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COTTON MIX: #CottonThisWeekInMix May 6, 2000 Throwback R&B/Rap Mix


This week we’re traveling back to May 6, 2000. This is gonna take you back to Cita’s World and Hits From The Streets. Part two available also.

  • I dare you to count how many Spanish guitars were used lol. I promise it’s one used on literally almost every other song.
  • A whooooole bunch of scorned love songs were popping lol.
  • Bad Boy was on it’s comeback with Black Rob & Carl Thomas dropping classics.
  • Big Pun had a hit from the grave.
  • I can’t believe how dumb the lyrics to Thong Song are now…actually I thought they were crazy then but I love the fashion trend it started for ladies.
  1. He Wasn’t Man Enough – Toni Braxton
  2. Woah – Black Rob
  3. I Wish – Carl Thomas
  4. Try Again – Aaliyah
  5. It’s So Hard – Big Pun feat. Donell Jones
  6. Ryde Or Die Chick – L.O.X. feat. Eve
  7. Maria Maria – Carlos Santana feat. Product G & B
  8. Get It On Tonite – Montell Jordan
  9. Dance Tonight – Lucy Pearl
  10. Party Up (Up In Here)- DMX
  11. Whistle While You Twerk – Ying Yang Twins
  12. U Know What’s Up – Donell Jones
  13. Thong Song – Sisquo
  14. Left Right Left – Drama
  15. I Don’t Wanna – Aaliyah
  16. Once Upon A Time – Montell Jordan
  17. He Can’t Love You – Jagged Edge
  18. That’s What I’m Lookin For – Da Brat
  19. I Like It – Sammie
  20. Your Child – Mary J. Blige
  21. I Wanna Know – Joe
  1. Say My Name – Destiny’s Child
  2. Big Pimpin – Jay-Z feat. UGK
  3. Shut Up – Trick Daddy
  4. Hot Boyz – Missy Elliot
  5. Wobble Wobble – 504 Boyz
  6. You Owe Me – Nas feat. Ginuwine
  7. There You Go – P!nk
  8. Let’s Get Married (Remix) – Jagged Edge
  9. Separated – Avant
  10. Mr. Too Damn Good – Gerald Levert
  11. No Love (I’m Not Used To) – Kevon Edmonds
  12. The Best Of Me – May
  13. If You Don’t Want To Love Me – Tamar Braxton

COTTON MIX: #CottonThisWeekInMix April 6, 1991 Throwback R&B Rap Mix (4.4.14)



Let’s go back to this week in 1991, when New Jack Swing still reigned supreme.

  • Freddie Jackson held down the number one spot this week with the Quiet Storm classic “Do Me Again.”
  • Big Daddy Kane actually said “I want to taste everything from your lipstick to your toenail polish” & “you know the way you’re standing still there/ I just wanna lay on the floor an make love to your shadow.”
  • New Edition alums Bell Biv Devoe, Johnny Gill & Ralph Tresvant all were prospering on the charts.
  • Christopher Williams was a double threat, having a hit song and co-starring in the classic film New Jack City.
  • Jasmine Guy was also a double threat. In addition to starring on A Different World, which was #1 in Black households at the time, she showed that she could sing with the New Jack Swing tune “Another Like My Lover.”
  • LL Cool J came back to the rap game with a vengeance.
  • Hi-Five’s album was one of the first cassettes that I actually bought as a 6 year old.
  • MC Hammer’s group Special Generation are the same group who sang on his hits such as “Can’t Touch This” and  “Have You Seen Her”.
  • Hope ya’ll don’t think that Pebbles wasn’t huge well before TLC


