"Understanding" is a song by American R&B group Xscape. Written by Manuel Seal, the song was released as the group's second single from the group's 1993 debut album Hummin' Comin' at'Cha; the song reached number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent two weeks at number one on the Hot R&B Singles chart. Released in December 1993, "Understanding" entered the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart the following month, reached its peak of number eight in February 1994; the single spent 14 weeks in the top 40 portion of the chart. The song went to number one on the Hot R&B Singles chart. In other Billboard charts, the song reached number seven on the Hot 100 Singles Sales chart and number 15 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart. In February, the single was certified gold in the United States; the song reached number 24 in New Zealand. The "Understanding" music video entered the most-played weekly charts at MTV and BET in late 1993, the video reached number one on The Box for the week ending January 29, 1994; when recording the 1995 album Off the Hook, group member Kandi Buruss compared "Understanding" favorably to "Just Kickin' It", the group's previous single.
"I felt. Songs like'Understanding', more vocally complex, had real feeling to it and that's what we wanted more of on our next album." Fellow group member Tameka Cottle noted that the appeal of the song "was universal." CD/Cassette Single"Understanding" "Understanding" "Understanding" "With You" 7" Vinyl Single"Understanding" - 5:40 "Just Kickin' It" - 3:44 R&B number-one hits of 1994 "Understanding" lyrics
1994 in music
This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1994. 1994 in British music 1994 in Norwegian music 1994 in country music 1994 in heavy metal music 1994 in hip hop music 1994 in Latin music 1994 in jazz January 19 – Bryan Adams becomes the first major Western music star to perform in Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War. January 25 – Alice in Chains release their Jar of Flies album which makes its US chart début at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, becoming the first EP to do so. January 29 – The Supremes' Mary Wilson is injured when her Jeep hits a freeway median and flips over just outside Los Angeles, USA. Wilson's 14-year-old son is killed in the accident. February 1 – Green Day release their breakthrough album Dookie, ushering in the mid-1990s punk revival. Dookie achieves diamond certification. February 7 – Blind Melon's lead singer Shannon Hoon is forced to leave the American Music Awards ceremony because of his loud and disruptive behavior. Hoon is charged with battery, resisting arrest, destroying a police station phone.
February 11 – The three surviving members of The Beatles secretly reunite to begin recording additional music for a few of John Lennon's old unfinished demos, presented to Paul McCartney by Yoko Ono, with Jeff Lynne producing. The track, "Free As A Bird", is released as a single in late 1995 as part of the exhaustive Beatles Anthology project, reaching #2 in the UK and #6 in the United States. February 14 – The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia marries Deborah Koons. February 23 – Eddie Van Halen, Chris Isaak, B. B. King attend the ground breaking ceremony for the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino takes place in Paradise, Nevada, USA. February 26 – The Sanremo Music Festival ends with victory for Aleandro Baldi in the "Big Artists" category, for the song "Passerà" March 1 Selena becomes the first Tejano music singer to win a Grammy Award. Nirvana play their final concert, in Munich. Frank Sinatra receives the Grammy Legend Award. Sinatra's acceptance speech is cut short. Other artists criticize the producer's decision during the show, Billy Joel takes extra time to perform his song, The River of Dreams, noting that he is wasting valuable air time.
March 3 – In Rome, Nirvana's Kurt Cobain lapses into a coma after overdosing on Rohypnol and champagne. March 5 – Grace Slick is arrested for pointing a shotgun at police in her Tiburon, home. March 7 – The United States Supreme Court decision Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc. rules that parody can qualify as fair use. The case was spurred by 2 Live Crew releasing a parody of the Roy Orbison hit "Oh, Pretty Woman" without a license from the publishing firm Acuff-Rose Music. March 8 – Nine Inch Nails release their second studio album The Downward Spiral, it would go on to sell over 3 million copies and be credited with helping bring industrial rock music into the mainstream. March 13 – Selena releases her final Spanish album Amor Prohibido, its production had been delayed because of the launch of Selena's fashion clothing line and boutiques, her "Selena Live!" tour in support of Live!. March 18 Courtney Love calls the police, fearing that her husband, Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, is suicidal. Police confiscate twenty-five boxes of ammo from Cobain's home.
