Jody Watley featuring Eric B and Rakim “Friends” Reach A Milestone and Ten Songs That Kicked Off R&B Rap Collaborations

JodyWatley featuring Eric B and Rakim

I’m doing this post for this Music Monday to drop some music history and knowledge behind my groundbreaking single  “Friends.”  A lot of misinformation and out right lack of knowledge; it’s my duty to not only always tell my own story but to make sure those who don’t know – learn it.

Excerpt from Okayplayer Ten Songs That Kicked Off Rap/Sung Collaborations in the 80’s. read full article : Okayplayer
“…The single was released in April 1989 and steadily rose up the charts. The video became popular on both BET and MTV, garnering a coveted spot on Donnie Simpson’s Video Soul Top 20… but the big news is “FRIENDS” with Jody Watley ft Eric B & Rakim managed to do WHAT NO PREVIOUS R&B/Rap collaboration had done before: crossover to the Hot 100 charts. “Friends” reached number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 1989.  When Jody Watley performed “Friends” on The Arsenio Hall Show, Eric B. & Rakim weren’t present but she performed Rakim’s verse effortlessly.
This monumental event in R&B/Rap collaboration history has largely gone overlooked close to 30 years after the fact.”
It’s definitely overlooked, and necessary to note. Saying it louder for those in the back – it was the first to crossover on three charts Top 10 and most significantly the Hot 100…paving the way for a new collaborations, easier access to Pop and R&B radio (eventually pushing out R&B – to become primarily all rap/hip-hop) previously had before balked at playing rap music at all, so a lot of the airplay initially had the no rap edit which is why many don’t realize the significance.
The video “Club Couture” was also notable.. my concept a real underground New York nightclub where everyone came to be fabulous, dance, perform – b-boys,  and hop hop dancers getting their party on with voguers and ball kids, drag queens, transgender, mixed cultures all partying together.connected through music without hate being as you are – and fabulous as I came through in Gaultier couture from Paris – people weren’t ready. It’s still my hope. Everything I do comes from a place of being authentic – ‘Friends’ directed by Jim Sonzero was another example of that.
Wattage!

The OkayPlayer Interview. Jody Watley Speaks on Soul Train, Rakim and Reclaiming The Name Shalamar

Jody Watley. Photography: Albert Sanchez

Jody Watley. Photography: Albert Sanchez

SHALAMAR ® reloaded with Nate Allen Smith, Jody Watley, Rosero McCoy. 2015

SHALAMAR ® reloaded with Nate Allen Smith, Jody Watley, Rosero McCoy. 2015

For those who came late, Jody Watley is a name synonymous with soul, an icon of music, fashion and dance who set the defining trends of at least four or five distinctive eras of black culture.. Read the full article on:  OkayPlayer

Get your tickets:

June 24 The Howard Theater D.C.

June 25 Midsummer Night Swing NYC

June 27 Let’s Rock London, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

June 28 Melkweg Amsterdam, Netherlands

Other Appearances:

June 23 SIRIUS FM The Groove 4-5 PM EST

June 24 MyFox5 News Washington, D.C.

July 3 KTLA Morning News Los Angeles

 

 

Jody Watley With Shulman Says. Nightlife and Beyond.

Each interview brings a different tone, check my latest with Michael Shulman Presents Shulman Says” – here’s the three parter from the delightful conversation we had.

Talking my groundbreaking “Friends” and more:

JW_Friends_Cover

1989 -Cover Photography: Steven Meisel. Make-up Francois Nars Design: Lynn Robb and Jody Watley

 

http://www.shulmansays.com/archives/BOSVIEW/Talking-NIGHTLIFE-with-Jody-Watley—Part-1/

Talking Nightlife and Disco and Soul Fabulousness Inspirations

Photography: Albert Sanchez  Makeup: Billy B

Photography: Albert Sanchez Makeup: Billy B

 

http://www.shulmansays.com/archives/BOSVIEW/Talking-NIGHTLIFE-with-Jody-Watley—Part-2/

Talking the forthcoming “Paradise” and Giorgio’s

http://www.shulmansays.com/archives/BOSVIEW/Talking-NIGHTLIFE-with-Jody-Watley—Part-3/