  1. Do Me Again – Freddie Jackson
  2. Whatever You Want – Tony! Toni! Tone!
  3. Let’s Chill – Guy
  4. Is It Good To You -The Whispers
  5. Call Me – Phil Perry
  6. All Over Me – Big Daddy Kane feat. Barry White
  7. No Matter What You Do – Al B. Sure feat. Diana Ross
  8. It’s Written All Over Your Face – Rude Boys
  9. My Heart Is Failing Me – Riff
  10. Thanx 4 The Funk – The Boys
  11. Backyard – Pebbles feat. Salt-N-Peppa
  12. Mama Said Knock You Out – LL Cool J
  13. Cheap Talk – Loose Ends
  14. All True Man – Alexander O’Neal
  15. Stone Cold Gentleman – Ralph Tresvant
  16. Dope! (She’s Dope) – Bell Biv Devoe
  17. I’m Dreamin – Christopher WIlliams
  18. It’s A Shame (My Sister) – Monie Love
  19. I Like The Way – Hi-Five
  20. Wrap My Body Tight – Johnny Gill
  21. Hold You Tight – Tara Kemp
  22. Treat Em RIght – Chubb Rock
  23. Another Like My Lover – Jasmine Guy
  24. Spark Of Love – Special Generation

COTTON MIX: #ThisWeekIn March 1999 Throwback Rap/R&B Mix




This week’s #CottonThisWeekIn mix was recommended by my homie Andrew Barber from thr dope Chicago rap blog (matter of fact, he was on CNN’s #Chicagoland last night so check that out). Like he mentioned, spring 1999, which was exactly 15 years ago (during my freshman year of high school), had some absolute fire!

  • Third time was a charm as Jay-Z finally broke into the mainstream. Faith Evans was also riding high and didn’t suffer from the dreaded sophomore jinx with a couple of dance tracks are still in club rotation to this day.
  • Faith also, along with Kelly Price, played a big part in the number #1 song at the time, Whitney Houston’s “Heartbreak Hotel.”
  • R. Kelly was killing the game from all angles with solo songs AND songs that he wrote for the Life soundtrack (Maxwell’s “Fortunate” and K-Ci & JoJo’s title track “Life”). Most people don’t know that he had a hand in them, but now when you hear them his touch will be so evident to you.
  • Trick Daddy, the first non-NY rapper to really rep Ralph Lauren Polo HEAVY, got his first solo hit and introduced the world to the Diamond Princess Trina, who spit one of the nastiest and bold introduction verses in rap history lol.
  • The No Scrubs/No Pigeons battle of the sexes was one of the funniest moments in music history.
  • Pre-Nipplegate Janet Jackson was very frisky on Busta Rhymes’ “What It’s Gon Be” and BLACKstreet’s “Girlfriend Boyfriend,” with the former being the #2 song at the time.
  • Jesse Powell released the ultimate wedding song.
  • I remember when someone snuck and played Silk’s slow jam hit “If You” at the end of a basketball pep rally and the ENTIRE GYM starting singing along to it! Back when slow jams were that fie! Take a trip back 15 years ago and let me know what years ya’ll want to travel back to in the coming weeks because this mix series is a weekly staple for me.
  1. Nann – Trick Daddy feat. Trina
  2. Hard Knock Life – Jay-Z
  3. When A Woman’s Fed Up – R. Kelly
  4. What’s The Difference – Ginuwine
  5. Ex-Factor – Lauryn Hill
  6. You Got Me – The Roots feat. Jill Scott
  7. Faded Pictures – Case feat. Joe
  8. When I Close My Eyes – Shanice Wilson
  9. Life – K-Ci & Jo Jo
  10. My Name Is – Eminem
  11. Can I Get A – Jay-Z
  12. Money Cash – Jay-Z feat. DMX
  13. It Ain’t My Fault Part 2 – Silkk The Shocker feat. Mystikal
  14. Ha – Juvenile
  15. No Scrubs – TLC
  16. No Pigeons – Sporty Thieves
  17. Nas Is Like – Nas
  18. Sittin Home – Total
  19. Georgy Porgy – Eric Benet feat. Faith Evans
  20. Watch For The Hook – Cool Breeze feat. Outkast & Goodie Mob
  21. Love Like This – Faith Evans
  22. All Night Long – Faith Evans
  23. Girlfriend Boyfriend – BLACKstreet feat. Janet Jackson, Ja Rule & Eve
  24. Jigga What Jigga Who (Originators 99) – Jay-Z
  25. Heartbreak Hotel – Whitney Houston feat. Faith Evans & Kelly Price
  26. Sweet Lady – Tyrese
  27. Softest Place On Earth – Xscape
  28. Fortunate – Maxwell
  29. Anywhere – 112
  30. Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here – Deborah Cox
  31. What It’s Gonna Be – Busta Rhymes feat. Janet Jackson
  32. Taking Everything – Gerald Levert
  33. If You – Silk
  34. You – Jesse Powell
  35. I Still Believe – Mariah Carey
  36. Angel Of Mine – Monica

