OTD. August 26 – Jody Watley, Eric B. and Rakim Make Pop Music History with “Friends”

On This Day: August 26, 1989

“Friends” 🎤💿

by GRAMMY® winner Jody Watley ft. Legends Eric B. & Rakim

Peaked at #9 on the @billboard Hot 100 chart!

Writers: J. Watley, A. Cymone, Rakim, Eric B.

Additional Chart® History

#3 Hot R&B

#7 Hot Dance Club Play

Wattage!

From Billboard:
First rap act with a guest credit on a top 10 hit: Eric B. & Rakim (Jody Watley’s “Friends,” 8/26/89)

Six years before Mariah Carey and Ol’ Dirty Bastard set the standard for pop-meets-rap crossovers with the “Fantasy” remix, late ’80s star Jody Watley invited hip-hop duo Eric B. & Rakim to guest on her Larger Than Life single “Friends.” It resulted not only in the first top 10-charting feature for a rap artist on any single, but it also marked the legendary rap act’s sole trip together to the top 40 — the duo only scored one Hot 100 hit as lead artists, the No. 96-peaking “Juice (Know the Ledge)” in 1992

https://www.okayplayer.com/music/what-were-the-first-rap-rb-collaborations.html

Jody Watley. Check The Rhymes New Interview : Larger Than Life.

Learn new inside facts and perspectives on my second solo album, life and more in my conversation with Shameika “Check The Rhymes TV”

It’s my pleasure to support independent woman and black women making it happen outside the machine. Kudos to Shameika as well, posed and knowledgeable and being prepared. It’s astounding how many interviews I’ve done where the writer had done little homework. My first interview with her was when I was honoree on Black Music Honors “Crossover Music Icon.”

Celebrating Juneteenth. Eric B & Rakim. Friends.

JUNE 19 — Today Happy Juneteenth :: I’m so looking forward to to being a part of this live stream celebrating Eric B & Rakim “Let The Rhythm Hit Em’ 30- other guests include Chuck D, Fat Joe, Dapper Dan Harlem, Dr. Cornel West and more 5:30PM PST / 8:30 PM EST!!


Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em came out 30 years ago so we’re going live on Today the new app caffeine . Follow at caf.tv/TheLeader to celebrate with us.

Happy Birthday Rakim.

Jody Watley & Rakim – On location “Off The Hook” Collaboration

Jody Watley & Rakim 1989 Groundbreaking Friends Collaboration

Happy Birthday Rakim. The God MC and fellow Aquarian.

Jody Watley Noted as Music Pioneer in New York Times Article

Jody Watley is noted as a pioneer and influencer in R&B nothing the significance of the Eric B & Rakim collaboration as contemporary R&B continues to try to find it’s way in the midst of continued Hip Hop dominance:

“R&B Blossoms With Hip Hop in Rear View”

New York Times Feature written by Jon Caramanica