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Forgot About Friday/Tweet

Oops….

……….we looked over to the left….and when we looked back to the right….Tweet’s Billboard chart domination days seemed to have slipped our minds….oh, my, indeed. 

However, when it comes to everyone’s favorite self lovin’ diva (and Missy bestie!!), we’ve got an early ’00s music memory and treat that no one will-and should–ever forget because you still betta werk, Ms. Tweet.

The youngest of four older siblings, Tweet (real name..Charlene Keys, no relation to A) was born in Rochester, New York and began her start in that dear, sweet music by singing in church alongside her parents. It also didn’t hurt that the “Oops” songstress was born into quite the musical family as she quickly mastered the art of, well, it all including pianoguitar, bass guitar and drums, just to name a splendid few. 

But alas, it was Tweet‘s unique singing voice (along with Janet & Tina inspirations) that caught the ears of everyone at the Rochester School of the Arts, where the diva found her true calling and immersed herself in all that she knew how to do…own it. After giving birth to daughter Tawshana at the age of 18 (who’s now a gospel singer like Mom!), Tweet made the decision to leave her young daughter in the care of her parents as she set off on the road to join a girl group that didn’t quite make it…then came Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliot

After the two gals met on the road, Elliot not only enlisted Tweet for the duet, “Take Away” off of her classic Miss E So Addictive record, but she introduced her to the one-and-only, Timbaland. And it was from that moment that the world and our attention was served with “Oops”(Oh My),” a slinky R&B jam about…plain and simple…lovin’ and feelin’ ya damn self while nobody’s watching. 

And let’s not forget about its accompanying video…own that bling, Missy, own it…yes. 

The Billboard R&B chart owning groove would become the lead single to Tweet’s debut albumSouthern Hummingbird, which also featured “Oh My” follow-up, “Call Me.” Tweet would follow up Hummingbird in 2005 with “It’s Me Again,” which gave us the moderate single, “Turn da Lights Off.” 

But yes, it was soon after that most (okay, all) of us seemed to have forgotten about Tweet(she also released Simply Tweet in 2013 and Charlene in 2016), and it’s a damn shame. Because not only is “Oops(Oh My)” still that fucking groove, but it still holds its message that, hey, if you’re feelin’ yourself on those sexy Saturday nights around a quarter-to-three…..you just gotta go for it. 

Thank you, Tweet, may we never, ever forget you. We won’t. 

For many more self lovin’ music memories, look over to the left here and here with Philly Mixtape 

Cover photo courtesy of The Source 

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Forgot About Friday/Donell Jones

“U Know What’s Up”…..the dearly departed Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes.…..”Where I Wanna Be”…….baby makin’ crooner and one hell of a talent. 

Yes, those are all of the music memories and moments that make up the career of one sleek and sophisticated R&B maestro and songwriter, Mr. Donell Jones, who in his late ’90s/early ’00s hey day…..simply had it goin’ on. 

Born the son of a gospel singer, Jones grew up on the South Side of Chicago and threw himself in music at a young age to escape the streets that plagued his road to stardom during his younger years. Working hard to keep his passion afloat, Jones met former Heavy D & The Boys member  “Eddie F” Ferrell along the way and together they formed a partnership with L.A. Reid and Babyface’s legendary label, LaFace.

Mr. Jones first hit it big in 1994 thanks to his penmanship on Usher‘s “Think of You,” which hit number eight on the Billboard R&B Charts. It was from there that Reid and Face gave him the green light to record his solo debut, which would end up being the stylish, soulful 1996 release, My Heart

Although the album was a moderate success thanks to singles “In the Hood,” “You Should Know,” and Jones’ cover of the Stevie Wonder classic, “Knocks Me Off My Feet,” it was the singer’s songwriting and music production that caught the ears of everyone in the industry and beyond. This would lead Jones’ quickly becoming an established songwriter in the late ’90s, penning songs for 702, Drea, a few more for Usher and many, many more before releasing his smashing sophomore set, Where I Wanna Be, in 1999. 

Of course, it was this album that truly put Jones on the music map, as it not only went platinum, but gave us bedroom ready smashes like the still woke title track, the thumping, “Shorty(Got Her Eyes On Me,” and of course, “U Know What’s Up,” which features that irresistible cameo from the one-and-only, Mizz Lopes.

Jones released a two successful follow ups–2002’s Life Goes On and 2006’s album chart topping, Life of a Gemini, but let’s face it, the careers of pretty much every late ’90s dominating hip hop and R&B artist seemingly became forgotten right around then and Jones’ later sets–Lyrics and Forever–failed to resonate with that mainstream audience (meaning…all of us) that he once owned. 

But if there’s one thing that we do know, it’s that you actually had to have talent to make it happen like Mariah back then, and Donell Jones simply had it and then some.

And that’s something we should never, ever forget. 

Plus, you know that you’re still trying to be Julia Stiles in that classic “U Know What’s Up” flavored Save the Last Dance montage. Yes, you. 

Groove on, Mr.Jones, groove on. 

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Forgot About Friday/Shanice

It’s time to put that new black mini on your charge once again….

Born May 14, 1973, the lovely Shanice Wilson entered the music game at a very young age, appearing in a number of musicals and television commercials. But it was in 1984 that she truly got her big break by becoming a regular on the undeniable smash T.V.show, Kids Incorporated, and soon, Star Search came calling.

Her fiery appearance caught the headphones of A&M Records, and at the age of 11, Shanice was under exclusive contract to the label. Her debut album, Discovery, was served to us in ’87, which housed a pair of minor Billboard hits with singles “(Baby Tell Me) Can You Dance” and “No 1/2 Steppin’.”

But it was when the young starlet moved to Motown Records in 1990 that she linked up with producer Narada Michael Walden who took the helm on her Inner Child set, scoring with the hit “I Love Your Smile” (that sax still gets us every time.), as well as “I’m Cryin’” and “Lovin’ You.” The cutesy chanteuse also appeared on a number of movie soundtracks, including Boomerang and Disney‘s Pocahontas (hey, Jon Secada.), and also the famed Beverly Hills 90210 soundtrack, where she would make us swoon with her oh, so tender Jackie Taylor worthy ballad, “Saving Forever For You.”

However, by the time she released her third solo outing, 21 Ways to Grow, her music fortunes seemed to fade off a little bit and disappeared even quicker when she signed on to LaFace Records and self-titled debut (except for the moderate hit, “When I Close My Eyes.”)barely cracked the Billboard 200 album chart. (blame Mr. Reid for that one?)

These days, Shanice and her husband, Flex (of Naughty by Nature fame) are starring in their OWN reality show Flex & Shanice, which seems a million miles away from her cheeky earlier days, but there’s no denying that her shy demeanor and lovely tunes–especially, “I Love Your Smile”–will stay in our Shanice hearts for all of music eternity.