The 90s were not only a great time to be alive, but a great time to be a kid. We had THE BEST fashion, the best artists, the best music, the best movies, the best games, and the best toys. But the best thing about the olden days was the music. We will never have music like we had back in the day, but thank God for vinyl, CDs, and iTunes.
And the best part about out music was the collaborations. Nowadays, it’s second nature to have an R&B star sing the hook on a hip-hop track, but back then, it wasn’t that popular. The 90s birthed rap and R&B collabs. Here we pay homage to those tracks you can still sing word for word. The ones you will never forget and that will keep you grooving.
Salt N’ Peppa ft. En Vogue – “Whatta Man” (1993)
Two groups of bada$$ females from different genres of music came together and praised the male specimen in this classic hit that came in at #23 on VH1‘s countdown for 100 Greatest Songs of the 1990s.
SWV ft. Wu Tang Clan – “Anything” (1994)
Throw a couple of sweet, round-the-way girls and a bunch of hardcore, street hustlers in the mix together and what do you get? A dope track on the Above the Rim soundtrack. The remixed track was a hit and released as the final single on their debut album, It’s About Time.
Brandy ft. Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, and YoYo – “I Wanna Be Down” (1994)
Big ups to then-head of Atlantic Records, Sylvia Rhone, who came up with the brilliant idea of adding these female lyricists to what was Brandy’s debut single. The video that mirrored Craig Mack’s “Flava in Ya Ear,” earned Brandy her first nomination: a 1995 MTV Video Music Award for Best Rap Video. In 2014, the ladies reunited onstage at the BET Hip Hop Awards to perform, celebrating the 20-year-old classic.