There have been many questions surrounding the way forward for Dru Hill now that founding member Jazz has departed and was changed by Smokey and Black from Playa. While Dru Hill have continued to tour, Jazz has been releasing solo music of his personal.
In a current episode of our SoulBack R&B Podcast, we had veteran producer Troy Taylor as a particular visitor. Taylor has been instrumental in serving to Dru Hill craft new music lately, together with a bulk of the manufacturing on their 2017 challenge “Christmas in Baltimore”.
He has additionally been within the studio with the group as they’ve labored in direction of the discharge of their new album “The 2nd Coming”. This would be the first new album from Dru Hill in almost a decade, and certainly there may be plenty of thriller about which course sonically the group is headed in.
Luckily Taylor shed some gentle on that for us throughout our current dialog with him, and in addition chimed in concerning the group’s lineup change. Check out what he needed to say:
Well, since they’re all singer singers, so long as Sisqo seems like Sisqo, you’re all the time going to have Dru Hill. Playa then again by no means had an opportunity to breakthrough to have a sound. They have a tune, “Cheers 2 U”, however they don’t have a sound that everyone collectively may get with. So you’re not lacking Playa, you’re solely lacking “Cheers 2 U”. So what they’re doing is giving Sisqo a breather when he’s on stage. That’s what Jazz used to do. Tao remains to be within the group, however they used to present Sisqo a breather to have the ability to catch his breath and never sing by the entire thing. Their texture, tone and harmonies are wonderful.
When Playa got here out, I instructed them I used to be the fourth member of the group! Working with them, I had labored with Static earlier than he handed, it was a dream come true for me. What they bring about to the group and Dru Hill is texture and tone. You put Sisqo on that, it’s like whoa! The means we utilized it, is that it’s the setup. Sometimes Sisqo will go first, however typically will Sisqo will are available in throughout the B part and convey all of it collectively. We used it strategically but it surely nonetheless makes you’re feeling like Dru Hill hasn’t been tainted.
Yes, I miss Jazz, and I want Jazz was within the group. However, that’s a private factor with Jazz. Personal battles with him and himself, that he has to take care of and recover from. Even on the Christmas challenge, Jazz type of crept in on the finish, and I needed to place him within the information. That was it. He’s nonetheless a beast, he’s nonetheless dope, he’s simply bought to determine it out. In the meantime, Dru Hill remains to be touring. They nonetheless do reveals, in order that they need assistance. Nokio has been mates with them for a very long time. It labored out very well. On the album, you’re going to only get totally different textures and tones. Sisqo remains to be going to be there to present that Dru Hill basic sound.
Stay tuned as we bought extra data on the upcoming Dru Hill album. Also be sure you tune into our podcast as we’ve particular visitors every week to have nice conversations about R&B.