Tuesday, January 8, 2019

TLC Song Facts




UNPRETTY by TLC

This song talks about girls' inner beauty. The first line (sung by T-Boz), "I wish I could tie you up in my shoes make you feel unpretty too," is talking about the people who say that a person is ugly. Chilli sings about satisfying her boyfriend for what he wants from her. In the video, directed by Paul Hunter, she and her boyfriend are looking at an online web page of a hospital which specializes in breast implants. Her boyfriend would like Chilli to get bigger breasts, but she thinks that she shouldn't. The video continues with more scenes of people compromising their health and principles for the sake of beauty, including a girl who uses bulimia to stay thin.

Dallas Austin, who also wrote and produced the trio's #1 hit "Creep," wrote this song based on a poem T-Boz composed called "Unpretty." He explained to Billboard: "Once I saw the title, I went to my keyboard and guitar and started playing melodies that would complement it. I didn't want it to be aggressive. I wanted it to be friendly - for a song called 'Unpretty' talking about how much you don't like stuff about yourself - so the message would come across to people with those kinds of problems or issues. I thought it would be unique to get it across in a sweet way."

Austin, who had first met the group back in high school long before they were famous, was careful to stay true to the girls' personalities by tailoring the verses for each of them: "When I write for TLC, I write for each one of the members. So when I do a Tionne part, it's different from what Chilli's part would be. When we first did 'Unpretty' it was one of the most exciting records we'd ever done because it was different. And it still stayed along the lines of TLC having messages for people."

This was used on the TV series Sabrina, the Teenage Witch in the 1999 episode "Aging, Not So Gracefully."

This earned Grammy Award nominations for Song of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 2000, but lost both to Santana (for "Smooth" and "Maria Maria," respectively).

AIN'T 2 PROUD 2 BEG by TLC

This was the first Top 40 hit for TLC. It introduced the group and explained who represented each letter: Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas.

This contains samples of "Escape-ism" (James Brown), "Jungle Boogie" (Kool & the Gang), "School Boy Crush" (AWB), "Fly Robin Fly" (Silver Convention), and "Take Me to the Mardi Gras" (Bob James).

The video made sure to introduce each singer. When each girl sang her part, her name flashed on the screen. Like many of their songs, T-Boz sang the lyrics, Left Eye did the rap, and Chilli sang on the chorus.

This is about sex. They made it clear, however, that they advocated safe sex, by prominently displaying condoms. Lopes wore one over her left eye in their early days.

This is not the same song as the Temptations classic of the same name. In that song, a man swallows his pride and begs his girl to come back to him. In this, the girls state that they are not afraid to ask a man for sex.

It took a long time for radio stations to figure out what this song was about, but when they did, a lot of them censored the line, "Two inches or a yard, rock hard or if it's sagging - I ain't too proud to beg." The line was part of Left Eye's rap.

This was written by Dallas Austin, except for Left Eye's rap which, like the majority of what she sang, she wrote herself.

The Ooooooohhh...On the TLC Tip album sold over 3 million copies. Their next one sold 5 million, but TLC still managed to go broke and had to file for bankruptcy in 1995. Their contract paid them only 7% of revenue from album sales, which wasn't enough to cover their expenses when split three ways.

CREEP by TLC

This song is about a woman who is not happy with her man, so she sneaks around ("Creeps") and cheats on him.

This uses a sample from Slick Rick's 1988 song "Hey Young World."

This was written and produced by the Atlanta-based producer Dallas Austin. Though he had already made a name for himself working alongside producers like L.A. Reid and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, and hot acts like Another Bad Creation and Bell Biv DeVoe, "Creep" would be an important song for Austin because it proved he could write from a female perspective.

The trio had mixed feelings about the adulterous relationship portrayed in the lyrics. Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins thought the subject was an important one. She told Billboard: "We thought that was a good relationship to talk about because a lot of people don't admit that's how they feel - that their man's playing on them and they want to be with him so they seek attention elsewhere, but they really want to be with their guy."

But Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, who was on probation for setting her boyfriend's (pro football player Andre Rison) house on fire, didn't like the idea and refused to contribute a rap to the song. Austin remembered: "The reason there's not a rap on it is because Lisa said, 'Dallas, I don't want this to offend people personally. I don't want it to interfere with my relationships. If he thinks I'm doing this, it's going to cause problems and I'm making a record out of it.'"

Left Eye also didn't believe in an eye-for-an-eye when it came to cheating. She threatened to protest the single by wearing black tape over her mouth in the video.

Austin held onto the song for six months because he thought it might be too corny, but when he couldn't get it out of his head, he decided to record it.

This was TLC's first #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. They would have three more: "Waterfalls," "No Scrubs" and "Unpretty."

This won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals in 1996. It was also nominated for Best R&B Song but lost to Stevie Wonder's "For Your Love."

The music video shows the group hanging out in their pajamas while T-Boz gets friendly with a trumpet player (played by former Janet Jackson dancer Omar Lopez). Two other videos were made, but went unreleased, including one that follows Chilli and T-Boz cheating on their boyfriends while Left Eye dances by herself.

TLC performed this on Saturday Night Live on the May 6, 1995 episode hosted by Bob Saget.

This was used in the TV series New York Undercover in the 1995 episode "CAT."

The song was inspired by a situation that T-Boz found herself in. "'Creep,' unfortunately, was one of my true stories," she told Billboard magazine with a laugh. "You're with a guy and he's not showing you attention, so another guy comes along and you're like, 'Hey, if you were where you were supposed to be, he couldn't be showing me attention right now!' I was in the middle of this drama, because the other guy was [my boyfriend's] friend, and my boyfriend was just not getting it together."

