" featuring Yung Joc and Shawty Lo.
In an interview with MiddleChildPromotions, Q. Parker confirmed that his d?ębut album is entitled "Real Talk" and is due for release in September 2008. He is currently in the studio working with Tim & Bob, The Pirates, Jammy, Bryan-Michael Cox, The Platinum Brothers and Crystal Johnson ("Touch My Body" by Mariah Carey) amongst others. 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.
Daron Jones has been seen performing with the group again while overseas in Germany and Belgium and it is confirmed that Daron had returned to 112.
Mike released his debut solo album, Michael Keith, on September 30, 2008 as a digital download through iTunes and Amazon MP3.
Departure of Michael Keith
After Daron returned to the group in 2008,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. It is possible that the group's next album will only have three members.