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The onetime backing group for R. Kelly, Chicago's Public Announcement made their solo debut in 1998 with All Work, No Play, scoring a Top Ten hit with the single "Body Bumpin' Yippie-Yi-Yo." Kelly moved on to contemporary R&B stardom while the group remained in semi-retirement until late 2000 when they released their sophomore album, Don't Hold Back. Their third album, When the Smoke Clears, appeared in 2005 on the Boss Entertainment label.


Originally known as MGM, was an R&B and hip hop group formed in Chicago, Illinois, in 1989 by R. Kelly. After releasing the Why You Wanna Play Me single for the local Tavdash label in 1990, they eventually signed with Jive Records in 1991 and released their debut album, Born Into the '90s, in 1992.

Led by Kelly, the group scored hits such as She's Got That Vibe, Honey Love, Slow Dance and Dedicated, eventually reaching a million copies going platinum.

After a tour, Kelly left the group to start a solo career that continues today, whereas the group was suddenly left in limbo after his departure. They scored their only Top 5 hit without Kelly in 1998 with Body Bumpin' Yippie-Yi-Yo, from the album All Work, No Play, which peaked at #5. This album featured Feloney Davis taking over for Kelly.

In 2000, they scored another Top 40 hit with Mamacita, from their eponymous album on Epic, but it wasn't as big as any of their Kelly-led hits.

There were rumors around 2004 that Kelly was looking to produce a new album with the group, but nothing has yet come of it. In 2005 the group released their their fourth album and third without R. Kelly When the Smoke Clears on their own label Boss Entertainment through Universal Records.



90's Hits

Body Bumpin (Yippie-yi-yo)

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