Flashback to the 90s:1998

This is the latest Sankofa/Nsoromma flashback to the 90's long time in coming I know (sorry-oo!). So here we go in no particular order...

1. Be Careful- Sparkle ft. R. Kelly
Here's the first if many that year that had me screaming, 'that's my jam!', and it really was. Honest to goodness I knew all the words (I know, I know, saddo, right?). So all together now.... 'Two years ago promises is all I heardddddddddddd...WAIT A MINUTE! Let me finish!...'

2. Sweet Lady- Tyrese
Introducing that fine black dude from the Diet Coke adds, a.k.a. Tyrese Gibson, my 1990's (and beyond) celebrity crush. Sings like an angel, looks like....dang! Dude is fiiiine!

3. Westside- TQ
Now I'm not afraid to admit (though truthful I am slightly ashamed) that I was a TQ fan and I own the album that spawned this mega hit. That still gets me when I'm in a chillaxing mood...

4. Boy You Knock Me Out- Tatyana Ali
Awww, when Ashley from Fresh Prince decided to have a music career, this is what resulted. Here's her biggest song to date, and I'm only aware of one more godawful song after this one. But hey, you never know, bad music is in at the moment so she might make a comeback. And BTW, the dance moves in this vid are SPECTACULAR!!! Wowzers.

5. Teardrops- Lovestation
I think this song is a 1990's classic dance track. Love it to death and I still listen to it today. 'Whenever I hear goodbyes, reminds me baby of you...'

6. Are You That Somebody- Aaliyah
Wow, another one that throws me back in time. I knew all Timbaland's ad-libs to this song ('dirty south, uh huh, can you feel this, baby girl, east coast feel this, uh huh, west coast feel this, say what,...' yes there are more!). Oh saddo that I am! So much so that in a school dance this song was used and I came on at the beginning, dressed as Timbaland, to 'perform'...*cringes at the memory*. Anyhoo, the vid is much better than my caterwauling so enjoy!

7. Who Am I- Beenie Man
This was the dancehall jam of the time and if you do not that, where were you? If you don't know gets to know mehn! Jeheez!

8. (Doo Wop) That Thing- Lauryn Hill
This song is so great, nothing I have do say could do it justice. It was just about the biggest anthem around at the time and Lauryn 'gorgeous' Hill was off the chain!
Lyric of the song for me...'the second verse is dedicated to the men, more concerned with his rims and his Tims than his women...'...chick was not just a singer but a Hip Hop great.

9. Cheers To You- Playa
Maaaaaaaaan, I love the 1990's! This song reminds me why and it is still a banger. 'Ohhhh! If I had a wish, baby, I wish...'

10. They Don't Know- Jon B
This is pure beautiful 1990's R&B. The white boy of R'n'B. Why can't they make them like this anymore? *sigh*

1998 honourable mentions for the following songs:

1. Be Alone No More- Another Level
2. Heads High - Mr Vegas

3. The Boy Is Mine - Monica ft. Brandy

4. How Deep Is Your Love - Dru Hill

5. Love Like This- Faith Evans

6. End of the Line- The Honeyz
Shout out to the second UK honourable mention, awww, the Honeyz. Anyone else remember them?

7. Make It Hot- Nicole Wray ft. Missy Elliott & Mocha
Missy - 'Me with no Timbaland is like Puff with no Ma$e!' LYRIC!!!!

8. Pretty Fly (For a White Guy) - The Offspring
9. Ghetto Superstar- Pras ft. Mya & ODB

10. Save Tonight- Eagle Eye Cherry

We got you wanting a 1998 party, alie?

xXx Nsoromma & Sankofa


11 opinionated people have something to say:

Last Born Child said...

Hey there. I recently discovered your blog and I'm already a fan.

Thanks to this post, I have laughed, smiled, giggled, cringed and missed my boarding-school days.

You see, I too have a cringe-inducing story involving that Aaliyah song and boarding school funfairs.

Sankofa said...

These are the soundtrack to my boarding school years too! We also did a dance to "Are you that somebody?" and I remember being outraged when we came 3rd in our talent show to a group of lower 6th boys dancing to 5ive's "Everybody get up" lol.

Thanks for the blog love. I also recently started reading yours via a recommendation from my friend Nsoromma. The more the merrier!

Sankofa said...

@Last Born Child I forgot to add that I can't leave comments on your blog for some reason.

Friday's Afro said...

what you sayin' about the musical genius that is tatyana m. ali?

Nsoromma...Child of the Heavens said...

Er, yeah 'musical genius'...lols

Edward of PathGhana said...

Nice selection. You left out my favourite though!!!

Sankofa said...

Thanks Edward. What's your favourite? Don't leave us in suspense!

Nsoromma...Child of the Heavens said...

Yeah what did we leave out?! I thought this year was particularly hard and Sankofa BULLIED me into leaving out my Hip Hop favs...but still I love u! :(

TheBeez said...

Oh my gosh... this is the soundtrack to my life!

On another related note, I had THEE HUGEST crush on a Mr. Jon B. I thought we were meant to be togevvuh, forevvuh...

Nsoromma...Child of the Heavens said...

lol @ TheBeez...when did u decide to give up on ur love? Me and Tyrese split up around 2002 (in my head...SMH).

Afrocentric said...

I miss the 90s! Music is just not the same these days.

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