WEEKLY THROWBACK

Throwback Thursday: Keith Sweat feat. Lil’ Mo – I’ll Trade (A Million Bucks)

Keith Sweat is a R&B singer, songwriter, producer, radio personality and one of the innovators of New Jack Swing. The song “I’ll Trade (A Million Bucks)” was released as the lead single off Sweat’s seventh album, Didn’t See Me Coming, in 2000.

The single featured his then label-mate Lil’ Mo, who solely penned the song, Sweat, Barry Salter, and Jules Bartholomew are credited with the production. As a single it reached No. #34 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.  During an interview with Billboard Sweat said, “I’ll trade whatever I have to have somebody who’s down with me for me. That person doesn’t have to have a million bucks. It pertains to anybody who has just a little something.”

Enjoy the throwback above.


Throwback Thursday: Jennifer Hudson feat. Fantasia – I’m His Only Woman

This week we aren’t going back as far for our Throwback Thursday pick. The song, “I’m His Only Woman,” is a perfect duet between vocal powerhouses Jennifer Hudson and Fantasia, off J. Hud’s eponymous debut album.  The ladies “took us to church” with their stunning vocals showing fans why they both had such successful runs with American Idol.

Almost as an ode to Shirley Brown’s “Woman To Woman, this song is Shirley Brown, Shirley Murdock, Betty Wright and Miki Howard all wrapped up into one great song. Fantasia confronts Jennifer Hudson on the track, informing her that they are sharing the same man. One can’t help but wonder why we haven’t seen more live performances of this powerhouse jam, and why it wasn’t a single.

Enjoy the throwback above.  Check out a video of Jennifer and Fantasia performing the single below:

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Throwback Thursday: Brownstone – 5 Miles To Empty

Brownstone is a R&B group that was popular during the mid-1990s. Founded in Los Angeles, the three original members, Monica “Mimi” Doby, Charmayne “Maxee” Maxwell and Nichole “Nicci” Gilbert, met each other after attending various auditions around the city. Kina Cosper replaced Dolby on their second album.  Less than a year after forming the group, the ladies were signed to Michael Jackson’s MJJ Music label.

“5 Miles To Empty” was a song off their sophomore album Still Climbing. It was another classic single where the ladies asked the fellas to prove their love.

Enjoy the throwback above.


Throwback Tuesday: Jon B – I Do (Whatcha Say Boo)

Jon B is a R&B singer/songwriter/producer best known for his 1997 double-platinum album Cool Relax.  “I Do (Whatcha Say Boo)” was the fourth single released off the album.

The song originally appeared on his demo tape prior to recording his Bonafide album. The single peaked at No. 18 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart. Jon B was allowed more creative control on this album allowing him more leeway to write and produce, as he did with this single. The song explores the pressure experienced in a relationship from those on the outside looking in.

The music video explores interracial dating and family acceptance. The video closes with the message “Open your mind.”  Enjoy the throwback above!


Throwback Thursday: Destiny’s Child – T-Shirt

Destiny’s Child was a R&B group comprised of Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams as the most recognizable line up. The group has sold more than 60 million records worldwide and has been regarded as one of the greatest musical trios of all time.

“T-Shirt” was a song of their fourth album Destiny Fulfilled. The song is complete with inorganic drum sounds, guitar and backwards loop as the trio sings about sleeping in bed with their man’s T-shirt, craving his presence, and inhaling his scent. The song fit in well with the album’s theme of women trying to find love.

Enjoy the throwback above!


Throwback Tuesday: All-4-One – I Can Love You Like That

All-4-One is a R&B/pop group who has sold 22 million records worldwide. The group is comprised of Jamie Jones, Delious Kennedy, Alfred Nevarez, and Tony Borowiak.

“I Can Love You Like That” was released as the lead single from their second album And The Music Speaks in 1995.  It was a cover of Country singer John Michael Montgomery’s song of the same name, which was released earlier that year. All-4-One’s version reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, and received a Grammy Award nomination for ‘Song Of The Year.’

The quartet is famous for their commercial soul, lush harmonies, gospel roots, and romantic ballads. Enjoy the throwback above!


Throwback Thursday: Cheryl Lynn – Got To Be Real

Cheryl Lynn is a famed disco, R&B, and soul singer who has also sold millions of records thanks to classic hits like her debut song “Got To Be Real.”

Released as the first single from her 1978 self-titled album, the song was penned by David Paich, David Foster, and Lynn, and has since been called one of the defining moments in R&B and Disco. The song peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the R&B chart. On September 19, 2005, “Got To Be Real” was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame.

Enjoy the throwback above!


Throwback Thursday: Tamia – You Put A Move On My Heart

Tamia is a multi Grammy nominated singer/songwriter whose music spans several genres, however, she is best known for her R&B hits.

“You Put A Move On My Heart” was the first single released from her eponymous debut album. The single was a cover of the 1993 song by British singer Mica Paris, and was produced by the legendary Quincy Jones. The song became Tamia’s first hit on the Billboard R&B chart, peaking at No. 12.  In 1995 “You Put a Move on My Heart” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

The music video has a sexy vibe to it as Tamia sings in a booth while Quincy produces. Her vocals are perfection. Can you believe she was only 19 when she recorded this hit? Enjoy the throwback above.


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