What a wonderful choice for this Friday Break! Thank you, Adriana, your suggestion couldn’t be more appropriate!
So what if we’re stuck in a 90s mood? It doesn’t hurt! We’re talking about music, great music! Great ideas making their way through music! Thank you for this great week, thank your for your beautiful comments! I hope you have one of those wonderfully unforgettable weekends ever! Here’s En Vogue: Free Your Mind! (by ways of Adriana, still, after the jump Salt’n Pepa ft En Vogue Whatta Man! I hope you’ll enjoy this week’s break, beautiful ladies!)
What a great way to start the week end! Pump up the volume with those two boosters here! Free Your Mind was released in 1992 by En Vogue (and included on their “Funky Divas” album). It was not by coincidence that this song emerged right after the 1992 uprising (when two police officers had beaten Rodney King in Los Angeles CA). The four En Vogue girls were musically brought up to be intelligent and fit into the new emancipate-everything movement that was taking the 90s by storm.
Funky Divas was their second album and was an absolute success, both with the public and the critics. Free Your Mind borrowed the key phrase from George Clinton (Parliament, Funkadelic: you can listen to Funkadelic’s George Clinton preaching the Free Your Mind…. philosophy here). After the highly acclaimed Funky Divas, in 1993, the girls were back at the top with Whatta Man, featuring Salt-n-Pepa.
Whatta Man was included on Salt-n-Pepa’s 1993 album “Very Necessary”. The song is a cover of a 1968 hit song called What a Man, introduced by Linda Lyndell (you can listen to it here). Almost entirely re-written for the 1993 version, the song was Cheryl “Salt” James’ doing. She later said that the song was made possible by a guy called Taz X (from Birmingham, England), Whatta Man being written for him. Both the 1968 version and the 90s Salt-n-Pepa ft En Vogue one were included in many TV Shows (30 Rock, House) so it’s still popular! (not to mention that it was used by a professional wrestler and a baseball player to accompany their appearance!). Also, if you think you’re catching a glimpse of late Tupac Shakur in the video, your eyes are not deceiving you! He made a cameo appearance in the vid (min 1:03 and 3:13). And here goes another double-Friday Break! One for Friday and one for Saturday!