It’s not sociopolitical or even all that important, but it’s just for fun. I was listening to Amy Winehouse today remembering how my mom & dad thought she was some 60’s black girl group they didn’t know about. It made me think of other white people who were perceived as black artists initially either by accident or through marketing from their record label. Some of these musicians are old enough that I always knew they were white, but not everybody did when they first arrived on the scene.
It’s here. Fourteen years after “The Boys Is Mine”, that track I told you about last month leaked onto the radio a couple of hours ago. Brandy has grown so much, vocallyl, since the mid-90s. Monica basically ran that track back then, but these women are on equal footing this time around, kicking some no-good man to the curb…but letting him know all his stuff stays right here. It might not burn up the charts like their first collaboration, but I’m not mad at this at all. Nice job, ladies.
When “Secret” came out in 1994, shot in Harlem with a decidedly R&B feel, people were surprised at Madonna’s new direction. She was a pop star whose last album was full of deep house music. Most people had forgotten that Madonna’s first single “Everybody” back in the early 80s was received as that of a black artist, since her face didn’t appear on the cover, and her first album landed in the top 20 of the R&B charts. Plus, she’s from Detroit, grew up on Motown, thought all her white friends were boring, and hung out with the “cool black girls” in the neighborhood. I like Madonna’s teensy lil bit of soul. Besides, you don’t last 30 years in the music business without some serious swag.
Most of the kids listening to radio these days know Miss Jones as just a DJ/radio personality, dishing gossip (and saying ignorant things from time to time), but in the early 90s she was rolling with Doug E. Fresh and burning up the airwaves with this jam. She had 3 singles that were moderate successes at urban radio but nothing that could be considered a hit, so in 1998 she gave up and went to work for WQHT in NYC.
I liked her better when she was just singing and not giving opinions.
(PS: Check out a young Busta Rhymes near the end with his old dreds.)