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10 Reasons I’m Very Excited To Be Here About BET’s “The New Edition Story”

Tonight, the first part of BET’s three-part miniseries, “The New Edition Story,” debuts. If you don’t think I’ll be glued to my television tonight at 9pm, you’re huffing glue. It’s been a good long while since I’ve been this excited about a biopic. I still have the “New Edition –Past and Present” VHS tape and would watch it if I owned a VCR. I will still attempt to argue that thought “Can You Stand The Rain,” off of their best album, 1988’s  NE Heartbreak, is their most defining song, “You’re Not My Kind Of Girl” (off that same album) is a much better song AND video combo.

While superfan would be a stretch (I never had posters up in my room because that would have been creepy), Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, Mike, Ralph, and Johnny, too, are kind of like my homeys. Here are 10 reasons that I’m super excited that New Edition got the mini-series biopic treatment!

1. I still sing “Cool It Now” and “Is This The End” on occasion when I’m cleaning up my kitchen with my Method All-Purpose Cleaning Spray. I’ve tried to pop-lock the way they did in “Popcorn Love” and failed miserably. I also REALLY (like really really) wanted one of those outfits they wore in the “My Secret” video. Ralph had the mean black joint. I’d wear it now.

2. NE Heartbreak? Get out of here. I’m listening to that album right now. Literally. I will fight you about this album. While I have all of their individual albums (and actual vinyl for New Edition’s early albums) this is the album that changed the game. Did you know that it came out the same day as Bobby Brown’s Don’t Be Cruel in 1988? And just so we’re clear, Don’t Be Cruel is easily one of the greatest R&B albums of all time. It’s got ONE so-so song in “Take It Slow”, but everything else? Fire. Pure fuego. Where is fuego? THAT WAY. Bobby Brown for president in 1988.

3. I remember the first time I went to Boston I wanted to see the former location of Orchard Park, the projects they (except for Johnny who is from DC) hailed from. Granted, they’re R&B, but I’m a bit of a hip-hop head about most artists I’m a fan of and the origin story is always important. Also, never go to the projects people. For one, most of them are all torn down in most major cities not named New York City, but the hood always remains intact. It’s not a good look. Most importantly though, nobody should die trying to see where Bobby Brown bought Poprocks.

4. I’ve read several articles about the upcoming biopic in various outlets from The Undefeated to The Root because you can never have enough information about groups that you know and love. Seriously, if you ever create anything worthy of note, I will devour every piece of information about how you did it. I STILL read the story of creation of Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. I’m a big fan of oral histories. New Edition is no different because these niggas were some niggas in every sense of the word. And there’s nothing better than a good story about niggas.

5. I mentioned it before but let’s go ahead and talk about my favorite New Edition song, “You’re Not My Kind Of Girl.” Listen, I wanted to be in this video SO badly, with a close second being “If It Isn’t Love,” which admittedly might be the PERFECT video. The moves in “You’re Not…” are crispy. The outfits? Crispy. That little Temptations slide thing they do? Crispy. I like crispy shit. That video? Crispy. And Johnny Gill’s background ad-libs towards the end? Crispy. If you don’t know me and you want to be my friend peep game: If you see me out and need a way to figure out how to talk to me, just say, “Man, New Edition’s ‘You’re Not My Kind of Girl’ is awesome, right?” Friend. For. Life.

6. “If It Isn’t Love.” Need I say more? If you’re a fan of NE, you have ABSOLUTELY tried to nail that choreography. Shit, I just closed the door in my office, closed the blinds, and tried to hit that intro spin around number and kick step. Their clothing choices…I mean, I don’t even have to say it, but…AWESOME. Plus they’re asking real questions: If it isn’t love, then why DO I feel this way? Questions that need answers, b. Seriously though, I’m watching this video again and I so badly would like to be New Edition for Halloween except we just go to a mall and recreate this video, or at least the dance steps because sticking my head in a tub of water? Girl, I guess.

7. BBD. “Poison.” Duh. Look, Ralph was for the ladies. “Sensitivity” proved that. Bobby Brown made the biggest album out of all of them. Johnny was the singer. BBD though? That was the group for the rest of us who weren’t quite sure what our talent was. Not that Bell, Biv, or Devoe weren’t talented, but Ralph, Bobby, and Johnny brought very specific things to the table. BBD kicked in the door as the cool ones who made the songs that would keep the dance floors moving. It’s no surprise that of all the songs released by the entire group, “Poison” is the one with the most staying power and legs. It gave us “never trust a big butt and a smile.” Shit the whole album was dope. Poison, indeed. And don’t even sleep on their ballads like “When Will I See You Smile Again” and “I Do Need You.” And shut up. Why? Because “Word To The Mutha (Remix)” was dope. I could go on and on here. I’ll stop now.

