Dr. Dre took everyone back to the ‘90s and early ‘00s at his pre-Grammy party to celebrate the launch of Beats Music’s new online streaming service. Held at Los Angeles’ Belasco Theater last night, the event featured several performances by big-name rappers, including a killer show by Diddy and his former protege Ma$e.
The Bad Boy rappers reunited on stage with hits like “Been Around the World,” “All About the Benjamins” and “‘Mo Money, ‘Mo Problems.” Other performers included Ice Cube (“It Was a Good Day’), Busta Rhymes (‘Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See’), Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (‘Thuggish Ruggish Bone’), Nas (‘If I Ruled the World’) and Cypress Hill (‘Insane in the Brain’).
Of course, it wouldn’t be Dr. Dre’s party if he didn’t shut down the stage. He took to the state with Blackstreet to perform “No Diggity” and Eminem for a medley of their hits including, “My Name Is,” “Lose Yourself” and “Forgot About Dre.”
According to Billboard, the venue reached over-capacity around 11 p.m. Other famous faces in attendance included Drake, Queen Latifah, Macklemore, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Pink.
Check out photos and videos from the star-studded concert below.
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Photos: ’90s R&B Groups
1. 1. Photos: ’90s R&B Groups
<strong>June is Black Music Month and we are celebrating by reminiscing over one of the aspects of Black music we miss the most: The R&B group. Since there aren’t too many groups out today, view these pictures and take a walk down memory lane. See En Vogue, Jagged Edge, BBD, Destiny’s Child, Hi-Five, Troop and more of the hottest R&B groups of the ’90s. Take a look.</strong> <span>—</span><strong>Chelsea Boone and Tracy L. Scott</strong>
2. 2. Jodeci
Often imitated, but never duplicated, the fellas of Jodeci held nothing back when they belted out their harmonies. With songs like "Stay," "Forever My Lady" and "Cry for You," K-Ci, JoJo, DeVante Swing and Mr. Dalvin etched a permanent place for themselves in R&B history.
3. 3. SWV
These sisters with voices had a series of hits in the ’90s including "Weak," "Right Here/Human Nature," and "I’m So Into You." These hits made them one of the best-selling girl groups of all time. Recently, the trio released <em>Co-Sign</em>.
4. 4. Troop
These guys from Cali put out many hits with their sweet, melodic voices, including "Spread My Wings," "All I Do Is Think of You" and "Sweet November."
5. 5. Destiny’s Child
Before Beyoncé was a household name, she was simply one-fourth of Destiny’s Child. These girls came on the scene in 1997 with their hit "No, No, No" and the world hasn’t stopped hearing about them since. The foursome toughed it out through the ’90s, but with a new decade came new names and faces, and eventually the end of the group altogether. But these ladies are all still stars and have gone on to great things.
6. 6. Mint Condition
Mint Condition spent the ’90s providing music lovers with some of the best ballads of the decade including "Breakin’ My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)," "U Send Me Swingin’" and "What Kind of Man Would I Be?" Last year, the group gave us new music with the release of their album, <em>7</em>.
7. 7. Hi-Five
This Texas quintet provided hot hits for the younger generation including their hit singles, "She’s Playing Hard to Get," "I Can’t Wait Another Minute" and their biggest single, "I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)."
8. 8. TLC
TLC is arguably one of the greatest female groups of all time, bringing fans hits like "Creep," "No Scrubs" and "Waterfalls." The trio kept the hits coming throughout the ’90s and into the 2000s until the group’s hip-hop voice, Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopes, was tragically killed in a car accident in Honduras in 2002.
9. 9. BBD/New Edition
At the start of the decade, New Edition group members Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe branched off and formed Bell Biv DeVoe (also known as BBD). The trio brought us hits like "When Will I See You Smile Again?" and their biggest single, "Poison." In ’96, New Edition came back together to do another album featuring the songs "Hit Me Off" and "Something About You." In 2003, they released <em>One Love</em>.
10. 10. 112
112 burst onto the scene with the hit "Only You (Bad Boy Remix)" and continued to bring hits like the love song "Cupid" and the steamy song "Anywhere."
11. 11. En Vogue
The ladies of this soulful group had pipes that are still difficult to match. They are responsible for early ’90s hits such as "Hold On," "My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)" and the hit from the 1996 film <em>Set It Off</em>, "Don’t Let Go (Love)."
12. 12. Zhané
Before there was Lauryn Hill or Erykah Badu, there was Zhané. This ’90s twosome, with their signature cropped haircuts, offered hits like "Sending My Love" and "Love Me Today." Oh, and "Hey Mr. D.J." is still the anthem for many hardworking women looking to unwind on Friday night.
13. 13. Boyz II Men
These R&B heartthrobs were the object of many girls’ affection in the ’90s, and gave us hits like "Motownphilly," "I’ll Make Love to You" and "End of the Road." In January, the foursome was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and they are currently on tour to promote their current album, <em>Twenty</em>.
14. 14. Total
Part of Diddy’s Bad Boy label, the ladies of Total had a bit of an edge to them. Unlike some of their counterparts, fans were more likely to see them in baggy jeans and oversized jackets than tight-fitting dresses, but they proved to be just as talented with songs like "Can’t You See" and "What About Us."
15. 15. Blackstreet
Blackstreet hit the scene in the ’90s with hits like "Before I Let You Go" and the line dance hit "Booti Call." However, "No Diggity," often considered the group’s biggest hit, came out mid-decade and can still get the party started today.
16. 16. Tony Toni Toné
<em>Do you know what today is? </em>If that phrase gets your head swaying, then you’re probably a fan of Tony! Toni! Toné! In addition to creating an anniversary ballad for the ages titled "Anniversary," the fellas also challenged the hardcore ’90s façade with a more Bohemian flavor.
17. 17. Brownstone
Slightly more mature than some of their ’90s counterparts, the ladies of Brownstone offered some grown and sexy singles like "Grapevyne" and "If You Love Me."
18. 18. Xscape
Before Kandi Burruss and Tiny Cottle had their own reality shows, they were making real music together as part of the singing group Xscape. Some of their biggest hits include "Just Kickin’ It," "Understanding" and "Who Can I Run To?"
19. 19. Jagged Edge
In the late ’90s, the world was introduced to the group Jagged Edge. They brought us hit singles like "Gotta Be" and "He Can’t Love You," and continued making hits in the new millennium like "Let’s Get Married" and "Where the Party At?"
20. 20. Dru Hill
This crooning quartet started out strong with its debut hit "Tell Me" in ’96. They continued to bring the hits with love songs like "Never Make a Promise," "5 Steps" and "Beauty."
21. 21. Photos: ’90s R&B Groups
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