T-Boz shared her personal state of affairs with Dallas Austin, whom she grew up with in Atlanta, and Austin in turn penned "Creep."

NO SCRUBS by TLC

This song is about men who have nothing going for them, but hit on women just the same, even resorting to hopeless tactics like hollering at women from the passenger seat of their friend's car. The song vaulted the term "Scrub" into the popular lexicon, and it became a well-used word to describe a worthless man.

Future Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member Kandi Burruss wrote this with help from producer Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs, and Tameka "Tiny" Cottle. Burruss and Cottle were members of the recently disbanded group Xscape, who had a hit in 1993 with "Just Kickin' It," and they had formed their own duo, which they called KAT (Kandi And Tameka). Briggs was an up-and-coming producer at LaFace records, home of TLC, and he had written what would become "No Scrubs," but with completely different lyrics. After meeting Briggs through their manager, Burruss and Cottle asked if they could try writing different lyrics to the song, which they then hoped to record. Burruss got the "No Scrubs" idea after talking about some of her ex-boyfriends - she and her friends used the word "Scrubs" a lot. She and Cottle finished the new lyrics and took them to Briggs, who instead of putting the song together for KAT, brought it to LaFace where the execs decided it would be a great song for TLC. Burruss, who had songwriting aspirations but didn't write in Xscape, was hesitant about giving up the song, but knew it was the right thing to do. It worked out well for her, as even though her singing career wound down, she became a popular songwriter, later teaming up with Briggs to write another man-basher: "Bills, Bills, Bills" for Destiny's Child.

This was the first single released from Fanmail, the followup to TLC's wildly successful second album CrazySexyCool, which sold over 11 million copies. "No Scrubs" kept them in the groove and was a major hit. The song was a no-brainer for radio stations, as it was a fresh sound from an established group that had already made the R&B, Pop and Adult Contemporary charts. A smooth, mid-tempo number with a very memorable title, it found a home on all these formats, as did their next single, "Unpretty."

The word "scrub" has developed many uses, including what you do to rid your computer of viruses or remove items from a budget. "Scrubs" are what hospital workers wear, and a show with that name debuted on NBC in 2001.

The group Sporty Thievz released a response song from the male perspective called "No Pigeons." This renewed the popularity of "No Scrubs" as radio stations played the songs back-to-back.

This song is heavy on the "C" and light on the "T" and "L." It was the first TLC song that Chilli (Rozanda Thomas), sang lead on by herself; T-Boz (Tionne Watkins) did most of their lead vocals to that point. Kevin Briggs is the one who decided she would sing on it, and he worked with her to get the vocal down. He thought her vocal range was right for the track, and liked the idea of having her get her first lead. "We had some resistance from the other girls at one point, but we ended up working it out," said Briggs.

This won Grammys for Best Rhythm & Blues Song and for Best Rhythm & Blues Performance by a Group.

This song is TLC's biggest seller in the UK, selling 553,200 copies.

The futuristic music video, directed by Hype Williams, has the trio performing in space on metallic sets, with multiple wardrobe changes and a dance sequence in front of a TLC logo. The clip won the 1999 MTV Video Music Award for Best Group Video.

The vocal melody in Ed Sheeran's 2017 hit "Shape Of You" bears much resemblance to the one used in this song. When Sheeran sings:

Girl, you know I want your love
Your love was handmade for somebody like me

It's pretty close to:

No, I don't want no scrubs
A scrub is a guy that can't get no love from me

It was close enough that Sheeran added the "No Scrubs" songwriters to the credits of "Shape Of You," likely to avoid a lawsuit.

WATERFALLS by TLC

"Chasing Waterfalls" is TLC's way of expressing how people chase intangible dreams with no thought of the consequences. The first verse is talking about an inner city mother and son relationship. He is chasing "waterfalls" (money and respect by dealing drugs), but his mother knows this cannot end well. The second verse deals with a man's relationship with a woman. His "waterfall" is casual sex - he has a "natural obsession for temptation." This could mean he is cheating on someone or the woman he is seeing is cheating on someone. Either way, he contracts HIV and dies ("three letters took him to his final resting place"). TLC were big on AIDS awareness - Left Eye would often wear condoms attached to her clothes and in her glasses to promote safe sex.

Cee-Lo Green sang backup on this. He's well-known as a songwriter and producer, and as a member of Goodie Mob and Gnarls Barkley. Cee-Lo recalled to The Guardian newspaper March 22, 2008: "I was working at the same studio and of course I know the girls too, because we were on the same label, so they just asked me. I didn't realize at the time what a big song it was going to be."

The Atlanta production team Organized Noize, who produced the track, wrote this song with Marqueze Etheridge, and TLC's Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes came up with the rap. Lopes was dealing with some personal problems at the time, which are expressed in her rap. She had a very turbulent relationship with the football player Andre Rison, and on June 9, 1994 she burned his new shoes in his bathtub, which set fire to his entire $2 million mansion. She pled guilty to arson, but did reconcile with Rison.

This makes the "songs discussed in movies" list thanks to its use in the 2010 film The Other Guys, where Michael Keaton's character keeps unknowingly quoting TLC songs, starting with this one.

The video won the MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year in 1995, beating out "Buddy Holly" by Weezer and "Basket Case" by Green Day. The "Waterfalls" clip had lots of fancy computer generated effects, including a lot of water, which was notoriously difficult to render.

