That’s My Jam is a weekly feature where one person from the Selective Hearing staff goes to wax poetic about music that is pivotal to their musical tastes. Whether that would be an album, a song, or anything in-between. We all had to start somewhere. This week: The Nutty Professor soundtrack.
Release Date: June 4, 1996
- Case feat. Foxy Brown – Touch Me, Tease Me
- Montell Jordan feat. Slick Rick – I Like
- Trigger Tha Gambler feat. D.V. Alias Khrist & Smoothe Da Hustler – My Crew Can’t Go For That
- Monica feat. Treach (Naughty By Nature) – Ain’t Nobody
- Richie Rich, D’wayne Wiggins & Rame Royal – Pillow
- Az Yet – Last Night
- Dos of Sol – Come Around
- Warren G feat. Malik – We Want Yo Hands Up
- Jay-Z & Foxy Brown – Ain’t No N***a
- Def Squad – Breaker 1, Breaker 2
- LL Cool J – Doin It Again
- 12 O’Clock feat. Raekwon – Nasty Immigrants
- Da Basement – Love You Down
The soundtrack to the 1996 re-make of the Nutty Professor is a compilation of Hip-Hop and R&B released through Def Jam Recordings. It features several chart topping singles including Ain’t Nobody, I Like, Ain’t Nobody, Ain’t No N***a and Last Night. The last song was the highest charting, peaking at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100.[youtube http://youtu.be/FJ-rLbOaVV8]
This compilation is a fine collection of Urban music with an equal level of street and soul throughout. Sure none of the songs have much to do with the actual film and perhaps it it’s a wee bit Def Jam heavy (no real surprise though); but as you can see from the introduction there were a lot of great songs that many who grew up in this era of music can look back on with fond memories.[youtube http://youtu.be/Ij0bj7SpP0w]
The most notable track on this album is Az Yet’s Last Night. These guys were considered to be real competitors to the powerhouse of Boyz II Men. And to be fair Last Night is one hell of an R&B love jam. It is hella cheesy though with its description of a night of lovemaking.
But at least it’s tasteful and not full of crude sexual innuendo. Unfortunately the group could never follow up properly past their cover of Chicago’s Hard To Say I’m Sorry.[youtube http://youtu.be/MvHZ_eSbPBU] [youtube http://youtu.be/epo_omUrLEw]
Also worth mentioning are the appearances of Foxy Brown. She has two on this album and it was back when she could still hear and had a harder type of flow. That is the Foxy Brown I tend to keep in mind instead of the shadow of what she became as her career and her hearing faded.
Overall this is a great example of why people hold the 90’s in such high regard when it comes to Hip-Hop and R&B. For me it brings back a lot of memories of when I was really hardcore into Urban music. Think of it this way, replace J-Pop with this stuff and that’s how deep I was back in the day.
Listening back I wonder what the hell happened to Urban music because stuff sure ain’t like this anymore. Perhaps I’ve been aged out. If this is old man music, I’m certainly not gonna complain.
The Nutty Professor