When Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant were planning solo projects, the remaining members of New Edition formed BBD, standing for the names of Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ronnie Devoe. BBD’s first album Poison was an instant success, thanks to their fresh image, timing, and incredible production.
The singles “Poison,” “Do Me,” and “BBD (I Thought It Was Me)” all performed well on the Pop and R&B charts. After two more singles (“When Will I See You Smile Again,” “She’s Dope!”), BBD followed up in the fall of 1991 with the release of WBBD: Bootcity! The Remix Album, featuring their last New Jack Era hit, “Word To The Mutha”; a song that featured all six members of New Edition on one song for the first time.
BBD became noticeably absent for the next year or so. While the group performed sporadically (MTV New Years 1992, Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve 1992), songs like “Gangsta” and “Boot/Sneaker” never made it to their next release, 1993’s Hootie Mack.
Hootie Mack was a departure from BBD’s previously radio-friendly sound; instead the group had a rougher edge (probably in response to the dominance of Gangsta Rap at that point). The album was a critical and commercial failure, save for two songs: “Something In Your Eyes” (produced by Babyface), and “The Situation,” which would end up becoming the group’s most intriguing recording.
In December 2001, BBD returned with a self-titled album. While the first single “Da Hot Sh…” didn’t live up to industry expectations, perhaps “In My Crib” will, produced by Jagged Edge brothers Brandon and Brian Casey, featuring Ralph Tresvant.
In 2004, New Edition reunited for One Love, an ill-fated project that was released on Bad Boy Records. Since then, the group's debut single "Poison" continues to win over new audiences and enjoy its status as a definitive track representing the New Jack Swing Era.
Beginning in 2005, the group has made concert appearances and is considered a strong draw in the New Jack concert space. Michael Bivins appeared as a judge and associate of Sean "Diddy" Combs in the MTV Reality show "Making The Band" and is also a guest commentator on TNT Basketball.
Bell Biv DeVoe continues to tour.