Ahhhhhh don’t we miss the “R&B Group” days!!!!
Hi-Five is a R&B quintet from Waco, Texas. The band was formed in 1990, and consisted of the late Tony Thompson, Roderick “Pooh” Clark, Marcus Sanders, Russell Neal, and Toriano Easley. Easley was later replaced by Treston Irby.
“I Like The Way (The Kissing Game)” is their biggest hit to date, off their eponymous platinum debut album, Hi-Five. The single went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The album was produced by legendary producer Teddy Riley.
“She’s Playing Hard To Get” was a single off their second album, Keep It Goin’ On. The single reached No. 5 on the Billboard Pop chart and No. 2 on the R&B chart. The group is known for their smooth signature sound, tight harmonies, and high pitched yet sweet vocal styling.
Earlier this year, the group stated that they miss the presence of many R&B groups. They also stated that in the ’90s and early 2000s music was more driven by the artistry and it’s now driven by how much money you can make. They stated that groups like them, Jodeci, Jagged Edge and more were putting out timeless records. The quintet also shared the fact that they feel like its scary that there are no new R&B groups emerging or sustaining.
Enjoy “I Like (The Kissing Game)” above and “She’s Playing Hard to Get” below.