I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By
"I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By" is a Grammy Award-winning duet performed by rapper Method Man and R&B singer Mary J. Blige; the song is a remix of Method Man's "All I Need", with an interpolation of Aretha Franklin's hit, "You're All I Need to Get By", with Mary J. Blige singing the choruses, backing vocals. Another version of the song was released, entitled "Puff Daddy Mix,", produced by Sean Combs; the song contains a new instrumental which includes a repeated sample from The Notorious B. I. G.'s "Me & My Bitch". Another remix version, titled "Razor Sharp Mix" was produced by RZA; the song sold 800,000 copies and was certified platinum by the RIAA. The song peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on June 3, 1995, #1 on the R&B singles chart in the May 20, 1995 issue of Billboard Magazine - a position it held for three weeks; the song ended up winning the duo the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 1996. "I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By" appears on Radio 1 Established 1967, a compilation album celebrating the 40th anniversary of BBC Radio 1.
In 2008, it was ranked #44 on VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop" list. In 2009, Method Man and Mary J. Blige performed the song together at VH1's 6th Annual Hip Hop Honors ceremony; the song is cited as the hybrid of what's now known as "Thug-Loved" duets. In 2012, Complex ranked the song #1 on its list of "The 25 Best Hip-Hop Love Songs."In a July 2012 interview with Complex magazine, Jean Claude "Poke" Olivier- one-half of the production team the Trackmasters- claimed they were the actual producers behind the Sean "Puffy" Combs remix, but were never properly credited for it. Instead, they were only credited as session musicians for programming the drums while Combs was credited as the producer. Method Man - performer Mary J. Blige - vocals Puff Daddy - remix RZA - production. "The No. 1 Summer Song of Love". The New York Times Magazine. New York: The New York Times Company. "I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By" music video for the RZA mix on YouTube, Puff Daddy mix
Whitney Elizabeth Houston was an American singer and actress. She was cited as the most awarded female artist of all time by Guinness World Records and remains one of the best-selling music artists of all time with 200 million records sold worldwide, she released seven studio albums and two soundtrack albums, all of which have been certified diamond, multi-platinum, platinum, or gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. Houston's crossover appeal on the popular music charts—as well as her prominence on MTV, starting with her video for "How Will I Know"—influenced several African-American women artists who followed in her footsteps. Houston became a background vocalist while in high school. With the guidance of Arista Records chairman Clive Davis, she signed to the label at the age of 19, her first two studio albums, Whitney Houston and Whitney, both reached number one on the Billboard 200 in the United States and became two of the world's best-selling albums of all time. She became the only artist to have seven consecutive number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, from "Saving All My Love for You" in 1985 to "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" in 1988.
Houston made her screen acting debut in the romantic thriller film The Bodyguard. She recorded seven songs for the film's soundtrack, including "I Will Always Love You", which received the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and became the best-selling single by a woman in music history; the soundtrack album received the Grammy Award for Album of the Year and remains the world's best-selling soundtrack album of all time. Houston made other high-profile film appearances, including Waiting to Exhale and The Preacher's Wife; the theme song "Exhale" became her eleventh and final number-one single on the Hot 100 chart, while The Preacher Wife's soundtrack became the best-selling gospel album in history. Following the critical and commercial success of My Love Is Your Love, Houston signed a $100 million contract with Arista Records. However, her personal struggles began overshadowing her career, the album Just Whitney received mixed reviews, her drug use and tumultuous marriage to Bobby Brown were publicized in media.
After a six-year break from recording, Houston returned to the top of the Billboard 200 chart with her final studio album, I Look to You. On February 11, 2012, Houston was found dead in the Beverly Beverly Hills, California; the coroner's report showed that she had accidentally drowned in the bathtub, with heart disease and cocaine use as contributing factors. News of her death coincided with the 2012 Grammy Awards which she was scheduled to perform and featured prominently in international media. Whitney Houston was born on August 9, 1963, in what was a middle-income neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey, she was the daughter of Army serviceman and entertainment executive John Russell Houston, Jr. and gospel singer Emily "Cissy" Houston. Her elder brother Michael is a singer, her elder half-brother is former basketball player Gary Garland, her parents were both African American. Through her mother, Houston was a first cousin of Dee Dee Warwick, her godmother was Darlene Love and her honorary aunt was Aretha Franklin, whom she met at age 8 or 9 when her mother took her to a recording studio.
