Album of the Week (19th October)
The Rap Joint Lagos Album of the week is “Funkdafied” by Da Brat. It was released on June 28, 1994 and is the debut album of the American rapper. Funkdafied debuted and peaked at number 11 on the Billboard 200, and topped the Rap Charts and Top R&B album chart and sold over one million copies, making her the first solo female rapper to go platinum.
The album was preceded by the first single, "Funkdafied", released on May 13, 1994. The single went Platinum in August and then the album went Platinum in January 1995.
"Funkdafied" remains Da Brat's most successful single and is her only single to have been Certified Platinum for shipments exceeding one million copies, earning the certification on August 16, 1994. By the end of the year, 800,000 copies had been sold and It reached No. 37 on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1994 as one of the year's most successful singles.
Youtube Link :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfpR9jKy0IQ
“Give It 2 You” is the third and final single released from Da Brat’s album. It earned a gold certification from the RIAA on June 14, 1996. The original version borrowed its drums from the Mary Jane Girls’ “All Night Long” and featured a keyboard melody highly reminiscent of Warren G “This DJ.” It was the remix featured in the video release, however, which truly sent the song over the top.
Youtube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFLt1lhbtKM
“Fa All Y’all” is the follow up to Da Brat successful single “Funkdafied”. The single was released in September of that year, and although it did not match the success of "Funkdafied", the song nevertheless became Da Brat's second top 40 hit, reaching No. 37 on the Billboard Hot 100, where it spent 12 weeks. The song featured backing vocals from Xscape member Kandi Burruss, as well as Jermaine Dupri, Raven-Symoné and Manuel Seal, Jr. and was written by Da Brat and Dupri and produced by Dupri.
Youtube Link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lkAUMHypM0
This album is one to be reckoned with, being that it sets the standard for solo female rappers to push themselves and their craft. It was a great start to a beautiful career for Da Brat, as her first album already went platinum.