Playa joins Dru Hill
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Dru Hill is one of my all-time favorite R&B groups – but now they’re shaking things up a bit and I’m not quite sure how I feel about it.

The group excitedly announced they are welcoming two new members, Jawann “Smoke” Peacock and Benjamin “Black” Bush of the 90’s R&B trio, Playa.

The late Static Major was also in Playa and was responsible for helping Timbaland produce their biggest hit, “Cheers To You.”



With the addition of Smoke and Black comes the departure of Jazz Anthony, who has been a staple of Dru Hill.

It appears after 26 years, Jazz is ready to pursue a solo career.

This isn’t the first time Dru Hill has made a personnel change.

In 2008, the group welcomed Antwuan “Tao” Simpson after Woody Rock cashed out for the Lord.

The new Dru Hill released the following statement to VIBE:

While Jazz is working on solo endeavors, it only made sense to come together with our brothers.

Not many people know this, but we met way back in 1998 when we all played the Ladies Night Out tour and Playa was a trio. We’ve been family ever since.

When we stepped on that stage with Dru Hill for the first time this year, it was instant magic. We knew right away that this was where we all belonged.

My prayers are with Jazz.

I saw Dru Hill in concert in Atlanta last year and Jazz could barely stand the do the dance routines. I knew it was only a matter of time before he’d cashed out on the group.

Your thoughts on the new group?

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