Poison (Bell Biv DeVoe album)

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For the album by Chamillionaire, see Poison (Chamillionaire album).
Studio album by Bell Biv DeVoe
Released March 20, 1990
Genre New jack swing[1]
Length 47:28
Label MCA
Producer Louil Silas, Jr. (exec.), Bell Biv DeVoe, Carl Bourelly, D'Lavance, Dr. Freeze, Timmy Gatling, Hiriam Hicks, Eric "Vietnam" Sadler, Hank Shocklee, Keith Shocklee, Alton "Wokie" Stewart
Bell Biv DeVoe chronology
WBBD-Bootcity!: The Remix Album
Singles from Poison
  1. "Poison"
    Released: February 24, 1990
  2. "Do Me!"
    Released: June 10, 1990
  3. "B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)?"
    Released: September 18, 1990
  4. "When Will I See You Smile Again?"
    Released: December 13, 1990
  5. "She's Dope!"
    Released: March 30, 1991

Poison is the debut studio album from American R&B/hip hop group Bell Biv DeVoe, released March 20, 1990 on MCA Records.

The album peaked at number five on the Billboard 200 chart. By April 1995, it was certified quadruple-platinum in sales by the RIAA, after sales exceeding 4,000,000 copies in the United States.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

The album peaked at five on the U.S. Billboard 200 and reached the top spot on the R&B Albums chart.[3] The album was certified platinum in May 1990, and reached quadruple-platinum status by April 1995.[4]

Alex Henderson at Allmusic noted that the album "delivered some of New jack swing's most worthwhile material," and also gave the group credit for being one of "the form's more creative and imaginative figures."[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Dope!"   Straite Dr. Freeze 3:44
2. "B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)?"   Durant, Hooks, Sadler, Shocklee, Stewart Eric Sadler, Hank Shocklee, Keith Shocklee 4:35
3. "Let Me Know Something?!"   Durant, Hooks, Sadler, Shocklee Eric "Vietnam" Sadler, Hank Shocklee, Keith Shocklee 4:40
4. "Do Me!"   Bell, Bivins, Bourelly, DeVoe Bell Biv DeVoe, Carl E. Bourelly 4:33
5. "Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, Mike, Ralph and Johnny (Word to the Mutha)!"   Bell, Bivins, DeVoe Bell Biv DeVoe, Peace Production (Wolf & Epic) 4:30
6. "Poison"   Straite Dr. Freeze 4:22
7. "Ain't Nut'in' Changed"   Durant, Sadler, Shocklee, Shocklee Eric "Vietnam" Sadler, Hank Shocklee, Keith Shocklee 3:30
8. "When Will I See You Smile Again?"   Gatling, Stewart Alton "Wokie" Stewart, Timmy Gatling 5:08
9. "I Do Need You"   Gatling Alton "Wokie" Stewart, Timmy Gatling 4:36
10. "Poison [Extended Club Version]"   Straite D'Lavance 7:50

Production & Personnel[5][edit]

  • Tracks 1 & 6 Produced by Dr. Freeze; associate producer (track 1): Howie Hirsch. Recorded by Jay Henry. Mixed (and remixed) by Eric Sadler and Hank/Keith Shocklee; track 6 mixed by Dr. Freeze & Jay Henry. All Instruments by Dr. Freeze.
  • Tracks 2, 3 & 7 Produced by Eric Sadler/Hank & Keith Shocklee. Recorded & Mixed by Dan Wood, Jamie Staub, Kirk Yano, Nick Sansano & Rod Hui. All Music arranged & performed by Hank Shocklee & Roney Hooks.
  • Track 4 Produced by Bell Biv Devoe & Carl Bourelly. Music Arranged by Carl Bourelly; vocals arranged by Bell Biv Devoe. Recorded by Barbara Milne; assisted by Karen Bohannon & Michael Allair. Mixed by Bell Biv Devoe. Kevin Johnson: Drums, Percussion; Carl Bourelly: Keyboards; Chris Floberg & Sherman Foole: Programming.
  • Track 5 Produced by Bell Biv Devoe & Peace Productions. Recorded by Stephen P. Blazina. Mixed by Bell Biv Devoe & Stephen P. Blazina. All Instruments, Vocals and Arrangements by Bell Biv Devoe.
  • Tracks 8 & 9 Produced by Alton Stewart & Timmy Gatling. Recorded & Mixed by Kurt Upper. Drum Programming & Keyboards by Howie Hirsch & Timmy Gatling.

Chart history[edit]


Chart (1990)[3] Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 5
U.S. R&B Albums 1


Year Single Peak chart positions[6]
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 U.S. Dance Music/Club Play Singles U.S. Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks
1990 "Poison" 3 7 3 1
"B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)?" 26 16 7 1
"Do Me!" 3 6 2 4
1991 "When Will I See You Smile Again?" 63 14 3
"She's Dope!" 9

"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Preceded by
Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em by MC Hammer
Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums number-one album
June 2, 1990 - June 8, 1990
Succeeded by
Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em by MC Hammer


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