Equally rooted in gospel, soul, and hip-hop, 112 were the first and most successful urban vocal group to emerge from Sean “Puffy” Combs’ Bad Boy Records roster. Not only was the group’s eponymous 1996 debut popular, but the group could be heard on records by such Bad Boy artists as Mase and the Notorious B.I.G. Unlike most artists on Bad Boy, 112’s image was clean, pure, and wholesome (initially, at least), which helped the group cross over to a more mainstream audience. The four members of 112 — Marvin, Daron, Q, and Mike — met each other while attending high school in Atlanta, GA. The quartet began to play talent shows at school and local churches, eventually gaining the attention of Courtney Sills and Kevin Wales, who soon became the group’s managers. Sills and Wales brought 112 to the attention of Sean “Puffy” Combs at Bad Boy Records. Combs signed on as the executive producer of 112’s eponymous debut album, which featured songs the group co-wrote with such professional … Read More.