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From The Vault: Des’Ree – ‘You Gotta Be’

Des’Ree’s incredible ‘You Gotta Be’ has the distinction of being this week’s From The Vault feature. The track was the lead single from her ‘I Ain’t Movin’ album and was originally released in 1994. This simple yet uplifting record peaked at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #14 on the Official UK Singles Chart, impacting the lives of many during it’s stay on the charts. I miss songs like this!

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From The Vault: En Vogue – ‘Free Your Mind’

This week’s classic From The Vault clip comes courtesy of En Vogue and their 1992 smash ‘Free Your Mind’. Lifted from the ladies ‘Funky Divas’ LP, the song  packs more than a pulsating beat…it packs a powerful message. A message conveyed oh-so-well by Dawn, Terry, Cindy, and Maxine  in its accompanying video.

Watching this kinda has me hopeful that some of today’s charting acts will be inspired to fuse powerful and necessary messages into their music – if even only to try. For, as this shows, it is indeed possible to weave-sling, Naomi Campbell walk, and rock out to a song which boasts lyrics other than those centred on the same ol’ topics of love and clubs.

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From The Vault: Anita Baker – ‘Sweet Love’

This week’s From The Vault comes from the legendary Anita Baker. ‘Sweet Love’ was one of the singles released from her critically acclaimed ‘Rapture’ album and earned Baker a Grammy Award for ‘Best R&B Song’ back in 1987. The track has been covered by several singers including Beyonce during her ‘I Am…Yours’ world tour. You better sing it Baker!

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From The Vault: Nivea – ‘Don’t Mess With My Man’

This week’s classic From The Vault clip is Nivea and Jagged Edge‘s 2002 smash ‘Don’t Mess With My Man’. The song, which peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, serves as the biggest hit of Nivea’s career, earning her a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Performance By A Duo or Group. Still goes hard today…

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From The Vault: Mary J. Blige – ‘Real Love’

This week’s throwback From The Vault clip needs no introduction. A classic if there ever was one, Mary J. Blige‘s 1992 smash ‘Real Love’ will indeed remain etched in R&B history forever.

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From The Vault: Dream – ‘He Loves U Not’

This week’s classic From The Vault clip is Dream‘s 2000 smash ‘He Loves U Not’. Many will remember the Bad Boy collective as the Danity Kane before there was a Danity Kane. Indeed, just like Aubrey, Dawn and co, Dream boasted much in the way of potential, however never got to achieve it due to poor label handling (no shocker with Diddy, ay) and bad management. Still, the four-piece left their mark with this winner of a song and video – which hit #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 when released. Enjoy.

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From The Vault: Mya, Blackstreet & Mase – ‘Take Me There’

This week’s classic From The Vault clip is Mya, Blackstreet and Mase’s 1998 contribution to The Rugrats Movie, ‘Take Me There’. An awesome meshing of the Urban and younger Pop/junior audience, the song still goes hard now. Enjoy.

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From The Vault: Madonna, Britney & Christina Rock VMA 03

‘The performance that shocked the world’ is no doubt how many will remember Madonna, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera‘s showing at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, this week’s classic From The Vault video. Featuring the now-infamous ‘kiss’, this medley of ‘Like A Virgin’, ‘Hollywood’, and the Missy-Elliott assisted ‘Work It’ certainly goes down in history as of music television’s most risqué moments. However, after re-watching this 7 years later, I can’t decide whether it was actually any good or just great car-crash television?!

Like most, it was awesome seeing such a celebrated artist like Madonna grace the stage with former chart-rivals Britney and Christina. However, judging by the amount of shade thrown in the audience (Mary J, 50 Cent & Eminem, Snoop…spot anymore?!) it seemed more laughable than anything else LOL. Judge for yourself, check out the vid above…

Randomness: Christina’s vocals were on fire! Britney’s had a great backing track….  ;-)

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