The rap lyrics Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes performed on this song were engraved in her casket. Lopes died in a car accident in Honduras in 2002.

Three-piece British girl group Stooshe released a cover of this song for their third single from their self-titled debut album in 2012. "We are huge fans and have met T-Boz, who told us she loved our version," Courtney Rumbold of the trio told The Sun. "It's meeting heroes like that that spurs us on, and we have the most loyal of fans." Their version peaked at #21 on the UK singles chart.

Stooshe managed to secure cameos from TLC's T-Boz and Chilli for their accompanying music video.

T-Boz and Chilli re-recorded the song with Japanese popstar Namie Amuro to mark their twentieth anniversary. The new version of the track was dedicated to their fans in Japan and finds Namie rapping Left Eye's verse almost at a whisper.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Song Facts


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Panic! At the Disco "Death of a Bachelor"

This song channels Frank Sinatra, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday in 2015. Panic At The Disco mainman Brendon Urie posted on his Instagram in reference to the song's release.

"I attach his music to so many memories: opening presents on Christmas day, my grandparents teaching the rest of the family to swing dance, watching Who Framed Roger Rabbit with my siblings (Sinatra makes a cameo in the form of a cartoon sword singing 'Witchcraft')."

"His music has been a major player in the soundtrack of my life. So it's only right that I return the favor and/or pay it forward. I wrote a new album this year and even in the few songs that don't sound remotely similar to any of his music I still felt his influence in the writing and the need to relate so personally to each song."

Speaking to Pete Wentz, who was hosting Zane Lowe's Beats 1 radio show, Urie half-jokingly said of the song: "It's like if Sinatra and Beyoncé made a song together. It's like some Beyoncé beats with some Sinatra vocals. It's really crazy."

Urie expanded on his jokey declaration that the song is a mash up of Sinatra and Beyoncé. "I wrote the song actually trying to make a Sinatra song ...and then I hit this wall, just writing-wise, where I was getting so frustrated," he explained to The Associated Press. "So I took a break from it and went back to this beat I had worked on like months before and it kind of had this 'Drunk In Love,' Beyoncé-kind of feel. ...It was just like a happy accident."

Brendon Urie got married to Sarah Orzechowski in 2013 and this song also serves as a kiss-off to the single life. "'Death Of A Bachelor' is very important to me," he wrote. "It expresses the bittersweet (but mostly sweet) end of an era. A look back at a part of my life now deceased. An It's A Wonderful Life-esque look into a possibly different future. But mostly an appreciation for the present."

Urie explained to Pete Wentz the background to this song, which details giving up his single life. "You kinda find this person that you connect with and you can kind of throw away your history," he said. "You don't want to just forget about it. You just don't need to look back. You don't regret anything from the past. You don't have any want to go back to a life of being a bachelor."

"You know I met my wife Sarah and I was just like, this is it," Urie added. "I figured out that this is the happiest that I've ever been."

Urie addresses the fact that music fans seem to prefer single celebrities. "You're a rock star. You should be this single dude that goes around and sleeps with a bunch of girls," he said. "That's not really me, you know. This was just my voice, telling exactly how I felt at that time."

Death of a Bachelor became Panic! at the Disco's first #1 album in the States after selling the equivalent of 190,000 units in its first week. The LP surpassed the band's previous best #2 position in the US Billboard Chart, which Pretty.Odd achieved in March 2008.

Muse "Dead Inside"

Muse's seventh album Drones opens with this funky rocker where Matt Bellamy sings about the tumultuous end of a relationship. The song sets up the record's concept concerning the journey of a person who has lost all hope. After being indoctrinated by the system into becoming a human drone, he eventually defects away from this oppressors.

Matt Bellamy explained: "This is where the story of the album begins, where the protagonist loses hope and becomes 'Dead Inside', therefore vulnerable to the dark forces introduced in 'Psycho' and which ensue over the next few songs on the album, before eventually defecting, revolting and overcoming these dark forces later in the story."

Muse performed the song live for the first time during a gig in Brighton on England's south coast on March 23, 2015.

Matt Bellamy separated from his wife, actress Kate Hudson, in 2014 and this song reflects his feelings about their split. He told Q magazine that "Dead Inside" was about, "a relationship ending and a person becoming dead inside themselves."

The song's music video was directed by Robert Hales, who has a MTV Video Music Award on his sideboard for shooting the clip for Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy."

The visual features American contemporary dancer Kathryn McCormick and So You Think You Can Dance finalist Will Wingfield moving in time to the music being performed by the band. Their scenes were choreographed by Tessandra Chavez, the CEO of Unity Dance Ensemble, who is known for her work on the aforementioned So You Think You Can Dance.

Arctic Monkeys "Star Treatment" 

The opening track of Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino kicks off a reference to The Strokes' influence on the Arctic Monkey's early work, as frontman Alex Turner recalls his inner turmoil during the band's early days.

I just wanted to be one of The Strokes
Now look at the mess you made me make

Turner explained to Mojo magazine: "That was writing about writing. It was my 8½, the Fellini film - where the director can't seem to make this movie, however hard he tries. I was thinking about that. That's interesting to me. "

Turner went onto admit that he did attempt in vain to replace the Strokes line, knowing people would interpret it as one about him being a rock star. "Did The Strokes line feel too close to home? Yeah, absolutely," he said. "But you can't let that stop you. That whole thing of 'Oh my God, what they gonna think this means? You can't really work like that."

