Ideal (group)

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This article is about the American quartet. For the German band, see Ideal (German band).
Origin Houston, Texas, United States
Genres R&B
Years active 1995–2004
Labels Virgin/EMI Records (1998–2001)
Neutral Ground/Universal (2004)
Members Maverick

Ideal is 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'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