When 112 released Part III in 2002, there was no sign of what would come to fruition in 2008 â the quasi-end of the group that brought countless R&B classics like âCupid,â âPeaches &Cream,â âAnywhereâ and âU Already Know,â and the solo success of Slim that would follow. While his counterparts Daron, Q, and Michael (Mike) Keith, have or will release solo efforts, Slim put destiny in his own hands in 2008. Kicking off what would end up being a banner year, Slim locked in a distribution deal with Asylum Records followed by the launch of M3 Productions, his independent imprint. Putting several months of work in the studio to good use, the 112 singer carved his own niche in R&B with âLoveâs Crazy,â his solo debut led by the single âSo Flyâ. Also enlisting the aid of Young Joc, Faith Evans, Ryan Leslie and Big Boi on the title track Slim stormed onto the charts in late 2008. Earning a Top 10 single with âSo Flyâ Slim reportedly convinced Faith Evans to get back into the music game, signing the former Bad Boy label mate to his roster in the fall with plans to help the “First Lady” mount a serious comeback. Proving that âLoveâs Crazy,â the R&B singer/songwriter pumped âGood Lovinâ,â the second single from his album with the help of Ryan Leslie and Fabolous just in time for the release of his debut. Capping off the year, Slimâs solo debut reached #4 on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart and # 32 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. Slim was not the only one to take the independent route in 2008, click here for a recap of 2008s independent movers and shakers.
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