Eddie Murphy featuring Michael Jackson – “Whatzupwitu”

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The year was 1993, when Eddie Murphy released the single, “Whatzupwitu” off Murphy’s 4th studio album, entitled Love’s Alright. Let’s be honest, who took this song seriously, I know I didn’t. I was too busy cracking up at Murphy’s expression and his attempt at being serious as he sung the song with his frail and quite non-existent vocals. Well, the track may not have been a smash hit, but it was entertaining and Michael’s contribution stoled the song. Added the cheesy animation to the video, also added to its comedic value and was deemed one of the worst music videos on MTV during that time. Well, at least we can all look back and still laugh at this throwback, right?

 

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Old School Video of The Week: Prodigy – “Keep It Thoro”

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“When you see me in the streets soldier, salute me. You just a groupie, oh, you gangsta, then shoot me”

The unexpected death of Prodigy at the age of 42, of the group Mobb Deep, has rattled the hip-hop communities’ nerves. It’s starting to become normalized when we lose hip-hop icons at such a young age, and it also brings once again heath awareness with an emphasis on Black men in general. The exact cause of death has yet to be determined, but it is also well known that Prodigy has been battling sickle cell disease since he was an infant.

Prodigy’s entire aura, his voice, his lyrical delivery to coincide his street tales was intoxicating and Havoc’s lyrical contribution alongside with his stellar production, meshed well with Prodigy’s persona. Mobb Deep was an important duo when they emerged in the 90’s with a New York style, which left the bubble gum rap style in its dust, but came out and gave listeners a front row seat to the heart of the dark New York streets.

I was always fascinated by Prodigy’s voice, and I would state if he was at a supermarket and simply ask the cashier if an item was on sale, they would more than likely give him the items for free. Prodigy’s voice was one of the most intimidating voices in hip-hop, and it has Queensbridge all over it. When the duo disbanded, that didn’t stop Prodigy from continuing to get busy on the mic by representing hip-hop on his terms.

The year was 2000 when Prodigy released “Keep It Thoro” off his debut solo album H.N.I.C. “Keep It Thoro” is tough, a production banger, and it represented the Prodigy that we come to know and love as a member of Mobb Deep. Once again, leaving a legacy behind is just as important when we are no longer here in the physical. Prodigy did just that, in many ways. Another fallen hip-hop legend gave us a brief time on this earth, but left an infinite legacy behind that will be quite difficult to duplicate in the future. Rest in peace.

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Old School Video of The Week: Portrait -“Here We Go Again!”

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The year was 1992, when the group Portrait released their single, “Here We Go Again!” off their debut album, entitled Portrait. The New Jack Swing era was still alive, and Portrait represented the sound from a west-coast point of view. Portrait is coming out of Los Angeles, California inherited what other groups with the New Jack Swing sound contribute, with this danceable single.

Portrait would go on to release a total of 5 albums including a greatest hits package, but the single “Here We Go” would be the track, that would continue to be on my 90’s playlist.

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Old School Video of The Week: Phil Collins – “One More Night”

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The year was 1984 when Phil Collins released the single “One More Night” off his album entitled No Jacket Required. No Jacket Required will be my personal introduction to Collins, but he released albums before this one that were solid. No Jacket Required, would be one of my favorite albums of the 80’s and made me an immediate and loyal fan of Collins, where researching his previous work, which includes with the group Genesis.

“One More Night,” reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard charts, and would go down as one of the successful soft-rock ballads of that decade. Phil Collins would continue to drop numerous hits after his critical acclaim album, which only solidify him as a legend.

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Old School Video of The Week: Rene & Angela – “I’ll Be Good”

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The year was 1985, when the duo Rene Moore and Angela Winbush who went by the stage name simply Rene and Angela released the single, “I’ll Be Good.” which was off their final album together entitled Street Called Desire. The duo’s chemistry was savory, and it only has added to their success and they were able to maintain it for four albums in their catalogue.

It’s unfortunate that the chemistry during their performance didn’t manifest to longevity because, after their album Street Called Desire, the duo parted ways. “I’ll Be Good” reached number 4 on the R&B Billboard charts.

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Old School Video of The Week: Mic Geronimo – “It’s Real”

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The year was 1994 when Mic Geronimo released the single, “It’s Real”, which is the censored version of “Shits Real” off his debut album The Natural. 1994 was an extensive year for hip-hop and argumentatively one of the best years of the genre.

