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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/Kiesza

Oh, Ms. Kiesza….we hardly knew ye before some of us may have been forgotten about everything you had to offer when you hit the scene just a few short years ago…..that voice! those moves! that hair! 

With her Canadian roots and Brooklyn based sass, Kiesza was destined for stardom right from the very beginning. Well, maybe not the very beginning since she joined the Navy at 17 years to be a code breaker (true story) But, it wasn’t long before the flame-haired diva took her love of theater, ballet and tap and put it all to work at Boston’s acclaimed Berklee College of Music

From there, Kiesza soon discovered that she just really liked to get down to a solid dance beat (really, who the f#$k doesn’t?), and put her passions for EDM and deep house to great use while searching for the perfect producers to craft her first studio-kissed record—the way forgotten about 2014 pop music masterpiece, Sound of a Woman. 

Helmed by acclaimed producers Rami Samir Afuni and Jayson Jenkins (just to name a few) Kiesza’s sophomore set (she released an independent record in ’08), stormed the overseas before it made its big splash in the U.S. in mid-2014. With its mix of soul, R&B, hip-hop and dance influences, it wasn’t long before Woman singles including “Hideaway,” “No Enemiesz” and “Giant in My Heart” began tapping their way into our life lovin’ souls. 

See also, “The Love,” “So Deep,” ah, you know, just stage dive into the whole album below. 

But as much as Kiesza’s feisty and still very fresh record made its waves in the industry, it was the diva’s on-stage presence that truly got lots of attention thanks to the fact that with every live show….girlfriend just turned it the fuck out. For those of you in Philly who’ve ever seen her own the TLA not once, but twice, a few years back, you know exactly what we’re spilling about here. If you’re still not convinced, just ask Demi Lovato, Gorgon City and Duran Duran, all of whom have the taken the deep pop princess on the road with them. 

So, know comes the question….where has she been??

Well, although we’re all still so damn ready for a Woman follow-up, the energetic diva has been busy serving out (and also healing after her best friend’s death….dive into this Billboard story right here) a handful of 2018 singles including, “Mother,” “Weird Kid,” “Phantom of the Dancefloor,” and her latest hot-for-the-holidays groove, “I Only Love You at Christmas,” which is everything you think it is. 

But if we really want to take a stroll down music memory lane today, we must show love to “Take U There,” a remix collaboration with Skrillex, Diplo, and the one, the only, Missy Elliot. Because you know what they say…if you’ve earned the M-I-double S-Y-E stamp of approval, it’s something to be cherished forever and never, ever forgotten about…ever. 

Cover photo courtesy of Billboard 

For much, much more with Philly Mixtape, check this out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8 Ways to Get a Little More Extra for Tonight’s Bad Boy Family Reunion Takeover

Pour one out for Biggie, bust out those oh, so colorful Queen Bitch wigs, pass the Ciroc, slide on the Sean John, put a $ in your name and then collect all of the Harlem World All Stars(wherever they just might be), because in just a short while Diddy, Lil’ Kim, Carl Thomas, 112, Ma$e, Faith Evans, and of course, Total, will be descending upon the Wells Fargo Center to rightfully serve us with a stop on their Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour. 

While those attending tonight’s festivities (and that they most certainly will be) have been living that extra life since they snatched their tickets up, but since Philly is about to get served with some of the greatest hip hop and R&B tracks that hit our ’90s headphones, we need to be more than woke for the Bad Boy flavor that”s about to take over our lives once again. 

So, here are a 8 ways that you (yes, you, Ms. Minaj), can get a little more extra for tonight’s Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour.

As if that were fucking possible. 

1.Get a little “Juicy”… No explanation needed. 

2.Listen to “It’s All About the Benjamins” over and over again. First of all, this is something you should be doing on a regular basis anyway. Second of all…go. #whatthebloodclot 

3.Pay your music respects to the Queen Bitch…. Before Diddy and the gang announced their massive reunion tour earlier this year, he linked up with Los and Styles P on a gritty, grimy groove called “Auction,” which also co-starred the one and motehrfucking only, Ms. Lil’ Kim. Of course, just her presence alone gets us all in frenzy (anyone remember her entrance to the stage at last year’s BET Awards? Yes), which is why you should always bow down to the rap diva who gave us such treasures as “Crush On You,” “How Many Licks?”, “The Jump Off,” “Magic Stick” and “No Time.” So in case you wanted to know, you certainly will know once you read these 5 reasons as to why you should always musically respect Lil’ Kim, whether she’s on that “Auction” block or not. 

But first, here’s this track that we’ll never be able to forget anytime soon. 

4.Those grooves from 112, though…   Whether heating things up on the dance floor or in the bedroom to hits like “Peaches & Cream,” “Dance With You” and “Only You,” plain and simple, 112 was the fucking shit when it came to cooking up those essential baby makin’ bangers. However, when it comes to (sigh….) “Cupid,” pass the Bon Bons, please, because we fucking couldn’t then and we still fucking can’t now. Thanks, Slim. 

5.Be quickly reminded of what happens when the vocals of Ms. Evans and Mr. Thomas collide… It all comes down to a little, yet, oh, so big track called “Can’t Believe.” Just listen. 

6.Realize how much you need “What You Want” in your everyday lives…again. It’s Ma$e. It’s Total. It’s fucking everything and always will be. 

7.Get all sorts of down with this Total playlist. Because when it comes to Kima, Keisha and Pam (oh, shit, god dammit), it’s about a little thing called….respect. 

8.Just get ready to take that, take that, take that… Enough said. 

And then….of course. 

Cover photo courtesy of www.cleveland.com