- 09:11 AM, Jan 20
Despite the members' young age when the band was formed in 2001, B2K had encountered success and fame in such a short time. With their extraordinary skills in singing, dancing, rapping, and songwriting, the group did not find any difficulties to rise as one of the most popular American R&B boy bands. Stood for boys of the new millennium, the band was able to create spirited, spunky, soulful tunes that could be enjoyed universally. "We want to be the kind of group the whole family can listen to and no one has to tell the younger kids to get out of the room," Raz-B, one of B2K's members had once said. "We love school too, and that comes across in our lyrics as a positive message." Although the existence of the band sadly did not last long, its glory undoubtedly will be echoed through the hit songs they had brilliantly produced.
Except for De'mario Monte Thornton or Raz-B (born on June 13, 1985) who came from Cleveland, Ohio, B2K consisted of African-American young boys of Los Angeles-born, namely Omari Ishmael Grandbery or Omarion (born on November 12, 1984), Druex Pierre Fredericks or Lil' Fizz (born November 26, 1985), and Jarell Damonte Houston or J-Boog (born on August 11, 1985). These four aspiring adolescents joined a talent showcase held by Epic Records in Los Angeles and successfully made their way to impress the label's executives. Managed by Chris Stokes, the band started to draw public attention in 2001 through their single entitled 'Uh Huh' while also being an opening act for Bow Wow's U.S. tour.