It’s graduation season so in celebration of all the soon-to-be black graduates we wanted to take it back with the #CultureClassic all about a major life transition, “End of the Road” by Boyz II Men.
“End of the Road” was released In June of 1992 as part of the Boomerang soundtrack and actually did not originally appear on Boyz II Men’s debut album, Cooleyhighharmony (they eventually included it on the album’s re-issue). The song’s heartfelt, emotional lyrics backed by the group’s famously smooth vocal stylings made it an instant hit. The song had a record run of 13 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and went multi-platinum in multiple counties. It also won two Grammy Awards for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Best R&B Song and, when it was all said and done, considered one of the most successful songs of all-time.
The song was written and produced by one of the greatest songwriting duos The Culture has ever had, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Antonio “LA” Reid. And even though the song isn’t about graduating explicitly, it is a song about endings leading to new beginning which is something all graduates can intimately relate to. “End of the Road” is a quintessential ’90s R&B/soul joint that pulls on heartstrings while standing the test of time and is an unquestioned #CultureClassic.
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Written by @TalentedMrFord