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[Throwback Fridays] Brandy: “Baby” And “I Wanna Be Down”


“Baby” was the second single released off Brandy‘s debut album, ‘Brandy’ in 1994. With the success of “I Wanna Be Down” it didn’t take long for the song to also climb up the charts. The song spent four weeks on top of the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It reached number 4 on the Hot 100 and the New Zealand singles chart, and number 16 in Australia. The song was also nominated for a Grammy Award in the category “Best Female RnB Vocal Performance” in 1996. What I liked most about the song was the video. It was one of Hype Williams earlier videos he directed with the start of over-sized bubble jackets and when artists still attempted to dance, even when they couldn’t. Check out Brandy’s moves in “Baby”.

I couldn’t pick just one. And as a bonus, I’ve also included “I Wanna Be Down”. This song garnered it’s own success and is the reason Brandy is the Brandy we know today. It was the singer’s debut single in early 1994. It spent four weeks on top of the U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart, it reached number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the top 20 in Australia and New Zealand. It was well received and surpassed expectations for a debut single. Still a song I can vibe to today.


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