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: 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: 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: Samuelle – “So You Like What You See”

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The year was 1990 when former Club Nouveau member Samuelle released the single, “So You Like What You See,” off his debut and only album entitled, Living In Black Paradise.

“So You Like What You See” was even more popular in later years, and was featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, in 2004. Samuelle continues to perform with Club Nouveau.

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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: Stevie Nicks – “Stand Back”

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The year was 1983 when Stevie Nicks released “Stand Back” off her album entitled The Wild Heart. Nicks’ signature raspy voice contributed to a sound that would be a catalyst to Fleetwood Mac’s success during their time before she embarked on a successful solo career in the 80’s.

What makes “Stand Back” such a gem is that the late Prince contributed with production, which made “Stand Back” become not only a major hit for Nicks but added proof that whatever Prince touched, whether an addition of a synthesiser or songwriting, it turns to gold.

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Old School Video of The Week: The Good Girls – “Your Sweetness”

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The year was 1989 when the group The Good Girls released the single “Your Sweetness” off of their All for Your Love album. The trio, consisted of Shireen Crutchfield, Joyce Tolbert and DeMonica Santiago.

The group was affectionately called the 90’s version of The Supremes, but that would be a false narrative. Sure the group had a major hit and some notable mentions, but I wouldn’t appoint them anywhere near The Supremes level of talent. The only thing The Good Girls had that was equivalent to The Supremes is that they once shared the same label, which was Motown records.

The group would officially disband, but if one is an 80’s to 90’s baby this group would be remembered for their talent, but the comparisons to the other legendary group did them a disservice at the end.

“Your Sweetness” reached number six, on the R&B Billboard charts.

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Old School Video of The Week – O.C. “Time’s Up”

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“So why you pushing it? Why you lying for? I know where you live. I know your folks, you was a sucka as a kid. You persona’s drama, that you acquired in high school in acting class. Your whole aura is plexi-glass.”-O.C.

The year was 1994 when O.C. the Brooklyn native released “Time’s Up” off of his Word…Life album. 1994 was a great year in hip-hop and this particular record stands out as one of the timeless of them all. O.C.’s “Time’s Up” was a sheer reminder of a lot of posers who were in the rap game. The sample of Slick Rick’s “Hey Young World” adds the old-school flavor to make this one of my favorite records of that year.

O.C. was a member of the crew D.I.T.C. which included Lord Finesse, Fat Joe, Buckwild, Showbiz & A.G., Diamond D and the late Big L. O.C.’s brief success on the mainstream level was due in part to bad timing and the eventual ending of Wild Pitch Records . “Time’s Up” still remains an ultimate classic and ranks up there as key reminder of the east coast sound of the 90’s that dominated.

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Old School Video of The Week: Kool & The Gang – “Take My Heart”

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The year was 1981 when Kool & The Gang released the single, “Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want)” It)” from the album Something Special. James Taylor with his smooth lay back delivery enhanced the track. Kool & The Gang owned the entire late 70’s and 80’s, and the group’s talent has made them iconic in every sense of the word when it comes to R&B.

The single reached #1 on the US R&B Billboard charts.

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