This, from Boyz II Men

For some odd reason I found myself on the BoyzIIMen website today. It’s a pretty sad place—hasn’t been updated in 11 months, which means the “big” 20th anniversary celebration probably wasn’t so big. Sigh.

I can’t say I was particularly shocked by the news that the group’s bass singer isn’t returning, because—truth be told—who knew BoyzIIMen still existed? What I did find shocking was:

A. The way the writer of this letter just sold the poor guy down the river.

B. The jarring lack of proper grammar and punctuation.

Seriously, these guys are paid to express themselves—and they don’t even have a proofer check over the stuff pasted on their website (“Which was more than fare”?)? What are the 43 remaining BIIM fans thinking?

As much as it pains me to have to deliver this information, we feel it’s important not to leave our fans hanging on this idea for much longer.


As many of you know and have known for many years, the bass singer of the group (Mike Mc Cary) left due to a nagging back ailment (as well as many other reasons). Over the last 6 months we’ve been in more recent contact with him checking to see how he was doing health-wise, as well as trying to feel out where he was in his life mentally, as it pertained to his career.

Well, on the eve of the 20th anniversary year of Boyz II Men, our negotiations to make Mike a part of this celebration are at a stalemate. What we were willing to offer him (which was more then fare for being gone for 7 years) verses what he wanted was so far a part that we’ve decided to carry on without him……………………again.

Our die-hard fans have struggled together with us for the past 7 years when no one would give us a gig or even a call back…….. you guys were there….and we thank you for that. We say that because these were the most trying 7 years of our lives as well as our careers. We could have easily packed it in and said “Well we had a good run so let’s turn off the lights and go home now”, but we didn’t. The three of us have fought together and continue to fight daily to keep the integrity of the name Boyz II Men. Not just because it pays us, but because there are millions of people around the world who depend on us everyday (musically) to help them through many of the hardships they face in their lives. It’s always easy to stay together when things are going great, but we all know that it takes a different kind of man to stay and fight it out when things are really bad.

So what we have here is 3 guys who are willing to do whatever it takes to fight for this institution we call Boyz II Men. It hurts me more then you know to sit and write this post knowing how bad I personally wanted to see this happen for the 60 million Boyz II Men fans around the world, but we can’t sugar-coat this situation any more. There WILL definitely be a 20th Anniversary Celebration but it will be without Mike Mc Cary. We’ve done what we could as friends, as brothers, as a family and as businessmen to try and make this thing work but It’s just not in the cards for Mike to be back in this group. We have all grown too far apart during his absence to risk our fans not getting what they have come to know and love over the passed 7 years from which is now……

The NEW Boyz II Men

Nathan Shawn Wanya

God Bless you all, and we’ll see you for the 20th!!!!!!!!!!!!!

6 thoughts on “This, from Boyz II Men”

  1. “Not just because it pays us, but because there are millions of people around the world who depend on us everyday (musically) to help them through many of the hardships they face in their lives.”

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  2. Those three dudes should play a concert with ABC and BBD, and I’ll Dj with Dj Earl the Pearl aka JP aka Jeff Pearlman, and we’ll turn the mother out

  3. Aaron, don’t forget Sudden Impact. They were part of the East Coast Family too.

    That was a sad letter, not because I was a huge BIIM fan (I wasn’t), but because it was pretty delusional.

    Every era has it’s disco, it’s skifflin’ and for some reason the early 90s chose New Jack Swing. BIIM were a big part of that, but it’s over. They need to move on.

    I think that their bass singer knows this but just couldn’t bring himself to tell the rest of his band mates.

  4. Well I just went to Hall & Oates’ website and I must say, I was shocked and amazed to see those geezers are giving it a go without pacemakers and wheelchairs, still standing, gyrating and trying to bag the babes. WHO KNEW? I’m sorry, but someone who whines, moans, and still sheds tears over these 80s has beens has no business chiding Boyz II Men, the biggest selling R&B group of all time. This is the same Boyz II Men that performed at the nationally televised Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony a few weeks back so clearly someone out there still knows they exist. (Daryl and John’s invite must have gotten lost in the mail. or left on the counter at the convalescent home.) Just to update you, Singer Shawn Stockman is back for a second season as guest judge on NBC’s “The Sing-Off” while both Wanya and Nathan have been writing and producing for other artists. They also still perform together as a group. Are they trying to channel their inner Justin Beiber and make Billboard’s Top 100? No. But they are still around, minding their business and living life. So yes Pearlman, just like you may be hip to and in the know about the going ons of the barely there and seemingly defunct 80s soul duo who penned that great big hit we all know and love “Family Man”, there are many of us who are still aware of the happenings of Boyz II Men.

    P.S. Boyz II Men had ONE New Jack Swing song of note. Everything else was pure R&B which is why they had five platinum albums and sold over 40 million records worldwide.

  5. P.S. Boyz II Men had ONE New Jack Swing song of note. Everything else was pure R&B which is why they had five platinum albums and sold over 40 million records worldwide.

    That’s actually not true, their entire first album is NJS. Or at least that’s how it was marketed.

    BTW, I looked up BIIM on wikipedia and they’re a bit bigger than I remember. And actually seem to be doing ok now, they got a Grammy nom in 2009, which doesn’t mean anything other than that they’re not C+C Music Factory.

    Also, Mike’s “back problem” that was referenced in the letter from his band mates is actually scoliosis. That’s a bit more than “a nagging back ailment”.

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