Basic Black was an R&B group from the ’90s based in Atlanta, Georgia that consisted of members Darryl “Dezo” Adams, Kelvin “K.B.” Bradshaw, Walter “Mucho” Scott and Lloyd “Spec” Turner. They were managed by Gene Griffin (the uncle of Teddy Riley and the former manager of R&B group Guy).
In 1990, Basic Black released their self-titled debut which peaked at #178 on the Billboard 200 and #24 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
Their first single “She’s Mine” peaked at #24 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #17 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks, making it the group’s highest chart appearance on the R&B charts to date.
The second single from the album “Nothing But a Party” peaked at #26 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.
Basic Black’s last chart appearance was with their last single “Whatever it Takes” which peaked at #64 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.
After that, it appeared that Basic Black disbanded as Dezo Adams went on to join another short-lived R&B group called ARB (which was also created by Gene Griffin).
By the mid 1990s, Dezo was working with Teddy Riley and helped remix Teddy’s group, Blackstreet’s song “Fix.” He later became the lead singer of yet another short-lived music group called 911. It’s unknown what he’s currently up to.
Walter Scott went on to produce & write music for artists such as MC Lyte, Case, Riff, Blackgirl, Lateasha, Case, Keith Sweat & Amerie.
As for Lloyd Turner, it appears as if he resides in Atlanta, working as a music producer & an on-air radio personality. It’s unknown what Kelvin Bradshaw is up to these days.
To see the music video for “She’s Mine,” go to:
To see the music video for “Nothing But a Party,” go to:
To see the music video for “Whatever It Takes,” go to;