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Friday, September 30, 2016

The Flashback Fridays #2 For 9/30/16: Blackstreet ft. Dr Dre - No Diggity (1996)


Today is the 20th anniversary of this song dropping, on this day.

And while it may annoyingly be used today in the background of commercials as another tired opportunity to make "white people look hilarious while awkwardly dancing to black music," the greatness of the Teddy Riley, William "Skylz" Stewart produced classic will never go away.

With the Hype Williams video adding to its greatness, "No Diggity" served as Blackstreet's sole #1 Billboard 100 hit and was a major international success. Just on it alone, it sold 1.6 million copies and even had a random re-appearence on the UK Top 40 charts in March 2013.  Maybe an even more important fact for "No Diggity's" success is that it ended MacareƱa's long running domination at the top of the Billboard charts.

Your second Flashback Friday choice today, it's Blackstreet and Dr. Dre with "No Diggity."


More to come at The Whole Delivery today. 

The Flashback Fridays #1 For 9/30/16: Mary J. Blige - Family Affair (2001)


Based on her weird singing video with Hillary this week as part of her latest push to let everyone know that "Apple Music panders harder to black people harder than certain politicians," it is perfect timing for this flashback in the midst of that hilarious tweet from MTV's Deaux.
"Family Affair" served as the second starting point in Mary J. Blige's career, a wonderful rejuvenation after her early star momentum had waned a little bit. It served as Mary's first #1 Billboard 100 hit ever, a remarkable accomplishment considering that she was still just mainly associated for non-white suburban crowds. Making it even more special is that it ended the strangehold from mid summer to early fall 2001 that Ja Rule and J-Lo's "I'm Real (Remix)" placed on the charts.

With the Dr. Dre produced track leading the way, "Family Affair" propelled her 5th album "No More Drama" into making Mary a true crossover star beyond the usual hip-hop and R&B crowds.

So without further adieu, your first Flashback Fridays this week, it's Mary J. Blige with "Family Affair."


More on The Flashback Fridays to come, stay tuned. 

Friday, September 23, 2016

The Flashback Fridays #3 (Special Edition For Shawty Lo) For 9/23/16: Shawty Lo - Dey Know (2007)


The final Flashback Friday tribute of this week for the memory of Shawty Lo comes from, of course, the hit that established him right at the start of his solo career and made him a Bankhead, Atlanta legend for life.

From his running jog to his "big ups to all my haters" line as the horns of the Bails Beats, Born Immaculate instrumental played in the background, Shawty Lo created a Mason-Dixon line classic that would be played at every big Southern black event. Whether it was football games with the marching bands or Greek life doing strut line dances, you couldn't have a good time without your DJ putting on "Dey Know" back when it came out nine years ago. And most would agree that is still the case nowadays before the tragic death of Shawty Lo this week.

So without further adieu, here is the third and final Flashback Friday selection for this week, in dedication to Shawty Lo, "Dey Know."



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The Flashback Fridays #2 (Special Edition For Shawty Lo) For 9/23/16: D4L - Betcha Can't Do It Like Me (2006)

Listener Discretion is Advised, especially if you aren't black and/or lived in the hood 


In full memory of the life of Shawty Lo, this week's Flashback Fridays series is dedicated to him.

In their major rivalry at the time with Dem Franchise Boyz, D4L dropped their second single after their massive first one blew them into music superstardom. Although "Betcha Can't Do It Like Me" never came close to hitting the heights of "Laffy Taffy," it still served as a solid second single representing truly what D4L was about.

Unfortunately for any fans of the group,  "Betcha Can't Do It Like Me" served as the group's final single. The disbanding begin shortly afterwards with Fabo and Shawty Lo starting their own solo careers.

So your second Flashback Friday tribute this week in dedication to the life of Shawty Lo, it's the Teriyake Smith produced fun track "Betcha Can't Do It Like Me."


There's one more main tribute to come this week in The Flashback Fridays, for the late Shawty Lo. Stay tuned for that here at TWD.

The Flashback Fridays #1 (Special Edition for Shawty Lo) : D4L - Laffy Taffy (2005-2006)


In full memory of the life of Shawty Lo, this week's Flashback Fridays series is dedicated to him.

A decade ago at this time, Lo and his group D4L made their impact on the nation by taking their debut single "Laffy Taffy" all the way to the #1 spot not just on the Billboard Hip-Hop charts, but the overall Hot 100 list.

No matter how you felt about this being a prime example of an Atlanta and South snap music wave emerging in the game at that time (just ask Ghostface), "Laffy Taffy" rose to the pinnacle thanks to K-Rab's "Candy Girl"-esque production and Fabo's charismatic tone on the hook and opening verse.

Without further adieu, here's "Laffy Taffy" in this Flashback Friday tribute day to Shawty Lo.



More Shawty Lo tributes to come on this week's Flashback Friday series. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

The Flashback Fridays #2 For 9/16/16: Justin Timberlake - SexyBack (2006)


It was the silliest song title, with Prince and many others calling him out for it. It also provoked an angry reply from Timberlake to Prince before he tried to backtrack from it, but that is how thin skinned Justin always will be. Nevertheless, it set the tone for FutureSex/Love Songs massive success as the debut single, as Timbaland's producing once again saved Timberlake's solo career.

Your second Flashback Friday choice this week after Izzo, it's "SexyBack" from Timberlake (& Timbaland).



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The Flashback Fridays #1 For 9/16/16: Jay-Z - Izzo (2016)


15 years ago at this time, Jay-Z was definitely thinking about how his album sales for the quickly released "The Blueprint" would be in wake of the 9/11 attacks. The first single from that iconic album dropping at the time was "Izzo," filmed out in Los Angeles and at the height of him, Dame and Biggs being all good with each other.

From 2001, it's Jay-Z with "Izzo," your first Flashback Friday choice of this week.


Jay-Z - Izzo by BLACKHAWKS4

Stay tuned, there is more from The Whole Delivery to come. 

Friday, September 9, 2016

The Flashback Fridays For 9/9/16: Sean Paul ft Keyshia Cole - Give It Up To Me (2006)


Taking it back once again 10 years ago at this late summer's time, it's when Sean Paul and Keyshia Cole were at their peak. With the "Step Up" movie coming at the same time, "Give It Up To Me" definitely is a hit that you barely hear anymore nowadays.

So, from 2006, it's Sean & Keyshia with dance successful track, your Flashback Friday choice for this week.



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