With a new year comes new music, and 2014 is no different. But when looking at the spate of albums set to come out this year, we noticed that 2014’s potential offerings seemed to constantly take us back to one of our favorite decades for music — the ’90s.
We’re in Thanksgiving recovery mode, so it’s time for a special Black Friday Face-Off! You may be nursing a raging feast belly after attempting to induce an L-Tryptophan coma to stave off squirm-worthy questions about “marrying that nice boy you’re living with” (rinse down turkey with wine and repeat). Or you just said no to traditional T-Day and are recovering from the hangover that accompanies watching ThanksKilling with friends and stuffing your face (more bacon, less familial judgment). Fall Out Boy‘s “Thnks fr th Mmrs” and Dido‘s “Thank You” respectively fit either scenario. Whose video reflects your Black Friday mood best?
Are you on a mobile device? Click here to watch Behind The Song: Toni Braxton, “You’re Makin’ Me High.”
Despite having released two major label LPs —one solo, and one alongside her sisters as a member of The Braxtons— it wasn’t until Toni Braxton released “You’re Makin’ Me High” in the spring of 1996 that she became a household name. As she explains in the latest episode of Behind The Song, there were some fears at the time that recording a track like this would be perceived as a “buckwild” turn by the fans who got to know her while she was on the gospel circuit. While LaFace executives Babyface and L.A. Reid were completely comfortable with this career pivot, it turns out that those “buckwild” fears weren’t entirely unfounded.
“A week before [writing the song with Babyface and Bryce Wilson], I was introduced to marijuana, and I got high for the first time,” Braxton confesses in this VH1 exclusive clip. “In the bridge, I’m singing ‘I want to feel your heart and soul inside of me / Let’s make a deal you roll, I lick / And we can go flying into ecstasy’, I was talking about [smoking a joint].” The innuendo was innocent enough to confuse Toni’s sister Towanda, avoid major scrutiny at radio (the song eventually went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100), and, ultimately, score a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
Be sure to tune-in to Behind The Music: Toni Braxton on Monday, October 29 at 10 p.m. ET! Until then, how about (puff puff) passing some time watching some of our other episodes of Behind The Song, like Gym Class Heroes talking “Cupid’s Chokehold” or Ne-Yo breaking down the genesis of “Irreplaceable”?
New dad Jay-Z hit the studio to record a dedication song to his new baby girl, Blue Ivy. Hearing the baby cry on the track made it all the more adorable. Over the years a number of daddy musicians have expressed heartfelt feelings about their kids on wax. Everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Eminem to most recently Nas. Here at VH1 we believe dads are worthy of appreciation every day of the year. However, this Sunday is the official day we celebrate the awesome dads in our lives. Hearing male artists gush over their children in a song makes our hearts melt. Enjoy the Spotify playlist of our all-time favorite songs by fathers dedicated to their children.
1. “Daughters”- Nas
Nas gets real about the difficulties of raising a teenage daughter in this soulful ode to his daughter Destiny who makes a cameo at the end of the video. Read more…
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Eddie Murphy has proposed to his girlfriend of less than a year, Babyface‘s ex-wife Tracey Edmonds. Congratulations, happy couple! Eddie has five kids with his previous wife Nicole Mitchell (they divorced in 2006), and a new baby daughter with former Spice Girl-friend, Melanie Brown. He also has a shady past of picking up transvestite prostitutes. Mel B. told Essence that the pair were set to get married and have the baby, but that she had some issues with the actor, stating, “I’ll simply say that there were lifestyle changes that he would have to make if we were going to live together.” Could she possible be talking about his habit of “helping” hookers? Too bad she’s a classy lady and doesn’t dish the dirt. Mel does reveal that the convo about Eddie’s “lifestyle” then became “a trippy discussion, which ended up where we both refused to budge.” Next thing she knew, their relationship was over and he was with Edmonds.
Whew! Can you follow all that? Just in case you’re as confused as us, we’ve created this helpful little chart detailing the dirt on Eddie’s love life – which comes complete with six kids, a fianc?e, two baby mamas and a Babyface – with a little diva sprinkled on top. Kind of nutty, eh Professor? [People, NY Daily News?/ Images: Getty]