I was listening to Aaliyah on the train ride home last night and I was really feeling myself on this album, still knowing all the words, remembering 4th grade and thinking she was the coolest girl ever. You know how it is when you sing along to a song for 15 years without ever really listening to the words?
Age ain’t nothin but a number (Well…it depends on what age we’re talking about here)
And we will feel the passion that flows within (How old was she? Who wrote this?)
And let me show you to ecstasy (……….::crickets::)
Y’all, she recorded this album (that R. PeeOnChildren Kelly wrote) at 14. Where were her parents? Why didn’t anybody say “Why is this grown-ass man writing about passion and ecstasy for a 9th grader?” TBH, I can’t even look at the cover of this album anymore, because Robert Kelly is blurry in the background, creeping like a stalker and I get weirded out.
This is absolutely one of the smoothest beats to come out of the New Jack Swing era and it’s such a squeaky clean song too. When I start getting my Songs to Teach My Kids About When Music Was Good playlist together, I’ll have to remember to put this on the Before They Turn 14 list. Clearly I can’t have my kids listening to R. Kelly or Jodeci until they’re in high school, but this is cute and G-rated.
I have known every single words to this song for almost 20 years now and that makes me feel old as hell. I really thought Mona Lisa was gonna hang right in there with Brandy, Monica & Aaliyah, but she just dropped off the planet after this.
Can we just take a minute to ponder on the fact that 16-year-old girls were forever putting out grown folks R&B music back in the 90s? The production on this song is hella mature, Aaliyah was covering the Isley Brothers, and Monica sang like a daggum 30-year-old church lady.
Fast forward to today, and Avril Lavigne is like 47 still making teen pop punk.
I’ve been listening to a lot of R&B’s Favorite Auntie this week after I got hip to how fresh her Twitter is.
What’s really interesting to me about 90s videos is, Anita in this video is only three years older than Beyonce and Christina Aguilera are now. Can you imagine either of them being this grown? I feel like female singers try really hard to stay “young” for a really long time nowadays. I wouldn’t mind a little more grown-folks music.
One of the guys in the office was jamming to this last week and it’s pretty much been on constant repeat. Remember in 2001 when every video basically looked like this? I wouldn’t mind doing that again.
I also wouldn’t mind Babyface having another actual hit. And Pharrell doing something other than being photographed at things for being Fine & Fashionable @ Forty.