When it comes to female groups, past and present TLC, will forever be my favourite. But this post is not about TLC, it’s about another female group who if I had to name my second favourite of all time would certainly fit neatly into that slot. Of course I am talking about Total!
New Jersey-bred trio Jakima ‘Kima’ Raynor, Keisha Spivey and Pamela ‘Pam’ Long made their presence well and truly felt when they burst onto the music scene with their debut self-titled album back in 1996. They were the first female group to come out of Sean ‘Puff Daddy’ Combs’ Bad Boy Records stable and possessed the same perfect combination of attitude, swagger and great music all Bad Boy artists (Faith Evans, 112, Ma$e and of course Biggie) from that era did! To sum it up Total were the ‘hood TLC (with their own something special)’ as I’ve heard people say time and time again. Can’t You See, Kissing You, No One Else (all from their first album) are still played in clubs today, and have becoming r&b classics over the years.
This Valentines I Miss The Old School has teamed up with leading club promoter Queen of Soul to offer music lovers the chance to tickets to the Ultimate 90′s R&B concert at London’s premiere venue – the indigO2 at the 02.
Promising a night of classic R&B from a time when music really mattered, the sizzling-hot show will feature smooth vocal group Silk as the headline act in their first UK concert in over a decade.
The group will be performing all their hits, including chart-topper ‘Freak Me’, and will be joined by Kut Klose and Pamela Long, former lead singer of platinum-selling girl group Total.
We have TWO pairs of tickets for the concert, taking place on February 16, to give away. For a chance to win a pair, simply answer the following question:
Mary J Blige is one of the most consistent female singers in the music industry today, and probably my favourite female singer of all time. And not just because everyone says I look like her.
Her music career has spanned nearly 20 years, which is ultra impressive for any artist, let alone a contemporary r&b singer, as this particular genre is so fickle and has seen a multitude of good acts come and go.
But Mary has managed to buck the trend by keeping things fresh – her look has evolved throughout the years. And her honest, raw and highly-relatable lyrics, have allowed audiences to identify with her on each album, e.g, her 2007/8 smash single Just Fine (below), from the album of the same name.
Since 1991, Mary has won nine Grammy awards, sold 48 million records, and has managed to maintain a huge amount of respect with fellow artists and fans.
As far as female groups go, the 90s was definitely the best decade for me. And you can’t speak on that topic without mentioning SWV! This trio of Cheryl ‘Coko’ Gamble, Leanne ‘Lelee’ Lyons and Tamara ‘Taj’ Johnson, all from New York, bought hit after hit to the airwaves, music video channels and clubs back in the 90s, and a lot of those songs are still hot till this very day.
The former teen idol and r&b singer/actor talks about his sexuality, drugs and the HUGE compliment that Michael Jackson paid him.
Tevin Campbell was the quintessential teen idol. He burst onto the music scene at the tender age of 11, under the guidance of legendary producer Quincy Jones. He was as cute as a button with his high top fade and wide grin, while his velvety-toned, perfectly pitched voice was reminiscent of a young Michael Jackson.
The first single he appeared on was Tomorrow (from the Quincy Jones album Back on the Block), which shot straight to the top of Billboards r&b chart in 1989. This was followed by several other hits including Can We Talk, Tell Me What You Want Me To Do and Goodbye, which all featured puppy love tales and even cuter video storylines. He even made an appearance on hit TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, playing the love-interest of pre-teen character Ashley Banks.
However behind the music and fluffy TV cameos things weren’t as sweet. Tevin was involved in under-aged drinking and drugs, and his life was spiralling out of control. Things came to a head in 1999 when he was arrested and charged for Lewd Conduct, after soliciting oral sex from an undercover male police officer in an L.A park. Shortly after this he withdrew from the public eye and hasn’t released any new music since.
Jodeci recently made their way back onto the music scene via the song and video Knockin’ Your Heels Off, a collaboration with fellow 90s s r&b group H Town. While the song isn’t bad per se, the video has had the Internet a buzz due to the deteriorated appearance of the group, most especially Jodeci’s former resident pretty boy Mr Dalvin. Imisstheoldschool.com are surprised people are…err… surprised about his form as this is not the first time we have had a look at how the past years have treated Jodeci. Their UK show a couple of years ago, coupled with less than flattering pictures, which have been circulating the net from time, already gave us that idea.