B2K
Also known asB2K
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres
Years active
  • 1998–2004
  • 2018–2019
Labels
Past members
Websiteb2kofficial.com

B2K (Boys of the New Millennium) was an American boy band that was active from 1998 to 2004, and again from 2018 to 2019. In 1998, the group was formed by American dance choreographer Dave Scott and Interscope A&R Keshia Gamble. The members consisted of Lil' Fizz, J-Boog, Raz-B, and Omarion. They released their self-titled debut album on March 12, 2002. The album peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 and number one on the U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

History

In 2003, the group won a Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Singing Group. That same year, all of the members filmed the movie You Got Served. Around the time the movie was released, manager Chris Stokes announced the group's split, claiming internal disagreements as the cause. Lil' Fizz, Raz-B, and J-Boog issued a joint statement confirming the end of their professional relationship with Stokes. The trio also said they "just want[ed] to be treated fairly".[2]

2005–2018: Solo ventures, Love & Hip Hop

Omarion went on to release several solo albums, as well as a collaboration album with Bow Wow and an unreleased album titled Reasons.[3] From 2005 to 2007, Lil' Fizz guest-starred on Fox's comedy series The War at Home for 2 seasons. After much controversy, Raz-B relocated overseas to China in pursuit of a solo career, as well as becoming an entrepreneur and manager of his own record label.[4] In 2009, J-Boog partnered with Lil' Fizz on the 5-Track EP album "Nightlife".[5] He also partnered with IMx member and relative Marques Houston, becoming a writer, producer and vice president for Houston's film production company, Footage Films.[6]

In 2014, Omarion and Fizz became main cast members of VH1's reality show Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, where both members showcased their res private lives and relationships.[7] Omarion left after two seasons to focus on his personal life with his then girlfriend and newborn child, while Fizz remained as supporting cast for the remainder of the seasons. During the series in 2017, J-Boog makes an appearance as Fizz tried to make an attempt to get the band back together with Omarion not being present and possibly having co-star and long time friend Ray J be a part of the group as a replacement.[8] But Ray J's ego caused tension between him and J-Boog,[9] which resulted in Fizz and Boog deciding it was best to just let the group rest in their history and reunite the right way.[10]

2018–2020: The Millennium Tour Reunion

On December 31, 2018, it was announced that after 15 years, B2K would reunite for "The Millennium Tour" in 2019. The 3-month city tour occurred during March, April and May 2019. The location and dates were released through G-Squared Events website. The tour featured all four members of B2K, as well as several other mid-2000's urban artists, including Pretty Ricky, Chingy, Ying Yang Twins, Mario, Bobby V and Lloyd.[11]

Special appearances during the tour

During the NYC show at Madison Square Garden, Ashanti had made a brief surprise appearance performing with Lloyd on their hit single "Southside".[12]

Raz-B various incidents during the tour

During the 3-month Millennium Tour, Raz-B was involved in multiple incidents, which were set to be documented as he officially joined the cast of VH1's Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, and agreed to chronicle his life experiences while on tour.[13] This never came to fruition as the reality show was postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.[14]

  • During the first few weeks of the tour, Raz-B reported to Instagram, explaining on video that he may recuse himself from the tour due to feeling uncomfortable and unsafe after allegations former manager Chris Stokes was possibly in the presence of the group while on tour. Hours later, the group made a statement that Raz-B would remain on tour, disclosing they were in support of their bandmate's mental well being.[15]
  • During the Nashville, Tennessee tour stop, Raz-B walked off stage mid performance. He took to Instagram and posted "It really sucks, this being my dream tour. It’s not right! I’m the spirit of the group! I’m clearly alone in this, Omarion thanks for showing me love when nobody else would. I suggest nobody talk to me! Cause none of y'all understand what I'm going through!" He then mentioned his dislike for their performance set opening sequence introduction: "Change the f---ing intro, I hate it!"[16]
  • In late April, Raz-B was arrested in Minneapolis after reports of domestic violence with his actress girlfriend. It was alleged that he physically strangled and choked her outside of a Macy's store. However, the County Attorney's Office decided not to prosecute him due to the lack of evidence provided. The producers and camera crew of Love & Hip Hop were not present during this event.[17]
  • In early May, during a 27-minute Lyft ride in Jacksonville, Florida, Raz-B slept through the ride and was half awake exiting the vehicle, leaving his $2,500 Louis Vuitton bag. He contacted the driver and said that he hung up on him, which resulted in Raz-B making claims that the driver would not give it back. However, the driver did in fact return the bag by dropping it off at a secure location.[18]
  • On May 10, 2019, B2K announced that Raz-B was taking a break from the tour to cater more to his health and well being, and would not appear for the remainder of the tour. The group was also said to be in support of him receiving self care and hoped to see his return later.[19]

2021–present: Public Feud

In 2021, Omarion did an interview with the New York Post and in addressing issues with his bandmates he stated that he had matured and that within the group there was lack of communication and lack of knowledge.[20]