Houston was raised a Baptist, but was exposed to the Pentecostal church. After the 1967 Newark riots, the family moved to a middle-class area in East Orange, New Jersey, when she was four, her parents' marriage ended in divorce. At the age of 11, Houston started performing as a soloist in the junior gospel choir at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, where she learned to play the piano, her first solo performance in the church was "Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah". Houston attended a Catholic girls' high school in Caldwell, New Jersey. Houston graduated from Mount Saint Dominic in 1981. While Houston was still in school, her mother, continued to teach her how to sing. Houston spent some of her teenage years touring nightclubs where Cissy was performing, she would get on stage and perform with her. Houston was exposed to the music of Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Roberta Flack, most of whom would have an influence on her as a singer and performer. In 1977, at age 14, she became a backup singer on the Michael Zager Band's single "Life's a Party".
In 1978, at age 15, Houston sang background vocals for Lou Rawls. In the early 1980s, Houston started working as a fashion model after a photographer saw her at Carnegie Hall singing with her mother, she appeared in Seventeen and became one of the first women of color to grace the cover of the magazine. She was featured in layouts in the pages of Glamour, Young Miss, appeared in a Canada Dry soft drink TV commercial, her looks and girl-next-door charm made her one of the most sought after teen models of that time. While modeling, she continued her burgeoning recording career by working with producers Michael Beinhorn, Bill Laswell and Martin Bisi on an album they were spearheading called One Down, credited to the group Material. For that project, Houston contributed the ballad "Memories", a cover of a song by Hugh Hopper of Soft Machine. Robert Christgau of The Village Voice called her contribution "one of the most gorgeous ballads you've heard", she appeared as a lead vocalist on one track on a Paul Jabara album, entitled Paul Jabara and Friends, released by Columbia Records in 1983.
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Don't Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days)
"Don't Take It Personal" is a song by American recording artist Monica. It was written by producer Dallas Austin, Willie James Baker, Derek Simmons, Carlton Ridenhour, Quincy Jones III, Abrim Tilmon, Hank Shocklee, Eric Sadler and LL Cool J. while production was helmed by the former. It contains samples of LL Cool J's 1993 song "Back Seat" and Public Enemy's 1987 song "Bring the Noise," and features elements from "You're Gettin' a Little Too Smart" by The Detroit Emeralds, as sampled by "Back Seat"; the song was released as the album's lead single in the United States in early 1995. It sold 1.2 million copies domestically and earned a platinum certification from the RIAA. It spent two weeks at number-one on the U. S. Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart, peaked at number two for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, it was kept from the top by "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" by Bryan Adams the first week and "Waterfalls" by TLC the second week. It reached the top ten of the singles charts in Australia and New Zealand.
"Don't Take It Personal," alongside follow-up single "Before You Walk Out of My Life," would make the singer the youngest recording artist to have two consecutive number-one hits on the Billboard R&B chart at the age of fourteen. An accompanying music video for the single, shot in black-and-white, was directed by Rich Murray and released in June 1995. White Hinterland covered the song on her Eidolon EP. R&B number-one hits of 1995 Monica.com — official Monica site Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
The Notorious B.I.G.
Christopher George Latore Wallace, known professionally as The Notorious B. I. G. Biggie Smalls, or Biggie, was an American rapper, he is considered by many to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Wallace was raised in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, his debut album Ready to Die made him a central figure in East Coast hip hop, increased New York City's visibility in the genre at a time when West Coast hip hop dominated the mainstream. The following year, Wallace led Junior M. A. F. I. A. to chart success, a protégé group composed of his childhood friends. In 1996, while recording his second album, Wallace was involved in the growing East Coast–West Coast hip hop feud. Wallace was murdered by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997, his second album, Life After Death, released sixteen days rose to number one on the U. S. album charts. In 2000, it became one of the few hip-hop albums to be certified Diamond. Wallace was noted for his "loose, easy flow", dark semi-autobiographical lyrics, storytelling, which focused on crime and hardship.
