WEEKLY THROWBACK

Throwback Tuesday: Marc Nelson – ’15 Minutes’

Marc Nelson is a singer, songwriter and musician. He was an original member of Boyz II Men as well as a member of R&B groups Az Yet and Blayse. Growing impatient with delays in Boyz II Men, Nelson left the group to focus on songwriting and a solo career. Following the release of his debut album, he gained the attention of Babyface, and began writing songs for artists like Toni Braxton, Brandy, Tamia, Tyrese and Jon B.

Through Babyface, Nelson met the four members of the group Az Yet, at this time, and he was added to the line-up as second lead vocalist. The group was signed to LaFace Records. Nelson subsequently left Az Yet to focus on his solo career again. He released his second solo album, Chocolate Mood, in 1999. “15 Minutes” was the lead single off of the album. It reached No. 4 on the R&B Singles chart and No. 27 on the Hot 100. The single is Nelson’s biggest solo hit to date. A young Gabrielle Union is featured in the video.

Enjoy the video above!


Throwback Thursday: Sunshine Anderson- “Heard It All Before”

Charlotte, NC stand up!!! If this wasn’t a sing along women’s anthem, I don’t know what was!

Sunshine Anderson is a R&B/Soul singer-songwriter from Charlotte, North Carolina. “Heard It All Before” was the lead single on her 2001 debut album Your Woman. The single peaked at #18 on the Hot 100 and at #3 on the R&B chart. The album debuted at No. 8 on Billboard’s Hot 200 and No. 2 on the Top R&B chart, it was certified gold later that year.

“‘Heard It All Before’ is the truth, talking about the tactics that men use,” said Anderson. She stated that when she first heard the track she loved it but had no idea it would be as big as it was. Anderson has always had a soulfulness that translates into her music. Check out the video to the 2001 classic above.


Throwback Tuesday: Monica – Don’t Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days)

Who was singing with such incredible vocal prowess at age 14??? MONICA!!

Monica is a R&B singer, songwriter, producer, and actress who sprung onto the music scene as an incredible teen vocalist in the ’90s. “Don’t Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days)” was released as the lead single on her triple platinum debut album Miss Thang.

The single spent two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart, and peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Don’t Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days),” alongside follow-up single “Before You Walk Out of My Life,” would make the singer the youngest recording artist to have two consecutive No. 1 hits on the Billboard R&B chart at the age of fourteen. The single was co-written and produced by Dallas Austin and contains samples of LL Cool J’s 1993 song “Back Seat (Of My Jeep),” Public Enemy’s 1987 song “Bring the Noise,” and also features elements from “You’re Getting a Little Too Smart” by The Detroit Emeralds. An accompanying music video for the single was shot in black-and-white by Rich Murray and released in June 1995.

Don’t you love her voice inflection on this? Enjoy the classic above!


Throwback Thursday: Nicole Wray feat. Missy Elliott & Mocha – ‘Make It Hot’

Nicole Wray is a R&B singer and songwriter most notable as a protege of Missy Elliott in the late ’90s. “Make It Hot” was the first single released from her 1998 debut album of the same name. The single was written and produced by Missy Elliott & Timbaland. It reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.

The music video takes place in a movie theater, it starts with Missy’s voice coming in first, then leads into Mocha’s rap. Later, in another room, Nicole and her dancers are shown dancing to the music while Nicole is singing. It features cameo appearances by Aaliyah, Playa, Ginuwine, Timbaland and Magoo. Enjoy the video above!


Throwback Tuesday: New Edition – I’m Still In Love With You

New Edition is a R&B group who formed in Boston in 1978. The group reached its height of popularity during the 1980s. They were the progenitors of the boy band movement of the ’80s and ’90s.

“I’m Still in Love with You” was the second single from the group as a sextet from their sixth studio album Home Again. Ralph Tresvant and Ricky Bell sing lead vocals with all six members singing background throughout the song. It was a big success on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 7, and was the second single to be certified gold from the Home Again project.

On July 3, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana, all six members of New Edition reunited at the Essence Music Festival to kick off and celebrate their 30th anniversary tour. Over the years New Edition have toured separately as subgroups Bell Biv DeVoe and Head of State, but are currently touring together with all six members! Enjoy the video above.


Throwback Thursday: Silk – ‘Freak Me’

Well, BET certainly got it right this past Sunday at the 2014 BET Awards with the ’90s medley segment featuring Silk, Color Me Badd, and Troop! Silk certainly brought the house down performing their classic hit “Freak Me.” Remember sensual and sexy baby-making R&B?!!

Silk formed in 1989 in Atlanta, Georgia and were discovered by none other than R&B OG Keith Sweat. Their signature single “Freak Me” was a classic hit released on the quintet’s 1993 platinum album Lose Control. The single reached No. 1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks, and the Hot R&B Singles chart for seven weeks. The song is most noted for Lil’ G’s soulful lead vocals, Jimmy and Timzo’s bass spoken-word sections, and the group’s nicely harmonized background vocals. The song followed the sexy and sensual format of ’90s R&B.

“Ahhhh yeah” enjoy the classic video above!


Throwback Thursday: Luther Vandross – ‘A House is Not a Home’

Luther Vandross was an iconic R&B singer-songwriter and record producer. During his career, he sold over 25 million records worldwide and received eight Grammy Awards including Best Male R&B Vocal Performance four times. He is often referred to as “The Velvet Voice” and often times “The Best Male Voice of a Generation.”

“A House Is Not a Home” was a Dionne Warwick cover and successful hit single on Vandross’ 1981 debut album Never Too Much. The track became one of Vandross’s signature songs. His performance of the song at the 1988 NAACP Awards telecast brought Warwick to tears. Vandross’ version was sampled on the 2004 hit single “Slow Jamz” by Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx & Twista. Vandross was known for his perfect tenor and amazing vocal range.

His vocal talent often led to him being compared to his female counterparts like Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Patti LaBelle and mostly Whitney Houston. Mariah Carey stated that even she was “intimidated” by Vandross’ vocal prowess when standing beside him to record “Endless Love”. Check out the video of his 1988 NAACP Awards performance of “A House Is Not a Home” above!


Throwback Tuesday: Shai – ‘If I Ever Fall In Love’

Shai is a R&B group that was formed on the campus of Howard University and was most popular in the ’90s. “If I Ever Fall in Love” was the debut single released on the groups 3x platinum debut album of the same name. The single spent eight weeks at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, which was held off from the top slot due to the massive success of “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston. It also spent one week at No. 1 on the R&B chart.

Two versions of the song were recorded, one being an a cappella version. Group member Carl E. Martin wrote the single on a long ride back from his home in Louisiana to Washington, DC. It was written about his ex-girlfriend Camille, who also attended Howard University. When he returned to Howard he met a DJ from radio station WPGC and passed a demo tape of “If I Ever Fall in Love” to him. That same week, the DJ played it on the air and other stations soon followed suit leading to the group signing their first record deal.

Shai is often noted for their amazing a cappella harmonies and nicely blended soulful vocals. Original members Darnell Van Rensalier and Garfield A. Bright continue to tour together.

Enjoy the original video above and check out the a cappella version below!

read more