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

COTTON THIS WEEK IN MIX: March 1993 (Throwback Mix)

digable-planets ART


  1. Silk – Interview On Video Soul
  2. Bobby Brown – Get Away
  3. Arrested Development – Mr. Wendal
  4. TLC – Hat 2 Da Back
  5. Jade – Don’t Walk Away
  6. SWV – I’m So Into You
  7. Naughty By Nature – Hip Hop Hooray
  8. Digable Planets – Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat)
  9. Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Doggy Dogg – Nuthin But A G Thang
  10. Mary J. Blige – Reminisce
  11. Shai – Comforter
  12. Silk – Freak Me
  13. R. Kelly – Dedicated (To My Favorite Girl)
  14. Hi-Five – Quality Time

Man 1993 was such a dope time. This was the last time that R&B dominated the urban AND pop charts.  That was soon to change after the success of Dr. Dre’s The Chronic, which brought a more polished and less gritty sound to commercial hip-hop.

COTTON THIS WEEK IN MIX: February 2005 (Throwback Mix 2.27.14)

CottonThisWeekInMix Feb 2005 cover

We travel back to this week  in 2005, one of the last times when all regions were represented on mainstream radio. This mix takes me back to my junior year at Tennessee State University.  I promise Amerie’s “1 Thing” was used by almost every contestant in that year’s Miss TSU Pageant.  This was literally a day before Game was kicked out of G-Unit and Mario showed a more mature sound with the debut single from his second album.
  1. Mario – Let Me Love You
  2. Game feat. 50 Cent – How We Do
  3. 50 Cent – Candy Shop
  4. 50 Cent – Disco Inferno
  5. Jennifer Lopez feat. Fabolous – Get Right
  6. Amerie – 1 Thing
  7. Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell – Drop It Like It’s Hot
  8. Mariah Carey – It’s Like That
  9. T.I. – U Don’t Know Me
  10. Trillville – Some Cut
  11. Nivea feat. Lil Jon & Youngbloodz – Okay
  12. Ciara feat. Missy Elliot – 1,2 Step
  13. Destiny’s Child feat. T.I. & Lil Wayne – Soldier
  14. Lloyd Banks – Karma
  15. Usher – Caught Up
  16. Cam’ron feat. Kanye West & Syleena Johnson – Down And Out
  17. Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell – Let’s Get Blown
  18. Fabolous feat. Mike Shorey – Baby
  19. Ja Rule feat. R. Kelly & Ashanti – Wonderful (Remix)
  20. Fantasia – Truth Is
  21. Lil Jon feat. Usher & Ludacris – Lovers And Friends
  22. Terror Squad – Take Me Home

COTTON MIX: Cotton’s Cut Up Vol. 23 (February 20, 1989 Classic Quiet Storm Mix)

jet feb 20 1989


What I decided to do was pick random years and do a mix of all the popular urban/Black songs of that year on this date.  For example, this mix consists of the popular songs from this week in 1989 (February 25th to be exact).  It’s interesting to hear what sounds/vibes were prevalent. Slow ballads were very prevalent in this particular time period 25 years ago.  This was a time when mature/grown folks R&B still dominated the airwaves.


  1. Vanessa Williams – Dreamin’
  2. Anita Baker – Just Because
  3. Kiara feat. Shanice Williams – This Time
  4. Freddie Jackson – You And I Got A Thang
  5. Cheryl “Pepsii” Riley – Me, Myself And I
  6. Surface – Closer Than Just Friends
  7. Al Jarreau – So Good
  8. New Edition – Can You Stand The Rain
  9. Karyn White – Superwoman