First to all my regular readers, please forgive the light posting this week. My laptop has the MAJOR cooties. I am currently posting this on my eight year old desktop. The Slowskys would LOVE Old Betsy. So until I’m back up, things will be a bit slow around here too.
The theme for this week is music from your graduation year. I graduated from Abraham Clark High School in Roselle, NJ in 1994. I had just turned 17 and left for college in Charlotte, NC a few months later.
There were two albums released that year that I believe cannot be left out of any discussion about the history of hip hop and r&b. Talk about “let my tape rock til my tape popped.” Both of these albums would be near the top of the list if I HAD to choose my top ten albums of all time. I still know every single lyric of every single song on both albums.
None other than Mary J. Blige’s “My Life” ( November 29, 1994) and Biggie’s “Ready to Die.” (July 13, 1994).
Since the 90s was also the decade of the remix, I’ll be posting my favorite remixes of songs from each of these albums.
First up, the Queen who should always come before the King.
Mary J. Blige, “Be Happy” Bad Boy Remix w/Keith Murray
Mary J Blige f/ L Boogie, “Be With You” remix
Ya’ll ready for Notorious? One week from today! If it wasn’t inauguration weekend, I’d be right up in NYC for opening weekend. Brooklyn, stand up! Here’s a couple of track from the King of New York and MY G.O.A.T.
Biggie, “Big Poppa” So So Def remix
Let’s bring it full circle.
Biggie, “One More Chance/Stay With Me” remix f/ Faith and Mary J. Blige (play spot the celebs in the video)
I’m way over the limit but I had fun! Be sure to stop by the other Old School Friday participants sites and revisit music from yesteryear.
awww man..you took it there. My Life is definitely at the top of my top whatever list. And One More Chance remix is just classic. Its 1 am and I got the music BUMPIN! A better question would be who WASNT in that video!
aaahhhh, those were the days(you know back when Bad Boy was really worth something…)!
The best concert I EVER saw was Bad Boy, Jodeci, Mary J in Buffalo NY! Man, Bad Boy did the darn thing!
tha Connoisseur said:
You KNOW I went with Mary, no doubt. I of course was going to go with Bigs, but went another way instead. If only there was room for honorable mentions. I could have gone BUCK!!!
Happy OSF chica!
revvy rev said:
I love it! Biggie and Mary J – outstanding picks! My favorites from this era. Happy OSF.
Wheneva, Whateva said:
I was still a youngin’ then (lol), but that Mary album is in my constant iPod rotation.
Yooooooooo! I had that L Boog remix on an old S&S mixTAPE back in ’95. Damn, I wish I still had it. Classic!
And I didn’t realize that she opened her verse with what would become one of the funniest and ear bleeding moments on Life After Death (Disc 2).
How lucky were you!? Mary and Biggie in the same year…whew!
All I can say is WOW! I forgot all about that “Be With You” remix! Thank You for reminding me. (no pun) Imma sit here and Reminisce. (pun, that time)
Shawn Williams said:
“My Life” was the soundtrack of My Life in 1994. And Notorious B.I.G. is still my favorite artist of all time. I’m with squarerootz (sit and reminisce my God).
Mary and Biggie (RIP) are the truth indeed. Memories….. 🙂
My Life is and will always be one of my favorite albums of all time! I love Big, but Mary put it all out there.
I graduated in 1985 and Whitney Houston’s first album came out that year. Damn, that brought back some memories!
man, i totally feel you on this. I was only 12 when this was released, but it was the first album i ever purchased… MY LIFE. Classic