Although it's easy to dismiss the contemporary R&B quartet Imajin as simply a "boy band" (just check out their debut album's cover), there's more than meets the eye to this group. In addition to writing and arranging most of their songs, the members even play the instruments on a few of them. Formed in the late '90s (drawing inspiration by such past outfits as Jackson 5, New Edition, Hi-Five, Immature, and Mint Condition), the group consists of members Jamal Hampton, Talib Kareem, Olamide Faison, and John Fitch, all of who were still in their teens at the time. Producer Bert Price lent a hand in assembling the band and guiding them, resulting in a recording contract with the Jive label shortly thereafter. Their self-titled debut album was released in 1999, which was produced by Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence and Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie (both of which are associates of Mr. Puff Daddy).
by Greg Prato