Review: Dru Hill Recalls Days Of R&B Past At NYC Showcase

Things done changed when it comes to R&B. A decade or two ago, you couldn't go a minute without hearing a group like Destiny’s Child, Next or TLC on the airwaves. In the '90s, quartets were prevalent, but after the mid-2000s they became a nostalgic memory. With Dru Hill as the special guest at SOB’s for RnB Spotlight (July 27), which paid homage to the 90s, the show served as a reminder of what the game has been missing.

Before they appeared, there was a slew of impressive upcoming acts including R&B groups Gotham Citi, Havok Jones, soloists Chris Jackson, Myra Smith and Patricia Mytime that warmed up the crowd. Keith Murray was even pulled out of the audience to do a brief snippet of his 1994 hit “The Most Beautifullest Thing in This World.”

As soon as the Baltimore brethrens hit the stage, a crowd of already antsy 30-somethings became even more infused with vigor. Though there wasn't much dancing room, that didn’t stop the foursome dressed in all black from cutting a rug as they recreated choreography from their videos.

After opening up with their ‘96 hit “Tell Me,” Dru went straight into the So-So Def remix of “In My Bed.” When the beat dropped, the group mirrored the crowd’s plethora of energy, with Sisqo hitting an impromptu Nae-Nae dance as they crowd sang and drowned out his vocals.

At one point, a fan chanted “Thong Song! Thong Song!” from the crowd to the once platinum-haired frontman. But the newest member, Tao, wasn’t having it.

“The next nigga that ask for the “Thong Song” is gon’ get it,” he said to the overzealous fan. “Dudes don’t ask for the 'Thong Song.' Ladies you ask for the 'Thong Song!'”

Dru Hill’s vocals were still as rich and smooth as they were on their self-titled debut album almost two decades ago. During the group’s heyday and his solo career, Sisqo was the most eccentric looking one, rocking a slew of vibrant outfits and colored crowns that shuffled from blonde, to platinum and even a red caesar cut. Now, Nokio brandishes the blonde color job with black nail polish and a bizarre-looking microphone decked with a videocam.

Dru Hill’s performance allowed the fans to relive the past and hopefully welcome the future. Singing groups are out there but unfortunately they are not on the forefront. After that performance, Jazz, Nokio, Sisqo and Tao let it be known that any group looking to fill that void left in R&B will have big shoes to fill. —Tanay Hudson

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The 55-year-old music mogul will remain under 24-hour care for the next few weeks as medical professionals continue to monitor his progress. Doctors are still unclear on what caused the aneurysm.

Dre’s hospital release comes days after new details were revealed in his divorce from estranged wife, Nicole Young. According to court documents publicized this week, Nicole accuses Dre, birth name Andre Young, of putting a gun to her head in 2000 and 2001. She also details other alleged abuse incidents in 1995 (before they were married) and in 2016, when he allegedly punched her in the face and kicked down her door.

The Grammy winner has denied Nicole’s abuse claims.

Nicole and Dre tied the knot in 1996. The pair share two adult children, Truice and Truly. Nicole filed for divorce last summer.

In addition to demanding that Dre cover her legal fees, Nicole wants the court to take the abuse allegations into account when “awarding support and fees.” Dre has already agreed to pay $500,000 of Nicole’s legal bills and $2 million in temporary spousal support.

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Paramount acquired the rights to Assisted Living in 2019. The film’s script was penned by This Is Us writer, Kay Oyegun.

Cardi, 28, made her film debut in the 2019 celeb-heavy stripper flick, Hustlers. The “WAP” rapper appears to have hinted at her Assisted Living role in a recent interview with Billboard where she dished on filming scenes for Fast & Furious 9.

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Besides film, Cardi was a judge on the Netflix completion show, Rhythm & Flow, and landed her own Facebook Watch series, Cardi Tries.

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Sherrick, born Lamotte Smith, was a member of the group Kagny, whose song is featured on The Last Dragon soundtrack. He signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1987 and scored a marginal hit with the single “Just Call” off his debut self-titled album. Sherrick struggled with sobriety but declared himself “drug-free” before dying of unknown causes in 1999.

Williams says that she was raped in Sherrick’s Washington D.C. hotel room and it, unfortunately, wasn’t her first time being sexually assaulted. The New Jersey native had been date raped in college. “Those types of things happen to girls all the time and they’ve been happening a lot, to a lot of our mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, and their great-great-grandmothers too.”

From the sounds of it, Sherrick's widow doesn't exactly believe Williams' story. She not only questioned Williams' account but wondered why she waited so long to go public, and why she didn't call police at the time of the incident.

“As I will never minimize or dismiss the horrid actions of sexual assault, I am saddened that Ms. Williams feels the need to publicly make these allegations when the man she is accusing is no longer on this earth to defend himself,” Lynne Conner Smith said in a statement to Page Six.  “Our family does not know Ms. Williams and are not aware of any relationship or encounter they may have had.”

The sexual assault will be chronicled in the film, as well as other details from Williams' life -- like her rise to talk show fame, her battle with drug addiction, and marriage to ex-husband Kevin Hunter.

Wendy Williams: The Movie premieres on Lifetime on Jan. 30.

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