From The Vault: Brandy & Ray J – ‘Paradise’

Published: Sunday 26th Apr 2015 by Joe

This week, our From The Vault pick comes courtesy of siblings Brandy and Ray J; it’s their 2001 rendition of ‘Another Day In Paradise.’

The track was featured on ‘Urban Renewal’, a tribute album to the great Phil Collins which saw artists from the Urban arena take on the classics from the singer-songwriter.
‘Paradise’ was the first single of said project and saw the ‘Best Friend’ belle trading lines with her brother Ray.

Produced by Guy Roche, it became a European hit gracing the Top 10 of numerous charts including the UK, France, Germany and Sweden. The single was never officially released in America.

Staying true to the song’s theme of homelessness, the video focuses on the indifference and disdain that is showed to people in need out in the streets. Though it can easily be labelled as contrived, we feel it’s important to make social commentary through art. Indeed at times artists have a reach that is way superior to any journalist’s or politician’s.

The ‘Urban Renewal’ project was all about celebrating a tremendous artist and ensure that their classic tunes could be “passed on” to the younger generation. In this day and age, we at TGJ HQ can think of many artists deserving of such an honor, but we want to know, can you?


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  1. Royalkev April 26, 2015

    What ya’ll know about this cut?! I love this version of ‘Another Day In Paradise’!!! I actually love the original too. Nice throwback pick!

    • maurice April 26, 2015

      I heard this on the radio this morning, ended up downloading it on my iTunes and now y’all made a post on it.

  2. Rihanna Lately April 26, 2015


    • #JACKIE April 26, 2015

      Rihanna’s new singles? We know sis

      • #JACKIE April 26, 2015

        Whether I stan for Ciara or not has nothing to do with Rihanna FLOPPING! Now b**** go and bathe in scorching hot bacon grease

      • Take notes April 26, 2015

        Lol stfu b****, you sound like a moron, stanning for a FLOP ass Tranny, and then have the audacity to call someone else a flop.

        Make sure you go support your man ass looking fav on that “SOUP KITCHEN TOUR”, you dumb b**** lol

      • #JACKIE April 26, 2015

        I sure will after you support FOUR FLOP SECONDS, FLOP BETTA HAVE MY MONEY & AMERICA FLOPXYGEN!!!!!

      • Take notes April 26, 2015

        Not when two of those flops performed better than “I BET I will get dropped after this album drops”.

      • #JACKIE April 26, 2015

        Whether Jackie sells 5k, 50k or 500k, she will still s*** on Rihanna’s untalented ass. Her ArtPop era is here. Are you ready? ???? kiiiiii

      • Take notes April 26, 2015

        Lol Not when your fav’s been having her ArtPop Era her ENTIRE career.

      • #JACKIE April 26, 2015

        Keep deflecting sis. No #1s, no impact and most importantly NO ALBUM! Rihanna is losing in 2015 boo and the titanic is SINKINGGGGG kii

      • Take notes April 26, 2015

        And Ciara’s winning LOL the irony. Show me exactly where your Tranny fav is Excelling.

      • Take notes April 26, 2015


      • #JACKIE April 26, 2015

        My fave has. RELEASE DATE and a CLEAR VISION for her era! Rihanna has proven that she ain’t s*** without a #1 hit. She’s done sis. Stay mad.

      • Take notes April 26, 2015

        Rihanna can release her album in 2020, and that s*** will still outsell “Jackass”

        “Vision” b**** please, your fav talks about the same s*** every era “My man left me, and he’ll be sorry”. Well b****, let these men know upfront that you have a d***, and then s*** won’t be so complicated.

      • #JACKIE April 26, 2015

        Atleast Ciara is REAL with hers. She writes her s*** based on experience. Rihanna is a mere puppet. A lazy one at that who still has no clue who she is as an artist 10 years later. The GP no longer cares about her ever changing wigs, weed smoking or microwave ass songs & albums. Real talent is returning to the forefront and there is no room for your crackhead ass fave. FLOP!!!

