Boyz II Men reveals who they've been trying to collaborate with for 23 years

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 18: Boyz II Men attends the McDonald's Presents The #BlogHer15 Closing Party on July 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for McDonald's)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 18: Boyz II Men performs at the McDonald's Presents The #BlogHer15 Closing Party on July 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for McDonald's)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 18: Boyz II Men performs at the McDonald's Presents The #BlogHer15 Closing Party on July 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for McDonald's)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 18: Boyz II Men attends the McDonald's Presents The #BlogHer15 Closing Party on July 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for McDonald's)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 18: Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men performs at the McDonald's Presents The #BlogHer15 Closing Party on July 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for McDonald's)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 18: Boyz II Men performs at the McDonald's Presents The #BlogHer15 Closing Party on July 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for McDonald's)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 18: Boyz II Men performs at the McDonald's Presents The #BlogHer15 Closing Party on July 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for McDonald's)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 18: Boyz II Men performs at the McDonald's Presents The #BlogHer15 Closing Party on July 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for McDonald's)
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By CHELSEA HUANG

Boyz II Men may be known for the 1992 hit "End of the Road," but just like the longevity of a multitude of their hits on the radio and in the hearts of many, an end isn't in sight for the iconic group.

The boy band may have lost one of the members of their quartet in 2003, but the remaining trio has remained active since, performing worldwide and releasing their most recent 2014 album, "Collide."

On Saturday, the boys -- err, men -- stopped by Pier 84 in NYC for a quick performance at the #BlogHer15 closing party, presented by McDonald's, before heading back to Atlantic City for a double feature.

Nathan, Shawn and Wanya, now in their 40s, sat down for an exclusive interview with AOL before the McDonald's event about how much has changed -- and what's stayed exactly the same -- over 23 years in the business.

What are your fans like, then and now?

Shawn: "They just have kids. They've grown up and they've grown up like us. You grow up, you get married, have children and you become fathers and mothers and things of that nature. It's better because now they're teaching their children about us. So they're passing it down. That's the cool thing."

What was your must-have item on tour, then and now?

Shawn: "Then, music. Something to listen to. Back then, we used to have these big awkward speakers. That was before everything was condensed into smaller components. And now, it's the same. We got laptops. Music is always the key element."
Wanya: "White Zinfandel. It used to be Kool-Aid back in the day, but now it's Zinfandel."

Who were your musical influences then, and are they the same now?

Wanya: "They've never changed. New Edition, Babyface, Prince, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, pretty much the Motown catalog."
Shawn: "The greats, the ones who pretty much laid down the foundation for practically everyone."

Who do you want to collaborate with?

Nathan: "Then, we'd been talking about Prince, and now we're talking about Prince. We've been trying to collaborate with the 'Sign' guy for a long time."
Wanya: "With the purple dude, the purple leader forever."

