Thursday, January 14, 2010

Riff

Riff is an R&B group from New Jersey whose members were Anthony "Chill" Fuller, Dwayne "Stylz" Jones, Michael "Nitty Green" Best, Kenny Kelly, and Steven Capers.

The group formed in high school and were originally named "Playboys." In 1989, the group was featured in the movie, "Lean on Me" and soon after, they changed the group's name to "Riff" and signed to SBK Records.
In 1991, Riff released their self-titled debut album which peaked at #117 on the Billboard 200 and #41 on Billboard's Top R&B\Hip-Hop Albums chart.
The group's first single and biggest hit to date, "My Heart is Failing Me" peaked at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #6 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.
The second single from the album, "If You're Serious" peaked at #88 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #7 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.
The last single from the album, "Everytime My Heart Beats" peaked at #26 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
In 1992, Riff sang the title song for the movie, "White Men Can't Jump" which peaked at #90 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #41 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
A year later in 1993, Riff released their second album, "To Whom it May Concern" which didn't chart at all on the Billboard charts.
The first single from the album, "Judy Had a Boyfriend" peaked at #91 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 3 weeks.
The last single from the album, "Baby It's Yours" peaked at #65 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.

After that, the group went their separate ways. Michael, Anthony, and Dwayne went on to join the music group, "Men of Vizion." In 2009, the group reunited and are now working on a new album.

To see Riff's MySpace page, go to:
www.myspace.com/riffsounds

To see the music video for "White Men Can't Jump," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q85DlOAv3V4

To see the music video for "Everytime My Heart Beats," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELiP5hfpLRQ

To see the music video for "My Heart is Failing Me," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZf_-hKVzoY

To see the music video for "Judy Had a Boyfriend," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6RjuJ_D7ro

2 comments:

Maverika said...

Did RIFF have a track called 'I Am' ? It had church bells in the background and lyrics like '...your head has double-crossed you and you can't trust your heart...'

Kyleigh said...

I'm not sure. I'll have to look into that.