WEEKLY THROWBACK

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.

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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.

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Throwback Thursday: Deborah Cox – Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here

Deborah Cox is a Canadian-born R&B singer-songwriter and actress. “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here” was the second single released off her sophomore album One Wish in 1998.

The single was written by Montell Jordan and Anthony “Shep” Crawford. The song peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, where it remained for a record-breaking 14 weeks. The song chronicles one’s experiences with heartbreak, taking a break from exploring love, and new relationships.

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Throwback Thursday: 112 – Cupid

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.

“Cupid” was the third and final single released from their debut eponymous album. The song peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. This was their third Top 40 hit on both charts. It was certified Platinum by the RIAA.

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Throwback Thursday: Next – Too Close

Next is a R&B group, most popular during the late 1990s. “Too Close” was the second single off their double-platinum debut album Rated Next. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B singles chart, becoming their biggest and best known hit. The record is about a man who has become aroused by a woman who is dancing with him out on the dance floor, and well….. you remember the lyrics, “You’re dancing real close…you’re making it hard for me!”

Next was loved for their ability to swing between party anthems and tender ballads, as well as for possessing a bit of soulfulness. R&B fans were most captivated by the group’s former smooth and charismatic lead singer R.L., who led most songs. He is currently working on a new solo album.

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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.”

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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.

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