Turner admitted to Pitchfork that he initially envisaged not including the opening lyric about the Strokes on the record.

"When I wrote that line, I imagined I would return to it, and it wouldn't end up on the record," he said. "But when I circled back around to it I felt like it was right where it ought to be because of how it makes me think, 'S--. The last 12 years just flashed by.' There's an honesty and a truth to it. The style of me writing has developed considerably since the first record, but the bluntness of that line - and perhaps some other lyrics on this album - reminds me of the way I wrote in the beginning."

The "Here ain't no place for dolls like you and me," line dates back to around 2009. Turner said: "I even tried to get somebody else to put it in a song, but they didn't like it. Maybe I was saving it because I didn't have the follow-up."

Turner eventually came up with the follow-up lyric he'd been seeking: "Everybody's on a barge floating down the endless stream of great TV."

Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino has a loose concept running through it set in a not-so-distant future, where the moon has been colonized and turned into a luxury resort.

Turner and his bandmates take up the role of titular hotel's house band during "Star Treatment." Turner said: "I also sing about the 'martini police' on this song, and there was just something about that melody with those words that amused me; I've begun to wonder if that's the right name for the band that has the residency in the night club in the song. And the melody of that bit reminds me of Toto."

Turner pokes fun at movie snobs when he sings "what do you mean you haven't seen Blade Runner?" He told NME: "I've only seen this happen a couple of times, but it goes beyond: 'What do you mean you've never seen Blade Runner?' and gets to: 'Oh my God, I envy you!'"

Arctic Monkeys played the song live for the first time during a June 7, 2018 show at London's Royal Albert Hall. The track was debuted by the quartet as they returned for a three track encore, which also featured "The View From The Afternoon" and "R U Mine?."

Ask your mates but golden boy's in bad shape

Mojo asked Turner if the Golden Boy really is in a bad shape. He replied: "In the sense that I was lost and didn't really have any ideas about what I was going to do. 'Golden Boy''s a bit of a rob off that Leonard Cohen song 'Dress Rehearsal Rag' ('Where are you golden boy. Where is your famous golden touch?') I must have been playing the album (Songs of Love and Hate) and it kind of got in there."

So what did The Strokes think about being name-checked by Arctic Monkeys on this song? Speaking to NME, The Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr admitted that he laughed upon discovering the reference.

"It's more fun for the people who do it! I don't live my life in that, it's something you laugh at more," he said. "Sure it's nice, but I didn't think of it – I thought of it as a way of describe the simplicity of being young."

"It's a thing you want for the simplicity of it, and then you realize it's a lot more complicated," Hammond continued. "It's what a picture looks like – and a perfect way to reference his youth. It's a cool thing and he's a great lyricist."


Aaliyah song facts


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I CAN BE by AALIYAH

Aaliyah is an adulterous man's mistress here. She desires to be all the things that the other woman is to him. Bud'da's production combines 2-step and rock elements to emphasize the lyrics about infidelity. "It had such a great melody and I wanted to add something dark to go with it," Bud'da recalled to Fuse TV. "So you've got your sweetness on the top but down below you just have this menacing thing that's just pounding your speakers."

TRY AGAIN by AALIYAH

This was featured in the movie Romeo Must Die. Aaliyah stared in the movie opposite Jet Li. It was her first film role, and a promising start to her acting career. Unfortunately, Aaliyah appeared in just one more movie: Queen of the Damned, which was released after her death.

Timbaland produced this song and wrote it with Stephen Garrett; the pair had previously collaborated on the Ginuwine song "Pony" and on Aaliyah's first hit "Are You That Somebody?," which was used on the Dr. Dolittle soundtrack. Garrett, who was in a group called Playa, died in 2008 from a rare medical condition. He was 33.

The "It's been a long time, we shouldn't have left you... without a dope beat to step to" line is a variation on a lyric from the 1987 Eric B. & Rakim song "I Know You Got Soul," where Rakim raps: "It's been a long time, I shouldn't have left you... without a strong rhyme to step to."

This was the first song to top the Hot 100 based on airplay alone, without any sales figures being included. Until December 5, 1998, a song had to be issued as a single to make the chart (which is why songs like "Stairway To Heaven" and "Don't Speak" didn't place). "Try Again" wasn't released as a commercial single until it fell from #1 - if you wanted to own it before then, you had to buy the Romeo Must Die soundtrack.

This won MTV Video Music Awards for Best Female Video and Best Video For A Film.

This got a Grammy nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. It lost to "He Wasn't Man Enough" by Toni Braxton.

The video features Aaliyah's Romeo Must Die co-star, Jet Li. It was directed by Wayne Isham, whose many credits include "Piece Of Me" by Britney Spears and "All The Right Moves" by OneRepublic.

This was used in a 2013 episode of The Mindy Project in a scene where the character Danny does a dance routine to it as a secret Santa gift for Mindy.

LOOSE RAP by AALIYAH

Aaliyah dismisses here romantic admirers who use trite pickup lines. The lyrics were written by Stephen "Static Major" Garrett from the R&B band Playa, who had a close friendship with the singer. He also shared vocals on the song with Aaliyah.

The song's title came from a slang term used by the producers Eric Seats and Rapture Stewart and Static. "The saying 'loose rap' was something we always used to say in our regular talk," Stewart told Fuse TV. "We were joking around in the studio that day and that track was on, and Static just said it on the hook. A lot of the songs happened like that."

