We Totally Still Love Total (And Playa Too)

Now that it’s been almost a decade, can we officially get nostalgic for the pop R&B of the late ’90s? What a glorious time it was to turn on MTV after a hard day’s work and realize that you were bound to see some ladies formation dancing inside of an ice castle or a spaceship’s airlock while dressed in color-coordinated outfits, droping buttery three- or four-part harmonies on top of tricky rhythms that were either made by Timbaland (as here) or someone with a Timbaland statue on their Atari. And look, you could do it with guys too! (Even if their outfits were never as good. Especially because grown men shouldn’t wear overalls.)

Total – “What About Us?” [YouTube]
Playa – “Don’t Stop The Music” [YouTube]

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  • brainchild

    Total’s greatest hits album would arguably one of the greatest contemporary R&B albums EVAR.

  • TheMojoPin

    Goddamn, they showed up in so many Bad Boy and Timbaland/Missy videos where they didn’t even sing any part of the damn song.

    They did have that one solid track with Gang Starr for the “Full Clip” comp.