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The Flashback Fridays #1: The Roots ft Musiq Soulchild - Break You Off (2002)

In wake of Black Thought once again producing one of the best a cappella freestyles ever in music at HOT 97 on Wednesday, take it back 15 years ago to this still smooth effort from his crew and fellow Philly standout Musiq Soulchild.

It's "Break You Off" , the first Flashback Friday selection this week.

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The Flashback Fridays #1 For 9/29/17: Alicia Keys - No One (2007)

Besides the two main singles from "Songs in A Minor" debut, this for me is still the best overall track from her. With her and Dirty Harry doing the great crafting of words and beat, this one from a decade ago at this time is still so superb. And it definitely took away from how stale some of her tracks have been since then.

So, your first Flashback Friday choice from this week, it's Alicia Keys with "No One" from 2007, from her third album "As I Am."

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The Flashback Fridays For 8/25/17: Nelly ft Kelly Rowland - Dilemma (2002)

This week's first Flashback Friday choice this week is a look back 15 summers ago to the top song that summer.

In fact, it truly was the summer of Nelly that year. Both "Dilemma" and "Hot In Here" represented a 14, FOURTEEN, straight week reign at the top of the Billboard charts overall. And it is still Kelly Rowland's biggest single ever.

In the end, "Dilemma" spent 10 weeks as #1 and was the biggest hit of 2002, along with Ashanti's "Foolish."

Patti LaBelle's own classic "Love, Need and Want You" of course was the sample for this Ryan Browser produced sample. So, your first Flashback Friday choice this week, it's Nelly and Kelly with the 2002 memorable hit, "Dilemma."

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The Flashback Fridays #2 For 8/18/17: SWV - Right Here (1992) (25th Year Anniversary)

Sunday will be the 25th anniversary of the Teddy Riley produced "Right Here" for SWV, and the debut single for the classic early 90s R&B group.

Now though the remix, sampling Michael Jackson timeless "Human Nature" hit produced by Quincy Jones, was the better song and had much bigger success, this was the introduction of SWV to the world. The rest is history.

So, you're second Flashback Friday selection, it's the 25th anniversary of SWV's "Right Here."

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The Flashback Fridays #1 For 8/18/17: Clipse - Gridin' (2002)

15 summers ago, Pusha T and Malice debuted with Pharrell and Chad Hugo making the memorable beat that some of you all banged on cafeteria tables with.

And with Virginia obviously in the news over the last week for other insane reasons, this one is a good one always for the state. It's of course "Gridin," the first single for this brotherly duo no longer doing tracks together. Your first Friday Flashback for this week.

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The Flashback Fridays #2 For 8/4/17: Plies feat T. Pain - Shawty (2007)

From 10 summers ago, this Fort Myers, Florida native made his music debut with this quality summer song. But of course, it was the bigger Florida native, Sir Tallahassee T-Pain, who shined more on this "Drumma boy" produced track with a summer harmony similar to his own debut, "I'm Sprung", in 2005.

Piles actually did put together some rhymes, although they were the elementary, "having the same rhyme pattern for almost an entire verse" type of rhymes. But anyway, it's the second Flashback Friday choice this week, it's Plies feat T-Pain with "Shawty."

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The Flashback Fridays #1 For 8/4/17: Mario - How Do I Breathe (2007)

Though his career is currently sort of a real mess at the moment, no question that this Baltimore native had some real high points. And though "Let Me Love You" and his first single "Just A Friend" charted much higher than this one, no question in my mind this was his actual best track. All of the views it has on Youtube show why, even if the music video could have always been done much better.

But anyway, here is the Stargate superbly produced track from 10 summers ago, "How Do I Breathe," your first Flashback Friday choice this week.

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The Flashback Fridays #1 For 7/21/17 (Special Edition for Chester Bennington): Linkin Park - In The End (2000)

As the unfortunate passing of Chester Bennington still hits for many all over, this week's Flashback Fridays is a look back on Linkin Park's peak from their start.

It's of course their major hit on their debut album, Hybrid Theory, "In the End."

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The Flashback Fridays #1 For 7/14/17: Will Smith feat SWV's Coko - Men In Black (1997)

It's the 20th year anniversary of this memorial film that came out in July 2, 2017. And of course, its main song had to be celebrated here.

So, your first Flashback Friday choice this week, it's Will The Thrill with "Men In Black", with SWV's Coko on the chorus and the legendary Trackmaster's Pone and Tone on the beat.

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The Flashback Fridays For 7/7/17: Amerie - Why Don't We Fall In Love (2002)

Believe it or not, Amerie (now her full name Ameriie) is still in the game, and still putting out decent work. She's even finishing up an anthology book.

But take it all the way back to when she came into the game, 15 summers ago, with her debut single "Why Don't We Fall in Love," your Friday flashback choice this week.