NEVER NO MORE by AALIYAH

Stephen "Static Major" Garrett's lyrics for this song are about an abusive relationship that's seemingly has come to an end. "There's so many people quietly dealing with abuse and it's just an unheard thing," the song's producer Bud'da commented to Fuse TV. "I thought it was pretty upfront for that song and it was bold on her part to do it knowing that she has a great influence."

West Coast producer Bud'da was best known at the time for his work with hip hop artists including Ice Cube and Dr. Dre. For this song he mixed old-school soul, hip-hop sounds and strings. "I wanted to create something that had a soulful feel with the classic instruments. After she laid the vocals, I had the idea to add the live strings and other elements around her voice to emphasize the words," Bud'da explained. "With the topic of the song being about abuse, I wanted you to feel that musically and hear the emotions. I wish everybody could've seen the emotions as well."

ARE YOU THAT SOMEBODY? by AALIYAH

The song finds Aaliyah offering a late-night tryst to a guy she's had her eye on for a while. She insists on discretion however, repeatedly asking him, "Are you responsible?"
Timbaland wrote this song with Stephen "Static Major" Garrett, who co-wrote most of Aaliyah's other hits along with songs for Ginuwine ("So Anxious," "Pony") and his group Playa ("Cheers 2 U," "Don't Stop The Music").

In the December 2008 issue of Vibe magazine, Garrett mentions that Aaliyah did not initially like this song and another Static wrote for her, "Try Again." She recorded them both, though, and they became big hits for her. Aaliyah didn't write songs, but prided herself on being able to interpret them.
Timbaland produced this song, incorporating the clean percussion sound that powered many of his productions. Often working with Missy Elliott and Melvin "Magoo" Barcliff, he became one of the hottest producers of this era, and Aaliyah was one of his biggest stars. She had previously worked with R. Kelly and Jermaine Dupri.

Aaliyah was 19 when this was released in 1998, but she was already a seasoned pro: her first album, Age Ain't Nothing but a Number, was issued in 1994.

A key component to this song is the baby giggling and cooing in the background. This was a unique production element that played to Aaliyah's nickname: "baby girl," which is how Timbaland addresses her in his rap.

Many rumors floated around as to the identity of the baby (a popular one was that it came from a home video of Aaliyah when she was little), but the "happy baby" came from a CD from a sound effects library.

The same sound was used in Prince's song "Delirious," which in turn was sampled from the 1968 song "Countdown to 6," by Perrey and Kingsley.
This was featured in the movie Dr. Dolittle, starring Eddie Murphy. The soundtrack featured several other Timbaland productions, including "Same Ol' G" by Ginuwine and an All Saints cover of "Lady Marmalade."

He and Stephen Garrett put the song together on very short notice when they got the call to produce a track for the film. Timbaland remembers the gig paying $400,000.

Timbaland did the rap at the end of the song, which has nothing to do with the storyline of the song but serves as effective promotion for him and Aaliyah - by mentioning their names, it ensured that listeners would know the artist and producer when they heard it on the radio. When Timbaland introduces himself as "The man from the big VA," he's referring to his home state of Virginia.
This was nominated for a Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal in 1999.

The video gets very literal with the "watching you like a hawk" line, showing Aaliyah handling the bird. Other than that, most of the clip (directed by Mark Gerard) is comprised of group dance scenes starring Aaliyah's abs.

According to Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, listening to this song convinced him "to pursue a more soulful sound in his music."

Devon takes a look at a used Jeep



Likes: Affordable prices, flexible range of engines. Good off-road capaibilities.

Dislikes: Ride comfort is unsettled on-road and overly firm on some surfaces. Cabin materials are cheap and iffy in terms of quality.

What's it like to drive? The Grand Cherokee has good off-road abilities thanks to it's excellent drive height and grippy four-wheel-drive. It's not bad on road either thanks to light steering which helps make the Grand Cherokee feel more easy to manuever around town.

Interior wise the Grand Cherokee falls short of its rivals. For such a large vehicle, the interior struggles to fit up to five passengers. Fit in finish of the cabin materials feel iffy. Switchgear in the cabin are known for giving problems to owners, we suggest making sure all works before buying. Headroom and legroom are okay but rather tight for taller passengers. One of the biggest complaints I have with the Cherokee is the uncomfortable rear seat. It often feels like there isn't enough cushion and you're sitting upright at all times. The boot space is a decent size, but there's a high lip which means you'll have to lift heavier objects when loading.

Which should I buy?
3.7L 210hp (2005 - 2010) Laredo, Limted
4.7L 265hp (2005 - 2007) Laredo, Limited: 305hp (2008 - 2009) Laredo, Limited
5.7L 330hp (2005 - 2008) Limited, Overland: 357hp (2009 - 2010) Laredo, Limited, Overland
6.1L 425hp (2006 - 2010) SRT-8
3-L 215hp turbo-diesel (2007 - 2008) Laredo, Limited, Overland

Depending upon which Grand Cherokee you are looking at and the model year you are choosing. If you are going to take your Grand Cherokee off-roading, we suggest picking one of the eight-cylinder engines which has more pull than the 3.7L which tends to fall short. The 6.2L trim is more aimed at on-road performance with the larger alloy wheels and firmer suspenison. There is a diesel engine option but will be harder to find due to the limited production run of that engine. The 3.7L engine only makes the most sense if you are going to drive on-road and never venture off-roading.

