WEEKLY THROWBACK

Throwback Thursday: Carl Thomas- “Summer Rain”

Carl Thomas is a Grammy-nominated R&B singer from Illinois. Thomas was discovered by Sean “Diddy” Combs when he performed at an open-mic at a New York nightclub. 

“Summer Rain” was a single off of Thomas’ debut album Emotional.  It peaked at No. 18 on the Billboard R&B chart. The song also appeared on the soundtrack to the 2000 film version of Shaft

“Summer Rain” is a summer R&B classic! Enjoy the throwback above.


Throwback Thursday: Allure feat. 112 – All Cried Out

“All Cried Out” is a song that was originally recorded by Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam that appeared on their 1985 album Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force. The song hit No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1986, and also was a major hit on the R&B singles chart, peaking at No. 3.

In 1997, R&B group Allure covered the song on their eponymous debut album.  Their remake of the single features fellow R&B group 112 and was produced by Cory Rooney, Walter Afanasieff and Mariah Carey for Carey’s short-lived Crave Records. Allure’s cover version became the group’s biggest hit and outperformed the original on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 4. Less than three months after its release, the single was certified gold; it ultimately sold over 800,000. “All Cried Out” charted on the Billboard Year-End charts for two years in a row.

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Throwback Thursday: En Vogue – My Lovin (You’re Never Gonna Get It)

En Vogue is a female R&B group that was most popular in the early ’90s. Assembled in Oakland, California in 1989, En Vogue launched with original members Cindy Herron, Maxine Jones, Dawn Robinson and Terry Ellis. The inspiration for the group was 1950s/1960s female groups.

“My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)” was the first single from En Vogue’s second album, Funky Divas. It features Maxine Jones and Dawn Robinson on lead vocals, and the production contains a sample of the guitar riff from the James Brown song “The Payback”.  As a single “My Lovin'” reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. VH1 previously ranked the song No. 43 on its list of the “100 Greatest Songs of the ’90s”.

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Throwback Thursday: Bell Biv Devoe – When Will I See You Smile Again?

Bell Biv DeVoe is a R&B group that branched off from New Edition. It consists of three members: Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronnie DeVoe. Their debut album Posion was certified 4x Platinum, topped the R&B Albums chart and peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200.

“When Will I See You Smile Again?” was issued as the fourth single off the album. The song peaked at No. 63 on the Billboard Hot 100. Bell, Bivins, and DeVoe sing out their apology to their significant other. Taking full blame for their actions, they ask their ladies when will they see their beautiful smiles again.

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Throwback Thursday: Tweet – Oops (Oh My)

Tweet is a R&B, soul, & neo soul singer-songwriter who was once a part of Jodeci’s DeVante Swing’s Swing Mob collective before returning to music to go solo.

Her breakout song, “Oops (Oh My)” featuring Missy Elliott, was the lead single off her debut album, Southern Hummingbird in 2002. It was written by Tweet and Elliott and produced by Timbaland. The single went on to become a top ten hit in the U.S. and the UK, it peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, becoming her most successful single to date.

The song pushed the envelope a bit, as it is widely believed to be about female masturbation. Earlier this month, Tweet lit up the stage at this year’s ESSENCE Festival as she performed hits from Southern Hummingbird. Enjoy the single above.


Throwback Thursday: GUY – Goodbye Love

GUY is a R&B group most closely associated with the New Jack Swing style of the late ’80s and early ’90s. “Goodbye Love” is track number 9 on GUY’s self-titled double platinum debut album, which reached No. 27 on the Billboard 200 chart. The song chronicles the hardship faced from breaking up with someone you still love.

GUY was formed in Harlem, New York in 1987 by Teddy Riley, Aaron Hall, and Timmy Gatling. However, Gatling left after the recording of the album was completed and he was replaced by Hall’s younger brother Damion Hall. Guy have reformed periodically since their initial break-up, the first of which occurred in 1995. In 1999, Riley and the Hall brothers reunited to release their first album in nine years titled Guy III. Last year the group announced that they were reuniting once again!

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Throwback Thursday: 112 – Peaches & Cream

Since Bad Boy Records brought down the house at the 2015 BET Awards with their 20th Anniversary performance, it was only right to take it back with a little bit of 112.

112 is a Grammy Award-winning R&B quartet from Atlanta, Georgia. The group is notable for being one of Bad Boy Records’ biggest acts from the ’90s and early 2000s.

“Peaches & Cream” is the second single from their album, Part III. The song was nominated for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at the 44th Grammy Awards in 2002. The song peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart and No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, staying in the Top 40 for 25 weeks and making it their highest-charting Hot 100 single to date as lead artists.

Enjoy the throwback above!


Throwback Thursday: D’Angelo – Untitled (How Does It Feel)

“Girl it’s only you…….”

D’Angelo is a musical god, let’s just keep it that simple.  “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” was the third single off his second studio album Voodoo. Written and produced by himself and Raphael Saadiq, the song was originally composed as a tribute to another musical god, Prince.  The record contains a vintage style and sound similar to that of Prince’s early work, while the song’s lyrics concern a man’s plea to his lover for sex, showcased through D’Angelo’s incredible falsetto.

The music video, shot by Paul Hunter, not only took him and Voodoo to mainstream success, but it also established D’Angelo as a sex icon. “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” was also listed as the fourth best single of 2000. The single peaked at No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at No. 2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.

Enjoy the classic throwback above.


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