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The Flashback Fridays #2 For 6/30/17 - Jay-Z - Show Me What You Got (2006)

Continuing the focus on Jay-Z's "4:44" release, here is another look back, from a decade ago, with Kingdom Come's underrated nature.

It's the lead single to that 9th album from Sir Carter. The Just Blazed produced, with Danica Patrick and Dale Earnhardt Jr featured video, "Show Me What You Got."

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The Flashback Fridays #1 For 6/30/17: Jay-Z ft Blackstreet - The City is Mine (1997)

As the 13th solo album of one Shawn Carter Corey is released today, with him filming the lead single last Friday here on Marcy, here is a look back 20 years ago to his third single of his most underrated album to date, his second album "In My Lifetime, Vo.1."

It's the Teddy Riley and Chad Hugo (yup, that Chad Hugo) produced classic with Blackstreet's vocals, "The City is Mine."

Jay-Z feat. Blackstreet - The City Is Mine from The CF on Vimeo.

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The Flashback Fridays #1 Amy Winehouse ft Jay-Z - Rehab (Remix) (2007)

As always with what I try to do with The Flashback Fridays, celebrate songs from half a decade to decades ago period, meaning from 2017, a look back primarily on songs from 2007 or 1997 unless for a special reason.

So with that said again, it is another flashback to 2007, with the massive song from the late Amy Winehouse that propelled her to stardom here in the United States.

Though the original "Rehab" came out in October 2006, it didn't reach American shores until March 2007. The remix with Jay-Z added more terrific popularity to the growing Winehouse wave in the early stages of the 2007 summer. It established the Southgate, London native to a bona fide name in the music game.

With star pop beat making Mark Ronson's production, no question this was the full arrival of Amy Winehouse.

So, your first Flashback Friday choice this week, it's Amy Winehouse and Jay-Z with "Rehab (Remix)."

The Flashback Fridays #1: Hurricane Chris - A Bay Bay (2007)

This week's Flashback Fridays first choice is another throwback to a decade ago at this time. Take it back to 2007 when 18-year-old Hurricane Chris came on the scene. And though his first single would be the highest point of his "one-hit wonder" career, it still is a memorable (despite being just 28 now).

So anyway, it's the Phunk Dawg produced debut (and only) hit from Shreveport, Louisiana native Hurricane Chris, "Ay Bay Bay", your first Friday Flashback song and video this week.

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The Flashback Fridays #1 for 6/2/17: Rihanna feat Jay-Z - Umbrella (2007)

Take it back a decade ago, with the album and the single that was the turning point for Ms. Fenty's career.

It was the lead single for her third album, Good Girl Gone Bad, and she just celebrated the 10th anniversary of her turning point album being released on Instagram a few days ago.

And it's only more fitting that this is a Flashback Friday choice this week, with her being at NBA Finals Game 1 and Kevin Durant having to slap down that staredown rumor hard (damn you Robert Littal).

Anyway, it's your first of several Flashback Friday choices this week. It's Rihanna and Hov with the Tricky Stewart/TheDream/Kuk Harrell produced classic, "Umbrella."

The Flashback Fridays #1 For 5/19/17: Jennifer Lopez feat Ja Rule - Ain't It Funny (2001)

It's current weird, strange times for these two of late, but today it's a flashback to their second of their 2 big hits during this time period.

It's "Ain't It Funny", from J-Lo and Ja Rule, produced by Cory Rooney and Dan Shea, where "It Must Be The......" Flashback Fridays, once again, for you to enjoy.

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The Flashback Fridays For 5/5/2017: Soulja Boy - Crank Dat (Soulja Boy) (2007)

Yes ladies and gentlemen. It is the 10 year anniversary of a song that truly did change the world at the time.

Back in 2007 at the time, a 16-year old named DeAndre Way from Atlanta came on the screen and, with his own beat made on Fruit Loops Studio, produced a tone that would later pave the way to international success and recognition for him. Way would go by the name Soulja Boy Tell 'Em, and the rest is history.

"Crank Dat (Soulja Boy)" was the dance craze that took over 2007 and has etched itself as one of the most memorable dance song hits of modern times.

Of course as we all know, Soulja Boy failed to replicate the highs of his first single at such a precocious age, but has continued to put out some decent tunes from here and there on the hip-hop level. And even though he spends his time more as a Love and Hip-Hop reality star, at just 26, there is still time for Soulja to still regain some prominent shine.

So, in a special edition of The Flashback Fridays, it'…

The Flashback Fridays #1 For 4/21/17: Shop Boyz - Party Like A Rock Star (2007)

This week's first Flashback Friday choice is from this song that got big 10 years ago at this time. It served to be the only hit in their careers, as they have struggled to get any other fame or notoriety since then.

Nevertheless, the beat from Jason "Pit" Pittman is so memorable and for that, it deserves a Flashback Friday choice for us all.

So, for this Friday's first Flashback choice, it's Shop Boyz with "Party Like a Rock Star!"

