Today we celebrate an R&B gem that was unleashed 11 years ago. This week’s From The Vault pick is Bobby Valentino’s ‘Slow Down.’
A modern day serenade, ‘Slow Down’ was produced by Tim & Bob and contains a sample of Hans Zimmer’s ‘A Way Of Life’ from the ‘Last Samuraï’ OST. It served as Valentino’s debut single and was included on his self-titled LP released in 2005.
A worldwide hit, the track reached the Top 10 in both the US and the UK, peaking at #8 and #4 respectively.
Directed by Erik White, the song’s clip was shot in Los Angeles, precisely Melrose Avenue, and took a literal approach to the cut’s lyrics.
Ludacris makes a cameo, as a way of introducing the new talent to the world. Literally. The rapper had signed Valentino to his Disturbing Tha Peace imprint.
Though neither visually nor sonically groundbreaking, ‘Slow Down’ reminds that the mid 00’s served up many a memorable moment.