From The Vault: Jagged Edge – ‘Where The Party At (ft. Nelly)’

Published: Sunday 9th Mar 2014 by Joe

This week’s From The Vault journey’s back to the early 00’s with Jagged Edge. The R&B maestros’ dance-floor jam ‘Where The Party At’ serves as our latest pick.

A classic by most counts, ‘Party’ was released in May 2001, automatically becoming the Summer-smash of that same year. It was produced by the era’s formidable hitmaker Jermaine Dupri and featured rapper-singer Nelly.

The first single from J.E.’s third LP ‘Jagged Little Thrill’, the cut was a #3 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and a #1 smash on the Billboard Hip-Hop/R&B. It peaked at #25 in the UK and reached the seventeenth position on the Canadian charts.

Dave Meyers took the directorial helm of ‘Party’s sun-soaked visual, which offered a literal yet enjoyable take on the song’s lyrics. Indeed, the liquor flowed – even in the pool – and scantily-clad women are omnipresent. As was the norm at the time, the guys paired their pipes with choreography and bust out a few moves of their own amidst the  clip’s racy antics.

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With male R&B experiencing a resurgence of sorts in recent years, we feel the scene is still missing an act that would bring the R&B-boy-band agenda back to being front and centre. Put simply, a modern take on the Jagged Edges and 112s of the world. Or a refreshed re-incarnation of the Boyz II Mens and Jodecis. For, the current era seems thirsty in 2014 for a continuation of what Jagged Edge brought to the table during the late 90’s and 00s’.

With Day 26 on the comeback trail, we believe they could execute such task amazingly (with the right backing). Still, we’d like for YOU to tell us about a boy band – up and coming or established – who you feel could fit the bill.

Your thoughts?

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  1. Realest March 9, 2014

    Smh I miss them! Them boys could SANG and had unique voices!!!!! I mean even the background singers sang circles around Chris Brown, August Alsina, Trey Songs, and all the rest of the young male singers today!!!!!

  2. danity slayne March 9, 2014

    Stop trying to make Day 26 happen. They’re never going to happen.

  3. BeYAWNce March 9, 2014

    OMG! Jagged Edge. I used to had s** with your songs. please come back. Mama YAWNCE waiting for you.

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