WEEKLY THROWBACK

Throwback Tuesday: Az Yet – ‘Last Night’

Az Yet is a R&B group from Philadelphia, most popular during the early ’90s. The group’s demo made it into the hands of iconic singer-songwriter Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. He asked the group to perform at a show with After 7 & DeBarge, added founding Boyz II Men member Marc Nelson, and the rest was history.

“Last Night” was the first single released from their platinum eponymous debut album. The single was produced by Babyface and featured on The Nutty Professor film soundtrack. “Last Night,” reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 1 on the R&B chart. The song leaves little to the imagination and proves to be a sexy and sensual classic.

That’s some good love making if one is seeing the sun, the moon, the mountains, the rivers, and heaven! Enjoy the throwback above!


Throwback Thursday: Whitney Houston – ‘I Have Nothing’

As the television premiere of the Lifetime produced biopic, Whitney, premieres Saturday, it was only right to use a throwback by one of the best female vocalist of all time, Whitney Houston.

Houston was often referred to as “The Voice” for her powerful unparallelled vocal ability. Her exceptional range, power, control, and melisma inspired a generation of singers who followed. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time.

“I Have Nothing” was released as the third single from ‘The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album’ by Arista Records. The song is a richly orchestrated power ballad about deep love and commitment to ones lover. The single peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was certified gold. It received various nominations, including Best Original Song at the 1993 Academy Awards, Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television at the 36th Grammy Awards, and Best R&B Single, Female at the 1994 Soul Train Music Awards.

The song was promoted by Houston with several monumental live performances. She showcases her power and control on the record as she takes the song from velvety depths to airy heights. Enjoy the throwback above!


Throwback Tuesday: Case feat. Foxy Brown & Mary J. Blige – ‘Touch Me, Tease Me’


Case
is a Grammy-nominated R&B singer/songwriter. After some group attempts, Case got his start co-writing and singing background for artists including Usher, Christopher Williams and Al B. Sure. Russell Simmons helped him launch his solo career by signing him to Def Jam Records in the mid ’90s.

“Touch Me, Tease Me” was a single off of Case’s eponymous debut album. The single was also found on The Nutty Professor movie soundtrack. The song featured rapper Foxy Brown and fellow R&B singer Mary J. Blige. There’s just something about this 1996 banger. Maybe it’s the slowed-down sample of Schoolly D’s “PSK What Does it Mean?” or the fact that the song has such a cool classic ’90s vibe to it that you forget that the song is about getting a little bit freaky.

Enjoy the throwback above!


Throwback Thursday: Peabo Bryson- I’m So Into You

Peabo Bryson is a two-time Grammy-Award-winning R&B and soul singer-songwriter from Greenville, South Carolina. He is well known for singing soft-rock ballads and his contribution to several Disney animated feature soundtracks.

“I’m So Into You” was a single released off his 1978 album Crosswinds and his “I’m So Into You: The Passion of Peabo Bryson” compilation. The latter was a terrific overview of the smooth soul singer’s late-’70s and early-’80s hits, featuring the majority of his Top Ten R&B hits for Capitol Records. The single reached No. 2 on the Billboard R&B chart. Bryson is undeniably a romantic balladeer.

Enjoy the throwback above!


Throwback Tuesday: Boyz II Men feat. Brian McKnight – ‘Let It Snow’

In case you’ve newly arrived on this planet, Boyz II Men is an iconic R&B group best known for their a cappella harmonies, emotional ballads, and each member’s incredible vocal ability. Formerly a quartet, the legendary trio was recently named R&B group of the century by the RIAA. They are only the third artists ever (after The Beatles and Elvis Presley) to replace themselves at the top of the Billboard Hot 100.

“Let It Snow” was a single off their 1993 Christmas Interpretations album released on Motown Records. The single features label mate Brian McKnight. Several of the album’s tracks are originals, written by the group along with McKnight. On “Let It Snow,” Wanya Morris takes the lead with some nice riffs and runs, McKnight carries the song nicely with his vocals complimenting the group’s on the second verse. Nathan Morris and Shawn Stockman lead the chorus with their perfect tenors, and the group rounds out the chorus showcasing their amazing harmonies.

Enjoy the throwback above.


Throwback Thursday: K-Ci & JoJo – ‘Life’

K-Ci & JoJo are a R&B duo, who began as the lead singers of the iconic R&B group Jodeci, with the DeGrate brothers better known as DeVante Swing and Mr. Dalvin. The gritty soul and silky vocals that these brothers possess makes it easy to understand why they have been so successful in both Jodeci and on their own.

“Life” was the first single off their second studio album It’s Real. It is also featured on the soundtrack for the 1999 movie Life. The lyrics, written by the duo and R. Kelly, can be interpreted in many different ways, but mainly tell a narrative about being imprisoned for life. The single peaked at No. 15 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart. The song is undeniably funky, and K-Ci’s raw soul and JoJo’s backing vocals for the chorus make the single timeless and carry the track nicely.

Enjoy the throwback above.


Throwback Tuesday: Chantay Savage – ‘I Will Survive’

Chantay Savage is a R&B/Dance music singer/songwriter, and musician who found much success in the 1990s with her single “I Will Survive.” She reworked the Gloria Gaynor disco anthem making it a soulful rendition of her own.

“I Will Survive” was the title track and released as a single off her second album I Will Survive (Doin’ It My Way). The single became a moderate hit in the U.S., where it reached No.5 on Billboard’s R&B chart, and was certified gold by the RIAA.

Savage also found collaborative success in the ’90s as her uniquely soulful voice lead her to work with artists such as Aaliyah, En Vogue, TLC, Mary J. Blige, SWV, and more. Enjoy the throwback above!


Throwback Thursday: En Vogue – ‘Giving Him Something He Can Feel’

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.

“Giving Him Something He Can Feel” was originally “Something He Can Feel” and a song composed by Curtis Mayfield for the 1976 motion picture Sparkle. The song, a love ballad in a Chicago/Philly-soul style, became a number one hit on Billboard’s R&B singles chart with the 1976 version by Aretha Franklin from the film’s soundtrack.

Fifteen years after Sparkle was released, En Vogue recorded a cover version of “Something He Can Feel” (issued as “Giving Him Something He Can Feel”), produced by Thomas McElroy & Denzil Foster. The En Vogue cover, released as the second single from the group’s sophomore album, Funky Divas, was also a successful hit. It peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, and became the fifth En Vogue single in two years to peak at number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.

Enjoy the throwback above.


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