      • Take notes April 26, 2015

        LOL So the GP no longer cares what Rih has to offer, FUNNY, seeing as how the same GP hasn’t been interested in your fav for the last 10 years, lol, I repeat, the LAST 10 YEARS.

        And by the way b****, my fav is still charting, where’s yours?

        Also you still haven’t answered my question, “Where exactly is your fav excelling this era…

      • #JACKIE April 26, 2015

        Charting but not selling or impacting.BBHMM gold yet? AO certified plastic yet? Why is FFS stalled at 1.5 million while Taylor, Ed Sheeran, Iggy and even Bey are selling 2-3 million +? LMAO FLOP!!!

      • Take notes April 26, 2015

        Lol Girl stop shading your fav, is “I bet” even Reynolds wrap?

        And you still haven’t answered my question, “Where is Carl weathers excelling this era?”

      • #JACKIE April 26, 2015

        Ciara is booking stages, covers, about to tour, blazing urban radio and HAS A RELEASE DATE! Where exactly is #RL8’s release date? Answer that BÎTCH!!!

      • Take notes April 26, 2015

        Lol why would I be mad, my fav is still charting, can we say the same for Carl. Meanwhile your fav is about to get dropped from her label, stay tuned b****.

      • Take notes April 26, 2015

        Lol why would I be mad, my fav is still charting, can we say the same for Carl. Meanwhile your fav is about to get dropped from her label, stay tuned b****.

      • #JACKIE April 26, 2015

        NO she will release when she gets a hit. Rihslut is only as good as her next hit b****. You mad or nah?

  3. Mark111 April 26, 2015

    Hahahahahahaha, Ray J has to be the biggest loser in music.

    • Cough Cough April 26, 2015

      But he’s more musically inclined than Rihanna though. He plays., he can kinda sing and he writes. Can Rihanna boast of the same talents? No.

  4. Bitchpleaseeeeeeeee! April 26, 2015

    That’s my jam right there. 🙂

  5. Take notes April 26, 2015

    Ugly no talent flops. These two are the H** of the music world.

    • Take notes April 26, 2015

      H. I. V of the music world, there you go.

  6. Cake like Lady GaGa April 26, 2015

    This is a Classic!!! FRAUDyonce will never, the island model will never, Lame drunk rey will NEVER EVER!!!

  7. Paulo April 26, 2015

    Yessss! Love love love Brandy’s take on this.

    I can’t think of a perfect artist for this but I wish they would issue more of these Urban Renewals cause it’s a great idea.

  8. Lake Erie April 26, 2015

    I love this song. Based off of the comments I see why it wasn’t released here. But wow, Ray J singing his little heart out on here lol. Back when music was important to him.

  9. HaveMyMoney April 26, 2015

    This Was My S*** Back Then

  10. ( TEAM CHARDONNAY ) April 26, 2015


  11. TheElusiveLamb April 26, 2015

    LMAOOOOO! These comments… It’s Sunday ladies and gentlemen.

    • What now April 26, 2015

      YO YO YO hey baby girl! 🙂

  12. TheElusiveLamb April 26, 2015

    Hey boo boo!!

  13. truth April 26, 2015

    I think Aretha, MJ, Janet, Celine, Whitney, Mariah, Gladys, Patti, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, The Clark Sisters and more are all deserving of this being done for them

  14. bertus April 26, 2015


  15. BEYONCE’S DIPLOMA April 26, 2015

    Great song. BeyGonSay would never pull off something like thid. All its music sounds the same.

  16. Bravo!! April 26, 2015

    I would have rather seen sitting on top of the world… But I watch because I never heard the song or video.

  17. MUSICHEAD April 26, 2015

    This was such a big hit for them in 2001. Nice!

  18. You wanna love it right better then my money April 28, 2015

    This song is old back in the 90’s

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