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From The Vault: LL Cool J – ‘Doin’ It’

LL Cool J’s 1996 smash ‘Doin’ It’ serves as this week’s From The Vault video. Though the song needs little introduction (come on now!), it’s worth highlighting that it’s lifted from L’s ‘Mr Smith’ album, which also spawned major hits such as ‘Loungin’ and ‘Hey Lover (ft. Boyz II Men):

A classic, if there ever was one. LL was definitely at his peak here and for that reason ‘Doin It’ will forever remain one of the 90’s defining Hip-Hop releases. It’s a shame contemporary Hip-Hop has nothing on Hip-Hop of the past. Still, I guess that’s why we have Youtube.

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From The Vault: Cassie Performs ‘Me & U’ On 106 & Park

As well as featuring classic music videos, From The Vault gives a nod to memorable live performances too. Indeed, this week’s video is memorable – for all the wrong reasons; Cassie’s now infamous BET 106 & Park performance of ‘Me & U’. Terrible from start to finish; the 2006 showing left, and continues to leave, many puzzled as to how exactly she bagged a record deal.

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From The Vault: Keith Sweat – ‘Twisted’

This week’s From the Vault video is R&B crooner Keith Sweat’s 1996 classic ‘Twisted’ (ft. Kut Klose). Undeniably one of the 90’s defining Slow Jams, the song and the video have remained one of my favourites since being released. Check it out:

Ahh the 90’s, when R&B was almost-universally good.

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From the Vault: TLC – ‘No Scrubs’

We head back to 1999 for this week’s ‘From The Vault’ video, TLC’s mega-smash ‘No Scrubs.’ One of the group’s biggest hits, there was no escaping this track back in the day. The song has gone down as one of the biggest ladies anthems of all-time:

Definitely a song-of-the-times, fellas around the world knew they had to fix up after this one lol. With TLC having paved the way for the barrage of girl-groups that would follow their blueprint, the ladies and their achievements will go down in history. They really don’t ‘make’ them like this anymore. R.I.P Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopez.

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From the Vault: ATL – ‘Make It Up With Love’

It’s been a short while since the last ‘From The Vault’ posting, but it’s back this week in the form of ATL’s ‘Make It Up With Love’ video. Released back in 2004, I remember playing this song over and over. In a time when B2K were ruling (I’m using the term very loosely) the charts with their cookie-cutter songs, it was real refreshing seeing a group of same-aged teens, who were all vocally talented, putting out great music. Check out the video – see if you can spot a certain ‘Goodies’ singer:

Following the release of this song, the 2nd single from their LP ‘The ATL Project’, the group disbanded, were dropped or something…they basically disappeared lol. Still, with such good material, it’s a shame they never lasted the distance.

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From The Vault: Aaliyah – ‘Rock The Boat’

Going back to 2001, this week’s ‘From The Vault’ video is the late Aaliyah’s ‘Rock The Boat’. As I’m sure you know, the video was filmed just hours before the R&B star tragically died in a airplane crash, along with several in her entourage. Arguably one of her best efforts, this video gave us all a glimpse at the makings of a superstar.

Gone, but never forgotten, Aaliyah’s legacy lives on through the great music her undeniable talent graced us with over the years.

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From The Vault: Sister Act 2 – ‘Joyful Joyful’

As said when ‘From The Vault’ was first introduced, it’s not only classic music videos that will be featured. Hence, this week’s video comes from Whoppi Goldberg’s 1993 hit movie ‘Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit’. A young Lauryn Hill and Ryan Toby (formerly of R&B collective City High) shine in this now-classic finale performance of ‘Joyful Joyful’. Enjoy:

Great movie and an even better soundtrack. ‘Joyful Joyful’ was just one of many standouts for me from the film. It’s kinda funny how after so many years the film’s impact still stands strong; I know I’m not the only one whose church choir, high-school choir etc tried their hand at this version of the song lol.

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From The Vault: Joe – ‘All The Things (Your Man Won’t Do)’

The ‘From The Vault’ video chosen for this week’s installment is Joe’s ‘All The Things (Your Man Won’t Do)’. Lifted from the singer’s 1997 album ‘All That I Am’ (which also featured the hits ‘Good Girls’ and ‘Don’t Wanna Be A Player’) , the song has long stood as one of my all-time favourite R&B tracks. Check it out:

“Ooh, I got a jones in my bones for you…” Love this track. It’s hard to believe that after so long in the industry, Joe is still so underrated. Still, for those who are ‘in the know’ about his immense talent, his music has and continues to leave its mark.

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From The Vault: En Vogue – ‘Don’t Let Go’

This week’s ‘From The Vault’ video is En Vogue’s 1996 mega-hit ‘Dont’ Let Go’. Arguably one of group’s career defining songs, the video also marked the last time the girls would appear as a quartet. Lead singer Dawn Robinson left shortly after the track was released in 1997 due to negotiations to keep her place as a member – whilst embarking on a solo career – falling through:

Timeless. The track’s powerful lyrics and even better delivery made this a classic for me. It’s a shame Dawn left when she did, as neither she or the group managed to reach the same level of success (or anywhere near) again. Who knows how much further their legacy would have carried on to?

Bonus: ‘Don’t Let Go’ (w/o Dawn) (Live On Saturday Night Live)

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From the Vault: Janet Performs ‘So Excited’

It’s kinda been a slow news day today, so I felt it a great time to introduce a new weekly feature (one I’ve had in mind for some time) to the site, ‘From The Vault’. A mixture of classic music videos, performances and more, ‘From The Vault’ will also give you a chance to contribute to the site; just drop me an email at [email protected] with any suggestions you have for each week’s edition.
This weeks video is Janet Jackson’s ‘So Excited’ performance on the Oprah Winfrey show last year:

Janet nailed it! Though the whole ’20 Y.O’ saga was kind of a mess, it’s performances like this that should serve as a reminder to those in doubt of Janet’s talent. Watching this back kinda has me amped for her Island/Def Jam debut due early 2008.

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