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 Boyz II Men 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 after "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, as the group scored 5 #1 hits in 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.