The year is 2006 and snap music is at its peak. Enter Yung Joc. The ATL-bred rapper reached the top of the charts with “It’s Goin’ Down,” the lead single from his debut album, New Joc City. The song went on to top Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for eight weeks and peak at No. 3 on the Hot 100. Chart positioning aside, “It’s Goin’ Down” most remembered for its introduction of “The Motorcycle” dance to the mainstream.
Did You Know? “It’s Goin’ Down” was nominated for Best Rap Song at the 49th Grammy Awards but lost to “Money Maker” by Ludacris featuring Pharrell.
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Today is Rihanna’s 24th birthday, so it’s only right that she is the subject of the Daily Throwback.
Since the release of her third album, Good Girl Gone Bad, for better or worse, Rihanna has been at the forefront of pop music. Prior to “Umbrella,” the album’s lead single, Rihanna was simply a teenage girl who looked good and made pop-reggae music. No one imagined that with the help of awesome songwriters, a bomb stylist, and a hot verse from the best in the game, “Umbrella” would catapult her into the pop stratosphere. The song, co-written by Terius “The-Dream” Nash and Tricky Stewart, went on to top Billboard’s Hot 100 for seven weeks, and earned Rihanna her first Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Six albums and eleven number one singles later, “Umbrella” is still considered her signature song.
Lifted as the lead single to her fourth studio album, “Get Right” is perhaps the brightest gem in Jennifer Lopez’s catalog. Produced by Rich Harrison, the man behind Amerie’s “1 Thing” and Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love,” “Get Right” is notable for its use of a horn sample from James Brown’s “Soul Power ’74.” Peaking just outside the top 10 at No. 12 on the Hot 100, “Get Right” became J.Lo’s first chart-topper in Britain since 2001’s “Love Don’t Cost a Thing.”
Did You Know? “Get Right” received four nominations at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards: Best Dance Video, Best Direction, Best Choreography, and Best Editing.
Before he got all into his feelings, Drake appeared to be ’bout that life. The year was 2010 and Drake was poised to become hip-hop’s next best thing. Best described as testament to new found fame and the pressures that come along with it, “Over,” was an excellent choice as the lead single for his debut album, Thank Me Later. With an orchestral backdrop, the Boi-1da-produced track was a sign of what we could expect from Young Money’s second-most marketable MC.
Did You Know? Drake earned a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Solo Performance for “Over.”
Lifted as the second single from his sophomore album Street Dreams, Fabolous‘ “Can’t Let You Go” was one of his many hits in 2003. The track reunited the Brooklyn MC with R&B songstress Lil Mo, who he previously worked with on 2000’s “Superwoman (Part 2),” and singer-songwriter Mike Shorey. Produced by Just Blaze, “Can’t Let You Go” reached the top 5 of Billboard’s Hot 100 and peaked at No. 2 on the Hot Hip-Hop & R&B Songs chart.
Did You Know? Fabolous is featured on two of Lil Mo’s biggest singles, 2001’s “Superwoman (Part 2)” and 2003’s “4Ever.”
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After years of underground success, Twista broke into the mainstream with 2004’s Kamikaze. For the album’s lead single, Twista enlisted Jamie Foxx and Kanye West for an ode to classic soul artists on the aptly titled “Slow Jamz.” Produced by Kanye West, “Slow Jamz” topped Billboard’s Hot 100 for one week on February 10, 2004, becoming the first number one single for all three artists.
Did You Know? “Slow Jamz” was for a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration in 2005.
In honor of her 33rd birthday, Aaliyah’s “Try Again” is today’s daily throwback!
Produced by Timbaland, “Try Again” was the lead the single from the Romeo Must Die soundtrack. Debuting on the Hot 100 in March 2000, “Try Again” peaked at number one on June 17, 2000, becoming Aaliyah’s first and only number one single on the chart. Its music video, directed by Wayne Isham, won two MTV Video Music Awards for Best Female Video and Best Video from a Film. “Try Again” also earned her a second Grammy nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
Did You Know?: “Try Again” was the first song to ever reach number one on the Hot 100 based solely on the strength of its radio airplay.