Running costs: The Grand Cherokee's strong points are its low prices and there are a few of them on the second hand market that are bargains. If fuel economy is a concern we suggest sticking with the 3.7L or hunting for the more frugal 3-liter turbo-diesel. The eight-cylinders have the most pull but aren't the must frugal. If you don't need the 4x4 then we suggest getting the 4x2 with the eight-cylinders to help increase fuel economy slightly.

What to look out four?

2005 - A recall was issued for models with the 3.7-liter V6 concerning possible contamination of the automatic transmission with water from the A/C condenser causing shuddering and possible failure of the torque converter.

2006 - A recall was issued for a possible defect in the driver's airbag inflator connector.


2006-07 - A recall was issued for possibly faulty programming of the anti-lock brakes that may cause a momentary delay in braking when coasting uphill.


2007 - A recall was issued for faulty anti-lock brake software that may cause the rear brakes to lock up under certain conditions.


2007-08 - A recall was issued for possible improperly manufactured front brake calipers that could fracture, thus interfering with the brakes ability to slow or stop the vehicle.


2008 - A recall was issued for a possible defective front control module that could result in stalling while driving.


2009 - A recall was issued for possible reversed wiring in the steering column control module driver airbag connector. In the event of a crash, the driver's airbag may not inflate.


2010 - Recalls were issued for a possible defective passenger side front airbag, possible defective brake booster input rod (could lead to brake failure), a possibly defective rear track bar, and defective ignition module that may allow the key to be removed before the vehicle is placed in park.


Devon M



Sunday, January 6, 2019

Answering car questions




We decided to respond to car questions found on the internet.

What is the purpose of an automobile clutch pedal?
What happens when you push on the clutch pedal? Explain it in the most simplist way as possible.

Cars with a clutch pedal (three-pedal layout) are manual transmission cars. The Clutch pedal is simply there to allow you to shift between gears. Most modern cars you have to depress the clutch pedal before turning on the engine.

Car Dealer Question?
Can a car dealership purposely sell you a car knowing there would be financial repercussions without telling you beforehand?

A car dealership will try to sell you a car regardless if you can or can't afford it. I strongly suggest doing your homework before going into a car dealership and know exactly what you can and can't afford. You don't want to put yourself in a financial crunch paying for a car that you cannot afford. A car dealership will hype the car up because they want the sale and want you to pay the most as possible because the more money you spend the more profits they make in return. Yes, they will make the car look lavish and awesome until the first payment is due.

Im buying my first car tomorrow?
I’m 18 years old & tomorrow I will be buying my first car by myself with my own money. I don’t have any support from my parents & they told me that they didn’t want to come with me so I have to go through this all by myself even though I wanted them there. I’m having a friend of mine drive me to the dealership & I have no idea what I should bring or how this will all go down. I’m also paying for the car in cash. Can anyone explain the process step by step for me? Thank you.

Listen to me when I say this. Do not! I repeat do not go to a dealership by yourself! Car dealerships love consumers such as yourself who has no clue about buying a car. They will take advantage of your lack of knowledge and put you in a auto loan that you can't afford. I strongly suggest taking someone who has experience buying a car and knows exactly what you should and shouldn't buy. Also, someone that knows if you're being taken advantage of. Buying a car is a huge responsibility, so take someone who can give you tips and guide you through the car buying experience.


IS it possible to import a Mercedes X class into the US?
With the X Class being Mercedes first ever true pickup, selling to the US seems like an option. Though due to the workings of the pickup truck market in the US, as well as what Mercedes is known as in the US vs. the rest of the world, Mercedes doesn t see the US market as being worth the time. But despite this, some Americans might find the X class to be appealing. So With that, is there any possible way to import an X Class to the US?

I agree with you. It would make a lot of sense if Mercedes sold the X-Class here along with the commercial vans they sell. However, I strongly suspect that the reason Mercedes isn't going to sell the X-Class here has to do with the simple fact that it would cost a lot of money to make it street legal here in the U.S. Also, the X-Class would be far too expensive compared to the Ford F-150 and Dodge Ram pickups that dominate U.S. sales. Lincoln tried to sell a 'luxury pickup' and failed miserably.


You are buying a new car.you have to choose transmission (automatic or manual),color (red,blue or white) and body style (Suv,hatch batch or?

I'll answer this question as if I were getting ready to buy a new car today. I would choose a Kia Sportage EX. It only comes with an automatic gearbox. Color, I'd choose blue. Body style, well it's an SUV of course.


Why is 2014 3X more expensive than 2012?
I found a 2012 MB S-class for $10k but can't find a 2014 S-class for less than $30k. Why are they so expensive??

The cheapest BMW X3 I found was $11K and the most expensive going as high as $23k. BMW tends to hold onto their value a lot better than Mercedes. However, I strongly suggest if you are considering an X3 to go for the more basic version. BMW tends to shove a ton of technology into their vehicles like Mercedes. The more tech the more prone to reliability issues you'll have, and the higher your repair bills are going to be. The Mercedes S-class has dreadful resale value because most tend to get rid of them after the lease is up and buy another one. Luxury cars tend to fall apart after warranty because of all the tech that's shoved in them and most (not all) tend to not really take care of them.

Should I sell my car now?
I have a nissan Alt 150,000 miles and I honestly want a Nissan 370Z. Some of my friends are saying sell my car now for the 370 but I’m thinking I should just wait till my car breaks down then get it.

Sell now!! Get rid of the car while it still working and you'll able to get something back from it if you are trading in at a dealership. You'll make more money selling yourself privately. However, don't wait until it breaks down. It will be harder to get rid of the car and you'll get far less for it in terms of value.

