Ideal is 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."
Maverick Devon Cotton and J-Dante, members of the Lamar High School choir, were singing outside one day when PZ and Swab joined in. The guys impressed and created their own group, quickly getting a chance to perform at their own school. The group's policy is made clearest on their hit record 'Get Gone' from their debut album. The protagonist of the song discovers his girlfriend is cheating on him and doesn't hesitate to tell her to leave. The group offers a nice claim for men during a time when groups like TLC and Destiny's Child attack men. According to member PZ, the name of the group was created as follows: "We actually picked up a dictionary and said whatever page it falls on, we're gonna get our name off that page...so we opened it up about halfway and it fell to the 'I' section. So we went down about four or five words, and we saw Ideal, and we read the definition, and it was a conception embodying perfection. And we liked that because although we're not perfect, we strive for perfection in everything that we do, especially our music, and we also added a second definition to ideal, which is 'the recipe to fulfill every woman's fantasy...baby!"
Their self-titled debut album was released by Virgin Records on August 24, 1999. Behind the strength of singles "Get Gone" and "Whatever," the album sold 615,000 units in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, and was certified Gold by the RIAA.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.
In 2004, the group signed with Neutral Ground/Universal Records and began work on their sophomore album, tentatively titled From Now On. Guest producers for the project were to include Bryan-Michael Cox, Rockwilder, Nisan Stewart, Mike City and Battle Cat. The lead single was slated to be the Cee-Lo Green-featured "Makin' Time," however both the single and album were never released.
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