This week’s From The Vault clip is Mary J. Blige‘s 1996 smash ‘Not Gon Cry’. Lifted from the ‘Waiting To Exhale’ soundtrack, the video interpolates scenes from the hit movie, focussing visually and lyrically on the storyline of Angela Bassett’s character. Check out the Wayne Maser directed video above…
Classic! Despite being only 7 years old when this came out, this has a lot of nostalgic value for me. I vividly remember jamming to this way back in the day (thanks to my Big Sis, who loved the TLC’s, Jodeci’s and Mary’s – all of who made the 90′s so memorable). R&B at its best.
This week’s From The Vault clip is Mya‘s 2003 smash ‘My Love Is Like…Wo’. As well as the Missy Elliott produced (Kenny and Charley penned) track being a winner, the video showcased the R&B star in a new light. Not only was the once clean-cut Mya sexier and sassier, the Paul Hunter directed clip highlighted how a great an all-round dancer Ms. Harrison actually is (she’s a trained dancer); the tap breakdown still looks as good today as it did 7 years ago, as is the song and the whole the damn video LOL. Enjoy.
After a few weeks rested on the bench, our From The Vault feature is back!
This week’s classic clip is Fantasia‘s soaring rendition of ’The Colour Purple’ gem ‘I’m Here’ on The Oprah Winfrey Show back in 2007. Ms. Barrino performed the song on the show to coincide with the announcement that she’d be taking on the lead role of Celie in ‘The Colour Purple’s Broadway run.
About the actual performance; WOW! Some 3 years later, I still get chills watching this. Raw, emotive, and beautifully sung, Fantasia had me won with this song – which I ironically heard for the first time when watching this performance. Flawless.
Note: Look out for our interview with Fantasia this coming week. A 40 minute (yes, you read right!) in-depth chat, full of honesty and plenty laughs. What’s more, we asked the questions you really want answers to. You won’t want to miss this one!
This week’s From The Vault classic is Lil’ Kim‘s year 2000 smash ‘No Matter What They Say’. Featuring the pint-sized rapper at her best (looks and lyrics), this is a great throwback to the days when female rap actually made an impact chart-wise. Great song, even better video.
Tidbit: Doesn’t anyone else see a few parallels between KIM and a certain Nicki Minaj? I’m just saying…
This week’s From The Vault video comes in the form of Destiny’s Child’s festive classic ’8 Days of Christmas’. One of the most recent songs to join an elite list of Holiday classics (2001) and certainly the most Urban, this one is sure to elongate that Christmas feeling well beyond the big day itself. Great song!
This week’s classic From The Vault video is Britney Spears‘ 2003 smash collaboration with Madonna – ‘Me Against The Music’. Directed by Paul Hunter, this epic clip really encapsulated on-screen the monumental nature of Spears’ and Madonna’s joining of forces (the Princess and Queen of Pop). Moreover, this really showcases Spears’ at what IMO was her peak in terms of swagger, presence and choreography, while at the same time proving ol’ Madge still had ‘it’. Great song, even better video.
Tidbit: Did you know the song was written and produced by a then-little-known production duo called The-Dream and Tricky Stewart?!
This week’s classic From The Vault video is Wyclef & Mary J. Blige’s year 2000 collaboration ’911′, which was lifted from the former Fugee star’s ‘Ecleftic’ LP. Put simply, this track still goes hard today, with the video having aged particularly well some 10 years later. A classic.
This week’s From The Vault comes in the form two videos because…well..I feel like it LOL!
The first (above) is Blaque‘s 1999 punchy R&B hit ‘Bring It All To Me’. Mentored by the late Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes (hence perhaps the subtle similarities to TLC), the trio served up this killer cut as the 2nd single from their debut LP, which was released the same year. As well as being a great song, I vividly remember really gravitating to the fact that all of the ladies got equal mic / face time and collectively were very promising. While the group have since disbanded, only to re-group to disband again (!), they left us with gems like this, which is alright by me!
The 2nd of our picks this week is UK group Eternal‘s 1997 chart-topping collaboration with BeBe Winans‘I Wanna Be The Only One’. Fronted by power-house vocalist Easther Bennett, the group IMO still stand as the UK’s best female group (vocally) in many-many years. I still blast this song out from time to time, and it sounds as fresh as it did when it first came out. Quality music lives forever!