WEEKLY THROWBACK

Throwback Thursday: K-Ci & JoJo – ‘Life’

K-Ci & JoJo are a R&B duo, who began as the lead singers of the iconic R&B group Jodeci, with the DeGrate brothers better known as DeVante Swing and Mr. Dalvin. The gritty soul and silky vocals that these brothers possess makes it easy to understand why they have been so successful in both Jodeci and on their own.

“Life” was the first single off their second studio album It’s Real. It is also featured on the soundtrack for the 1999 movie Life. The lyrics, written by the duo and R. Kelly, can be interpreted in many different ways, but mainly tell a narrative about being imprisoned for life. The single peaked at No. 15 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart. The song is undeniably funky, and K-Ci’s raw soul and JoJo’s backing vocals for the chorus make the single timeless and carry the track nicely.

Enjoy the throwback above.


Throwback Tuesday: Chantay Savage – ‘I Will Survive’

Chantay Savage is a R&B/Dance music singer/songwriter, and musician who found much success in the 1990s with her single “I Will Survive.” She reworked the Gloria Gaynor disco anthem making it a soulful rendition of her own.

“I Will Survive” was the title track and released as a single off her second album I Will Survive (Doin’ It My Way). The single became a moderate hit in the U.S., where it reached No.5 on Billboard’s R&B chart, and was certified gold by the RIAA.

Savage also found collaborative success in the ’90s as her uniquely soulful voice lead her to work with artists such as Aaliyah, En Vogue, TLC, Mary J. Blige, SWV, and more. Enjoy the throwback above!


Throwback Thursday: En Vogue – ‘Giving Him Something He Can Feel’

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.

“Giving Him Something He Can Feel” was originally “Something He Can Feel” and a song composed by Curtis Mayfield for the 1976 motion picture Sparkle. The song, a love ballad in a Chicago/Philly-soul style, became a number one hit on Billboard’s R&B singles chart with the 1976 version by Aretha Franklin from the film’s soundtrack.

Fifteen years after Sparkle was released, En Vogue recorded a cover version of “Something He Can Feel” (issued as “Giving Him Something He Can Feel”), produced by Thomas McElroy & Denzil Foster. The En Vogue cover, released as the second single from the group’s sophomore album, Funky Divas, was also a successful hit. It peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, and became the fifth En Vogue single in two years to peak at number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.

Enjoy the throwback above.


Throwback Tuesday: Chanté Moore – ‘Chanté’s Got A Man’

Chanté Moore is an award-winning R&B and Jazz singer, songwriter, and actress. Moore has incredible range as she is frequently able to show off her whistle register and Minnie Riperton–reminiscent pipes.

“Chanté’s Got a Man” was the first single from Moore’s third album This Moment Is Mine. It became her first top ten single on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 10. Featuring an interpolation of the 1971 Osmond’s single “One Bad Apple,” the song earned a Soul Train Music Award nomination for Single of the Year, Female.

In the song Chanté tells her friends that all men aren’t bad and all men aren’t the same. She taunts them saying: “It hurts me your man’s leaving you alone…..creeping out, cheating on ya…. beating on ya.” She continues, “I’m sorry that your man ain’t home, I’m sorry that yours left you alone.” The irony of one of the versions of the song is that she says all of this only to find out at the end that her man was doing some dirt too!

Enjoy the throwback above, and take a listen to the extended version below:

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Throwback Thursday: MoKenStef – ‘He’s Mine’

“He might be doing you but he’s thinking about me.”

Just messy; but we loved messy and scandalous ’90s R&B!!

MoKenStef was a R&B trio from Los Angeles, California. The group’s name was a combination of the first syllable of each member’s name. “He’s Mine” was their biggest hit from their 1995 album Azz Izz. The single peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, and lead the trio to perform it on Soul Train, All That, and Video Soul.

One thing’s for sure is these ladies possessed a unique soulfulness and some pretty solid range. Enjoy the throwback.


Throwback Tuesday: Keith Sweat feat. Kut Klose – ‘Twisted’

Keith Sweat is a R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, radio personality and one of the innovators of New Jack Swing.

“Twisted” was the first single off his self-titled third album, Keith Sweat. R&B group Kut Klose and rapper Pretty Russ are also featured on the song. The single spent three weeks at number one on the Billboard R&B chart, and peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100, becoming his biggest pop hit. It also reached number one on the Rhythmic Top 40, staying there for 14 consecutive weeks, the most amongst any song except TLC’s smash “No Scrubs, (which spent 15 weeks at the top).

The music video released for the song features Sweat as a homicide detective pursuing a female suspect who assassinated a police commissioner. Enjoy the throwback classic above.

After the jump fast forward to 4:24 to see Tank imitating Keith Sweat singing the hit at Sweat’s 53rd birthday party!

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Throwback Tuesday: Avant – ‘Read Your Mind’

Avant is a R&B singer-songwriter from Cleveland, Ohio. “Read Your Mind” was a single released from his third album Private Room, the song reached No. 13 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

I don’t know which is sexier, the song or the video. The visual brings to life not only the lyrics but a situation that I’m sure a lot of people have been in: when you are in a relationship and out on the scene but the chemistry and attraction to another person in the same vicinity is all too real.

Here, Avant didn’t need any palms or voodoo. Reading each other’s mind is how cheating and creeping starts lol. The song is a sexy and sensual classic. It pulls you in from the beginning with Avant’s adlibs on the intro all the way to the break down: “I know you wanna rub, I know you wanna touch, I know you wanna feel, so baby keep it real. I know you wanna see, I know you wanna be in my b-e-d, grinding slowly!”

Enjoy the throwback above!


Throwback Thursday: Jamie Foxx, Fantasia & Tank Perform “Do What It Do” at 2006 Grammy Gala

We are throwing it back today, but not too far.  Each year at Grammy time, music legend Clive Davis hosts his annual pre-Grammy Gala, and we are taking it back to the 2006 event, where singer/actor Jamie Foxx performed a special version of his hit “Do What It Do.” This live performance version included R&B vocalist Tank on backgrounds, and featured an impromptu audience performance from powerhouse singer Fantasia. One word VOCALS!!!!

Jamie acknowledges some of the legends that were in attendance, such as Diana Ross and Babyface. He sings to Fantasia, “I’ll cook and clean; Babyface taught me what to do. Babyface wave your hand.” The energy, chemistry, and atmosphere in this room were simply amazing. Count on Foxx to cut up in a good way in such a formal setting. He later brought out Mario and Jodeci to sing as well!

“Some say that Hip-Hop killed the R&B singer but the record sales say he’s still alive. If you love R&B, if you love real music stand up,” said Foxx. “I’m a student too and I’m not ashamed to say R&B is alive.”

Enjoy the special throwback above!


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