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Jody Watley Friends with Eric B. and Rakim

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Uploaded on Mar 10, 2007

http://www.jodywatley.net -Billboard: #9 Hot 100, #3 Hot R&B, #7 Hot Dance Club Play. The first mainstream crossover Hit Singles in Pop, R&B and Dance, Rap/Sung collaboration merging a Pop/R&B singer with Rap/ Hip-Hop. Icons of Hip-Hop Culture: An Enclyclopedia of the Movement, Music, Culture, Vol. 1 2007 Greenwood Press by Mickey Hess ISBN-10: 0313339031 "Friends' established the formula of the customized 16 bar verse beyond the intro sequence introduced by Melle Mel and Chaka Khan. Written by. J Watley, A. Cymone, Eric B and Rakim.

The video filmed in 1989 features a form of "posing and waacking" styles Watley was known for along with her style as a dancer on Soul Train as a teen as noted in EBONY Magazine August 1978 in a feature called "The Outrageous Waack Dancers." Voguing Legend and Pioneer Willie Ninja in the documentary "How Do I Look" noted Watley as one as one of the first mainstream artists pre-Madonna to bring 'Voguing' to the mainstream in her video "Still A Thrill," which featured original Soul Train dancer Tyrone Procter. Procter also assisted in casting the video for "Friends" to which Watley wanted drag queens, transgender, B-Boys and club kids in the video to represent an authentic diverse club culture reminiscent their dancing club days.
Always known at the time for being cutting edge and a fashion and style trendsetter, Jody Watley wears Jean Paul-Gaultier Couture from the Paris runway in this video.Directed by Jim Sonzero filmed in New York.

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