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Boyz II Men members, from left, Wanya Morris, Nathan Vanderpool, Shawn Stockman and Mike McCary pose at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, Calif., on Jan. 25, 1993. (AP Photo/Julie Markes)
Boyz II Men members, from left, Mike McCary, Nathan Vanderpool, Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman, pose for photographers backstage at the 20th annual American Music Awards after winning Favorite Soul-Rhythm and Blues Band and Favorite Pop-Rock Single awards in Los Angeles, Calif., on Jan. 25, 1993. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Members of the rock group, Boyz II Men, of Philadelphia, receive their trophy from movie star Patrick Swayze, center, during the World Music Awards in Monte Carlo on May 12, 1993. Boyz II Men's award was for the best new group of the year. (AP Photo/Gilbert Tourte)
Members of the group Boyz II Men accept their award at the 22nd annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles, Ca., Monday, Jan. 30, 1995. The group's hit single "I'll Make Love To You" won in the categories of pop-rock and soul-rhythm and blues. The group was also given an award as the favorite group in the soul-rhythm and blues category. The band members are, Michael McCary, Wanya Morris, Nate Morris and Shawn Stockman. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Boyz II Men members, from left, Wanya Morris, Nathan Vaderpool, Shawn Stockman and Mike McCary rehearse at the Shrine Auditorium in preparation for the Grammy Awards show in Los Angeles, Calif, on Feb. 28, 1995. (AP Photo/Chris Pizello)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 1: The Boyz II Men singing group pose with their Grammys for Best Rhythm and Blues Album and Best R & B Performance by a Group at the 37th Annual Grammy Awards 01 March in Los Angeles. (Photo credit:  DAN GROSHONG/AFP/Getty Images)
The group Boyz II Men display their two awards backstage at the Soul Train Music Awards in Los Angeles, Ca., Monday, March 13, 1995. The group won for best rhythm and blues single, group, band or duo; and for best rhythm and blues album, group. The members, from left, are, Michael McCary, Wanya Morris, Nate Morris and Shawn Stockman. (AP Photo/Eric Draper)
Superstar entertainer Michael Jackson, right, sings with Shawn Stockman, a member of the musical group Boyz II Men, during the VH1 Honors ceremony, Thursday, June 22, 1995, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Jackson was honored with an award for his dedication to the Heal the World Project. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Left to right, Shawn Stockman, Wanya Morris, Michael McCary and Nate Morris of the pop group Boyz II Men celebrate their award for Best Soul Album backstage at the 23rd Annual American Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan. 29, 1996. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Mariah Carey performs the opening song with Wanya Morris of the group Boyz II Men at the 38th annual Grammy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 1996. (AP Photo/Eric Draper)
Mariah Carey performs with Boyz II Men during the opening of the 38th annual Grammy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles Wednesday, Feb. 28, 1996. Boyz II Men members are, from right, Nate Morris, Shawn Stockman, Michael McCary and Wanya Morris. (AP Photo/Eric Draper)
Members of the group Boyz II Men, from left, Shawn Stockman, Michael McCary, Wanya Morris and Nate Morris, accept the Sammy Davis Jr. award for Entertainers of the Year at the Soul Train Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Friday, March 29, 1996. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Members of the group Boyz II Men, from left, Shawn Stockman, Michael McCary, Nate Morris and Wanya Morris accept the Sammy Davis Jr., award for Entertainers of the Year at the Soul Train Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, March 29, 1996. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Boyz II Men" at MTV's, "Rock the Vote".

