Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis produced New Edition's platinum Heart Break album. At the end of the Heart Break tour, Jam asked the group what their plans were. There was some talk about solo albums by Ralph Tresvant, Johnny Gill, and Ricky Bell. Michael Bivins wanted to get into management. The producers suggested that three of the members start a group called Bell, Bivins, and DeVoe. The trio decided to call themselves Bell Biv DeVoe. Jam and Lewis called MCA A&R exec Louil Silas and told him about Bell Biv DeVoe. Silas wanted Jam and Lewis to produce, but the trio wanted to work with more rap-oriented producers. The attention was on lead singers Tresvant and Gill to come up with solo LPs, so Bell Biv DeVoe felt no glaring attention and could record their album with relatively no scrutiny. Around 1984, songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Elliot Straite, aka Dr. Freeze, had written a song called "Poison" which was intended to be included on his album. It's theme was outwardly attractive girls who take advantage of guys. Straite played it for the trio's manager Hiram Hicks. It fit the group's need to distinguish their sound from New Edition's by making their sound more "street." Included on their four million-selling debut album Poison, "Poison" sold over two million copies, staying at number one R&B for two weeks and peaking at number three pop in the spring of 1990. Poison also yielded "B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)?," "She's Dope," "Do Me," and "When Will I See You Smile Again."