Music Birthday: Janet Jackson

🔊🥳 Today, May 16, 1966, Janet Damita Jo Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana. On May 18, 2001, Jackson’s seventh studio album “All for You” was certified double platinum by the RIAA. This is the album that has ‘Son of a Gun’ ft. Carly Simon & Missy Elliot. ‘Son of a Gun’ was produced by…

Missy Elliot: “Miss E… So Addictive”

🔊💜Today, May 15, 2001, Missy Elliot released her third studio album “Miss E… So Addictive.” This album peaked at no. 2 on the US Billboard 200, and spawned these two Hot 100 singles: ‘Get Ur Freak On’ (no. 7), and ‘One Minute Man’ (no. 15).’ ‘Lick Shots’ was released as a single on May 1,…

Music Birthday: Tamara Johnson-George

🔊🥳 Today, April 29, 1971, Taj Tamara Johnson-George was born Tamara Antrice George in Brooklyn, NYC, NY. As a founding member of SWV, Tamara helped create the 1997 song ‘Can We’ ft. Missy Elliot. The song is a production by Timbaland and Missy Elliot, it comes from the soundtrack album to Booty Call, and it’s…

Music Birthday: Jazmine Sullivan

🔊🥳Today, April 9, 1987, Jazmine Marie Sullivan was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Sullivan has a song called ‘Let It Burn,’ a 2015 production by Key Wane, and it’s included on Sullivan’s third studio album “Reality Show.” The song seamlessly samples ‘Ready or Not’ by After 7, and on June 26, 2015, ‘Let It Burn’ peaked…

HomageCollage: Tweet, “Southern Hummingbird”

🔊💜Today, April 2, 2002, Tweet released his debut studio album “Southern Hummingbird.” The album peaked at no. 3 on the US Billboard 200. Craig Brockman produced the ‘Beautiful’ track, which has since been sampled in ‘Caught Up’ by Rapsody and Raheem DeVaughn. Tweet earned gold certification for her work on “Southern Hummingbird.”

HomageCollage: Fifth Harmony, “Reflection”

🔊💜Today, January 30, 2015, Fifth Harmony released their debut studio album, “Reflection.” This album peaked at no. 5 on the US Billboard 200, and spawned three singles. Each of the singles saw the Hot 100: ‘Bo$$’ (no. 43), ‘Sledgehammer’ (no. 40), and ‘Worth It’ ft. Kid Ink (no. 12). StarGate and Ori Kaplan produced ‘Worth…

Music Birthday: Aaliyah

🔊🎉Today, January 16, 1979, Aaliyah Haughton was born in New York City, New York. Her confident ‘More Than a Woman’ single samples ‘Mayada El-Hennawy,’ by Alouli Ansa. Timbaland produced ‘More Than a Woman’ for Aaliyah’s eponymous third, and final studio album. Drake sampled ‘More Than a Woman’ on his ‘Is There More,’ Erica Campbell sampled…

Music Birthday: Vybz Kartel

🔊🎉Today, January 7, 1976, Vybz Kartel was born Adidja Azim Palmer, in Kingston, Jamaica. Kartel was featured on ‘Bad Man,’ a song from Missy Elliot’s sixth studio album, “The Cookbook.” ‘Bad Man’ was produced by Missy Elliot, along with Craig Brockman. ‘Bad Man’ also features M.I.A.