Bassist Darryl Jones replaces Bill Wyman in The Rolling Stones, March 30 – Pink Floyd embark on what would be their last world tour before their breakup. The record-breaking tour supports their Division Bell album, with the band playing to 5,500,000 people in 68 cities and grossing over £150,000,000. March 31 – Madonna on Late Show with David Letterman: Madonna appears on the Late Show with David Letterman, making headlines with her foul-mouthed, profanity-laced interview. Robin Williams describes the segment as a "battle of wits with an unarmed woman." April 8 – The body of Kurt Cobain, lead singer of Nirvana, is found. Cobain's death, three days before, is declared to be suicide from a self-inflicted gunshot. April 11 – The Offspring release Smash, which goes on to become the best selling independent album of all time and one of the most influential albums of the 90s. April 25 Blur releases Parklife, its first album reaching #1 in UK, where it was certified "quadruple platinum". Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys is sentenced to 200 hours of community service for attacking a television cameraman during funeral services for actor River Phoenix in November 1993.
April 26 – Grace Slick pleads guilty to having pointed a shotgun at police officers on March 5. April 27 – The legendary Fillmore club reopens in San Francisco with a concert headlined by The Smashing Pumpkins. April 30 The 39th Eurovision Song Contest takes place in Dublin, which becomes the first-ever country to win three consecutive contests, its winners are Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan with "Rock'N' Roll Kids", written by Brendan Graham. The interval features the first-ever public performance of Riverdance, featuring Michael Flatley and Jean Butler, which developed into the world-famous stage show. May 2 – A Los Angeles jury finds Michael Bolton, along with co-writer Andy Goldmark and Sony Music Entertainment, guilty of copyright infringement over the song "Love Is a Wonderful Thing"; the song is ruled to be too similar to a song of the same name by The Isley Brothers. May 3 – The Rolling Stones arrive by yacht to a press conference in New York City to announce the Voodoo Lounge Tour kicking off in the summer.
May 6 Pearl Jam files a complaint against Ticketmaster with the U. S. Justice Department charging that the company has a monopoly on the concert ticket business. To help promote his new album, Alice Cooper releases a three-part comic book that followed the album The Last Temptation. May 9–13 – 1994 International Rostrum of Composers May 10 Tupac Shakur begins serving a 15-day s
Can We Talk
"Can We Talk" is a song recorded by American R&B singer Tevin Campbell and composed and produced by Babyface. It was the first single to be released from his double platinum second release I'm Ready; the song hit top ten on the pop charts peaking at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent a total of three weeks at number one on the US R&B chart. It sold 500,000 copies and earned a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America; the song was Nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance - Male. It was nominated and won the Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single - Male. Cover versions of the hit song have been done by The Whispers and Kirk Whalum; the song was covered by British boyband Code Red in 1996, for their debut album Scarlet and was released as the album's lead single becoming a modest hit and reaching #1 in Asia. The song has been covered by a Japanese/Korean singer during June 2008; the song became the opening theme to the 2012 sitcom 1600 Penn.
