We're handing the turntables over to Mini Moose this week. Here are her seven picks for February.
Pick 1: What Have You Done For Me Lately
What Have You Done for Me Lately is from Janet Jackson’s third studio album, Control (1986). Co-written by Jackson and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, it was released as the album’s lead single and is a reflection of Jackson’s feelings about her divorce from James DeBarge. It peaked at No. 4 on Billboard Hot 100 and earned a Grammy nomination.
Pick 2: Tightrope
Tightrope is the second single from Janelle Monáe’s debut studio album, The ArchAndroid (2010). The original song features rapper, Big Boi, and only charted in Belgium and South Korea. A version without Big Boi was used during the end credits for the 2011 movie, Happy Feet Two.
Pick 3: What's My Name?
What’s My Name? was released as the second single from Rihanna’s fifth studio album, Loud (2010). The Grammy-nominated song features rapper, Drake, and landed on the charts in over a dozen countries, including No. 1 in the US on Billboard Hot 100. It was Rihanna’s eighth hit single and her third No. 1 in 2010.
Pick 4: Video
Video was the first single released from India.Arie’s 2001 debut studio album, Acoustic Soul. The song is her most popular to date, landing at No. 47 on Billboard Hot 100 and earning the singer four Grammy nominations.
Pick 5: Good as Hell
Written for Barbershop: The Next Cut, Good as Hell was originally released in 2016 as the lead single from Lizzo's EP, Coconut Oil, to lackluster fanfare. The song was re-released in 2019 as part of the singer's debut studio album, Cuz I Love You (Super Deluxe). Given a second chance, Good as Hell swept the world by surprise, hitting the charts in over a dozen countries and landing at No. 3 on Billboard Hot 100.
Pick 6: Suga Mama
Suga Mama is from Beyoncé’s second studio album, B’Day (2006). Influenced by 1970s funk and rock music, the song was never released as a single. There was, however, a music video, directed by Melina Matsoukas and Beyoncé that was included on the B’Day Anthology Video Album.
Love On Top is from Beyoncé’s fourth studio album, 4 (2011). Inspired by her role as Etta James in Cadillac Records (2008), the song was written by Beyoncé, Terius Nash, and Shea Taylor. It peaked at Np. 20 on Billboard Hot 100, stayed at No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and earned Beyoncé her seventeenth Grammy Award.