8. Johnny FotherMuckin’ Gill. The man with the golden voice. Sure he oversings most of the time. But shit, Johnny brought that legit singing swagger. I mean, let’s be real, these are the things that change boys to men. Right? Plus, he was the king of ad-libs on that NE Heartbreak album. He’d come thru in the background with all types of oversinging fabulousness. I can’t prove it, but I’m convinced he inspired Young Jeezy to become the ad-lib king.

9. While most of their post-debut solo albums were lackluster and all around not awesome, all of their debuts were so solid it doesn’t even matter. The fact that Ralph probably had the least successful post NE Heartbreak solo career says something. But I do still listen to his self titled debut solo album from time to time, if only to hear “Sensitivity (Ralph’s Rap)” with the Marvin Gaye sample so I can hear Ralph spit hot fire. Because Ralph was the man.

10. “Can You Stand The Rain.” Out of here. Their signature song and for all the right reasons. Johnny and Ralph trading leads. Biv with the one line “come on, let’s go get wet” and just all around good songwriting and production. Everything that you could want in a song, you got on this song. There are even birds chirping in the beginning. Where dey do dat at? Honestly, this song is the reason why we’re still talking about them.

If you’re in DC, come out and watch the last night of the mini-series with VSB and The Extraordinary Negroes at a Very Extraordinary Watch Party! Tix available here: veryextraordinary.eventbrite.com 

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  • Lil homie from Stranger Things is in this!

    • The one with the ashy lips?

      • Yes

      • Cleojonz

        You are not right for this, but I just realized that licked my lips every time he came on screen, so you tell no lies lol.

  • miss t-lee

    Well, I did have the posters. All of the posters, like whole walls plastered. All of the cassette tapes, cassette singles. All side projects, remix albums, etc.
    My favorite video is NE Heartbreak. And don’t get me started on the remix.
    I wanted a scooter. My cousin and I had the choreography down pat. We wore mix matched shoes and socks to school.
    I was too young to make it to the concerts when NE HeartBreak came out, but an older cousin got me a t-shirt and I wore it until the lettering and design faded.
    A small part of me would still completely fan girl out if I saw Ronnie DeVoe in the flesh.
    I can’t see the movie live due to life obligations, but I definitely look forward to watching.

    • Vanity in Peril

      My friend has a love for Ronnie. It was the first thing I remember about her, her saying, “I love ronnie” and me pishawing and saying, “um…ralph!”

      • miss t-lee

        LOL!!!!
        YES. I loved Ronnie from day 1. I have another friend who also liked him and the arguments were so serious! For 10 to 12 year olds…lol

    • RagesAgainstMachines

      Me too @ the posters AND Ronnie. I was a dedicated fan. They came to the Six Flags in our area for a concert and I made SURE I went. I had to be about 8, and my VERY pregnant mother not only took me to the concert, she held me up on her shoulders so I could see the stage in St. Louis July heat for my birthday. I STILL remember that as my very first concert EVER!

      • Cleojonz

        Your mother is the real MVP braving screaming girls very pregnant lol.

        • RagesAgainstMachines

          Yeah, I have to believe she at least PARTLY enjoyed their music too… she had to be about 7 months because my brother was born in Sept, lol

      • miss t-lee

        Awwww. That’s a great story!!

    • Cleojonz

      Who didn’t love NE heartbreak? I still listen to it. I won’t be watching either but BET or one of the other music channels had a marathon of their videos on this past weekend, solo works too. If I wasn’t screeching “Is this the End?” like I wasn’t still 13 lol. Popcorn love is sooo corny looking back, but I still remembered all the words of the rap when I saw it this weekend lol.

      • Sigma_Since 93

        *Singing loud and off key*

        Girl can’t you see how I feel?
        All these feeling that I feel are real.
        Oh oh girl. Can’t you see. I need you!!!!

      • miss t-lee

        It came on the car a few weeks back during flashback lunch and I was bopping so hard…
        Yeah most of the early stuff was corny, that while 50s doo wop album, I’d rather forget. But…we were young and enjoyed it…lol

        • Cleojonz

          I actually loved that 50s doo woop album . . . at the time. It probably didn’t age well though lol.

          • miss t-lee

            My cousin had it…I never owned it. All I remember really is that Earth Angel remake…lol

            • Cleojonz

              My song was the Duke of Earl.

              • miss t-lee

                Oh yeahhh, that’s right!

    • Brother Mouzone

      See him all the time in Atlanta.

      • miss t-lee

        Yeah, I’ve heard he lives down there and does real estate.

        • Brother Mouzone

          Our paths cross occasionally..work related. He seems like a decent guy.

          • miss t-lee

            Oh word? That’s cool.
            I love hearing stories about celebs when they’re not d*ckish.

  • Aly

    Can’t wait!! I’ve always loved NE. http://i.giphy.com/c00mZ8BQXUpsA.gif

    • Val
      • Hiding My ?hide yours 2

        ??!!!

        • Val

          AM?

          • Hiding My ?hide yours 2

            ?.

            • Val

              Lol I can;t see phone emoticons but I’m going to take that as a yes.

              • Hiding My ?hide yours 2

                It is.

