Ideal (group)

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Origin Houston, Texas, United States
Genres R&B
Years active 1995–2004
Labels Virgin/EMI Records (1998–2001)
Neutral Ground/Universal (2004)
Past members Maverick

Ideal was an American R&B quartet from Houston, Texas, United States. The group Ideal debuted in 1999 and is composed of brothers Maverick Cotton and Swab, their cousin PZ and high school friend J-Dante. The group is best known for its hit songs "Get Gone" and "Whatever." Ideal also had a 5th member who started with the Original Group in 1992, Charles Vienn II, who now goes by the stage name "EDWIN VICTORY". He left the group in 1998 to pursue his own musical and entertainment interest. He is best known for his creation of "The Baby Isaac Crew", a group of mascot characters who do positive and uplifting hip hop songs for kids.


Ideal's eponymous debut album was released by Virgin Records on August 24, 1999. The album sold 615,000 units in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan,[1] and was certified Gold by the RIAA.[2] Allmusic's Heather Phares called Ideal's initial effort a "heartfelt first album" which showcased the "group's smooth, sensuous vocal styling and romantic songwriting.[3]

In 2004, the group signed with Neutral Ground/Universal Records and began work on their sophomore album, tentatively titled From Now On. Guest producers for the project were to include Bryan-Michael Cox, Rockwilder, Nisan Stewart, Mike City and Battle Cat. The lead single was slated to be the Cee-Lo Green–featured "Makin' Time," however both the single and album were never released.[1]

Discography and chart performance[edit]


Year Statistics
1999 Ideal


Year Single Chart positions Album
1996 "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" (featuring Lil' Bud & Tizone) 94 Original Gangstas
1999 "Get Gone" 13 2 Ideal
"Creep Inn" 60
2000 "Whatever" (featuring Lil' Mo) 47 11
2004 "Makin' Time" (featuring Cee-Lo Green) From Now On


  1. ^ a b Mitchell, Gail. "'Ideal' Time To Get Back In The Studio." Billboard. February 21, 2004: 25. Print.
  2. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Searchable Database
  3. ^ - Ideal - Review
  4. ^ - Ideal - Charts & Awards - Billboard Albums