Boyz II Men were signed to Motown Records, and Cooleyhighharmony
, which was named after the movie Cooley High
, was their first album. The group met at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts, and their a cappella recording of this song helped establish them as a classic vocal group similar to the doo-wop groups of the '50s that often started singing in high school.
It was their second single, following "Motownphilly
," which introduced Boyz II Men as a Philadelphia group with a classic Motown sound and included an interlude by Michael Bivens where he described the origins of the band. The marketing was authentic, and it worked: The group became one of the biggest acts of the '90s and established themselves as one of the top vocal groups of all time. They quickly became more famous than their mentor Michael Bivens, who was a member of New Edition and Bell Biv Devoe.