Back in 1995 this week’s Billboard “Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs” was filled with all R&B bangers. Today Travis Scott and Juice WRLD have been topping the R&B and Hip-hop charts for the last couple of weeks, but in 1995 the following artists were running things.
No. 1 “You Remind Me of Something” by R. Kelly
R. Kelly has been under heat lately, but not for his music. In 1995 Kelly’s exploit lyrics were all over his self-titled album, R. Kelly. This year his exploit actions have been under a microscope after he’s been accused of sexual abuse. Crazy how the lyrics of “You Remind Me of Something” could now be used against him.
No. 2 “Who Can I Run To” by Xscape
Recently the ladies of Xscape have gotten back together, went on tour, had a reality show and created new music. But before the ladies were reality TV stars and winning Grammies (Kandi Burruss and Tameka “Tiny” Harris wrote the TLC hit “No Scrubs”), they were enjoying their newfound stardom after the release of their 1995 sophomore album Off the Hook.
No. 3 “Fantasy” by Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey the skinny queen. During the early 90’s Mariah was helping make hip-hop more pop, by featuring different rappers on her pop records. The remix to “Fantasy” was actually her first of many remixes to feature a rapper. According to reports, she had to fight with her label to put Ol’ Dirty Bastard on the remix. On November 16th Mariah will be releasing her 15th studio album Caution, just in time for her to top the charts for the Christmas season. Again.
No. 4 “Before You Walk Out My Life” by Monica
In 1995 Monica she was new on the scene. “Before You Walk Out My Life” is literally one of Monica’s first singles to hit the charts. This was long before she was a Grammy-winning singer or inspired the social media craze #SoGoneChallenge. Recently Monica has joined the cast of “TI & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle” and is in the works of making new music.
No. 5 “Tell Me” by Groove Theory
Groove Theory is a neo-soul duo who only had one single break the Top 5 on the Billboard charts. They released two albums Groove Theory and The Answer. Both Bryce Wilson and Amel Larrieux have kept pretty lowkey profiles since the early 2000’s. Recently the movie Beyond the Lights featured Larrieux’s song “Don’t Let Me Down” in the film.
Are you still listening to any of these songs in 2018?
By Jordan Danae, Northern Illinois University Alumna
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