Throwback Tuesday: The Gap Band – ‘Yearning For Your Love’

Now, this is that feel good throwback R&B! Remember when R&B used to make you feel good through vocals, live instrumentation, and lyrics?!

The Gap Band was a R&B and funk band which rose to fame during the 1970s and 1980s. Composed of brothers Charlie, Ronnie, and Robert Wilson, the band first formed as the Greenwood, Archer and Pine Street Band in 1967, in their hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The group shortened their name to The Gap Band in 1973. After 43 years together, they retired in 2010. However Uncle Charlie Wilson continues to tour as a solo act.

“Yearning for Your Love” was the third release off the band’s fifth album, the 1981 The Gap Band III. The song rose to No. 5 on the Hot Soul Singles chart and No. 60 on the Billboard Hot 100. Charlie Wilson’s smooth baritone vocals on the song helped the single become influential to contemporary R&B. The song has been sampled by Nas, Raekwon, Heavy D and many more. The Gap Band has made an unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.

Enjoy the classic above!

Throwback Thursday: 702 – ‘Steelo’

One thing that’s for sure, is the fact that ’90s R&B groups came out the gate debuting classics.

702, named after the area code of their hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada, was a platinum-selling R&B trio.

“Steelo” was the first single off their 1996 debut album No Doubt. The song, which features Missy Elliott, was premiered on August 27, 1996. The single peaked at No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and reached No. 12 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart. By February 1997 it was certified gold in sales by the RIAA. The group also rerecorded the record with altered lyrics for the Nickelodeon show Cousin Skeeter.

The song contains a sample of The Police’s “Voices Inside My Head.” Enjoy the classic above!

Throwback Tuesday: No Question – ‘I Don’t Care’

You know I don’t forget anything R&B so let’s see if you remember the group, No Question!

The Philly quartet featured Damon Core, Dante Massey, Tommy Blackwell, and Nicholas Johnson performing a spread of vocal styles, from Al Green to a raw, soulful extension of Boyz II Men. Ahhhh once again, do you remember when all or most R&B groups possessed that raw and gritty soul. Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff brought them to the forefront with a self-titled debut album on Philadelphia International Records, which spawned the hit “I Don’t Care” and a remake of “You Make Me Feel Brand New.”

Though solid, the album’s sales fell short of forecasts, and the group switched labels, teaming with Chris Schwartz to become Ruff/Nation Records’ first R&B group. No Question had an abundance of talent, potential, and promise but like a few others fell short of continued success and presence. Enjoy the throwback above. Does this not take you back to the old BET?!

Another single from their debut album “If You Really Wanna Go” was solid as well. Take a listen below:

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Throwback Thursday: Something For The People – ‘My Love is The Shh’

“Don’t stop get it get it; don’t stop get it get it” OMG Do you remember watching this on BET’s Planet Groove and hearing it on your local radio station in 1997?! My local radio station had even changed the words to you’ll never find a station as good as this in their promo.

Something For The People
was a group founded in 1990 by Curtis “Sauce” Wilson and Jeff “Fuzzy” Young, both from Oakland, California, along with Los Angeles native Rochad “Cat Daddy” Holiday. The group signed with Capitol Records, who released their debut album in 1993. As songwriters, they wrote tunes for En Vogue, Brandy and more. Switching to Warner Bros. Records they re-released their debut album in 1996.

“My Love Is The Shh” was their first single off their second album, This Time It’s Personal. The song featured sisters Trina and Tamara. The single went gold and reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, and No. 2 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop chart. The group went on to do further work as songwriters in the wake of the tune’s success, penning tracks for Will Smith and Adina Howard. Band member Jeff “Fuzzy” Young passed away in 2011 from a heart attack.

Enjoy the classic above!

Throwback Tuesday: Co-Ed feat. T.I. – ‘Roll With Me’ (Remix)

Co-Ed was a R&B group from Atlanta, GA. that consisted of 4 members, 2 girls and 2 boys. Jeff C., Bianca, Nikki, and Jeff B. For a while (since the late ’90s) they have been combining the elements of R&B, Pop, Dance, and Hip-Hop.

“Roll With Me” was a single off the group’s 2001 album Utopia. The single gained success and charted at No. 23 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Chart. Rapper T.I. was featured on the remix. The success of “Roll With Me” led to the group signing to Universal Records. The group was noted for their soulful vocals and ballads as well as their gospel influence.

“We sing from our soul” says Bianca. Like many R&B groups, Co-Ed, had gospel chords throughout their music. Enjoy the throwback above.

Throwback Thursday: Mary J. Blige – ‘You Remind Me’

Mary J. Blige, often referred to as the Queen of Hip Hop Soul, is a 9x Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. As the Queen gears up for the release of her 12th studio album, The London Sessions, we felt it was only right to flashback to her debut single.

“You Remind Me” was officially released in 1992 as the first single from her debut album What’s the 411?  It was originally featured on the 1991 motion picture soundtrack for Strictly Business. The song became her first Top 40 hit, reaching No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the R&B singles chart. It must be deja vu!

Enjoy the classic above.

Throwback Tuesday: Janet Jackson- “Any Time, Any Place”

Janet Jackson is an iconic R&B singer, dancer, and actress. Having sold over 140 million records, she is ranked as one of the best-selling artists in the history of contemporary music.

“Any Time, Any Place” was released as the fifth single from her fifth studio album Janet in May 1994. It reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became another R&B chart-topper for Jackson. The song stayed on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for ten weeks (a record at the time) and became Jackson’s biggest hit on the chart. “Any Time, Any Place” was recently sampled by Kendrick Lamar for his song “Poetic Justice.” The song was named after the film of the same title that starred Jackson and Tupac Shakur. “Any Time, Any Place” was co-written and co-produced by Jackson and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and is based on sexual liberation.

Enjoy the classic above!

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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