Happy August Everyone!! It’s almost the end of summer. It’s now towards the end of the year. How are you planning to wrap up the summer? I’m keeping it very local. I’m going to stay in the Tri-State area. I can be on a beach every weekend. I’m not traveling via plane, as of yet. I hear too many scary stories. Also, the variant is running rampant. In the meantime….. Episode 2 of The Chazz Anthoney Cabrera Podcast is up!!!
I was scrolling somewhere and discovered that there’s this new show coming out on BET. I haven’t really watch that channel since early 2000s. When these channels played videos all day. Hi there, MTV and vh1! Anyway, a bunch of artists who were in girl groups except Nivea. Are going to form a super group of some sort. I’m kind of trapped in the past when it comes to music. Also, Pam from Total is going to be on the show. I was obsessed with Total back then. Every talent show in high school we’ve performed one of their songs.
It’s been thirty years and the ladies of En Vogue can never seem to be on the same page. Now the thirty year anniversary is here. We would love to see all of the members on stage. Each member has their own fan base. I babble out it below…
Since I’ve picked up a new interest. Blogging, that is. I haven’t had much time to check out on new music. That I’ve been recommended. Though, in a previous entry. I did mention the upcoming subject. Along, with studying and learning songs that I will be performing with ToniSteelz. Taking vocal lessons and working a 9-5. You tend to lose touch for a bit.
Today is actually a day off. Besides paying bills and planning for the month ahead. I got to spend time on social media. I’m on Instagram and I see En Vogue. Dropped a single this morning. Titled, “I’m Good”. From their upcoming album, “Electric Cafe”. The first single “Deja Vu”. To me honestly was a tease. Letting us know, what to expect. Anyway, without hesitation, I immediately went to iTunes and purchased it. Not listening to a snippet first. I must say that, it’s enjoyable. The harmonies are amazing. It gives a chilling with a love ones conversation vibe. That would be my idea for a video. Since the beginning I’ve been a huge fan of En Vogue. From “Born to Sing”.. That album still bangs. Then when “Funky Divas” dropped you just knew that they were here to stay. The videos were amazing. They were on commercials and television shows. They were even in Batman Forever. We’ve seen Cindy in the movie “Juice”. Terry, dropped an titled “Southern Gal”. So, since I thought all of them were my favorites. I’m like cool they’re all staying busy. Then the movie “Set It Off” comes out. Who’s kicking off the soundtrack? En Vogue. With “Don’t Let Go (Love)”. I’m like “Yaaaassszzzzz!!!!” That means an album is coming!! They’re in the magazines talking about a new album. Next thing you know. Dawn Robinson has left the group. Huh? What? However, an album was still coming out. “EV3” comes out and “Whatever” is the first single. I’m watching the video. It’s dope!! Okay, Dawn is gone. Did I miss her? I get the album the night of the release. It’s when CD’s existed. I had an hour ride home. So, it was perfect. I’m listening to the album. A few songs I went back to. I didn’t have to skip any of them. I fell in love with this album. They had different producers this time around. The cool part is that some songs still had Dawn’s vocals on them. It’s by far my favorite album. I was shocked at the fact. They only made two videos and at least seven songs could’ve been singles. In my opinion. Then nothing….. A soundtrack to the movie, “Why do fools fall in love?” comes out. They did a song called, “No fool, No more.” Written by Diane Warren. Still nothing…. I’m working at record store at the time. We get this new poster in the window. For a new album. Titled, “Masterpiece Theatre”. I’m hyped up!! The first single “Riddle” sounds a bit like the earlier stuff. It was still cool because it was them. It comes out… They turned it!! It went from Pop and R&B to classical. The beats were amazing the storyline was dope. It received little fanfare and promotion. It was disappointing because this could have been a trend in R&B albums. Music was changing… Things began to get Crunked and popping and locking. Where’s, En Vogue? To me they started the group thing and made it what it was. For our generation. Our parents had Motown. We have them. En Vogue came to Atlantic City. There was no Maxine. It was Cindy, Terry and Amanda. She was around for a Christmas album. I didn’t know much background on her. I just hope it worked. A year later a new album is coming. I was still at the record store at the time. Now it’s Cindy, Terry and Rhona Bennett. I remembered her on Jamie Foxx’s television show. They drop, “Soulflower”. I didn’t hear a lead single. I got