Poison” is a 1990 single by the New Edition spinoff group, Bell Biv DeVoe. This song—in the style of New Jack Swing, a late-80s hybrid of R&B and hip hop was the group’s most successful, and sings of the dangers of falling in love. “Poison” was the first single taken from Bell Biv DeVoe’s debut album as its title track.

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(Check Out Video After The Jump)While the song samples from hip hop (Kool G. Rap’s “Poison”), the lines “Never trust a big butt and a smile” and “The J, the I, the M, the M, The Y” (originally from Boogie Down Production’s 1988 classic “Jimmy”) reflected a new era of AIDS consciousness and would quickly become a staple of hip hop. In the outro, BBD gives shout-outs to their former New Edition bandmates, Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill.