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On this day in music history: November 25, 1995 - “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” by Whitney Houston hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week, also spending 8 weeks at #1 on the R&B singles chart on the same date. Written and produced by Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, it is the eleventh and final chart topping pop single and the seventh R&B chart topper for the New Jersey born superstar vocalist. Issued as the lead single from the soundtrack and film to “Waiting To Exhale”, which stars Houston with Angela Bassett, Lela Rochon, and Loretta Devine. First time director, actor Forest Whitaker will meet Babyface backstage after a show (while on tour with Boyz II Men) at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, CA. Whitaker will ask the singer/songwriter/producer if he will score and write songs for the film adaptation of Terry McMillian’s book “Waiting To Exhale”. Edmonds will agree, helping to assemble a top notch group of female R&B vocalists that include Chaka Khan, Toni Braxton, Mary J. Blige, Chante Moore, Brandy, and TLC for the soundtrack album. Face will write the films’ title song especially for Whitney to sing along with “Count On Me” (a duet with gospel singer CeCe Winans). At first, Houston is not fond of “Exhale” particularly the songs’ chorus, but she will eventually warm up to it. Issued as the first single from the soundtrack album on November 7, 1995, “Exhale” will be an instant smash, debuting at #1 on both the pop and R&B singles charts. The single will also win Babyface a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song in 1997. “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
Babyface ft LL Cool J - This Is For The Lover In You (Honey Lookin’ Laced Extended Mix)
Mariah Carey - Melt Away
As an musician, producer, writer, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds is one of the many few R&B artists who have been in the R&B game for more than 20+ years! He has been one of my favorites!
I was a bit bored last night, so I created this 100 song playlist dedicated to my favorite songs sung/written/co-written/produced by him.
Playlist: The Best of Babyface [listen here]
Complete list of songs he’s written can be found [here].
Babyface & Tracey Edmonds
Sparkle Motion are back with another speaker smasher for ya boomin’ systems: ‘Night Hype’ takes it back to the days of stonewashed jean-jacket combos, doorknocker earrings, hi-top fades, 8-Ball jackets and customized Dapper Dan leathers.
During the late 80s/early 90s, R&B music was only just starting to flirt with a harder hip hop sound. Getting rappers to feature on R&B tracks was something very new at the time. Producers started moving away from polished record production to drum machine-backed rhythms that included hip hop influences.
This mix is dedicated to that era, and intended to seriously cold rock the hypest house or block party. Once you hit play, prepare for fly honeys and bass devastation everywhere. Word to ya muthaaa.
Pebbles - Mercedes Boy (Remix Radio Edit)
Paula Abdul - Knocked Out (7” Version)
Pebbles - Girlfriend (Extended Version)
Sybil feat. Salt-N-Pepa - Crazy 4 U
Johnny Gill - Wrap My Body Tight
Tony Terry - She’s Fly (Dub Mix)
Sparkle Motion - Can’t Stop The Show (Blend)
Al B. Sure! - Off On Your Own (Street Mix)
Jody Wately feat. Eric B. & Rakim - Friends (Remix)
Pebbles - Giving You The Benefit (Extended Version)
Bobby Brown - Every Little Step (Remix)
Today - Girl I Got My Eyes On You (12” Version)
Johnny Gill - Fairweathered Friend (Radio Remix)
Karyn White - The Way You Love Me (12” Hype Mix)
The Gyrlz - Wishing You Were Here (Boyz Meet Gyrlz 12” Mix)
Jody Wately - Real Love
Mac Band - Roses Are Red (Extended Version)
Stacy Lattisaw - Dance For You (Extended Version)
The Good Girls - I Need Your Love
Alyson Williams - Sleep Talk (12” Mix)
Sheena Easton - The Lover In Me (7” Version)
Vanessa Williams - The Right Stuff (Dub-A-Delic)
Kevon Edmonds - No Love (I’m Not Used To)
I can’t remember if I posted this or not, but I popped the Kevon Edmonds album in my CD player and began jamming to it…