The song was sampled in hip hop duo Luniz's song "Playa Hata" from their debut album Operation Stackola. The song was sung by 19-year-old Victor Sulfa during the semi-finals on season 3 of New Zealand Idol as well as Nikko Smith during the Top 10 round on season 4 of American Idol; the song has been featured on at least two different compilation albums including Disc 14 of Classic Soul Ballads entitled "Tender Love" and Volume 6 of MTV's Party to Go compilation albums series entitled MTV Party to Go 6. US single Can We Talk Look What We'd Have US promo CD Can We Talk 3:53 Can We Talk 4:55 Can We Talk 4:26 Can We Talk 4:21 Can We Talk 4:21Europe CD Can We Talk 4:21 Strawberry Letter 6:28 Strawberry Letter 4:07 Strawberry Letter 4:12 Credits adapted from liner notes. Tevin Campbell: lead and background vocals Babyface: writer, producer, all music and background vocals Daryl Simmons: writer and producer Randy Walker: MIDI technician Jim Zumpano, Donnell Sullivan: recording engineers Rail Rogut, Steve Warner, Ulrich Wild: assistant engineers Dave Way: mixing engineer Ivy Skoff: production coordinator List of number-one R&B singles of 1993 List of number-one R&B singles of 1994
Xscape is an American female R&B vocal quartet from Atlanta, Georgia. The group formed in 1992 as a five-piece Kandi Burruss, Tameka "Tiny" Cottle, LaTocha Scott, Tamika Scott and Tamera Coggins-Wynn; the following year Coggins-Wynn left Xscape became a quartet. They were discovered by Jermaine Dupri; the group released their debut album Hummin' Comin' at'Cha in 1993, which spawned two of their biggest hits "Just Kickin' It" and "Understanding". The album was certified Platinum on February 1, 1994; the group went on to release their second album, Off the Hook in 1995 and was certified Platinum on November 19, 1995. The lead single "Feels So Good" and "Who Can I Run To" were both certified Gold in the United States, their third and final album Traces of My Lipstick was released in 1998. The lead single "The Arms of the One Who Loves You" was certified Gold on May 14, 1998 and the album was certified Platinum on June 21, 1999 in the United States; the group disbanded in 1998 to pursue solo projects, reformed in 2017.
On February 11, 2018, it was announced that Kandi Burruss had taken an hiatus due to being on Broadway and wouldn't be featured on new music. This caused the group to temporarily downsize and rebrand to XSCAP3. XSCAP3 released singles "Wifed Up" and "Dream Killa", which spawned their release of their first EP as a trio Here For It released March 2, 2018, it was announced that they fired their manager, Vincent Herbert. After Tamera Coggins left the group in 1993, Xscape became a quartet, they were discovered by Jermaine Dupri. Dupri signed the group to his So So Def label, he debuted the quartet at his birthday party in 1992. The group released their debut album, Hummin' Comin' at'Cha, on October 12, 1993; the album peaked at number seventeen the U. S. Billboard number three on the Top R&B Albums chart, it was a critical and commercial success, certified platinum within a year, launched two top 10 singles. The debut single, "Just Kickin' It", second single, "Understanding", both entered the top 10 of the official Hot 100 and became platinum and gold-certified number-one hits on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
The follow-up singles, "Love on My Mind" and "Tonight", did not achieve the same success. The group appeared on The Mask soundtrack at the conclusion of Hummin' Comin' at'Cha, the group appeared on "Freedom" for the movie of the same name, the film's soundtrack in 1995. Xscape released their second studio album, Off the Hook, in 1995; the lead single, "Feels So Good", reached #31 of the US Hot 100, while "Who Can I Run To" peaked at #8. The follow-up singles, "Do You Want To" and "Can't Hang", the latter featuring rapper MC Lyte, were released as a double A-side single, it peaked at # 9 on the "Hot R&B / Hip Hop" charts. The album went platinum. In 1996, the group was featured on a number of singles, including singing background vocals on a remix version of Mariah Carey's 11th Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper "Always Be My Baby"; the remix, formally known as the "Mr. Dupri Mix" featured a rap verse by their So So Def label mate, Da Brat; the group appeared on MC Lyte's single "Keep On Keepin' On", which appeared on the Sunset Park soundtrack.
