“Come and Talk to Me” by Jodeci (1991)

Two things elevate “Come and Talk to Me” to a level above the average new jack swing ballad: K-ci Hailey and Sean “Puffy” Combs. Without those two elements (the latter of which was not present on the song’s original version) “Come and Talk…” is a pretty standard early ‘90s R&B ballad. Boy meets girl, boy wants to chat up… Read More “Come and Talk to Me” by Jodeci (1991)

“The Choice Is Yours (Revisited)” by Black Sheep (1991)

Want to get a party lit? Put the needle on the bass-heavy intro to “The Choice Is Yours”. Or jump straight to the breakdown on “The Choice Is Yours”. You know–the “engine engine number 9” part. Motherfuckers will lose their ever loving god damn minds. Black Sheep’s debut, A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing, is a… Read More “The Choice Is Yours (Revisited)” by Black Sheep (1991)

“Check The Rhime” by A Tribe Called Quest (1991)

1991’s “Check The Rhime” didn’t introduce a new A Tribe Called Quest so much as it introduced a refined A Tribe Called Quest that distinctly separated itself as a separate entity from the rest of the Native Tongues collective. The song’s sensibility–Tip and Phife’s approximation of an old-school routine, the neck-cracking boom-bap, the jazzy sensibility… Read More “Check The Rhime” by A Tribe Called Quest (1991)

“Can’t Let Her Get Away” by Michael Jackson (1991)

Teddy Riley was the best option for Michael Jackson when he was elected to take the reins of production from Quincy Jones. Q was famously behind the boards for MJ’s three career-making albums; 1979’s Off The Wall, 1982’s Thriller and 1987’s Bad. Even by the time the last album was recorded, pop and R&B music… Read More “Can’t Let Her Get Away” by Michael Jackson (1991)

“Can’t Let Go” by Mariah Carey (1991)

I have a weird appreciation for pop balladry from the early ‘90s, particularly the trebly, semi-new age production of Walter Afanasieff. He did a ton of work with primarily (exclusively?) Columbia Records artists (Celine Dion, NKOTB, Michael Bolton). His productions were the sound of adult contemporary radio for quite a long time. While his productions… Read More “Can’t Let Go” by Mariah Carey (1991)

“Buggin’ Out” by A Tribe Called Quest (1991)

“Microphone check, 1-2. What is this?/The five foot assassin with the roughneck business/I I float like gravity, never had a cavity/Got more rhymes than the Winans got family” Those words boomed out of a PA system in Seattle on a mild Saturday in April 2016. I was attending PopCon, an annual gathering of music journalists… Read More “Buggin’ Out” by A Tribe Called Quest (1991)

“Bring The Noise” by Public Enemy (1987)/”Bring Tha Noize” by Public Enemy with Anthrax (1991)

Chuck D’s voice has been compared to many things over the years. While his vocal technique has evolved into something of a preacher’s cadence, it was more comparable to a foghorn or an air raid siren during Public Enemy’s salad days in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. It’s safe to say that Chuck’s early beginnings as… Read More “Bring The Noise” by Public Enemy (1987)/”Bring Tha Noize” by Public Enemy with Anthrax (1991)

“Bitties In The BK Lounge” by De La Soul (1991)

“Bitties In The BK Lounge” is less a song than a song-length skit that has three distinct movements. Whatever. It’s awesome. In the first portion of the song, Dave/Dove/Trugoy finds himself heading to a Burger King and being treated rudely by the person taking his order. Deciding to play the celebrity card, Dave takes off… Read More “Bitties In The BK Lounge” by De La Soul (1991)