If you were in college during the late 90’s to early 00’s, like me, then at some point, you probably watched Midnight Love.
Midnight Love was a late night slow jam video show that came on BET at, well, midnight. The show played the “mellosmoothe” R&B songs of the day, and sometimes some old school, depending on the night. I kind of planned my sleep pattern around being able to either wake up to see it, or go to sleep after it was over. The R&B songs of that time (late 90’s to early 00’s) struck a chord because during that time, I was transitioning from
BoyzIIMen adolescence to young adulthood. It’s probably also why most music from 2004 until now is…lacking, to put it mildly.
Anyway, the overall ’93-’04 era, in my opinion, was the best because the music was the soundtrack to my formative years. Jodeci, BoyzIIMen, Dru Hill, Aaron Hall, pre-scandal R. Kelly, Maxwell, even Gerald Levert, all had songs that instantly bring back memories when I hear them now. Not only these groups and solo artists, but some of the lesser known acts as well.
Groups like Ideal
and Reel Tight
also came out during the era. These artist were underappreciated. But the most slept on singer, for my money, during that time was Myron.
All had songs that, to this day, I listen to regularly.
The nostalgia of the songs is both good and bad. It’s good because as memories get blurred, the songs bring everything back into focus. It’s bad because songs that fit that time, also fit the relationships that occurred during the same era.
Nevertheless, the R&B music from that time will always have a special place in my heart. So much so, that I used to make compilations that double as T.U.S.J.G.T.D. tapes and CDs, focusing mostly on the music from that era. For those who don’t know what T.U.S.J.G.T.D. stands for, its: The…ULTIMATE…Slow Jam Get The Draws tapes and CDs. The download links to two of the compilations are below.
If you’re between 26-35, then you *should* know these songs. If you’re under 26, then give a listen to what good music is…
*Note the transition between songs. It’s an art to the Slow Jam mixtape.*
Do you have songs that are attached to special memories? Are they happy memories, or ones you’d rather forget? Do you have any U.S.J.G.T.D. mixes to share?