Happy Music Anniversary I’m The One You Need.

May 2, 1992:

Happy Anniversary

“I’m The One You Need”

Peaked at #3 on the @billboard Dance chart!

Written by Jody Watley, D. Morales, A. Shantzis

Produced by David Morales

The dance mixes to this remain superb! David’s club mixes caught my ear and that’s how our collaboration came to be after reaching out to him.

After working with me, David rose to prominence in the pop and dance world for his work with Mariah Carey.

Wattage!

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