The single reached number 10 on the Hot 100, becoming MC Lyte's best single on the pop charts and #3 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. In 1997, the group's songs appeared on the soundtracks to the films Love Soul Food. In early 1998, Xscape was featured on the Keith Sweat produced single, a cover of Atlantic Starr's "Am I Dreamin'", by R&B newcomer group Ol' Skool; the single was a success in North America, peaking at #31 on the "Hot 100", was featured on Xscape's third album Traces of My Lipstick. Traces of My Lipstick debuted at #28 on the Billboard 200 and at #6 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop album chart. S; the album featured the top 10 hit "The Arms of the One Who Loves You", which reached #7 on the Hot 100 chart, "My Little Secret", which reached #9. Although their unofficial third single was released, "Softest Place on Earth" reached #28 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. After Traces of My Lipstick, LaTocha Scott left the group to pursue a solo career, she joined her sister Tameka Scott and Tameka Cottle to reform the group.
The three members requested Burruss rejoin. When Burruss declined, she was asked to sign a "leaving member notice," signing over her rights to the Xscape name, she signed and the remaining three original members went on to make appearances on the Big Momma's House and Hardball soundtracks, before going on another hiatus until 2005. After a five-year hiatus, sisters LaTocha Scott and Tamika Scott reunited with Tameka "Tiny" Cottle and new member Kiesha Miles to record a fourth album, Unchained; the new single, "What's Up", was released on a mixtape and got some airplay in hometown Atlanta. However, the album was not released due to lack of promotion from the record label. On June 25, 2017 the original four group members had their first performance together in over 18 years at the 2017 BET Awards, they would have performances at the Essence Festival and at Chene Park in Detroit. In September 2017, the group announced a reunion tour featuring 29 cities from late November through early January 2018 and were to be joined by Monica and Tamar Braxton.
On September 22 of the same year, the group made their first appearance together on daytime television on the Wendy Williams show, performing "My Little Secret" and "Understanding". On November 12, Kandi publicly announced that she would not be making new music with Xscape at thi
Aaliyah Dana Haughton was an American singer and model. Born in Brooklyn, New York, raised in Detroit, she first gained recognition at the age of 10, when she appeared on the television show Star Search and performed in concert alongside Gladys Knight. At the age of 12, Aaliyah signed with Jive Records and her uncle Barry Hankerson's Blackground Records. Hankerson introduced her to R. Kelly, who became her mentor, as well as lead songwriter and producer of her debut album, Age Ain't Nothing but a Number; the album sold 3 million copies in the United States and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. After facing allegations of an illegal marriage with Kelly, Aaliyah ended her contract with Jive and signed with Atlantic Records. Aaliyah worked with record producers Timbaland and Missy Elliott for her second album, One in a Million, which sold 3 million copies in the United States and more than 8 million copies worldwide. In 2000, Aaliyah appeared in Romeo Must Die.
She contributed to the film's soundtrack, which spawned the single "Try Again". The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 on airplay, making Aaliyah the first artist in Billboard history to achieve this goal. "Try Again" earned Aaliyah a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocalist. After completing Romeo Must Die, Aaliyah filmed her role in Queen of the Damned, released her self-titled third and final studio album in 2001. On August 25, 2001, Aaliyah and eight others were killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas after filming the music video for the single "Rock the Boat"; the pilot, Luis Morales III, was unlicensed at the time of the accident and toxicology tests revealed that he had traces of cocaine and alcohol in his system. Aaliyah's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Blackhawk International Airways, settled out of court. Aaliyah's music continued to achieve commercial success with several posthumous releases, has sold an estimated 24 to 32 million albums worldwide, she has been credited for helping redefine contemporary R&B, pop and hip hop, earning her the nicknames the "Princess of R&B" and "Queen of Urban Pop".
