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112 Biography


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Birth Place: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Years Active: –2007, -Present
Genres: R&B, Hip Hop


112 (pronounced "one-twelve") is an American R&B quartet from Atlanta, Georgia. Formerly artists on Diddy's Bad Boy Records, the group signed to the Def Soul roster in 2002. They had great success in the late 1990s and early 2000s, most notably winning a Grammy in 1997 with the song "I'll Be Missing You" with Puff Daddy and Faith Evans for Best Rap Performance by A Duo Or Group. The group has sold collectively a total of about 16+ million records worldwide.

Released in 1996, their self-titled debut album eventually went double platinum. The album entered into the top 5 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart, and went on to sale over two million copies. It featured the hit singles "Only You" and "Cupid," both of which peaked at #13 on the Hot 100 and #3 and #2 on the R&B charts respectively.

A series of hot single tracks by 112 populated the charts in 1997, beginning with "Come See Me," which hit the top 40 in January. "Cupid," released in May, made the top 40 and was certified gold in the same month. By August the track went platinum. Another 1997 single, "I'll Be Missing You," hit the top 40 in June and was certified triple platinum by July. Attaining the number one chart position by August, the song won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 1997. "I'll Be Missing You" sat at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for eleven weeks and spent nine weeks at the top of the Hot Singles sales. The track also topped the R&B singles, R&B singles sales, and rap singles charts for eight weeks running.

Their sophomore project, “Room 112” was released in 1998, and featured the hits, "Love Me" featuring Mase and "Anywhere" featuring Lil Zane. Both the album and the song "Love Me" were certified gold. Album sales surpassed the platinum level by May 1999, and double platinum sales were recorded in 2002.

The album, “Part III,” was released on March 20, 2001, and debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart. Surpassing gold sales in April, the album went platinum in May. Their fourth album “Hot & Wet,” appeared in November 2003, with its title song breaking into Billboard 's Hot 100 and the Rhythmic Top 40 that year. In 2004 the album charted on the Billboard 200 and peaked at number four on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.

“Pleasure & Pain,” the group's fifth album, was released in 2005, eventually reaching platinum status and featuring the popular single "U Already Know." Shortly after the release of the album the members separated to pursue solo careers and were subsequently dropped by Def Jam.

In March 2010, 112 returned to the studio and they have re-signed with Def Jam and Bad Boy Records.