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Philly Groove of the Day/The Roots/Erykah Badu/”You Got Me”

Today’s Philly groove though….

Long before Philly’s The Roots were jamming out on Jimmy Fallon every night, they undoubtably served us with “You Got Me,” a classic hip-hop banger featuring vivacious vocals by the one-and-only, Ms. Badu. The timeless Philly groove also features a spot by local rap diva, Eve, who was then just simply known as…Eve of Destruction. 

You Got Me” was also co-written by Philly based songstress, Jill Scott, who originally recorded vocals for the song’s chorus and bridge, but her part was re-recorded by Badu at the insistence of The Roots label, MCA Records, who decided to go with the more high profile collaboration (Ms. Badu was hot on the “Tyrone” trail when the single was recorded.), being that Scott was still relatively unknown at the time. But just a few years later when Questlove and the rest of The Roots hit the road, Scott joined them during performances of the song, with the original later being released on the 2005 compilation Home Grown! The Beginners Guide to Understanding the Roots, Volume One.

If that’s not enough music heat for you on this #TBT, “You Got Me” also gained The Roots and Badu a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 2000.

A Philly classic all the way. 

 

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Watch Christina Aguilera’s Epic Britney Spears Impression on ‘The Tonight Show w/Jimmy Fallon’

Last night, XXXtina stopped by the ‘Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon’ to promote her little show called ‘The Voice,’ and while the diva was cheeky and coy as always, when the two played “Wheel of Musical Impressions,” that’s when things took quite the epic turn. “How it works is we’re gonna take turns hitting this button here, which activates the musical impressions generator,” Fallon explained. “It will land on one random singer that one of us can do an impression of and then one random song title…Whoever’s turn it is has do an impression of that musician doing that song.” While hearing Fallon doing impressions of David Bowie singing “Grand Old Flag” and Michael McDonald doing “Itsy Bitsy Spider” were fantastic, it was Christina who blew everyone away with her take on Cher singing the Folgers Coffee jingle and Shakira singing the ‘Golden Girls’ theme. However…when it came time for her to impersonate Britney Spears singing, “This Little Piggy,” well, you just have to watch. It’s simply spot on and simply amazing. We’re ready for that album, boo. Dive in and prepare to be wowed below…

 

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5 Reasons Why the ‘Jessie’s Song’ Episode of ‘Saved by the Bell’ is Such an Important Part of Our Lifetimes

Much like we all do when we first wake up in the morning, we jump on our phones to see what’s poppin.’ Today, we ALL got a special treat from the wonderfully weird Jimmy Fallon in a clip he put together of a fantastic ‘Saved by the Bell’ reunion bit as part of his L.A. week. While it was certainly a joy to see the ‘SBTB’ cast (except everyone but Screech and the actress- formerly- known -as- Lark Voorhies) together on screen again, however, as we all know, it was that moment when Ms. Berkley belted out her famous “I’m So Excited!!” dialogue that all got us more awake than a bottle of her deadly caffeine pills. It was soon after I started seeing the HUGE social media buzz from this now infamous Fallon clip,  that I thought, “Wow, that episode of ‘Saved by the Bell'” really just keeps going…and…going and famously going. That’s why today, I just had to come up with “5 Reasons Why” the greatest moment in television history, “Jessie’s Song,” is indeed such an important part of our existing lifetimes.

1. Because it showed that ‘Saved by the Bell’ knew how to keep it real that…

It’s no secret that ‘SBTB’ was high grade camp cheese all the way, dealing with plot lines about the Zack Morris phone and sneaking into clubs named, ‘The  Attic.’ However, when it came to this dynamo-of -an- episode that dealt with real teen issues like addiction(although…), it proved that beneath all of the Kelly Kapowski pom-poms, the show proved to dive a little bit deeper into the kiddie pool for this particular go around.

 

2.Because it gave Elizabeth Berkley a chance to shine..

True fans of the show know the order of MVP’s went like this-Zack, Kelly, Slater, Screech, Lisa (“a Lisa no en casa.” Fucking brilliant..) and…..Jessie. It was in this glorious episode that Berkley truly proved she do anything with her A-list breaking performance in ‘Jessie’s Song’-stretch, bend and truly just put her mind to it and go for it. Just think, without this snubbed-of-an-Emmy performance, Ms. Berkley may have never graduated to the pole in her Oscar snubbed role in, ‘Showgirls.’

3.Because it gave us all a chance to act one time or another…

How many times have you acted/shouted out the words, “I’m so excited! I’m so excited! I’m sooo scared!” in front of your friends? Too many too count, I bet.

4.Because this episode will be passed down from generation to generation to generation….

I know this episode, my moms knows it and my nieces know it. My kids are certainly going to know it, my grandkids will know it and trust me, this episode will go on until we’re all long gone. Anyone beg to differ?

5.Because it gave us Hot Sundae..

The cherry on a top of it all is a delicious Hot Sundae groove called, “Go For It,” or as I like to call it, “Jessie’s Anthem.” Dive in.