Throwback Thursday: The Rude Boys feat. Jay Z – ‘My Kinda Girl’

Remember when all R&B groups possessed that unique and raw soulfulness in their music?!?!?!

The Rude Boys were a R&B group from Cleveland, Ohio, who were most popular in the early 1990s. “My Kinda Girl” was an underground New Jack Swing hit off their second album Rude House. The song was energetically complemented by the superb vocals of Joe Little and Edward Banks, who admirably improvise their way through the vamp. The song was also remixed by then A&R at Atlantic Records, Clark Kent, a hip hop DJ and record producer from New York.

At the time, Kent was pushing an unknown rapper from the Marcy housing projects in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, who would come to be known to the world as Jay-Z.  Without the label’s initial consent Clark went ahead and had Jay jump on the record for the official remix. His feature helped propel the record in the underground NYC hip hop scene, and to support the single, Jay performed with the Rude Boys live at one of the Big Apple’s premiere underground clubs. “My Kinda Girl,” like most of the Rude Boys songs, was known and revered the most for its soulfulness. Jay Z’s flow and delivery on the remix were notable as well.

Enjoy the classic remix above, and peep the original music video below!

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Throwback Thursday: Brownstone – ‘If You Love Me’

Brownstone is a R&B group that was popular during the mid-1990s. The three original members of Brownstone were Monica “Mimi” Doby, Charmayne “Maxee” Maxwell and Nichole “Nicci” Gilbert. Founded in Los Angeles, the singers met each other after attending various auditions around the city. They formed the group and were signed to Michael Jackson’s MJJ Music record label less than a year later.

“If You Love Me” was the lead single released from their 1994 debut album From the Bottom Up. It was their biggest hit peaking at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 2 on the Hot R&B Singles chart.

Enjoy the classic a cappella version above and LP version below.

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Throwback Tuesday: Guy – ‘Piece Of My Love’

Scandalously classic! Lol.

Being that New Jack Swing father Teddy Riley recently announced the reunion of GUY it was only right that we offer a “Piece of Our Love” this morning!

GUY is R&B group most closely associated with the New Jack Swing style of the late ’80s and early ’90s. “Piece of My Love” was a single off their 1988 double platinum, self-titled album GUY. The single talks about not being able to be in a committed relationship or a monogamous one but suggest that they should indulge in the moment as they sing, “You can have a piece of my love.”

GUY was formed in Harlem, New York in 1987 by Teddy Riley, Aaron Hall, and Timmy Gatling.  However, Gatling had left after 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, with the release of the song “Tell Me What You Like,” but an album did not follow at that time. In 1999, Riley and the Hall brothers reunited to release their first album in nine years titled Guy III.

In 2013 the group reunited for a short time and split again, but as of this week Teddy took to his Instagram to announce that GUY had in fact reunited again and would be going on tour. Enjoy the classic above!

Throwback Thursday: R Kelly – ‘Bump N’ Grind’

“My mind’s telling me noooooooo but my body, my body’s telling me yessssssss”

If for some reason you don’t already know, R. Kelly is a multiple Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, and record producer. A native of Chicago, Illinois, he is often referred to as the King of R&B. “Bump n’ Grind” was the second single released from his first solo album 12 Play in 1994. The track became a number one single on the Billboard Hot 100, and it also spent 12 weeks at number one on the Hot R&B Songs chart.  As the singer’s third No. 1 R&B hit it became the longest-running number-one R&B single at that time.

Kellz released three versions of “Bump n’ Grind.” the original album version and two remixes. The original LP version was made available for airplay on urban and Top 40 pop radio stations alike at first, but eventually the Old School remix was issued shortly and gained massive airplay on urban, adult R&B/Soul and rhythmic radio stations. Kelly also released the “Bump N Grind (How I Feel It Extended Mix)”. Enjoy the classic video above.

If you are as disappointed as I that Kellz didn’t include the dramatic and amazing vocal run intro that we love him so much for in the video, I’ve included that version below:

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Throwback Tuesday: Barry White – ‘Practice What You Preach’

Barry White was an iconic singer/songwriter and composer. A 3x Grammy Award-winner, White was known for his distinctive bass voice and romantic image. White’s greatest success came in the 1970s as a solo singer and with the Love Unlimited Orchestra, crafting many enduring soul, funk, and disco songs. He is considered a pioneer of disco music in the early ’70s. White had 20 gold and 10 platinum singles, with worldwide records sales in excess of 100 million, he is one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time.

“Practice What You Preach” was a No. 1 R&B single from his 1994 album The Icon Is Love. The hit song spent three weeks at number-one on the US R&B chart and reached No. 18 on the pop chart.The single also won a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Song of the Year.

Enjoy the classic above!

Throwback Thursday: Tyrese – Lately

Tyrese is a Grammy-nominated R&B singer-songwriter, actor, author, television producer, and former fashion model. He is also a member or R&B super group TGT. “Lately” was the third single released from his 1998 eponymous debut album Tyrese.

The single reached No. 56 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 12 on the R&B chart. The song stayed on the Hot 100 chart for a total of thirteen weeks. Anita Baker released a cover version of “Lately” to much acclaim on August 7, 2012, as the lead single from her album, Only Forever. The video features actress Maia Campbell and Tyrese in a luxury pad daydreaming about one another and writing love letters until they are finally reunited at the end.

Enjoy the video above.

Throwback Tuesday: Rome – ‘I Belong To You’

“Every time I see your face it makes me wanna sing.”

Jerome Woods better known by his stage name Rome, is a R&B singer from Michigan. “I Belong to You (Every Time I See Your Face)” was a single off his 1997 debut album Rome. The single peaked on the Billboard Top 40 chart at #6 and on the R&B chart at #2. His debut album went on to sell over half a million copies in the U.S., earning Gold certification.

Rome possessed a raw soulfulness in his music that caught the attention of RCA Records. Prior to Rome signing to RCA, he moved from Benton Harbor, Michigan to California to pursue his music. He also toured with Vesta and as a part of R&B band Fire & Ice. The music video features him singing at “Club Rome”. By the looks of the video it’s not just one woman he belongs to.

Enjoy the classic video above!

Throwback Thursday: Mint Condition – ‘What Kind of Man Would I Be’

The Definition of a Band!!!!

Mint Condition is a R&B band from St. Paul, Minnesota that was discovered by production duo Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. The group is well known for its diverse musical style (and the ability to play anything from traditional jazz stylings to mainstream R&B to rock based music to funk). The band is also well known for their well written and produced R&B ballads, mainly in the 1990s.

“What Kind of Man Would I Be?” was a single from their Definition of A Band album, which was about remaining faithful in a relationship. The single hit No. 2 on the Billboard R&B chart & No. 17 on the Hot 100. The single received a Gold certification by the RIAA. “What Kind Of Man Would I Be?” was so popular that it stayed on the Billboard R&B Charts for a total of 41 weeks before it finally fell off.

Enjoy the classic above.