BMW or Mercedes and why?
I like BMW because aesthetically and performance wise it is closer to a spy mobile then a Mercedes which seems more like a limousine to me.

I'd go with BMW (3-series touring) over Mercedes. I honestly think the 3-series touring is the best BMW they have in their range and it's sad that they won't be selling them here in the U.S. after 2019. The 3-series touring is sporty to drive. It has a roomy interior and is all the car you'll ever need without compromising to an SUV or sedan. I like Mercedes products but they've never been eye appealing to me, and also they tend to be very problematic.

I need to get car repod. I plan on buying a car 3 weeks after the repo . Do i have to be worried? Im 20 btw.?

I don't think you understand the severity of getting your car repoed. When your car is repoed, the bank sells the car at an auction and you're stuck paying the remaining balance. Not only are you left with the balance but you are also left with a huge negative impact on your credit score. They (banks) will see this on your credit history and not want to give you an auto loan, or if they do it will be very high interest rates. I strongly suggest sitting down and figuring out your financial situation first and see ways that you can get out of your lease or loan to avoid repo.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

40 reasons to be single... I mean not get married.



I decided to respond to an article talking about why 'I' should never get married. Let's jump right in.

You don’t believe in it.
Well, that's a good reason. I can see why one wouldn't want to get married because you don't 'believe in it'. You don't need 'marriage' itself to show how much you love and care for someone. However, some people find it the next step in 'showing' how much they love that person and how they want to spend the rest of their lives with that person. It maybe a meaningless ritual to some but marriage is more than just saying 'I do' and that's it. You are sharing and building your life with someone you love in a way that's different than just two people co-habituating together.

You want to save money.
Well, this one isn't really a 'good' reason. Anyone can argue that being in a relationship is 'expensive'. Owning a car is 'expensive'. You're going to have 'expenses' in your life whether you like it or not. It's how you budget your money and spend your money. You can be married and never own your own property. I know quite a few married couples that are renting and are perfectly happy with that. NEXT!

You don’t feel like you need to prove your love.
You shouldn't have to 'prove' anything. Two people who are married are showing their love for each other everyday through their actions. It's easy to tell someone you love them, but showing them you love them shouldn't be either 'proven' or 'made to be convinced'. Otherwise that isn't a marriage filled with love or a relationship that's loving and caring. You shouldn't have to 'prove' anything, both of you will know that you love each other and it's something that happens because the feelings are mutual.

You have trust issues.
I agree. You shouldn't be married if you have trust issues; in fact I'll take it a step further. You shouldn't be in a relationship if you have trust issues either. You cannot have a meaningful relationship with anyone if you cannot trust that person. People will come and go in your life, but it's unfair to throw your trust issues at someone who hasn't done anything to make you have trust issues to begin with. I get where you are coming from with this one. I really do, but this one is just plain odd.

You’ve never wanted to get married.
Well, you never will if that's the case. However, I don't see how or why this would be on the list. The first one seems to be a pretty legit reason. I'll give you the fourth one as 'trust issues' can ruin any relationship and marriage. However, this one is just stupid. You get married because you 'want' to not because you're being 'forced' to. We don't live in a society with 'arranged' marriages.

You disagree with the definition of marriage.
People define marriage differently. Do you know how many definitions of 'marriage' exists? Example, there are some married couples who have sex with other people but always go back to their partner at the end of the day. Some people define marriage as a life long commitment. It's been redefined so many times that well, the actual definition itself is just well up in the air at this point. You define your marriage the way you want it to be, as long as it falls within the guidelines of the law of course.

You don’t want to mess with the whole last name thing.
You are not required by law to change your last name. You don't have to change your surname at all. I don't see why this is on the list?

You want your freedom.
You want to be 'single', or in an 'open' relationship/marriage.

You like things as they are.
The only problem with this is that if you don't want to get married. You'll be wasting someone's time who might want to get married someday down the road. You should 'date' someone with common views on marriage or just be single for the rest of your life.

You’re not sure about the other person.
Well, marriage isn't a requirement. It's just something people do to express their love for each other. You shouldn't marry someone if you have doubts about that person, let alone be in a relationship with them having these 'doubts'.

You don’t even like weddings.
(Face palm)
You don't have to have a wedding. You can get married at city hall and have a celebratory dinner with close friends and family. You don't have to celebrate at all if you choose that. It's not required you have to have a 'wedding' but you have to have someone 'officiate' your ceremony so it's seen by as a legal marriage by law.

You don’t want to be the center of attention.
Do you not celebrate your birthday or any kind of achievements? I don't see how this correlates to just 'marriage' here!

You don’t want the stress.
Welcome to life sweetie, nothing is easy and there will be plenty of moments you'll be stressed out. Marriage shouldn't be 'stressful' if you are with someone you are compatible with. Yes you will have both the good and the bad but 'stressful' should be almost non-existent.

You hate the idea of planning a wedding.
Go to city hall and get married and call it a day. It requires very little to no planning whatsoever. Call your family friends and tell them you've been married and plan a dinner party to celebrate that. You don't have to have a 'wedding', it's not a requirement.

You don’t have a real reason for wanting to get married.
People get married for all the right and wrong reasons. I honestly think that down the road you'll meet someone who will change your views of 'marriage' and you'll want to be married to them because you care about them and want to spend your life with them. Maybe you both don't like marriage but want a relationship long term, which is okay also. Maybe you want to be alone for the rest of your life, that's also fine.

