Ideal (group)

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OriginHouston, Texas, United States
Years active1995–2004
LabelsVirgin (1998–2001)
Neutral Ground/Universal (2004)
Past membersMaverick "Mav" Cotton
Cedrick "Swab" Cotton (deceased)
Wayne "PZ" Perry
Jay "J-Dante" Green

Ideal was an American R&B quartet from Houston, Texas, United States. The group debuted in 1999 and was composed of brothers Maverick "Mav" and Cedrick "Swab" Cotton, their cousin Wayne "PZ" Perry, and high school friend Jay "J-Dante" Green,[1] all graduates of Lamar High School in Houston. The group is best known for the hit songs "Creep Inn", "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,[2] and was certified Gold by the RIAA.[3] 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".[4]

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 neither the single nor the album were released.[2]

Cedrick "Swab" Cotton (born on May 31, 1974 in Houston, Texas)[5] was fatally stabbed at a convenience store in Houston on February 9, 2021. He was 46.[6]

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


  1. ^ Centeno, Tony M. (February 14, 2021). "Cedrick "Swab" Cotton of R&B group Ideal stabbed to death". Retrieved August 3, 2022.
  2. ^ a b Mitchell, Gail. "'Ideal' Time To Get Back In The Studio." Billboard. February 21, 2004: 25. Print.
  3. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Searchable Database
  4. ^ - Ideal - Review
  5. ^ "Cedrick Dewayne Cotton". Retrieved February 24, 2021.
  6. ^ Simon, Erica (February 11, 2021). "Former member of R&B group 'Ideal' stabbed to death in SW Houston". Retrieved February 11, 2021.
  7. ^ - Ideal - Charts & Awards - Billboard Albums

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