On June 23, 2022, Omarion performed a Verzuz where he insinuated his former bandmates were "glorified backup dancers", prompting J-Boog to negatively respond. Shortly after, Omarion announced the arrival of his five-part docuseries titled Omega: The Gift & The Curse, where he finally addressed issues during the 2019 Millennium Tour, the group's downfall, Lil Fizz’s relationship with the mother of his children, and more.[21]

On September 3, 2022, J-Boog, Raz B and Lil Fizz appeared on the Revolt series Drink Champs as a trio to discuss their side of the turmoil.[22]

Members

Discography

Studio albums

Filmography

Tours

Awards

BET Awards
Year Nominee / work Award Result
2002 "Uh Huh" Viewer's Choice Award Won
B2K Best New Artist Nominated
Best Group Nominated
2003 "Girlfriend" Video of the Year Nominated
"Bump, Bump, Bump" Viewer's Choice Award Won
B2K Best Group Won
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards
Year Nominee / work Award Result
2003 B2K Favorite Music Group Won
2004 B2K Favorite Music Group Nominated
"Bump, Bump, Bump" Favorite Song Nominated
Soul Train Music Awards
Year Nominee / work Award Result
2003 B2K Best R&B/Soul Album – Group, Band or Duo Won
"Bump, Bump, Bump" Best R&B/Soul Single – Group, Band or Duo Won
2004 Pandemonium! Best R&B/Soul Album – Group, Band or Duo Won
"Girlfriend" Best R&B/Soul Single – Group, Band or Duo Nominated
Nickeloden Australian Kids Choice Awards
Year Nominee / work Award Result
Nickeloden Australian Kids' Choice Awards 2005 B2K Favourite Music Group Nominated

References

  1. ^ "Omarion Songs, Albums, Reviews, Bio & More". AllMusic.
  2. ^ "B2K Moving On Without Omarion?". Billboard.
  3. ^ Burney, Lawrence (2017-03-07). "Omarion Talks About Being Vulnerable, Career Longevity, and His New Album". Noisey. Retrieved 2018-12-24.
  4. ^ "Demario Thornton aka Raz B". DJ Central TV | Official Website. Retrieved 2018-12-24.
  5. ^ "Interview: Former B2K Members Fizz and Boog Back As a Duo". HelloBeautiful. 2009-10-02. Retrieved 2018-12-24.
  6. ^ "Marques Houston's Film Company Has Employed Over 300 People In The Last Year". HelloBeautiful. 2018-11-30. Retrieved 2018-12-24.
  7. ^ Rogers, Jazmine Denise (2014-08-18). "'Love & Hip Hop Hollywood' Gets An Air Date, B2K's Omarion And Lil Fizz To Star In Series". MadameNoire. Retrieved 2018-12-24.
  8. ^ Michel 10/9/2017, Sarah. "Ray J Feels Disrespected by J Boog's Comments and is Ready to Square Up in the Love & Hip Hop Hollywood Sneak". VH1 News. Retrieved 2018-12-24.
  9. ^ Benitz, Samantha (2017-10-17). "'L&HH' Recap — Ray J Slammed As 'Fake Michael Jackson' & Denied From Joining B2K". Hollywood Life. Retrieved 2018-12-24.
  10. ^ Michel 10/17/2017, Sarah. "Bonus Clip: J-Boog Feels Ray2K Will Never Happen Because Some People Are Not Realistic About Their Current Celeb Status". VH1 News. Retrieved 2018-12-24.
  11. ^ "B2K to Reunite in 2019 for The Millennium Tour: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-12-24.
  12. ^ Miss2Bees (2019-03-10). "Top 6 Moments of NYC Stop of The 'New Millennium Tour'". The Source. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  13. ^ "B2K's Raz B To Join 'Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood'". Vibe. 2019-05-06. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  14. ^ "'Love & Hip Hop' Franchise Allegedly Shut Down Indefinitely Due to COVID-19 Pandemic". 7 May 2020.
  15. ^ "B2K's Raz B Dropped Out Of The Millennium Tour For This Reason". BET.com. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  16. ^ Washington, Jasmine (2019-03-26). "Fan Defends Raz-B After He Walked Off Stage Mid-Performance". EBONY. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  17. ^ "Raz B Joins Cast of 'Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood'". TMZ. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  18. ^ "Raz B Claims Lyft Driver Jacked Louis Vuitton Bag After Falling Asleep". TMZ. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  19. ^ "Raz B. Is Taking a Break From The B2K Millennium Tour. On the plus side Fizz is now snuggled up with Omarion's Baby Mama..." HOT 97 | #1 For Hip Hop. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  20. ^ "Omarion talks to Jalen Rose about growing up and moving on". New York Post. November 11, 2021.
  21. ^ "Fizz, J-Boog, & Raz-B Are Telling All About B2K & Omarion On "Drink Champs"". hotnewhiphop. August 13, 2022.
  22. ^ "B2K Talks Omarion Fallout And 'Verzuz' In 'Drink Champs' Teasers". Vibe. August 16, 2022.

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