 You’re already married—to your career.
Some people really are married to their careers and are perfectly happy being 'single'. The key word here is 'single'!

You don’t need someone to complete you.
Yes I agree, if being 'single' makes you happy then be 'single'. You have to make yourself happy first before you can make anyone else happy.

You don’t feel like marriage adds value to your life.
'Marriage' isn't for everyone and that's fine. But I don't get why it has to add 'value' to your life?

You’d rather spend your money on traveling.
You can be with someone that loves to travel also and wants to spend their money doing the same. You may enjoy traveling alone which is also fine. I don't see how this would be a reason not to get married?

The two of you are always fighting.
I agree. You shouldn't marry someone that you are incompatible with or always fight with. It won't be a very loving marriage if you're constantly bickering.

You love being independent.
You should be independent regardless of being married or in a relationship or single.

You’ve witnessed the drawbacks to marriage.
Your marriage and someone else's marriage won't be exactly the same! This is just stupid! I'm trying so hard here but you keep giving me dumb reasons, was this meant as a joke?

You don’t want to burden other people.
It sounds like you just want to be single.

You’re not overly traditional.
This is why you find someone compatible with you. You don't just find some random person on the street to marry and hope they aren't traditional in views.

You’re holding out on your partner changing.
Old habits die hard and if your partner isn't willing to change, move the fuck on!

You want to spend your time on other things.
This list should be reasons to be 'single' if anything.

Your relationship is like a hurricane.
If your relationship is like a goddamn hurricane, then you shouldn't be with that person period! Relationships need a foundation and stability, this was just stupid!

You like being alone.
AGAIN! This article should be reasons to be 'single'!!!!

You’re at different maturity levels.
You find someone compatible in all aspects and this problem won't be a fucking problem.

You’re not what you’d call “in love.”
Sounds like a budding relationship that's far from marriage territory, or another stupid excuse to be single. God, can we just rename the article - reasons to be single, bitter and stupid.

You’re anathema to change.
Don't get married! Also, don't be with someone who will want to get married. You'll be wasting their time!

You don’t like the idea of being a wife or husband.
Don't be a husband/wife. Don't be a boyfriend/girlfriend, just be single and alone. Secluded/isolated from the world. Focus on your career and your hobbies.

Compromising isn’t your thing.
You are going to have to compromise in one aspect or another. Marriage isn't the only thing that's filled with compromises. You're going to experience that a lot in life!!!

 You don’t want to build up any more debt.
You keep talking about weddings and weddings and weddings. I mean for fucks sake people! You can get married without a wedding and you don't have to spend an arm and leg and foot to show your love for someone.

You think your partner is as good as you’re gonna get.
Some people do settle and those people end up not being happy at all. Well, some who do settle are happy. It depends on the person really.

You don’t like monogamy.
This is why you find someone that also wants an 'open' relationship/marriage. Or just stay single for the rest of your fucking life. I don't care! Point I'm trying to make here is that this doesn't belong on the list.

 You don’t like your partner’s family.
Two-way street here. You may love your partner and hate their family. People don't choose their blood related family that's just not their fault. You can tolerate them and not have to see them daily but you are with that person not their family.

You’re only following the steps.
Following what 'steps'? There are no 'steps' when it comes to a relationship and marriage. Everybody doesn't move the same and every relationship/marriage won't be the same. The only 'steps' I can think of is getting to know the person to see if they are compatible and going from there. However, it's highly up to you and the person you with to steer the course of your relationship/marriage. It's not a installation guide where you step by step install a fucking IKEA coffee table.

You don’t believe in needing an other half.
If you don't believe in sharing your life with another person. You don't believe in relationships either. You want to be single! SINGLE!Again, SINGLE!!!

You’re annoyed with your partner 24/7.
That's more of a reason to dump a person, rather than marrying them.

Friday, January 4, 2019

One-minute reviews (2019)



Mazda CX-3

Likes: It's the most fun to drive CUV money can buy. It's running costs are low and standard kit list is very generous. It's quite stylish to look at inside out.

Dislikes: The boot space and rear seat passenger space took the backseat for style.

Overall: A great CUV option for anyone that fears lack of driving dynamics.



Kia Sorento

Likes: A handsome three-row crossover with generous standard kit. A price tag that everyone can afford.

Dislikes: Third row seat is for kids. Kia promised a diesel engine but it's no longer going to be offered.

Overall: An impressive crossover that's even more impressive.



Land Rover Range Rover Sport PHEV

Likes: A plug-in hybrid that's still Range Rover capable and Range Rover luxurious. Running costs are somewhat improved over the diesel engine.

Dislikes: The diesel engine makes more sense. The complex hybrid setup and Land Rover's infamous reliability record doesn't mix well.

Overall: The Range Rover of hybrids.

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Jaguar I-Pace

Likes: An all-electric SUV that rivals Tesla. It's spacious for five with a decently sized boot. It's quite futuristic looking and fun to drive.

Dislikes: The infotainment system is infuriating to use. Regenerative braking is aggressive. Complex battery design and Jaguar reliability record doesn't mix well.

Overall: It's the electric SUV for anyone who values style and performance above everything else.

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Bentley Bentayga

Likes: It's the Bentley of SUVs. The cabin is luxuriously appointed with a roomy boot.

Dislikes: Big price tag that also comes with big running costs. It has the looks that only a mother can love.

Overall: It's the Bentley of SUVs.