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.
The best day is when the Internet gives you something you didn’t even know you needed. Like today, I had no idea I needed to see Rozonda Chilli Thomas in a diner macking on some man who is copying her Wet & Wavy #5.