Back in the 1990s, when young singing groups roamed the earth, multi platinum artists Dru Hill dominated the industry. Called "Today's most dynamic male R&B group," by Vibe magazine. The group topped the charts from 1996 to 2003 with their Dru HillEnter the Dru (1996), (1998) and Dru World Order (2002). Their classic contagious hits includes "Tell Me," "In My Bed," "We're Not Making Love," "How Deep is Your Love" and "Beauty."
First meeting when they were students at the notorious Fredrick Douglass High in their native Baltimore, a school more known for its crime than its soul music, the original Dru crew consisted of Mark "Sisqo" Andrews, Tamir "Nokio" Ruffin, who founded the group, Larry "Jazz" Anthony and James "Woody" Green. Dru Hill first formed in the era when artists like Boyz II Men and Jodeci were on top of the charts. Making a name for themselves at local talent show and later at the Apollo Amateur Night, the then teenagers always had the magic of harmonization. The group took its name from Baltimore's Druid Hill Park the then popular hang out spot for neighborhood teens. "We love our city so much, we wanted a name that would pay tribute to it while being a constant reminder of where we came from,"says Sisqo. And as they say "the rest is history."
While Sisqo had always been seen as Dru Hill's lead vocalist, he had his first taste of solo success when he appeared on the Wild Wild West soundtrack with Will Smith in 1999 and later released his solo album Unleash the Dragon the following year. Featuring the monster single, "Thong Song," which placed him on top of the world, he seemed destined to moonwalk in the footsteps of his hero Michael Jackson. Still, while Sisqo was flying high as a soloist, he still missed the energy of being part of a group. "It wasn't about my ego, but more about being a team player" says Sisqo.
Seven years later InDRUpendence Day, the group's fourth disc, marks the return of the group, while also welcoming new member Antwuan "Tao" Simpson (pronounced Tay oh) who has replaced Woody after he decided he did not want to be a part of the InDRUpendence Day reunion. The title InDRUpendence Day represents a declaration of Dru Hill's independence from a major label machinery."Things change, people change, but getting back with my brothers could only be a good thing," declares Sisqo. "Our sound has evolved; we're hitting notes like we never could before." Indeed, one listen to the rhythmic swagger of the first single "Love M.D.," is enough proof that Dru Hill has only gotten better.
In addition to the anticipation of their new release, Dru Hill offers their fans a bonus. They team up with Keith Sweat who is the is the creator and executive producer of Dru Hill's upcoming reality show Platinum House. Premiering on Centric, Platinum House, shot in Atlanta, is a raw, unscripted reality show that will give their fans a rare opportunity to see the life of the top selling R&B group from the inside. Platinum House will show the group on the road and in the studio, while at the same time dealing with each others unique personalities as Dru Hill creates history once again. Tempers flare up, egos are conquered and Keith Sweat break down the crew in order for them to get rebuilt into the new and improved Dru Hill. Under his house they will have to follow his rules as he pushes the guys to their limit.