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From The Vault: Monica – ‘Don’t Take It Personal’

This week’s From The Vault clip is Monica‘s 1995 #1 smash ‘Don’t Take It Personal’ – which was lifted from the then teen star’s debut LP ‘Miss Thang’. As I’m sure any R&B lover will know, the song’s reputation proceeds it. Put simply, a classic.

Tidbit: Despite only being 6 or 7 when this dropped, I vividly remember the hype around the then-new talent that was Ms. Monica. To see what a seasoned vocalist and great person she’s grown into before our eyes is a warming feeling.

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From The Vault: Lauryn Hill – ‘Doo Wop (That Thing)’

This week’s classic From The Vault video is Lauryn Hill‘s 1998 smash ‘Doo Wop (That Thing)’. As the first single from Hill’s critically and commercially successful ‘Miseducation…’ LP, the song and its accompanying video sky-rocketed the former Fugees front-woman to super-stardom. Some 12 years (yes 12 years) later, this visually looks just as good if not better than some of today’s videos. What’s more, the song still goes hard. Classic.

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From The Vault: Mary J. Blige – ‘Not Gon’ Cry’

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.

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From The Vault: Mya – ‘My Love Is Like…Wo’

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.

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From The Vault: Fantasia Performs ‘I’m Here’ On Oprah

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!

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From The Vault: Lil’ Kim – ‘No Matter What They Say’

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…

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From The Vault: Destiny’s Child – ’8 Days of Christmas’

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!

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From The Vault: Britney Spears – ‘Me Against The Music’


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?!

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