Three more albums have been released since his death, he has certified sales of over 17 million records in the United States, including 13.4 million albums. Wallace was born in St. Mary's Hospital in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, on May 21, 1972, the only child of Jamaican parents, Voletta Wallace, a preschool teacher, Selwyn George Latore, a welder and politician, his father left the family when Wallace was two years old, his mother worked two jobs while raising him. Wallace grew up in Clinton Hill, on 226 St. James Place, near the border of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. At Queen of All Saints Middle School, Wallace excelled, winning several awards as an English student, he was nicknamed "Big" because of his overweight size by age 10. He said he started dealing drugs when he was around the age of 12, his mother away at work, did not know of his drug dealing until he was an adult. Wallace began rapping as a teenager, entertaining people on the streets and performed with local groups the Old Gold Brothers and the Techniques.
At his request, Wallace transferred from Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School to George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School, where future rappers DMX, Jay-Z and Busta Rhymes were attending. According to his mother, Wallace was still a good student but developed a "smart-ass" attitude at the new school. At seventeen, Wallace became more involved in crime. In 1989, he was sentenced to five years' probation. In 1990, he was arrested on a violation of his probation. A year Wallace was arrested in North Carolina for dealing crack cocaine, he spent nine months in jail before making bail. After being released from jail, Wallace made a demo tape called "Microphone Murderer", under the name Biggie Smalls, a reference to a character in the 1975 film Let's Do It Again as well as his stature; the tape was made with no serious intent of getting a recording deal. However, it was promoted by New York-based DJ Mister Cee, who had worked with Big Daddy Kane, in 1992 it was heard by the editor of The Source.
In March 1992, Wallace was featured in The Source's Unsigned Hype column, dedicated to aspiring rappers, made a recording off the back of this success. The demo tape was heard by Uptown Records A&R and record producer Sean Combs, who arranged for a meeting with Wallace, he was signed to Uptown and made an appearance on label mates Heavy D & the Boyz's "A Buncha Niggas". Soon after Wallace signed his recording contract, Combs was fired from Uptown and started a new label, Bad Boy Records. Wallace followed and signed to the label in mid-1992. On August 8, 1993, Wallace's longtime girlfriend gave birth to his first child, T'yanna. Wallace had split with the girlfriend some time before T'yanna's birth. Despite having dropped out of high school himself, Wallace wanted his daughter to complete her education, he promised her "everything she wanted", saying that if his mother had promised him the same he would have graduated at the top of his class. He continued selling drugs after the birth to support his daughter financially.
Once Combs discovered this, he forced Wallace to quit. In the year, recording as the Notorious B. I. G. gained exposure after featuring on a remix to Mary J. Blige's single "Real Love", he recorded under this name for the remainder of his career, after finding the original moniker "Biggie Smalls" was in use. "Real Love" peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was followed by a remix of Blige's "What's the 411?". He continued this success, to a lesser extent, on remixes with Neneh Cherry and reggae artist Super Cat in 1993. In April 1993, his solo track, "Party and Bullshit", appeared on the Who's the Man? soundtrack. In July 1994, he appeared alongside LL Cool J and Busta Rhymes on a remix to label mate Craig Mack's "Flava in Ya Ear", which reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. On August 4, 1994, Wallace married R&B singer Faith Evans. Five days Wallace had his first pop chart success as a solo artist with double A-side, "Juicy / Unbelievable", which reached number 27 as the lead single to his debut album.
Ready to Die was released on September 13, 1994. It reached number 13 on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified four times Platinum; the album shifted attention back to East Coast hip hop at a time when West Coast hip hop dominated US charts. It gained strong reviews and has received
Exhale (Shoop Shoop)
"Exhale" is a song by American recording artist Whitney Houston, featured on the soundtrack for the film Waiting to Exhale. It was released as the lead single from the soundtrack on November 1995, by Arista Records; the song was produced by Babyface. A mid-tempo R&B ballad, composed in the key of C major, the song's lyrics speak about growing up and learning to let go; the song garnered positive reviews from critics, many of whom noted Houston's vocal maturity in the song. In the United States, it became the third single to debut on top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in Billboard's history, Houston's eleventh number one single, it was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, for shipments of one million copies. The song reached number one in Canada and Spain, the top 10 in Finland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden. Additionally, it peaked within the top 20 in Australia, Belgium, Norway and the United Kingdom. At the 39th Annual Grammy Awards, held on February 26, 1997, "Exhale" received four nominations, including the Grammy Award for the Song of the Year, won in the category of Best R&B Song.
