Ideal (group)

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OriginHouston, Texas, United States
Years active1995–2004
LabelsVirgin/EMI Records (1998–2001)
Neutral Ground/Universal (2004)
Past membersMaverick

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]

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 "Don't Do Me Like That"
(featuring Juvenile)
Non-album single
2017 "It's Alright, It's Ok" TBA


  1. ^ 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