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Boyz II Men members from left, Michael McCary, Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, and Shawn Stockman, pose with their commemorative plaque in Philadelphia, Thursday, May 9, 1996. The group and other musical artists were honored at the Philadelphia Music Hall of Fame Awards. (AP Photo/Mpozi Mshale Tolbert)
Members of Boyz II Men are shown after winning the award for Best Soul/Rhythm and Blues Group at the 25th annual American Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan. 26, 1998. The band members are Michael McCary, Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman. (AP Photo/Michael Caulfield)
Members of the group "Boyz II Men," from left, Shawn Stockman, Wanye Morris, Nate Morris, and Michael McCary, pose for the media after receiving their "Diamond Award" from the Recording Industry Association of America, in New York Tuesday, March 16, 1999. RIAA has created the award to recognize performers who have sold 10 million units of a single title in the United States. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)
Boyz II Men attend the 20th Anniversary celebration of BET at the Paris Hotel May 6, 2000 in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Liaison)
Boyz II Men member Wanya Morris mugs with a mock Grammy Award gramophone during a news conference in Los Angeles Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2000, announcing the return to the city in 2001 of the 43rd Annual Grammy awards. The awards show sponsored by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences will be held Feb. 21. (AP Photo/Rene Macura)
American R&B group Boyz II Men, from left, Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman, perform at a party celebrating the World Cup Korea/Japan in Yokohama, west of Tokyo, Friday night, June 28, 2002, ahead of the finale of the world's biggest sporting event. The World Cup ends Sunday, June 30, when Germany faces Brazil in the championship match in Yokohama. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
American R&B group Boyz II Men perform during a concert in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday night, May 2, 2005. (AP Photo/ Achmad Ibrahim)
Singing group Boyz II Men sing the national anthem before the start of the Los Angeles Clippers' season opener against the Denver Nuggets at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Nathan Morris, left, Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman, right, from the music group Boyz II Men perform in Bryant Park on ABC's "Good Morning America" program, Friday, June 20, 2008, in New York. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
In this handout provided by Xbox, Nathan Morris & Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men sing at Justin Timberlake and Friend's Xbox 360 Celebrity Charity Gift Lounge at Planet Hollywood. Morris & Stockman, with the game's two wireless interactive microphones in hand, brought down the lounge as they sang to '€œStand By Me.' Hit artists said to raise money for Shriners Children's Hospitals, Las Vegas, Nevada, Friday, Oct. 17, 2008. (Shea Walsh/AP Images for XBox)
Boyz II Men performs during the Justin Timberlake and Friends concert benefiting Shriners Hospitals For Children in Las Vegas on Friday, Oct. 17, 2008. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Boyz II Men arrives at the 5th Annual Black Eyed Peas Peapod Foundation Benefit Concert in Los Angeles on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Boyz II Men pose as as they walk down the red carpet during the 2009 Soul Train Awards taping at the Georgia World Congress Center, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)
Singers Wanya Morris, from left, Nathan Morris and Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men preform the national anthem during opening ceremonies for the AT&T National golf tournament at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pa., Wednesday, June 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)
Members of the group Boyz II Men, from left, Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman perform during the 78th annual Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Boyz II Men, from left, Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman perform at the 2011 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP/dapd)
Boyz II Men members Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman arrive at "Vh1 Divas Celebrates Soul" on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
Boyz II Men performs onstage at the "Vh1 Divas Celebrates Soul" on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
The R&B group Boyz II Men, from left, Shawn Stockman, Nathan Morris and Wanya Morris, touch their new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at dedication ceremonies in Los Angeles on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
The R&B group Boyz II Men, from left, Shawn Stockman, Nathan Morris and Wanya Morris, touch their new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at dedication ceremonies in Los Angeles Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Boyz II Men members Shawn Stockman, left, Nathan Morris and Wanya Morris perform the national anthem before the Mountain West Conference tournament championship NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, March 16, 2013, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
Boyz II Men arrives at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards viewing party in West Hollywood, Calif. on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
From left, Wanya Morris, Nathan Morris and Shawn Stockman, of musical group Boyz II Men, arrive at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Boyz II Men band members, from left, Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman perform on NBC's "Today" show on Friday, May 31, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Boyz II Men arrive at the Barnstable Brown Derby gala on Friday, May 2, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. The 140th Kentucky Derby will be held Saturday, May 3. (Photo by Joe Imel/Invision/AP)
Musical group Boyz II Men performs during halftime of an NFL football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Shawn Stockman, from left, Nathan Morris, and Wanya Morris of the musical group Boyz II Men, take part in an interview at their alma mater, Creative and Performing Arts High School, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in Philadelphia. The Grammy-winning R&B group, best known for '90s hits like "I'll Make Love To You" and "Motownphilly," is set to release their new album, "Collide," next week. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Shawn Stockman, from left, Nathan Morris, and Wanya Morris of the musical group Boyz II Men, perform at their alma mater, Creative and Performing Arts High School, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in Philadelphia. The Grammy-winning R&B group, best known for '90s hits like "I'll Make Love To You" and "Motownphilly," is set to release their new album, "Collide," next week. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Nathan Morris, of Boyz II Men, embraces Billy Joel as they are franked by Shawn Stockman, right, and Wanya Morris, left, also of Boyz II Men during a tribute concert to Billy Joel, the recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Boyz II Men arrive at the 2015 Barnstable Brown Gala at Patricia Barnstable Brown's Mansion on Friday, May 1, 2015, in Louisville, Ky. (Photo by Joe Imel/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 18: Boyz II Men attends the McDonald's Presents The #BlogHer15 Closing Party on July 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for McDonald's)
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Who would you tour with on your dream tour?

Shawn: "Honestly, for me, I personally think it would be us and New Edition. I just feel like that would have been like the best tour for all ages, colors. That would have been the ultimate."

Your favorite Boyz II Men song then, and your favorite Boyz II Men song now?

Wanya: "It all depends, honestly. It depends on the day, the connection you make with someone in the audience. What they're feeling. It's all about energy transfers. If someone is feeling, 'Mama' and you get a connection with them, you actually feel that energy."
Shawn: "Yeah, it's tough. It depends on the day, it depends on the vibe, it depends on what's popping."

Who was your celebrity crush, then and now?

Wanya: "Janet, I still like Janet, man."
Shawn: "I was a Halle fan. I think everyone was a Halle fan. I think Scarlett Johansson's pretty. She's a cutie."

What has been your biggest "pinch me" moment of all time?

Nathan: "We just flew in a helicopter from Atlantic City. We got a show tonight in Atlantic City We did a sound-check there, have a show up here and another show down here. Things like that, there's always a pinch-me moment because there are so many other things you could have been doing in your life. We continue to have a whole lotta pinch me moments like pretty much every day."
Wanya: "Twenty-three years in the game is a pinch-me moment in itself."

How has the music industry changed since you came out with your first album 20+ years ago?

Wanya: "When we started, the music was there. Nowadays, it's more about the industry -- the music is secondary. You have some people who are actually maintaining the integrity, the pureness of it all. But at the end of the day, it has to come back around, so real artists can actually come back and have a chance to shine. It doesn't have to be a gimmick. The industry has definitely changed, we just hope we can be a part of it when it comes down to it."

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