So, why eight albums on this week’s list? Read on to find out and relive those 2002 albums, though…because you most certainly will.
Ashanti/Self-titled Let’s just get right down to business, because when it comes to the music of 2002, Ms. Ashanti was that business. Fresh off the hook from Ja Rule’s (ahem..)chart topping “Always on Time,” the diva served us life with the Marley Marl/Biggie sampling lead single, “Foolish,” (plus that Goodfellas inspired video, though) which spent an unprecedented eleven weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100.
Of course, it didn’t hurt that the former Princess of Murder Inc Records/Hip Hop & R&B was featured on, like, forty-five tracks that year(“What’s Luv?” “Down 4 U”…sigh), but it was this album and all of the pre-Ciara goodies that were laced all over it (“Happy,” “Baby”) that further proved that when it came to those grooves of 2002, Ms. Ashanti was always on time for all of us.
Norah Jones/Come Away With Me Long before Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga gave us Cheek to Cheek realness and a touch before Xtina went all Back to Basics, Ms. Norah Jones served us with the lighter side of jazz with her whimsical debut set, Come Away With Me.
While every song on the album still remains as light as a sun-kissed breeze (the title track, “Don’t Know Why“) the album itself was a straight up beast on the charts where it would go on to sell a whopping twenty million copies worldwide and continue with Grammy snatch (six for our girl) that still remains in a historical class of its very own. Although Ms. Jones doesn’t own our adult contemporary hearts these days like she used to, the magical music memories on her stellar debut will certainly last a lifetime.
Nelly/Nellyville In 2000, the Band Aid promoting rapper made us learn that down home Country Grammar. (“Ride Wit Me” 4 lyfe). In 2002, he had us take off all of our clothes because he made it so f#$king “Hot in Herre” for all of us, which was soon followed by a romp on the Desperate Housewives set with Kelly Rowland in the “Dilemma” video.
There was a shoe or a song or something called “Air Force Ones,” which proves that if we were a tossed a one-way ticket to Nellyville right this very second, we would do it all over again, even the Country Grammar era for that matter. Right, Ms. Vanna? Let’s go.
J.Lo/J to Tha L-O The Remixes/This is Me…Then While could easily spill about how 2002 was also the year that gave us….Bennifer, there’s just not enough words on the page for all of that. Especially since ’02 was also the year that Ms. Lo gave us not one, but two blockbuster records, the first being The Remixes album (“Ain’t it Funny” all day), which was followed a touch later down the road with the release of her third studio album, This Is Me…Then.
Yes, “Jenny From the Block” and “Dear Ben” are still the worst, but we’ll forever be grateful for the L.L. co-starring and (and Deborah Laws Very Special” sampling), “All I Have,” the Flashdance inspired clip for “I’m Glad” will always do it to us and the “Juicy Fruit” tasting, “Loving You” will always be quite delicious.
Because it was both of these albums that truly turned J.Lo from being a diva into being that diva. And we’ll never forget it.
Missy Elliot/Under Construction Oh, Missy try to maintain…our lives when it comes to the funky fresh flavors on your still red-hot fourth studio album. Without going on and on here (because..this record), you must dive in at once and relive this glorious 2002 music moment, because there’s simply no flippin’ and reversin’ it when it comes to the Missy truth that will always be served up on her Grammy owning, career defining album, Under Construction.
Christina Aguilera/Stripped Here…we…f#$king go, right, that now oh, so infamous Rolling Stone cover that truly served us Xtina realness when it came to this album? Gone were the Mickey Mouse ears and Britney comparisons, and waaaay in was Linda Perry, assless chaps, more Lil’ Kim, one “Beautiful” ballad and one “Dirrty” video that will forever remain in a delightfully skanky class all on its own accord.
While we may never know when–or even if–Mizz Xtina will get up out of her chair on The Voice and serve us with Blonde (or whatever it was supposed to be called), but Stripped certainly gave every Xtina queen an album for days (sorry, Back to Basics), especially when it comes to album cut, “Get Mine, Get Yours,” which pretty much sums this era of the window destroying diva all sorts of up.
Well, that and the Justified & Stripped tour, of course.
Justin Timberlake/Justified One word..”Britney” followed by five more words…”Cry Me a River Video”….do you really need anything else? How about, everything else on the album that started the still ignited JT era, including “Like I Love You,” “Rock Your Body,” and of course, “Señorita.” Ay dios mio, Mr. Timberlake.
8 Mile Soundtrack Eminem….the dearly departed Brittany Murphy…Kim Basinger…”Lose Yourself”….no further questions if you dare to ask any when it comes to this soundtrack.