For this week’s Second Listen Sunday, I decided to visit the Buckeye State and pay homage to The Rude Boys. The Cleveland-based quartet consisted of Larry Marcus, Melvin Sephus, Edward Lee “Buddy” Banks, and Joe Little III. Initially breaking onto the scene in 1990 with the hits “Written All Over Your Face” and “Are You Lonely For Me” from their debut, they wasted no time returning to the studio.
Slow Jam Saturday : 3T, Waiting For Love
There’s no doubt that the Jackson Family is a musical dynasty. You can go anywhere in the world, and there’s a good chance you will hear a song by Michael or Janet on the radio. In the past, I’ve given some flowers to solo releases from Jermaine and Jackie, but for this week’s Slow Jam Saturday, I wanted to shout out 3T.
Taj, Taryll, and TJ, The three sons of the second oldest brother, Tito, made up the group. 3T was mentored by their late uncle Michael Jackson who signed them to his label MJJ Music. The group’s debut hit stores in November 1995, achieving triple platinum sales worldwide. While I could have picked a few songs from the group’s debut, I went with their contribution to the Men In Black soundtrack, “Waiting For Love.”
A lush ballad from the pen of writing trio John Howcott, Emanuel Officer & Donald Parks, “Waiting For Love” was produced by Craig Burbidge. The lyrics convey a message about a man expressing his desire for a woman he has been waiting for. He wants her to stop pretending and wasting time and give in to their attraction. He promises to take his time and be gentle with her, catering to her every desire. The chorus reveals that he has been waiting for her patiently and anticipates being with her.
The song’s bridge showcases the man’s intense feelings for the woman and desires to be with her. He can sense the passion in her eyes and believes that her sighs are a sign of his desire. He reassures her that he will take good care of her as he doesn’t want her to deny what she feels inside. He advises her to relax, let go of her feelings, and not deny their attraction.
Overall, “Waiting For Love” is a song about a man who has been waiting for a woman and desires her with all his heart. He is willing to do anything for her and wants to make her feel loved and appreciated. The song promotes honesty, passion, and the courage to express one’s feelings.
Per the norm of the music business, 3T never achieved the success of their debut. The group departed Sony and decided to sign to a label in France. They released their cover of Lionel Richie’s ‘Stuck on You,’ with positive reception. However, the release coincided with Michael Jackson’s trial (subsequently acquitted), which caused radio stations and TV networks to pull back from playing 3T’s songs and videos. Shortly after, their auntie Janet had her Super bowl fiasco leading to another setback. Nevertheless, they could drop a successful EP in the streaming age with the right producers and marketing push.
Final Grade: B+
Waiting For Love from the Men In Black soundtrack is available on all streaming platforms.
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Valentine’s Day 2024 may have come and gone, but I still plan to use highlight songs with the V-word for February’s Slow Jam Saturday. The artist I chose is a southern gentleman by the name of Lloyd. Initially breaking onto the scene as a member of the preteen-boy band N-Toon, Lloyd’s solo career kicked off in 2004 with the hit “Southside.”
As we continue to celebrate the month of love, I chose “Valentine by Ryan Leslie as the second song with the word valentine for February’s Slow Jam Saturday. Leslie broke into the music industry in 2003, writing hits for Beyoncé and New Edition. Leslie released the singles “The Way That U Move Girl” and “Used 2 Be” featuring Fabolous. However, his debut album was never officially released due to creative differences with his record label. In late 2007, Leslie finally broke through with the bop “Diamond Girl,” and his self-titled album would finally hit record stores on February 10, 2009. Leslie also succeeded with the follow-up singles “Addiction” and “How It Was Supposed to Be.” Surprisingly, though, Leslie didn’t drop “Valentine” as the fourth single, which would have timed perfectly with the album release date.