Billboard lists her as the tenth most successful female R&B artist of the past 25 years, the 27th most successful in history. Aaliyah Dana Haughton was born on January 16, 1979, in Brooklyn, New York, was the younger child of Diane and Michael "Miguel" Haughton, she was of African-American descent, had Native American heritage from a grandmother. Her name has been described as a female version of the Arabic "Ali", but the original Jewish name "Aliya" is derived from the Hebrew word "aliyah", meaning "highest, most exalted one, the best." The singer was fond of her Semitic name, calling it "beautiful" and asserting she was "very proud of it" and strove to live up to her name every day. Aaliyah's mother enrolled Aaliyah in voice lessons at an early age, she started performing at weddings, church charity events. When Aaliyah was five years old, her family moved to Detroit, where she was reared along with her older brother, Rashad, she attended a Catholic school, Gesu Elementary, where in first grade she was cast in the stage play Annie, which inspired her to become an entertainer.
In Detroit, her father began working in the warehouse business, one of his brother-in-law Barry Hankerson's widening interests. Her mother raised Aaliyah and her brother. Throughout Aaliyah’s life, she had a good relationship with Rashad, who recalled Aaliyah having a beautiful voice as a child. Aaliyah's family was close due to the struggles of her grandparents and when they moved to Detroit, the Hankersons were ready to take them in if necessary; these same bonds led under the Blackground Records label. Aaliyah's mother was a vocalist, her uncle, Barry Hankerson, was an entertainment lawyer, married to Gladys Knight; as a child, Aaliyah traveled with Knight and worked with an agent in New York to audition for commercials and television programs, including Family Matters. Aaliyah chose to begin auditioning, her mother made the decision to drop her surname. She auditioned at age 11 appeared in concerts alongside Knight, she had several pet animals during her childhood, including ducks and iguanas.
Her cousin Jomo had a pet alligator, which Aaliyah felt was too much, remarking, "that was something I wasn't going to stroke."Her grandmother died in 1991. Years after her death, Aaliyah said her grandmother supported everyone in the family and always wanted to hear her sing, as well as admitting that she "spoiled" her and her brother Rashad, she enjoyed Aaliyah's singing and would have Aaliyah to sing for her. Aaliyah said. Aaliyah's hands reminded her of her aunt, who died when she was young and whom Aaliyah remembered as an "amazingly beautiful woman"; when she was growing up, Aaliyah attended Detroit schools and believed she was well-liked, but got teased for her short stature. She grew to love her height, her mother would tell her to be happy that she compliment her. Other children disliked Aaliyah. "You always have to deal with people who are jealous, but there were so few it didn't matter. The majority of kids supported me, wonderful; when it comes to dealing with negative people, I just let it out the other.
Those people were invisible to me." In her adult life, she considered herself small. She had "learned to
Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men is an American R&B vocal group from Philadelphia, best known for emotional ballads and a cappella harmonies. They are a trio composed of baritone Nathan Morris alongside tenors Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman. During the 1990s, Boyz II Men found fame on Motown Records as a quartet including bass Michael McCary, who left the group in 2003 due to health issues. During the 1990s, Boyz II Men gained international success; this began with the release of top 5 singles "Motownphilly" and "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" in 1991, followed by the number one single "End of the Road" in 1992, which reached the top of charts worldwide. "End of the Road" would set a new record for longevity, staying at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for thirteen weeks, breaking the decades-old record held by Elvis Presley. Boyz II Men proceeded to break this record with the subsequent releases of "I'll Make Love to You" and "One Sweet Day", which, at fourteen and sixteen weeks each set new records for the total number of weeks at number one.
"I'll Make Love to You" topped the charts in Australia and garnered international success. As of 2018, "One Sweet Day" still holds the all-time record with sixteen weeks at the top of the Hot 100, tied with "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber. Boyz II Men is among the music industry's elite with regard to time spent at number one in Billboard history with 50 cumulative weeks, ranking fourth behind Presley, The Beatles, Carey. Furthermore, when "On Bended Knee" took the number one spot away from "I'll Make Love to You", Boyz II Men became only the third artists to replace themselves at the top of the Billboard Hot 100; these achievements were enough to earn Boyz II Men recognition as Billboard magazine's biggest boy band during the period of 1987 to 2012. Boyz II Men continue to perform worldwide, as a trio, their most recent studio album, Under The Streetlight, was released in 2017. In June 2017, a section of Broad Street in Philadelphia was renamed "Boyz II Men Boulevard".
