Andre Harrell, the president of Jodeci's record company, Uptown Entertainment, offers an explanation as to why the group would deny being players. "Girls don't want to hear you're a pimp and a mack.
The player is an archetype in black popular culture. celebrates in "One More Chance." The player esthetic informs much of contemporaryrhythm-and-blues. At a recent performance at the Apollo Theater, De Vante appeared wearing a fire-red wide-brimmed fedora, an homage to a style favored by pimps in the early 1970's.
The line runs from the spider Anansi in African mythology that gets its way with wit and cunning to the Max Julien character in the 1973 blaxploitation film "The Mack" to the womanizer that the rapper Notorious B. And in selling sexuality, Jodeci is part of a pop music tradition that encompasses Elvis Presley, Jim Morrison and Prince, to name a few. Though De Vante has a tattoo across his back that says "Boss Player," he and the other members of the group deny that the image fits them. "Back then, when Cadillacs and pimps and all that was going on, is when we started listening to music, so it's natural for us to carry ourselves like that," De Vante explains later.
Dalvin (Dalvin De Grate), and K-Ci (Cedric Hailey) and his brother Jojo (Joel Hailey).
Their first two albums, "Forever My Lady" (1991) and "Diary of a Mad Band" (1993), along with several hit singles like "Lately," a remake of the Stevie Wonder song, have sold a total of six million copies.
"He watched Chilli intensely and loving as the group performed, then couldn't keep his hands off her backstage," one onlooker admitted. This isn't the first random love connection of the year, however. De Vante, the lead producer of the singing group Jodeci and to many its main heartthrob, is leaning against a wall in the hallway of a local radio station. She walks up to him, says, "Hi, silly rabbit," gathers herself up on her toes and kisses him noisily on the lips.A player can also be called a mack or a pimp, even though he doesn't necessarily earn a living as such.Critical to his success is what is called his game, the persuasiveness of his manner of talking and carrying himself. That don't make us players, though." Yet they embrace the player esthetic on stage., Nick Cannon and Chilli are apparently getting "hot and heavy." Word to "Red Light Special." According to the publication's sources, Nick and Chilli were caught giving one another some intense PDA at this year's WDKX’s Summerfest.
Attendees of the event said that Nick was there to support Chilli who was performing with fellow TLC mate T-Boz. They were hugged-up and kissing." Nick is still in the midst of a divorce with estranged wife, Mariah Carey, who's now engaged to marry James Packer.