Mic Geronimo not only contributed to hip-hop in that year, but he also gave us a glimpse of a man who would take over Murder Inc. Records by the likes of Irv Gotti, who produced “It’s Real.” Other artists would be featured, on Mic Geronimo’s The Natural album like DMX, Ja-Rule, Jay-Z to name a few.

It’s unfortunate that Mic Geronimo didn’t have the commercial success of the other artists I mentioned who contributed on his album, but he should still be remembered as a rapper who added his own to the Golden Age of Hip-Hop and will forever be part of that history.

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Old School Video of The Week: George Michael & Mary J. Blige – “As”

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With another shocking loss to the 80’s icons, this time with the departure of George Michael on Christmas Day has left the world stunned. Michael passed away at the age of 53 years old and is added to the list of many artists who have passed on at such a young age in 2016.

George Michael was a prolific singer and songwriter who dominated the majority of the 80’s with his group Wham and as a solo artist, where he became even more successful. I can say that Michael was another artist that was part of my teenage musical years. With intoxicating good looks and sex appeal to coincide with some of the lyrics, George Michael was the full package as one of the most high-profile heartthrobs of the 80’s.

The year was 1999 when George Michael and Mary J. Blige covered Stevie Wonder’s “As.” The song on Michael’s greatest hits album, entitled Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael. Michael and Blige’s chemistry was like the rest of the duets Michael has created with legendary artists like Aretha Franklin and the late Whitney Houston. The blue-eyed soul singer and Blige with their many doppelgangers singing in the club, was one of the highlights in the video.

Unfortunately, in the United States “As” did not get exposure due to Michael’s legal issues, when he got arrested for attempting a lewd act in L.A. Even though we can consider that entrapment, but I’ll digress. Even with the lack of marketing for the song in the states, “As” reached the top 5 in the U.K to make up for it.

In closing, George Michael will not only be missed, but the blueprint he left behind in the industry will be hard to match. George Michael had soul that didn’t come across as appropriation like other singers of the blue-eyed persuasion. Like many others who have left us this year, they left being a profound legacy and will continue to leave the floodgates to newer fans for decades to come to discover their music. Rest in peace, George Michael.

 

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Old School Video of The Week: Stephanie Mills – “Never Knew Love Like This Before”

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The year was 1980 when Stephanie Mills released the single, “Never Knew Love Like This Before” off of Mills fourth album entitled Sweet Sensation.

Mills would go on to have an illustrious career that would span over seventeen albums. Mills will garner a few number one hits, American Music Awards and Grammys along the way.

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Old School Video of The Week: Yarbrough & Peoples “Don’t Stop The Music”

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The year was 1981 when Yarbrough & Peoples released a dance anthem of the early 80’s with the song, “Don’t Stop The Music”. I remember, being a little girl and this was often played every time the radio was on WBLS and KISS FM in New York City in the house. The Dallas duo, released “Don’t Stop The Music” off their album The Two of Us.

Yarbrough and Peoples will go on to release more singles off their The Two of Us album, but it wasn’t as successful as their top charting “Don’t Stop The Music”, which has stood the test of time. “Don’t Stop The Music” reached #1 on the R&B charts.

One can also catch up on what Yarbough and Peoples are doing now, and some of their historic activities during the 80’s with the latest Unsung episode here.

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Old School Video of The Week: King of Swing – “Nod Your Head To This”

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The year was 1990 when the group King of Swing released the track, “Nod Your Head To This” off their only album entitled Strategy. The group consisted of Sugar Kay, Mike Master, and DJ Cocoa Chanelle. One couldn’t travel in NYC, without hearing this track blaring out of Volvos, Nissans and Wrangler jeeps. “Nod Your Head To This,” was part of the 1990 summer anthem.

King of Swing may have had a head nodding single, but their success was minimized, and Sugar Kay and Mike Master fell off to obscurity. One can’t find too much info on King of Swing, they appeared and contributed to the golden-age of hip-hop in a flash, and was gone as fast as they arrived.

Unlike her group members, DJ Cocoa Chanelle made a name for herself, as a DJ in the New York scene. Chanelle was the first woman to DJ for BET’s Teen Summit (whatever happened to that show?), and she secured a gig at Hot 97. It is a rarity that a woman spun for a group of men who rocked the mic. In fact, I don’t think that has been done after Chanelle (where are my hip hop scholars who dispute this?) Chanelle is hip-hop royalty, and even though King of Swing didn’t have a longevity on the hip-hop scene, their contribution to the genre should always be recognized.

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