By Micha Green
AFRO D.C. Editor
The Washington Wizards weren’t the only group of men wowing audiences at the Capital One Arena on Feb. 7. After a nail-biting victory by the Wizards, who won by one-point with point-two seconds left of the game, audiences were a treated to a post-game concert that featured local entertainers with headliners Ma$e and an exciting performance from the legendary group Dru Hill.
Even before the game was over, audience members were heard prepping to jam to their favorite Dru Hill songs, such as “Tell Me,” “In My Bed,” and “We’re Not Making Love No More.” Once the anxiety-inducing game ended in a win, audiences shifted to the middle of the arena for the free concert that closed with Dru Hill, a group that began only 45 minutes north of the nation’s capital in Baltimore more than two decades ago.
In an exclusive interview, Dru Hill spoke to the AFRO about their storied career, shifts in membership, legacy of their music and the reason why the Black sound is important to the American music canon.
AFRO It was interesting because of lot of the emcees were saying, ‘Let’s go back to the 90s,’ as they introduced you all, and I was kind of offended by that only because you all are still so relevant today in 2020. How are you able to keep up that momentum?
Sisqó: Those hits! It’s a blessing to be able to perform songs people like.
Black: It’s our passion for the music in general.
Sisqó: And through God’s grace we’ll be singing the new stuff, and they’ll be rocking to that too. So I’m like, ‘Aye! That’s what’s up.’
It’s Black History Month. Why is Black music so incredibly important: We’re the salt of the earth- the first people, the first music. We’re the soul. In my opinion, we’re the soul of music. Different artists and different races bring different things to the table. One group might be the bones, that might be the Caucasian people. Maybe our Latin brothers and sisters are the organs or the skin. But the soul of the music, is absolutely, without a shadow of, is from us.
AFRO: Tell us about your new single.
Sisqo: First it was “Tell Me.” We were first asking, ‘Tell me what you want.’ Now we’re going to give you what you need. You can get it anywhere where music is sold. Right on time for Valentine’s Day.