Boyz II Men on 'Collide': "We're Driving In Our Own Lane"
In the '90s, Boyz II Men were at the forefront of R&B with some of the sweetest slow jams and tightly-wound harmonies to hit the airwaves. Over two decades into their career, they're not exactly hanging up their hats and putting away the microphones: They just released Collide, their eleventh studio album, and the guys aren't just sticking to the genre that made them stars on this stylistically varied effort.
"Collide is an album that is a collection of a lot of different songs from a lot of different genres of music," explains Boyz II Men's Nathan Morris. "I don't want to say that we decided to go in a different direction; I would say that we just decided to finally record songs that we just enjoyed, with no preconceived notions about what they were before, whether it was a radio record, or a song for a video....We made records that we enjoyed and they just felt good, and that's pretty much what Collide is."
"It's not about a genre," adds Wanya Morris. "It's always been about the music, how it feels, what it represents, the lyrical content, the melody, the concept—all of the the things that make up the body of work. It was the right time, the right thing to do for us as artists. We had to make sure we represented what Boyz II Men wanted to represent. It's self-gratifying at the same time, because we're driving in our own lane. I don't think there's nothing' wrong with that 23 years in the game."
Neither do we! For more on how Boyz II Men feel about playing Vegas and what it was like to headline the halftime show for their hometown's football team, check out the Fuse exclusive above.