While Boyz II Men gear up for the release of their new album, Twenty, this fall, which will commemorate their 20 years of hit making in the music business, group member Shawn Stockman recently touched on why the group has been together so long.
“We’re lucky enough to have incredible chemistry and we never lose sight of the fact that we’re a team,” Stockman told Creative Loafing. “It’s easy to let disputes and drama and egos come between you as a group, which is why a lot of people go solo. But we still know why we do it – and that’s because we truly love it. That is the key to being here 20 years. Things have not been 100-percent great for 20 years, but we know that is how life is. We were taught early to prepare for the down times because they always come, and because of that we’ve known what to expect.”
Boyz II Men’s upcoming effort Twenty, will contain 10 brand new songs and 10 newly recorded and revamped versions of the diamond and multi-platinum group’s classics, including “End Of The Road,” “I’ll Make Love To You,” and “Bended Knee.” The group is currently in the studio making “great” R&B, something that many artists are not doing, with producers like Babyface, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Dallas Austin, Teddy Riley, Rob Knox, Julian Bunetta, and Tim/Bob.
“The sad truth is that not many artists are creating great R&B records anymore, and if they are those are the songs that the labels are weeding out in the album finalization process in fear of the sound being dated,” says Stockman. “While many artists have their fans grow old with them, our fans grow old but they also pass our music down to their children, which allows our fan base to skew much younger than one would think. Given the fact that the sound of music has changed so much over the past 20 years, introducing our music to younger fans is almost like introducing a brand-new style of music.”
Twenty will be released as an exclusive only at Walmart, later this fall 2011 on the Boyz own label MSM Music, with partners Benchmark Entertainment.