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I think we can ALL agree that '90s R&B music has a divine ability to transcend earphones, speakers, laptops, and hit you where you least expect it. Sometimes it hits your heart, sometimes it hits your hips and the beat forces you to sway them side-to-side, and sometimes it hits you in that lil dangly thing in the back of your throat

Especially when these tracks are blessed upon to us by women, it's just hits differently. Don't get me wrong, '90s R&B is It regardless of gender, but R&B sang with female vocals? When Jesus say yes, nobody can say no. Not with the melisma, vibrato, timbres, belting-power, other musical terms I'm forgetting, that the ladies of '90s R&B are able to infuse into their craft

The power of '90s R&B gives us a reason to-- a reason to be. A reason to R & BE

So, your pal Frankie thee Lotion, has decided to make a list of some of his favourite female-led slappers for all of you to enjoy the beginning of another week of Fridays and 4PMs

"Right Here (Human Nature Radio Remix)" — SWV (1992)
Teddy Riley produced his magnum opus in 1992 with all the help from these sisters, Sisters With Voices. If this song doesn't immediately SEND you to the Blackity Black Black nineties, then I will be praying for you

"Love Will Never Do (Without You)" — Janet Jackson (1990)
The last single released off Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 before she released the even more legendary Janet. album where she started truly bloomed into the nasty, introspective, sexy, emotionally-complex Janet we all know today. How can this song make you not smile?

"Are You That Somebody" — Aaliyah (1998)
HEY BOY, I'VE BEEN WATCHING YOU LIKE A HAWK IN THE SKY, THAT FLY AND YOU WERE MY PREY. A classic banger. The choreography. Aaliyah's smooth ass vocals. That crying baby sample. Ayyy. Rest in Paradise, Babygirl

"No, No, No Part 2" — Destiny's Child feat. Wyclef Jean (1997)
The dance break always sends me, Destiny's Child, LeToya and LaTavia included, was serving us since the very beginning. Y'all remember when Beyoncé said Destiny's Child was her debut solo album by mistake?

"Honey (Bad Boy Remix)" — Mariah Carey feat. Mase & The Lox (1997)
Mariah's Butterfly is her magnum opus... HER MAGNUM OPUS. "Honey" was her freeing herself from Tommy Mottola's iron grip, and letting her Black flag fly high, and how high did she fly. Also, only Mariah can make a song that may, or may not be about semen sea men, a bop

"You're Makin' Me High" — Toni Braxton (1996)
Toni walked in 1996 so that Tweet's "Oops (Oh My)" could run in the year 2002. Run them hands. Miss Toni deserves more flowers, and a bigger bank account

"The First Night" — Monica (1998)
Someone on Twitter said that Goonica made music for children whose grandparents had custody, and I had an entire fit. They weren't wrong, but that doesn't take away from the fact that Monica had bops upon bops. The '90s wouldn't have been the '90s without her, and this track sampling Diana Ross' "Love Hangover?" Tuhh

"Make It Hot" — Nicole feat. Missy Elliot & Mocha (1998)
Nicole didn't have a big career like her contemporaries, but for a hot minute, she was making IT HOT. This song is such an underrated banger, and I hope she's living her best life right now

"Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" — TLC (1991)
YO, IF I NEED IT IN THE MORNING OR THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, SEE ABOVE. "Finesse" and "WAP" are the nephew and niece to this sex positive slapper

"Whatta Man" — Salt-N-Pepa & En Vogue (1993)
Speaking of sex positive, we can't forget about this classic. It'd be a crime

"Sittin' Up in My Room" — Brandy (1995)
A bop brought to you by the chaste-filled, vocal bible herself, Moesha Brandy Norwood. Say what you want about her, but when she's not fighting with other girls over Whitney Houston's love, or getting punched by Monica backstage, Brandy was giving us music we could all vibe to

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ONTD, share some of your favourite '90s R&B slaps that make you forget that it's 2020!

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