Since my birthday on January 30, I’ve shared many of the surprise video messages I’ve received ranging from Jeff Goldblum, Rakim, El DeBarge, Sports legends Sugar Ray Leonard, Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson, Isaiah Thomas; John Taylor of Duran Duran, The Go Go’s, Shirley Murdock, Stephanie Mills, Vivian Green, Ts Madison, actors Lynn Whitfield and Blair Underwood, Lady Bunny, Kenny Lattimore and his wife Judge Faith Jenkins, Martha Wash, Paul Denman ( Sade), Will Downing, Connie Fleming (transgender NY club legend, runway model for Thierry Mugler featured in my Friends video), Nicco Annan from P Valley, choreographer Jamal Sims, songwriter, designer Franne Golde, The APX, En Vogue, Sherri Shepard & Kym Whitley, N’ Dea Davenport (Brand New Heavies), Political Analyst and Host Roland Martin: Unflitered. A montage will go up on the Official Jody Watley YouTube Channel on Friday. Special thank you to Pamela Broussard, Wallace Butts and Bryan Rabin for making all of these happen!
I appreciate all of the outpouring of love from my fans as well. Being home alone in this pandemic and icing on the cake celebrating on Zoom with my daughter Lauren and son Arie made the virtual experience and day very special.
Arriving in style for the Rakim book signing..Rakim had no idea I was coming.
Initially I stood in live very low key with the other fans..the line continued to grow.
Eventually, I was taken in by Rakim’s manager as the word got out that I was in line..it was still a surprise though. Going back to choosing Eric B & Rakim to be on my single ‘Friends’ from my second solo album “Larger Than Life: which became a groundbreaking multi-chart Top 10 collaboration to working with him again in the 1998 ‘Off The Hook’ D-Dot Remix and video.. it was great say hi and let him know I was his fan back in the day and continue to be, to which Rakim told me “..you’re family..always will be.”
While standing in line I was also inspired and look forward to signing copies of my memoir in the near future.
Get the bestseller ‘Rakim: Sweat The Technique” life and writing manual.
Video of our reunion to follow in the meantime, here’s our classic ‘Friends’ Jody Watley featuring Eric B & Rakim.
Golden era Hip Hop, a couple of my personal favorites from Eric B & Rakim.