Jodeci are lovers, not fighters. The North Carolina vocal group released just three albums, from 1991 to 1995, all with sensual themes, but they helped launch the careers of Timbaland and Missy Elliott, and more recently Drake hasn’t been shy about honoring their influence. The quartet of K-Ci & JoJo, DeVante Swing and Mr. Dalvin reunited at last month’s Soul Train Awards for a medley of songs, including a preview of the first new Jodeci single in 18 years, “Nobody Wins.”
Now the full song is here, and it’s a warm, finger-snapping neo-soul call against domestic violence. B.o.B. is on the track as a guest rapper, driving home the lyrical theme but staying out of the way enough for the creamy harmonies and “no no no no” hook to hold the spotlight. “Nobody wins when we fuss, fight and argue,” the two pairs of brothers sing. There’s a serious, serious issue here, and it’s made all the more dramatic by the visuals; still, it’s safe to say there was no victory in a Jodeci divided, either.
Listen and watch below, and scroll down for “Come and Talk to Me,” Jodeci’s biggest early hit.