What happens to girl groups after they break up? Well, if you're a member of 702, you just take some time out to regroup — then it's back to business as usual.
Three years after they virtually disappeared from the music scene, the Las Vegas trio of LeMisha, Irish and Kameelah are reunited and hoping to regain their urban pop prominence with a new album, Star, and a sexier, all-grown-up image.
The first single, also titled "Star," brings 702 back with a party-ready track by the Neptunes and a guest appearance by the Clipse. A video shoot for "Star" is planned for next week at a Los Angeles roller-skating rink with director Diane Martel (Justin Timberlake, N.E.R.D.).
LeMisha (now 24), Irish (22) and Kameelah (24) will release Star through Motown Records on December 10. The album, which features production and songwriting input from Mario Winans, Faith Evans, Mike City and the groupmembers themselves, will show off the ladies' new maturity with songs such as "Let Your Hair Down" and "Certified Ho."
In 1996, the girls released their first album, No Doubt, and a breakout Missy Elliott-penned single, "Steelo." But after the release of their second, self-titled album — which spawned the hit "Where My Girls At?" — Kameelah left to pursue a solo career, eventually enlisting singer Faith Evans and her husband, Todd Russaw, as her managers. Meanwhile, the remaining members tried to fill Kameelah's shoes with new members, but the new 702 lineups never gelled.
702 reappeared last year performing "Pootie Tangin'," the "Pootie Tang" theme, in the movie and on the soundtrack (see "Where My 702 At? Girls Back With 'Pootie Tangin'").
For a feature on R&B girl group lineup changes, including interviews with members of 702, check out "Girl Groups: Why They Can't Keep It Together".