This section of the street is near the High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, where the members once attended. The group known as Unique Attraction, was started by friends Nathan Morris and Marc Nelson at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts along with fellow schoolmates George Baldi, Jon Shoats, Marguerite Walker in 1985. In 1987, Wanya Morris, who sang in the school's choir along with the members of Unique Attraction, joined the group and became a permanent member since he was only a freshman. In 1988 Baldi and Walker all left the group due to graduation, they recruited Shawn Stockman after seeing him perform a solo in the school's choir. One day Nate, Marc and Shawn were practicing harmonies in a school bathroom and in walked Michael McCary who started singing along with the group and would become the group's new bass singer. Now with a permanent lineup of members the group would rehearse in the high school's bathrooms, due to the excellent acoustics, on the corners of their schools and local hangouts.
They found inspiration in New Edition's harmonies and routines, renamed the group "Boyz II Men", after one of New Edition's songs, "Boys to Men", from their 1988 album Heart Break. After performing at a Valentine's Day party at school in 1989 they got their big break when they snuck backstage at a concert in their hometown to sing for New Edition member Michael Bivins, who along with fellow groupmates Ricky Bell and Ronnie DeVoe just announced they were forming a New Edition spin-off trio Bell Biv DeVoe. After they sang New Edition's Can You Stand The Rain for him and everyone in attendance including other celebrities were impressed, he gave the group his number and told them to give him a call. Nate called him, he agreed to manage and helped produce the group; the delay before recording their own material and reported personality conflicts led founding member Marc Nelson to leave the group, making Boyz II Men into the quartet that would find international fame: Michael McCary, Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman.
Boyz II Men's first album, Cooleyhighharmony, was released on Motown in 1991 and was produced by Michael Bivins. Cooleyhighharmony's drum-heavy new jack swing sound and multi-layered sampled backdrops were similar to that of Bell Biv DeVoe's own work, but featured classic-soul styled vocals in place of BBD's rapping and brassier singing; this style was dubbed "hip hop doo-wop" by the group and Bivins, who presented Boyz II Men and adolescent R&B group Another Bad Creation to the public as BBD's protégés. From the beginning, Boyz II Men featured all four members as leads, avoiding the usual R&B group arrangement of one or two lead singers and a team of background singers; the multiple-lead arrangement became a Boyz II Men trademark, it became typical to hear Wanya Morris' vibrato-heavy tenor, Shawn Stockman's tenor voice, Nathan Morris' baritone, Michael McCary's bass trading bars in each song. The album's liner notes identified unique nicknames for each member of the group; these nicknames were devised in collaboration with Bivins in an attempt at marketing.
Wanya was "Squirt", Shawn was "Slim", Michael was "Bass", Nathan assumed the name "Alex Vanderpool", after a soap opera character who brandished a nerdy style. Boyz II Men's first single, the Dallas Austin-produced "Motownphilly" featured a rap cameo by Michael Bivins that gives the story of how he met Boyz II Men; the single's release was accompanied with a music video that presented the gr
I Wanna Be Down
"I Wanna Be Down" is a song by American recording artist Brandy Norwood. It served as Norwood's debut single, the first from her self-titled debut album, released in 1994. Written by musicians Keith Crouch and Kipper Jones, with production helmed by the former, it was released on September 6, 1994 by the Atlantic Recording Corporation; the song is a mid-tempo track that features a thunderous light synth riffs. Lyrically, "I Wanna Be Down" describes a flirt with a boy, who Norwood tries to convince of her charms; the song's music video was filmed by Keith Ward and released in October 1994. It features Norwood in her tomboy image, dancing in front of a jeep near a forest, flanked by several dancers. "I Wanna Be Down" was performed on several television and award show ceremonies, such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the 1996 Soul Train Music Awards, the 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards. It has been performed on every one of Norwood's concerts and tours, is featured on the compilation album The Best of Brandy.