the album, I thought it was cool. It was a different sound. You can tell Dawn and Maxine were gone. I did miss them. I missed the original group. However, Rhona did sound good. Their voices blended well. A few years later.. The Anniversary is coming up. Good golly, Ms. Molly. The original members are back together for a tour and album. First of all, if you seen that Alicia Keys performance on BET. I’m sure you died for a few seconds. When they popped up on stage. It was lit, Chyle!!! For them up there with SWV and TLC. It was a beautiful thing. Kudos to Alicia!!! So, we have hope. At least we’ve thought. Suddenly, Dawn left again for business reasons. Then Maxine left for the same. Next thing you know you have two En Vogue’s performing and folks are losing money. Now it’s court time. Cindy and Terry gets the name and ownership of the brand. Rhona is back in. They’ve been touring and doing interviews. Now it’s spring of 2017. Twenty Seven years of En Vogue. I always had a crush on Cindy and Terry. Yes, I miss Dawn and Maxine. However, I’m digging Rhona a lot. I’m looking forward to this new album. They have something that works. Let’s just hope for the best. It’s still En Vogue, y’all. Although, each member had a fan base. They were still a group. I’m here for it!!! Get the new single, “I’m Good”. It’s a great listen. Especially, if you’re an R&B head like me. Here’s a few looks from the past 27 years.
It’s April 2017.. A long way from the record store days. When most of us snuck out to our favorite record store at midnight. Just to get an album before your friends did. Or, camped outside for two days just to meet your favorite artists. At an in-store appearance. Now albums drop basically any day of the week. Most of the artists you can’t understand. What it is they’re saying. Folks now camp outside for sneakers. Today’s favorite artists will shade a fan. Or, try to get your number. Groupies are more vile than ever. Let’s go back a bit.
Growing up in the 90s.. I’m not speaking to those born in say 92-98. Y’all should just take notes.
We had a heavy R&B group craze back then. En Vogue, TLC, Xscape, SWV, Jodeci, After 7, Jagged Edge, Jade, Boyz II Men, and Total. Just to name a few. We were some loyal fans back then. Some of us have remained loyal. Hoping that some of these groups reunite and save us from the music of today. Surprisingly… Some of them never left. For some the line up may have changed. However, their still putting out music and touring. Sometimes in your own city. For instance, En Vogue. Dawn and Maxine are no longer in the group. They’ve added Rhona Bennett. Cindy and Terry are still in the group touring all over the world. The EV3 lineup not to confuse with the 1997 album. Actually dropped a new song and an album is expected sometime this year. SWV, reunited in 2007 is currently touring. Dropped two albums and was nominated for a Grammy. TLC.. Many say that this group had broken up. No they lost a member. Due to an untimely death and has continued to tour and make appearances. This month they dropped a new single “Way Back” featuring Snoop Dogg and have an album coming in June. Yaaaassszzzzz!!!! After 7 went their separate ways in 1997. Reunited in 2006 and is now a quartet. Melvin’s son has joined the group. After Melvin had a stroke. Melvin has since rejoined the group and they released an album titled Timeless in 2016. Jagged Edge has never disbanded and is working on their ninth album and still touring. Jodeci, came back together and released a critically acclaimed album in 2015. Titled The Past, Present and Future. We did get our lives when Kima, Keisha and Pam came back to together for the Bad Boy Reunion Tour. We’re hoping for an album!! Meanwhile Kima and Pam are currently touring. Keisha does make appearances. Lets hope for a Total album. Boyz II Men became a trio after 2003. When Mike left the group.. He was on Iyanla recently… get that tea. They’re still touring and putting out music. Jade disbanded in 1997 . Since then Joi became a solo artist and author, Di began touring with Rod Stewart and other artists. Tonya became a interior designer and has done many of your favorite celebrity homes. In 2013 Joi and Tonya recruited Myracle Holloway and released a single titled “Baby Luv”. Here comes the “Look At God!!!” moment. Xscape has announced their reuniting. This is absolutely everything!!! When folks mention 90s music. An Xscape song will definitely be mentioned. After years of not speaking… etc… You can see it on Unsung. They recently were at a radio station doing an interview telling us what to expect. This is music to everyone’s ears. I would give anything to see TLC, SWV, En Vogue and Xscape in concert. It would be a long show but definitely worth it. Here’s what some of your favorite groups look like today.