If you aren’t familiar with the R&B group Mindless Behavior, it’s a good chance the teenage girls in your family can tell you about them.
The group will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2 at Bell Auditorium.
In just four years since the quartet formed in Southern California, their talents have garnered a sensational buzz nationally – primarily among pre-teens and teenagers. The members – Princeton, Roc Royal, Ray Ray and Prodigy – are all 15 years old.
In a recent phone interview Princeton and Roc Royal said they are equally appreciative and grateful for their success.
“It really feels good,” Roc Royal said. “I’ve always wanted to play football and be a football star, but after joining the group, I find that I enjoy this way better than sports.”
The quartet describes their music as a delectable mixture of R&B grooves and pop hooks, with a hip-hop swag. Princeton says the group’s sound is, more importantly, kid-friendly.
“We sing about the normal stuff that kids in our generation are going through. We like to have fun and dance, too,” he said.
As a young music historian, Princeton names Michael Jackson as his primary influence, followed by Nirvana and Sublime.
Both singers agree that the Jackson 5, New Edition and B2K are among the boy band groups they respect and emulate while in the process of creating a new sound for a new generation.
“We’re out to create our own legacy,” Princeton said.
On their debut album #1 Girl, which was released in September, the group has enjoyed several hit songs, including Mrs. Right and Girls Talkin Bout. But it was their 2010 debut single, My Girl, that caught the industry by surprise and remains a crowd-pleaser in live performances, Roc Royal said.
Although the members were unfamiliar with each other before coming together during a 2008 Los Angeles audition, Princeton said the magic was immediate. “We clicked from the first day we met because we all love music and performing. On stage, we go all out,” he said.