Onra & Lexis ‘ acclaimed “Throw Em Up” mix series is dedicated to post-New Jack Swing hip-hop-influenced ’90s R&B – from “Candy Rain” to Kells classics to other Assorted Phlavors. With O&L taking “TEU” on the road with an ongoing DJ tour, the fellas have been cool enough to share some thoughts on some of their favorite ’90s R&B records. Part 1 featured Onra’s picks. And now with Part 2, the record spinnin’/ Music Is My Sanctuary blog foundin’ Montreal-based Lexis entas the R&B stage.
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1. Eric Gable - "Process of Elimination" (Epic, 1993)
Lexis: There are a few joints that are just at the crossover point of the New Jack Swing and “Throw Em Up” era. This one is a bit faster than the usual mid-’90s jam, but the vibe is there, instant hands in the air with a glass of Moët.
2. Blacknuss - "Dinah" (Superstudio Orange, 1996)
Lexis: A very top 40 sounding track but it’s just got that pure class. Kind of the forgotten equivalent of “No Diggity.” Something that very few people know about Blacknuss is they were actually from Sweden! Everyone loves this one…
3. Devante Swing ft. Static - "Gin & Juice" (MCA, 1995)
Lexis: Everyone knows Jodeci but sadly Devante Swing remains a bit underrated considering the impact he had on ’90s R&B production. RIP to Static who is featuring on this track which is also taken from the Dangerous Minds soundtrack. Me and Onra both love the track and the video, especially the shots of him doing the “Throw Em Up” move in the reflection of a puddle of water… “Cause all the real G’s know what I’m thinking of!”
4. Joya - "I Like What You're Doing To Me" (Atlas, 1994)
Lexis: On “Throw Em’ Up Vol. 2” we put another track from Joya called “Getting Off On You” but this one is actually more of a club joint. Solid vocals on top of the classic Black Moon “How Many Emcees” beat. Apart from those two solid singles from her 1995 LP, Here I Am , she didn’t release anything after.
5. Boyz II Men ft. Treach, Busta Rhymes, Craig Mack & Method Man - "Vibin" Remix (Motown, 1995)
Lexis: Boyz II Men are pretty much the opposite of what the “Throw Em Up” vibe is all about, with the crooning in matching outfits and all. But this shows what a strong remix can do. “Vibin'” is the ultimate R&B/hip-hop posse track – featuring Treach, Busta, Craig Mack and Method Man to go along with stellar production from Tim & Bob, all at the peak of their game.