112 is a Grammy Award-winning
American R&B quartet from Atlanta, Georgia. Formerly artists on
Sean "P. Diddy" Combs' 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.
The group members met while attending high school. The group was
originally called Forte and the original members were Daron
Jones, Michael Keith, and Reginald Finley of the Infidel Guy.
The trio added Marvin Scandrick because of his high pitched
voice and Aldon Lagon because of his bass voice. After Marvin's
mother threatened to pull him out of the group they brought in
fellow schoolmate Quinnes Parker but Marvin ended up staying in
They 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. Now comprised of
members Quinnes Parker, Daron Jones, Marvin Scandrick, and Michael
Keith the group sang outside of Club 112 in Atlanta for producer
Sean "Puffy" Combs and he was impressed and quickly signed them to
his label Bad Boy Records. He changed the group's name to 112 after
Club 112 at which they performed for him.
In 1996, the group released their first single, "Only You" featuring
The Notorious B.l.G. and hit the Top 40 and topped the Billboard
Dance Music Maxi-Singles Sales chart for a week before being
certifIed gold. The release their debut album, self-titled debut
album, performed well, and eventually went double-platinum. It
featured the hit singles "Only You" and "Cupid," both of which
peaked at #13 on the Hot 100 as well as reaching #3 and #2 on the
R&B charts respectively.
In June 1997, 112 hit the Top 40 helping out Puff Daddy and Faith
Evans with "I'll Be Missing You" (from Puff Daddy's No Way Out) and
the song went Top 10 by the end of the month. "I'll Be Missing You"
topped the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart for 11 weeks, the
Billboard Hot 100 Singles Sales chart for 9 weeks, the Billboard R&B
Singles chart for 8 weeks, the Billboard R&B Singles Sales chart for
8 weeks, and the Billboard Rap Singles chart for 8 weeks.
In 1998, the group released their second double platinum album, Room
112. The album's biggest hits were "Love Me", featuring rapper Mase,
reaching #8 on the R&B charts, and "Anywhere", which reached #5.
Their third album, Part III, was released in 2001 and debuted at #2
on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. They then topped the Billboard
Hot 100 Singles Sales chart for 2 weeks, the R&B/Hip-Hop Singles &
Tracks chart for 2 weeks, and the R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales chart
for 3 weeks with "It's Over Now", and became their only number one
hit on the R&B charts. This then led to the album topping the
Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart for a week. By June 2001, the
group had topped the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart for 6 weeks
with "Peaches & Cream" and managed to reach #4 on the Hot 100 and #2
on the R&B charts. The album went triple-platinum.
In February 2002, 112 were nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B
Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group ("Peaches & Cream"). Puff Daddy
received a temporary restraining order to help stop Def Jam Records
from reportedly trying to 'steal' 112 away from Bad Boy
Entertainment. But inevitably the group did join Def Jam on a
joint-deal with Bad Boy and Def Soul.
In 2003, the group left Bad Boy Records, releasing their fourth
album Hot & Wet on Def Soul. The album didn't carry the same success
as earlier efforts and failed to make any noticeable impressions on
the charts. From the album they released "Na Na Na" featuring Reggae
legend Super Cat.
Pleasure & Pain, the group's fifth album, was released in 2005 and
saw more success. The album eventually reached platinum status and
featured 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.
Recent reports have announced that Daron Jones is no longer a member
of the group and is embarking on a solo career. 112 have also formed
their own label One Twelve Music Group. 112 continues to do shows
world-wide as well as in the States. While touring, Slim, Q and Mike
seem to be embarking on their own solo projects also anticipated to
come out in 2007. Slim is featured with Three 6 Mafia on 8Ball &
MJG's 2nd single "Cruzin'" on the new album "Ridin High", and there
have also recently been rumours that he has signed a solo record
They have recently signed by Irv Gotti and they are expected to drop
there new album somewhere near the summer of 2008 on One Twelve
Music Group / The Inc. Records