Throwback Thursday: Mariah Carey feat. O.D.B – Fantasy (Remix)

With Mariah Carey’s Daydream album turning 20 tomorrow, it was only right to pick a classic song from the album as today’s throwback pick.

In case you didn’t know…Mariah Carey is a multi Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer. With sales over 200 million albums and singles and 18 No. 1 hits, Carey is one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

“Fantasy” was the lead single from Daydream, for her fifth studio album. Sean “Diddy” Combs served as the primary producer of the single. The song heavily samples Tom Tom Club’s 1981 song “Genius of Love.” The song’s lyrics describe a woman who is in love with a man, and how every time she sees him she starts fantasizing about an impossible relationship with him. The classic remix features rap verses from Ol’ Dirty Bastard. This musical moment allowed Carey to transition into the Hip Hop market as well as bring Hip Hop to mainstream audiences.

“Fantasy” achieved strong commercial success around the world. The song became Carey’s ninth No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It became the first single by a female artist to debut atop the chart, and only the second single to do so after “You Are Not Alone” by Michael Jackson. It spent eight weeks at the top of the chart, and 23 weeks in the top 40, it was successful on other Billboard formats as well, including the R&B and dance charts. Its strong sales led it to be certified double-platinum by the RIAA.

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Throwback Thursday: Tyrese – Sweet Lady

Tyrese is a Grammy-nominated R&B singer-songwriter, actor, author, television producer, and former fashion model. He is also a member of R&B super group TGT.

“Sweet Lady” was the second single released from Tyrese’s eponymous debut album. The single reached No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 9 on the R&B charts. The song stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a total of twenty five weeks.

The music video shows Tyrese riding a bus singing “Sweet Lady” with his eyes closed fantasizing about another passenger, the video’s leading lady, actress Maia Campbell.

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Throwback Thursday: Total – Kissing You

Total is a R&B girl group and one of the signature acts of Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Records during the 1990s. The group consisted of members Kima Raynor, Keisha Spivey, and Pamela Long. 

“Kissing You” was the fourth singe off the groups self-titled debut album. The album peaked at No. 23 on the Billboard 200 chart, and went platinum. The single reached No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 10 on the R&B chart. The single was written by Julian Jackson, Janice Johnson, Brian James and Raphael Saadiq of Tony! Tone! Toni!. Saadiq produced the track as well. 

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Throwback Thursday: Prophet Jones – Lifetime

Prophet Jones was a R&B group that was most popular during the early 2000s. Their self-titled debut album was released on Motown and contained all of the right elements: lush harmonies, ballads, and danceable tracks. The group stayed true to the essence of love making and singing about love that once proved to be the province of successful R&B singers, and what some would argue is “real R&B”.

Their single “Lifetime” brings back all kinds of BET nostalgia as it spent time at No.1 on 106 & Park, and it has ‘Midnight Love’ written all over it.

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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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