      • Aly

        HI VAL! Happy New Year!

    • Hiding My Woosay, hide yours 2

      Hey frenemy!!

      • Aly

        Hi love! How are you?

        • Hiding My Woosay, hide yours 2

          Good!!!!! And you?! Look very RAZZ in my fave color red.

          • Aly

            Why thank you! :) I’ve been good.

    • Sigma_Since 93

      I said my Soror……..got chose today. But Zeta women get chose everday!!!! lol

      • Aly

        :)))

      • Hiding My ?hide yours 2

        Like engaged?

  • Val

    Can You Stand The Rain is my fave by NE. None of their other songs even come close to being as good, IMO. And, the song has stood the test of time. It sounds just as good now as it always has. Johnny Gill sounds amazing on the song.

    And since it has been raining here for days now….

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7flrKMGfwjw

    • Aly

      It’s my favorite too.

    • Mr. Mooggyy

      Johnny sang like a 37 year old man (looked 19) on this song. Still killt it though!

      • Sigma_Since 93

        See Half Crazy and Perfect Combination

        • miss t-lee

          Perfect Combination came up on my spotify this morning.
          I skipped it.

      • Brother Mouzone

        Johnny sounded 37 when he was 14..lol. His voice and Jam and Lewis’ production is what took them out of the bubblegum stage and into adult R and B music.

  • Sigma_Since 93

    I’m Sigma_Since93 and I approve this message.

    No love for Helplessly in Love???? It was the song of my puppy love years. That sigh Ralph took with the pregnant pause???? MAN LISTEN

  • Princess Jai
  • Junegirl627

    Biggest takeasway new edition is one of the greatest r&b groups of all time and If you aren’t using scrubbing bubbles when cleaning your kitchen youre doing it wrong. It cleans from the windows to the wall with the stove and the floors inbetween. just spray and wipe clean.

  • Cheech

    #8, #8, #8.

  • Sigma_Since 93

    Let’s talk a little about the culture. Legions of cats rocking shags brushing the back all summer long trying to channel their inner Ralph.

  • Vanity in Peril

    I came to NE late in the game but went back and copped the whole catalogue. I knew all of Ralph Tresvant’s songs by heart, had his Home Again posters on my wall and just knew I would grow up to marry him, chipmunk voice and all. I’m super pumped for this movie. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/92db1ed2c9c36b8bed97598d2aa5b6e1382f5c99423c1b15bb9c20d3f1f664be.gif

    I’ll never forgive that showboating arsed nucka, johnny gill.

    • miss t-lee

      Johnny just show up to scream on the tracks.

      • Vanity in Peril

        I won’t deny he had a great voice but take that to the Levert bros or something. This is New Edition. They don’t do that here. They do chipmunk vocals, kissy sounds and cute raps. Like, don’t do this.

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/dc2a893eccde85d70bfa9bd6c73109bd9a0a874a2397a3690fb432246676b07a.gif

        • Sigma_Since 93

          It was perfect for a group that wanted you to think of them as grown azz men and played perfectly with the Boys to Men theme. Ralph could smooth it out and Johnny took you to church. Shawn and Wanya followed the mold N.E. set.

          • miss t-lee

            Yeah, yeah.
            I get what you’re saying, but the point remains the same.

        • miss t-lee

          He had a great voice, and was in line with their grown up style, but still.
          That ninja just tried to take over.

        • KeyBrad

          Side note. Ralph had on stir ups and flats in this video.

          • miss t-lee

            I remember this style on dudes.
            Bike shorts too.
            The 80s mayne.

            • KeyBrad

              Me too. Including whyte girl tennis shoes.

              • miss t-lee

                Yup!!!!!

          • Vanity in Peril

            I’d still hit

            • KeyBrad

              Same here.

      • Cleojonz

        Because he SURE couldn’t dance lol.

        • miss t-lee

          Bwhahahah.
          The “Rub You The Right Way” video was so painful.

          • Cleojonz

            Cringeworthy!

            • miss t-lee

              So, so much!

          • Quirlygirly

            Yes it was..poor rhythmless Johnny..He was not made to dance just to sang women’s draws off

            • miss t-lee

              *draws.
              I’m not gonna speculate.

          • Brother Mouzone

            As much as I agree, you have to realize how hard it would be to do New Edition type choreography when you’re not a dancer. That had to be scary as h e l l when you think about it. I actually give him an A for the effort…..all that being said, I did cringe when I saw him “dance” in his videos.

            • miss t-lee

              True, true.
              JG himself has said he has “two left feet” so trying to keep up with the other 4 was definitely ballsy. For coming in years behind the curve, I think he did aight.

        • Aly
          • Cleojonz

            The way I just cackled!

            • Aly

              He’s all jazz hands and shimmy legs lol.

              • Brother Mouzone

                Lol…you wrong for that, but deadly accurate.

          • Ari

            Every time I see this video I envision him counting the steps in his head.

    • cyanic

      He brought the Luther to the group. But it was always too grown.

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