The song won four other awards, including a Soul Train Music Award. The music video for the song, directed by Forest Whitaker, shows close-up scenes of Houston inter-cut with scenes from the film Waiting to Exhale. Houston performed the song at the 39th Grammy Awards ceremony, on the HBO special Classic Whitney Live from Washington, D. C. in October 1997. It was included in select dates of various concerts. In 1994, Houston signed with 20th Century Fox to play the role of Savannah Jackson in the film Waiting to Exhale, adapted from the novel of the same name by Terry McMillan, she had no interest in recording songs for the film's soundtrack, as she wanted to concentrate on her acting. The film's director, Forest Whitaker, hired Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds to compose the film score and the accompanying soundtrack. Though Babyface visited the set of the film and tried to convince her, Houston was determined not to record songs for the soundtrack, she agreed after hearing Babyface play one of the songs she liked.
In an interview with Fred Bronson, Babyface explained the development of the song: "When Whitney first heard the song, she figured I'd lost it—I couldn't come up with words anymore. And she's right. I couldn't think of anything for that particular part, it felt. But I knew it couldn't groove without any vocals, so I started humming along with it and that's what happened. The'shoops' came, but they felt so good, I thought'Why not?' It doesn't have to mean anything." Babyface produced the song, it was released as the lead single from Waiting to Exhale soundtrack on November 7, 1995, through Arista Records. The b-side of the single includes four songs: "Dancin' on the Smooth Edge", included as the B-side to "All the Man That I Need", "Moment of Truth", "Do You Hear What I Hear", which Houston recorded for the compilation A Very Special Christmas, her duet with Aretha Franklin, "It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be". "Exhale" is featured on Houston's compilation albums Whitney: The Greatest Hits, Whitney, The Ultimate Collection, The Essential Whitney Houston, I Will Always Love You: The Best of Whitney Houston.
"Exhale" is an R&B ballad written in the key of C major. The song is set in common time with a tempo of 80 beats per minute, it has the sequence of F–C/E–Dm7–C as its chord progression throughout the track, Houston's vocals span an octave and a perfect fifth, from G3 to D5. The song's instrumentation includes quiet bells and strings, the whole arrangement is mellow. According to Steve Knopper of Newsday, the bells resemble electronic Christmas bells, Houston ad-libs "shoo-pay" over the chorus; the chorus repeats the phrase "shoop de shoop". According to Bronson, the song summarizes the movie's philosophy, his opinion was somewhat echoed by Ted Cox, author of the book Whitney Houston, who noted that the soothing quality of the song fitted with the mood and texture of the movie. He described that the song has a "slow groove" that features the most relaxed singing of Houston's career; the Miami Herald described the song as a model of "refined, easy-going soul", Kyle Anderson of MTV described it as a "smooth jam" with a "crazy-catchy groove".
Describing the instrumentation as "silky", Larry Flick of Billboard wrote that Houston's performance was more soulful than before, with far more "vocal colors". Stephen Holden of The New York Times commented that the song is reminiscent of 1960s girl group records, the verses speak about growing up and learning to let go. "Exhale" received positive reviews from music critics. Jean Rosenbluth of Los Angeles Times praised the song, saying "Houston's elegant'Exhale' exude maturity without resorting to the relentlessly big vocals that characterize so many R&B records aiming for adult audiences." Geoffrey Himes of The Washington Post wrote, "Sounding like someone who has just emptied her lungs after holding her breath a long time, Houston brings a mature, world-weary tone to the song." Robert Hilburn, pop music critic of Los Angeles Times, noted Babyface's achievement in the song, saying "he brings Houston down to earth, trading her normal vocal exuberance for convincing warmth." Larry Flick of Billboard called the song "a understated shuffle-ballad wit
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