From The Vault this week journeys back to the beginning of the new millennium with a party-anthem – the aptly titled ‘Fiesta’ by R. Kelly and Jay-Z.
Released in 2001 in remixed form, ‘Fiesta’ was the third single from Kellz’ fourth studio album ‘TP-2.com‘ which saw the light of day the previous year. Joining the two heavyweights was Hip-Hop duo Boo & Gotti.
Commercially, the track hit #1 on the Hip-Hop/R&B tally and #6 on the Hot 100, and is believed to be the catalyst for R. and Hova’s ‘Best Of Both Worlds’ joint LP released a year later
The video for the cut was directed by Little X alongside R. Kelly and was set on a tropical beach full of scantily-clad ladies roused and ready to keep the party going.
With murmurs of joints albums for both R. Kelly and Jay-Z respectively with fan Trey Songz and wife Beyonce, we must say that we’re all for projects as such. Whether considered a side project like Pink’s You+Me and Damon Albarn’s Gorillaz or a continuation of the artists involved’s sound like Lucy Pearl – fronted by Raphael Saadiq – and Chris Brown and Tyga’s ‘Fan Of A Fan’, we feel it is a great way to refresh one’s brand by giving something unique especially in an industry where being confined in a box is the norm.
Hopefully the future will see more talented artists like Robert and Shawn get together to create undeniable jams like this.