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#39: After 7 ‘Ready or Not’

Melvin and Kevon Edmonds have a lot in common with their superstar middle brother Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds. Just like the multiple award-winning songwriter/producer, they carved a niche for themselves by concentrating on catering to the ladies with their lyrics. Along with L.A. Reid's cousin Keith Mitchell, they formed the R&B group After 7 in 1988, becoming known for their carefully crafted ballads. Today's entry on the countdown, which has suddenly veered into Quiet Stormville, is "Ready or Not," the third single from their 1989 self-titled, platinum-selling album. The song reached number one on the Billboard U.S. R&B charts, and unabashedly served as the ultimate undergarment undoer for many couples ready to do the "grown folk," especially with lyrics like "I'll give you the sun, the moon, the rain, the stars and the mountains/I'll give you the world/And all that you ask for/And even more ..." Whoa.
Sure, 'Face wrote the words to a lot of their tracks, and that's fine. They could do much, much worse as far as songwriters go. However, it was their ability to straight SING those words with such passion and intent that helped them hold their own with a talented pack that made up what will come to be known as a golden era for the male R&B group. Indeed, the trio from Indianapolis made an impact on the genre, on late night radio, and on this countdown. So, ready or not, here's the video below.


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  1. Undergarmet undoer! NICE! I might need to steal that 🙂
    Love After 7 and this jam right here! I especially loved their remake of "Sara Smile." You're gonna have me pulling out my Best of CD tonight.
    On a related note, people really slept on Kevon's cd. Not one skip on there.

  2. I loved this group, and this was my favorite song by them. Nice to see it on the countdown.

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    "Ready or Not" is the Ish these dudes put out some solid records. The album Reflections was my joint and I bumped the Jon-B song "Damn Thing Called Love".'"Til You Do Me Right", and "How Do You Tell The One" were dope too. @Vivrant Thang I'll have to dig up Kevons disk at a second spin cd shop, I never knew he made a solo.

  4. Wow loved these guys too. Had 2 albums, I mean CDs lol. So sad when favs like this aren't making music anymore. I wish this industry would get it together



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