Tony! Toni! Toné!, Still A Man
Derrick Dunn

Derrick Dunn

Slow Jam Saturday: Tony! Toni! Toné!, Still A Man

R&B band Tony! Toni! Toné! was already immensely successful when their fourth album  House of Music, hit stores on November 19, 1996. The Tonies kicked off the project with the dance flop bop “Let’s Get Down” and the lush ballad “Thinking of You.” 

However, for this week’s Slow Jam Saturday, I wanted to showcase one of my favorite album tracks from the project, “Still A Man.”

Written and produced by group member Raphael Saadiq, “Still A Man” was the nineties personification of the slow drag. Saadiq lets the instrumental ride out for a minute before coming through a passionate vocal. The sincerity in Saadiq’s voice is genuine as he croons:

“Now looking here, I’m still standin’

 Since the last time that you walked away, honey

 See me and the kids are left here disappointed

 We don’t have nothin’ to do

 But wonder where you’re headed, baby

Have you ever loved somebody

 Who loves you so much it hurts you to hurt them so bad?

 Have you ever loved somebody

 Who loves you so much it hurts you to hurt them so bad?”

I personally always felt the song is a story about a man who has let his woman down, causing her to exit the relationship. Naturally, the man knows the errors of his ways, and while he’s failing, he’s still a man. Sadly as of 2022, House of Music is the last album by the group. Nevertheless, “Still A Man” is a beautiful ballad that holds up twenty-five years later.

Final Grade: A

“Still A Man” from House Of Music is available on all streaming platforms.

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