This week From The Vault journey’s back ten years to 2005 when rapstress Trina was making waves in the female rap landscape with her sassy brand of bravado.
Today’s pick is the Kelly Rowland assisted ‘Here We Go.’
Released as the second and final single from the Miami maven’s third studio album, ‘The Glamorest Life,’ the track serves as her highest charting release (as a lead act) and one of Rowland’s most successful solo appearances on the Billboard Hot 100.
The song – which sampled Force M.D’s hit ‘Tender Love’ (crafted by Jam & Lewis) – peaked at #17 on the Hot 100 and impacted the top 20 in major music markets such as the UK and Australasia. A sizeable achievement given how few female rappers have enjoyed commercial success internationally (’til this day).
Beyond the Jim Jonsin cut’s catchy sing-along-song chorus, its video is also touted as a major catalyst for its Gold certified success.
Directed by Nick Quested, the clip takes a literal approach to the song’s lyrics and relays the tale of a lady (Trina) who “can’t take no more” and kicks her no good boo to the curb while looking all sorts of stylish doing so.
The budget wasn’t big, but the accessible and relatable narrative was enough to garner the visual ample play on BET’s 106 & Park where it was a mainstay.
Much of Trina’s underrated discography boasts racy numbers that would make even the most liberal minded blush. Yet, we feel it was the more vulnerable side shown here that made the release not only refreshing but still relevant ’til this day. Needless to say, we’re hitting replay!
DID YOU KNOW: Teedra Moses appears on the demo for the song singing what became Kelly Rowland’s parts. Click here to listen to her version.