COTTON MIX: #ThisWeekIn March 1995 Throwback Mix



Once again I’m taking you back with a mix of the top hits this week in 1995 (urban charts for March 18, 1995 to be exact).  Heavy D protégés Soul IV Real were burning up the charts with “Candy Rain” and 2Pac had just released the classic Me Against The World, becoming the first artist to have a number one album. You can really hear the Uptown/Puff Daddy influence on R&B because many of the top songs from this week prominently sample hip-hop breakbeats and phrases.  For example, Miss Jones’ “Where I Wanna Be Boy” samples 5 different hip-hop records.  The slow jams were something serious, although I still say “Can I Stay WIth You” is one of the dumbest songs ever lol.  Sadly, this was also two days after Eazy E had announced through a public state that he had been diagnosed with AIDS (he would pass on March 26, 1995).

  1. Candy Rain – Soul IV Real
  2. Creep – TLC
  3. Where I Wanna Be Boy – Miss Jones
  4. Think Of You – Usher
  5. Be Happy – Mary J. Blige
  6. Freak Like Me – Adina Howard
  7. Baby – Brandy
  8. Keep Their Heads Ringin – Dr. Dre
  9. This Is How We Do It – Montell Jordan
  10. Big Poppa – Notorious B.I.G.
  11. Dear Mama – 2Pac
  12. Hand Of The Dead Body – Scarface feat. Ice Cube & Devin The Dude
  13. BlackGirl – Let’s Do It Again
  14. Just Roll – Fabu
  15. I Apologize – Anita Baker
  16. That’s All I Ask Of You – Raphael Saadiq
  17. If You Think  You’re Lonely Now – K-Ci Hailey
  18. Red Light Special – TLC
  19. This Little Game We Play – Subway
  20. Before I Let You Go – BLACKstreet
  21. Can I Stay With You – Karyn White
  22. If You Love Me – Brownstone

CLASSIC VIDEO: Jodeci – “Stay” & “What About Us” (Live @ The Apollo) (1995)

“Girl I’m reaching out my hand/ I’m tryna make you understand/ that you don’t have to be alone/ because I wanna be your man”

If you were born in the 90s, it’s a good chance Jodeci was the reason. As long as I have their 3 albums, I don’t even care if another R&B group even comes out

CLASSIC VIDEO: LBC Crew – “Beware Of My Crew” (1995)

“Same song in my hood as it is in yours”

Hearing that they’re finally going to release the LBC Crew’s album next year, I had to break this back out.  This song was featured on Martin Lawrence’s movie Thin Line Between Love And Hate. Techniec not having a solo album is one of the most criminal acts in hip-hop history.

Here’s the press release for the upcoming album:

Death Row is bringing the Doggystyle Records original 1996 group’s album to the masses in early 2011.

At the height of Death Row Records’ success, Snoop Dogg was given his Doggystyle Records imprint. On his 1996 hit, “Snoop’s Upside Ya Head,” the Long Beach rapper confirmed this with “Doggystyle Records is now official.” Although he would revive the imprint several years later, the rapper had initially signed an impressive would-be roster of Tray Deee, Soopafly and The LBC Crew. The last outfit, consisting of Bad Azz, Techniec and Lil C-Style would release an album that would never be released, as Snoop Dogg departed the imprint in 1997.

Bad Azz would go on to find a successful solo career with 19th Street and subsequently Priority Records. Techniec later signed with Mack 10’s Hoo Bangin’ Records, also a Priority affiliate. Lil C-Style, younger brother of 19th Street Records founder Big C Style, would later release material through Daz Dillinger’s DPG Records.

Fifteen years after its recording, Death Row Records is releasing The LBC Crew’s Haven’t You Heard? (We Givin’ Somethin’ Bacc To The Street) on February 8, 2011 – this, according to E1 Entertainment, the label’s latest distributor.

CLASSIC VIDEO: Bad Boy Records (Puff Daddy, Notorious B.I.G., Total & Lil Kim) Live @ 1995 Source Awards

 Man I miss the Puff Daddy Dance lol.  This was at the same awards show that Suge Knight made his infamous “Come to Death Row” speech.  One of my favorite hip-hop memories is seeing Big perform One More Chance while they hold up the plaques to represent that New York was back.  Remember the West Coast had dominated with gangsta rap.  And Big was the one who made all these rappers start claiming to be King. And Lil Kim’s Hardcore is the only female rap album that I can actually bump like a dude’s album.

CLASSIC VIDEO: Monica – Don’t Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days) LIVE (1995)

From the 1996 Soul Train Awards.  This is the song that every male should listen to in order to understand when their girl goes through “that time of the month.”  Monica is the definition of a true sanga because she’s doing this with no vocal track except on the chorus and sounds better than the record.  Amazing that 15 years later she’s still making hits.  Miss Thang is still one of my favorite R&B albums of the 90s.

Here’s the official music video for the heck of it

CLASSIC VIDEO: Common – “Resurrection ” (1995)

“Steppin to me is like goin to Tha County bein a Neutron!”

I still remember this was my first time seeing people “shake up” on a music video lol. If you think Common (or Common Sense as he was known as then) is soft, just watch this video and listen to the lyrics because he always repped Southside Chi.  This is just a gritty video and like it or not, gang life is a HUGE influence on anybody growing up there.  Many people only remember “I Used To Love H.E.R.” and never mention this song, but he’s snapping on it.