“After The Game” pays tribute to the original song written and performed by the late legendary NBA player and multi-award winning bassist/songwriter/producer, Wayman Tisdale. The story begins with Art Dixie who co-wrote the track alongside Wayman during the mid-1990s. Despite being in his early twenties at the time, Art demonstrated remarkable musical talent. Wayman, who played for the Phoenix Suns during that period, had a home studio where he listened to Art’s work on the MPC60 after one his games. The tune left ample room for Wayman to explore melody lines and hooks. Surprisingly, Wayman displayed profound finesse and confidence in this aspect, considering his role as a power forward in the NBA. However, it is a fact that Wayman had already been collaborating with his friends, which included Derek Allen, and of course John Paris, and Eddie M, well before he signed his record deal. Adding to that, with his upbringing in the church, his musical talent was already apparent from the beginning. Wayman grabbed his bass and explored new melodies. With a flute-like sound already in place, Wayman elevated the hook’s melody to greater heights on the bass, and everything came together perfectly. Part of the distinctive musical identity created by “Tiz” was that After The Game, which introduced a unique sound never heard before on jazz radio.
“After The Game” first appeared on Tisdale’s debut album Power Forward. Released by MoJazz (Motown), the single was a standout and the album peaked at #4 on the Billboard jazz chart. B2B’s cover version of the track features Derek ‘DOA’ Allen (Janet Jackson, Lionel Richie, Tyrese) on bass and Sy Smith (Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, Usher) on vocals. It combines smooth grooves with R&B funk and soul elements, the catchy vocal melodies will entice listeners.
B2B – the dynamic duo of John Paris & Eddie M – are a force to be reckoned with in the world of music. These two legendary touring and session musicians first began playing together at the age of 15 and quickly rose through the ranks, honing their skills in multiple Top 40 bands in the Bay Area. While their formative years were full of memories and friendships that continue to this day, Eddie and John knew they were destined for bigger things beyond nightclub life. And destiny did not disappoint! They embarked on an incredible journey that led them to collaborate with some of the biggest names in the business, including Prince, Earth Wind & Fire, Sheila E., Verdine White, Teena Marie, Gerald Levert, and many others. With their musical prowess, unparalleled passion, and boundless creativity, B2B continues to define and shape the industry, leaving a lasting mark for generations to come.
Having attained remarkable acclaim as touring and recording musicians over the last few decades, Eddie and John resolved to embark on a thrilling journey back to their roots, recalling the good old days of pure artistry – Back 2 Basics.
“We have been blessed to have started as kids and have enjoyed our music journey playing with amazing legendary artists…but we have always desired to go back to our beginnings and how it all started…with just the two of us, our music, and a dream.”
They are excited to share their dream and sound with the whole world as a music super duo B2B. So please jump in and vibe with them as they walk into their next chapter.