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Boyz II Men Are Committed To Sticking Around

Nothing last forever in the music business. Lauryn Hill's reign, Whitney's voice, and Sandra "Pepa" Denton's original nose are all things of the past. Many icons of my childhood are now grandparents, searching for new success in an age where Nicki Minaj and Brandy's little brother dominate airwaves. While they're not gone altogether, Philly-bred group Boyz II Men has certainly felt the effects of a long run in the industry. They've gone from harmonizing boyz to super-grown men, losing bass singer Michael McCary to scoliosis-related back problems in the process, and now touring as a trio. In recent years, they appear to prefer cover albums over original material, as they've released three under-performing remake collections to date. Shawn Stockman beat a H1N1 virus last year and is now a judge on NBC's The Sing-Off, where the group performed their hit "Motownphilly" with the show's winners, a capella crew Committed. Overall, they were enjoyable to watch. They have yet to achieve a Mariah-level fall-off, but the absence of Michael's recognizable, complimentary bass certainly detracts from their overall appeal. Shawn Stockman's voice has definitely changed. It's comforting to see that Wanya's spastic neck action hasn't affected his voice and that the group continues to shine 20 years into their career.


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