Bow Wow and Omarion‘s 2005 smash ‘Let Me Hold You’ is our pick for this week’s From The Vault.
Released during the mid-00’s in a ‘We Belong Together’ dominated landscape, the track was the launching single from the rapper’s fourth effort ‘Wanted’ and was the first of many collaborations between him and the B2K alumni.
The cut was produced by Bow’s mentor and then-it guy Jermaine Dupri alongside No I.D. and uses a sample of Luther Vandross‘ version of ‘If Only For One Night’ – originally sung by Brenda Russell.
A huge success in America, the melodic number peaked at #4 on the Hot 100, #2 on the Hot Hip-Hop/R&B and #1 on the Hot Rap Songs tally.
Bryan Barber directed the video for the single, which – like many a 90s/00s visual – is set at a “turnt” urban house-party. Bow Wow can be seen serenading his love interest to mixed results.
With the clip climaxing with a “to be continued” tag, its sequel came in the form of Mr Moss’ follow-up duet with former girlfriend Ciara, ‘Like You’.
After this single, Bow Wow and Omarion would go on to record an album (‘Face Off’) together, similar to R.Kelly and Jay-Z a few years prior. With Hip-Hop artists getting together more and more for joint projects – like Jay and Kanye’s The Throne or Drake and Future a few months ago – which artists would you like to see get their collabo on for a Hip-Hop/R&B LP?