As time flies by, some of our favorite teen dreams — like Chris Brown, Usher, Justin Timberlake — have grown up before our very eyes. You can now add these guys to the list: Dustin, Patrick, Kelly, Carnell and Bryan Breeding, better known as B5. These five brothers are returning to the R&B forefront with Harmony-produced single “Say Yes.” “We’ve been working with him on multiple records on the album,” Dustin says of the untitled LP.
The group who was previously signed with Diddy’s Bad Boy Records in 2005, gained success with the singles “All I Do” and “You Got Me.” After their sophomore album Don’t Talk Just Listen, the group severed ties with Diddy. A couple of singles and one name switch later, the brothers are back to B5 and excited about their new sound and trek in the music world.
Vixen chatted with the guys about their big plans for the summer, what they’ve learned over the past few years and what fashion trends they want the ladies to wear this year. (And yes, they’re all legal.) — Desire Thompson
VIBE Vixen: We checked your new song “Say Yes,” and we love the song and the video. Will the album consist of R&B songs like this or raunchy records like “Cookie”?
Carnell: [Laughs] It’s not so much of the “Cookie” stuff, but it’s a mix of R&B and Pop.
What influenced you guys to come back to the music?
Dustin: We haven’t really left. We just wanted to take a step back, recollect our thoughts and how we would approach it all again.
Carnell: Just to think of our next move.
Nice. So what would you say are the big differences between your past and today? What have you learned in the past few years?
Carnell: We’ve grown so much, matured a lot. We learned the good and valuable lessons. As far as the music goes, we grew a lot in our writing and making beats. We’ve grown individually and as a group in the business.
Speaking of growing and maturing, is anyone in a relationship right now?
Patrick: Throughout the years, we’ve dabbled and dated a little bit but that’s really it. As of today, no. Not at the moment.
That’s cool. You have to play the field. Plus, summer just started. Have any of your love stories or break-ups inspired the new music?
Dustin: Yeah, definitely. There’s been times when one of my brothers or myself has gone through a relationship or a certain situation in a relationship, and when it came time to record a particular song, it went perfectly.
Carnell: It helps to put that feeling into it, so when people hear it, it’s believable. When we do put out music, we want them to relate.
Bryan, since you are the youngest member of the group, how does it feel now to reintroduce yourself to the world?
Bryan: Now I’m able to do more. Now that I’m older, I view the world in a completely different way.