I’ve been having a random trip down the 90s music lane recently. It started with En Vogue. I realised that they had more than one song and I was like “Why don’t I know them all?” So literally I started listening to as many of their songs as I could find on YouTube.
Then through En Vogue I stumbled upon Salt N Pepa songs I did not know about. I only knew them through Push It and don’t hate me but I didn’t really love Push It so I thought meh they’re not for me.
I was wrong.
They have so many other cooler and better songs, songs that I knew already but had no idea that it was them who rapped them!
I’m kind of mad at myself! I’ve been depriving myself of awesome sweet music!
So out of the songs that I’ve been listening to here are my favs from the two groups.
This song is so 90s and starts out with Who’s Loving You which I know from the Jackson 5 and when they sang it (yeah I know I knew more of Jackson 5 than I did En Vogue and Jackson 5 are older… what can I say I love Jackson 5!). They killed it with their harmony and vocals on that intro. They added their own flavour (n’abania) *happy sigh* it’s like honey to my ears.
Plus I love the actual song. It makes me want to start busting out my 90s moves.
Free Your Mind
I love this song. I wish I had three friends who also loved En Vogue so that we could do this song. I would be Dawn and we would rock it but alas… I don’t have three friends who are En Vogue fans. I mean I have one but it wouldn’t work as a duet and I’m not sure she sings…
The lyrics that spoke to me the most are:
I wear tight clothing, high heel shoes
It doesn’t mean that I’m a prostitute (no, no, no)
I might date another race or color
It doesn’t mean I don’t like my strong black brothers
Oh now attitude why even bother
I can’t change your mind, can’t change my colour
Ummm they better preach!
I love En Vogue not just because of their songs but because they all have strong vocals and strong personalities that shine forth in their music. They’re so powerful and funky and cool. They’re also sexy in a very classy way which in this day and age is hard to find and you know what I kind of miss it. That kind of sexy is underrated but my favourite kind.
Salt n Pepa!
So Whatta Man. I know this song, I would sit there and sing “Whatta man whatta man whatta man what a mighty good man” whenever I saw a man that was a mighty good man or when I was with my friends but I didn’t know the whole song. The same can be said for Shoop. I honestly don’t know how that happened but I’m glad I’ve listened to the whole song now.
I love it.
I love Salt N Pepa, they’re great rappers and they always rap with a smile… well when the song calls for it. It’s so nice and their flow, I miss that style of rapping.
I like this song because they lift men up, the men that are good. We as women tend to let the bad ones ruin our views on the good ones and there are good ones out there. The bad ones suck but they’re not all that is out there. So it’s nice to hear about the good men.
My favourite verse:
My man gives real loving that’s why I call him Killer
He’s not a wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am, he’s a thriller
He takes his time and does everything right
Knocks me out with one shot for the rest of the night
He’s a real smooth brother, never in a rush
And he gives me goose pimples with every single touch
Spends quality time with his kids when he can
Secure in his manhood ’cause he’s a real man
A lover and a fighter and he’ll knock a nucca out
Don’t take him for a sucker ’cause that’s what he’s about
Every time I need him, he always got my back
Never disrespectful ’cause his mama taught him that
Oh and En Vogue sang the chorus!
The second song that I’ve chosen that I like from them is Let’s Talk About Sex.
I like this one because it’s the best song to highlight how they’re not afraid to talk about these things.
For some reason sex is really hard to talk about! Even though almost everyone does it at one point in their lives (I say almost because there have been people who have died virgins *ahem* Isaac Newton *ahem*).
They encourage a healthy discussion on the topic and are honest about all the good things and the bad things that may be.
It’s also another song that I did not know was by them, I knew the chorus but I had never listened to the whole thing… I’m sorry Salt N Pepa, I’m sorry.
Anyway those are the females that I think killed it in the 90s and other decades but I’m on a 90s trip right now.
I may be back with a part 2, who knows.