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The Flashback Fridays (Special Good Friday Edition) For 4/14/17: Bone Thugs n Harmony - Tha Crossroads (1995-1996)

As always on Good Friday every year, it's tradition here every year at The Whole Delivery to play the iconic hit from Bone Thugs n Harmony's "Tha Crossroads."

Here it is once again, with DJ U-Neek's and Tony C's iconic instrumental production, "Tha Crossroads."

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The Flashback Fridays For 3/31/17: Missy Elliott - The Rain (1997)

It's the 20 year anniversary of this glorious music video and song. And it was the start of arguably the best female MC and one of the most creative artists in all of music ever.

It's the brilliant Missy Elliott with her first single of her career, the Hype Williams produced classic with appearance from her beat making mentor Timbaland and soon close friends Tamara "Taj" Johnson-George of SWV, Yo Yo, Lil' Kim, Total, 702, Da Brat, Lil' Cease and Puff Daddy. This lead to Missy securing the VMA for Best Rap Video (and should have been best overall video at that show.

It's "The Rain" from 1997, your fitting flashback choice on this rainy day in the Northeast part of the United States.

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The Flashback Fridays For 3/24/17: Busta Rhymes, P.Diddy and Pharrell - Pass The Courvoisier Part II (2002)

As people still appreciate his past Grammy's performance with the Agent Orange hammering of President Dump, here is the up tempo classic of many that Sir Trevor George Smith produced 15 years ago.

With Diddy and Pharrell doing well, and Mo'Nique having a superb guest appearance, it's the 2002 fun hit, "Pass The Courvoiser (Part 2)."  

Busta Rhymes Feat Pharrell - Pass Kenpucho

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The Super Bowl X's and O's For 2/5/17: The Real Keys

While being focus on Belichick vs Ryan, it is what happens on the other side of the ball that is crucial. 
Falcons RBs Devonta Freeman & Tevin Coleman vs Patriots LBs Donta Hightower, Kyle Van Noy and Elandon Roberts.

Patriots QB Tom Brady, RBs Deion Lewis and James White, WRs Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola & TE Martellus Bennett vs Falcons LB Deion Jones & De'Vondre Campbell, DBs Keanu Neal, Ricardo Allen, Jalen Collins, Robert Alford

Will they press the slot receivers and running backs of the Patriots?

Containing LeGarette Blount crucial to the clause.

The Flashback Fridays For 2/3/17: Chicago Bears- Super Bowl Shuffle (1985)

One of the great sports songs of all time, and the best sports song team performance by far in sports history. In honor of Super Bowl weekend, it came only be one Flashback Friday choice to play. It's of course, the Super Bowl Shuffle.

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The 2017 Australian Live Thread For 1/28/18: The Women's Final - Venus vs Serena XXVIII

As many American casual fans come out of the woodworks again to care about tennis long before Wimbledon is about to end, the 28th encounter for Venus and Serena is getting the last minute hype as it would warrant from a crowd that wouldn't have any desire for any other WTA matchup. But this dream Australian Open final for that crowd, who aren't the 24/7/365 fans of the sisters or reporters of the sport of tennis on a regular basis have missed out on the key reason for the magical duo giving us this ultimate female match for 2017 Melbourne.

If Venus and Serena had been adamant about playing doubles at another Grand Slam, we wouldn't have their first Slam final in eight years. And it happened to be a little elbow injury that Venus decided to be precautionary with as the defining, unheralded decision of this entire women's Australian Open tournament.

Although playing doubles did not hamper them in Serena's Wimbledon singles title last year, as Venus made the semifin…

The Flashback Friday For 1/27/17: New Edition - Cool It Now (1984)

As all three parts of "The New Edition Story" has aired on BET, only fitting that this week's Flashback Fridays takes it back all the way to 1984 before the original band with all original five members "broke up" 3 years later.

This, not "Candy Girl," served as their Top 10 single in the States. It's of course the pride of Roxbury, from those several towns in Boston that a LOT of people not from Boston knew existed, but always existed.

It's "Cool It Now" from New Edition, your Flashback Friday choice for this week.

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The Flashback Fridays #1 For 1/6/17: M.I.M.S - This is Why I'm Hot (2007)

The Flashback Fridays is back for another year.

And starting off 2017 Flashbacks is this classic from a decade ago at this time. It served as the best start any artist could ever dream of, with your first single being the #1 song in the country.

That was the case for M.I.M.S, who had a perfect song that represented Washington Heights/Uptown Manhattan, but gave a nod to everywhere else in the nation. And after that great start, that was....the rest of his career right there.

It is why this Blackout Movement-produced track is memorable, showing how far MIMS fell off. So for your first Flashback Friday choice of 2007, it's the long forgotten M.I.M.S with "This is Why I'm Hot."

More to come from The Whole Delivery, in this new year. Stay tuned.