"I Wanna Be Down" was released to positive reaction by contemporary music critics. Its impact on the charts was comparatively large for a debut single: While it spent four weeks on top of the US Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart, it reached number six on the Billboard Hot 100, the top 20 in Australia and New Zealand. In 1995, a hip hop remix with new vocals from American rappers MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Yo-Yo was released. "I Wanna Be Down" was written by Keith Crouch and Kipper Jones, while production and arrangement was handled by the former for Human Rhythm Productions during 1993. Darryl Simmons served as executive producer. Picked by Norwood's record company, Atlantic Records, as the leading single from her debut album, Norwood disliked the idea of releasing it as her first offering. "‘I Wanna Be Down’ was interesting", she said in a retrospective interview with Complex magazine in 2012. "I didn’t get it at first, but I was young and I didn’t know what worked at radio or what it was. I liked the song, but I just didn’t get it being the first thing that people heard from me."
Upon its chart success she changed her mind on their decision however. " Once it was released and I saw why everyone responded to the title phrase, I understood why!" The original clip for "I Wanna Be Down" was directed by Keith Ward and premiered prior to the single's official release in September 1994. The video portrays Brandy in her tomboy image, dancing in front of a jeep near a forest, flanked by several dancers, her first video shooting, Norwood called the filming a great experience. “I was so excited about the video", she said. "I got a chance to work with some great people like Frank Gatson. All my friends were in the video. My brother was in the video He was there and we had this little dance, that became popular; that was a fun time. I was so excited because my dream was coming through right before my eyes... at the age of 15". Upon its release, Atlantic Records head Sylvia Rhone came up with the idea of re-recording the track with a group of rappers. "I Wanna Be Down" was remixed with new vocals from American rappers MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Yo-Yo.
"The hip-hop remix meant the world to me", Norwood stated in 2012. "I'm fresh out of the box and these superstars are a part of my first single! They are my mentors and I looked up to them. I was a huge Queen Latifah fan. I'm thinking,'Oh my God... I can't believe this is happening to me.' I got the chance to vibe with all three of them. They embraced me as a little sister. I was one of the first R&B artists to welcome hip-hop onto an R&B beat, it had never been done before quite like that I knew it was a special record." A music video for the Human Rhythm Hip Hop Remix premiered in February 1995. It was filmed by director Hype Williams whose remix video for Craig Mack's 1994 song "Flava in Ya Ear" served as inspiration for the clip. A simple performance video, it features appearances by Lyte, Yo-Yo and was photographed "in glamorous black and white and vivacious color, complete with flashbulbs popping to the beat." Norwood's younger brother. This version earned Norwood her first nomination for a MTV Video Music Award for Best Rap Video at the 1995 ceremony.
These are the formats and track listings of major single-releases of "I Wanna Be Down." US CD single "I Wanna Be Down" – 4:53 "I Wanna Be Down" – 4:09 "I Wanna Be Down" – 5:13 "I Wanna Be Down" – 5:13 "I Wanna Be Down" – 4:32German/UK CD single "I Wanna Be Down" – 4:09 "I Wanna Be Down" – 4:15 "I Wanna Be Down" – 4:53 "I Wanna Be Down" – 5:13 "I Wanna Be Down" – 4:32UK re-release single "I Wanna Be Down" – 4:09 "I Wanna Be Down" – 4:53 "I Wanna Be Down" – 5:13 "I Wanna Be Down" – 4:32 Credits adapted from the liner notes of Brandy. Keith Crouch – producer, writer Brian Gardner – mastering Booker T. Jones – mixing Kipper Jones – writer Tiara LeMack – backing vocals Brandy Norwood – backing vocals, lead vocals R&B number-one hits of 1994 ForeverBrandy.com — official site Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics