#FlashbackFriday: Nelly – Dilemma ft. Kelly Rowland (Official Video)

“Dilemma” was one of the biggest songs in the early 2000s. The song was also one of Nelly’s most successful song till date (if not his most successful), and it features singer-songwriter Kelly Rowland. “Dilemma” served as the third single from the Nelly’s second studio album Nellyville released in 2002, as well as the lead single from Rowland’s debut solo album Simply Deep also released in 2002.

“Dilemma” hit number one in ten countries, including the UK, the US and Australia, selling over 7.6 million copies worldwide. In the 55th Anniversary of the Hot 100 issue of Billboard magazine, the song was ranked at number 75 on the all-time Hot 100 songs, and at the end of 2009 was named the 11th most successful song from 2000 to 2009, on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade. The song won a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 45th Grammy Awards. Hit the play button above and enjoy.

#FlashbackFriday: Bow Wow – Let Me Hold You ft. Omarion (Official Video)

“Let Me Hold You” is the first single off Bow Wow’s fourth album Wanted released in March 2005, and it features R&B singer Omarion – making it duo’s very first collaboration together. “Let Me Hold You” was co-written and co-produced by producer Jermaine Dupri and No I.D., and it uses a sample of Luther Vandross’ 1985 version of Brenda Russell’s “If Only for One Night”.

The song peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100, making this the first top 10 hit for both Bow Wow and Omarion as a solo artist. The song also hit numbers 2 and 10 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Mainstream Top 40 charts respectively, and reached the top 40 in many countries including Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the UK. “Let Me Hold You” was certified Platinum by the RIAA for selling over 1,000,000 copies. Hit the play button above to enjoy the Bryan Barber-directed video, and visit the below links to purchase Wanted.

iTunes: http://smarturl.it/BWWanted?IQid=BowWLMH
Google Play: http://smarturl.it/LMHYGPlay?IQid=Bow…
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/BWWAmazon?IQid=Bow…

#FlashbackFriday: Ja Rule – Wonderful ft. R. Kelly, Ashanti (Official Video)

#FlashbackFriday: Ja Rule - Wonderful ft. R. Kelly, Ashanti (Official Video)

“Wonderful” is the lead single from Ja Rule’s sixth studio album R.U.L.E., released in 2004. The song features R&B singers R. Kelly and Ashanti. Ja Rule and the entire Murder Inc. crew were undoubtedly some of the major players during the 2000s era, and the success of “Wonderful” is another testimony to this. Hit the play button above to enjoy the Hype Williams-directed music video.

#FlashbackFriday: Terror Squad – Lean Back ft. Fat Joe, Remy Ma (Official Video)

Terror Squad - Lean Back ft. Fat Joe, Remy Ma Video

Here is the official video to 2004 monster hit single “Lean Back,” by Terror Squad. The Scott Storch-produced single is taken from Terror Squad’s album True Story, and it features Fat Joe with Remy Ma handling the second verse. “Lean back” was a worldwide success, and it topped the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks from August 21 and topped the R&B charts for more than a month. The song also appeared in video games “Need For Speed Underground 2,” “Def Jam Rapstar,” and “The Hip Hop Dance Experience.” Hit the play button above to enjoy the video and relive old memories.


#FlashbackFriday: Ja Rule – Always On Time ft. Ashanti (Official Video)

#FlashbackFriday: Ja Rule - Always On Time ft. Ashanti (Official Video)

Here is another massive hit from 15 years ago, Ja Rule “Always On Time” featuring Ashanti. This song was named the 33rd most successful song of the 2000s, on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Songs of the Decade Chart. “Always On Time” wasn’t only successful in the US, it was a worldwide hit. Hit the play button above and relive old memories if you were around during this era, otherwise just enjoy the song.

#FlashbackFriday: Cassidy – Hotel ft. R. Kelly (Official Video)

#FlashbackFriday: Cassidy - Hotel ft. R. Kelly (Official Video)

Okay, so i was on YouTube few days back, and i somehow stumbled upon a music video from way back, which i grew up with. This brought back so many beautiful memories along with great feelings, that i ended up watching more old music videos. Hence, i thought it won’t be a bad idea to make it a tradition on SWANKISM – every Fridays to be exact, to share some of these beautiful music from the ’90s and early 2000s era, even though we’re more “today” and “future” oriented.

If you are an ’80s or early ’90s baby, i’m sure you will be familiar with the #FlashbackFriday tradition, and you’ll love it. If you weren’t yet available on earth during this era, i’m sure you will still love the music the ’90s and early 2000s had to offer.

The first #FlashbackFriday video to go up, is Philadelphia rapper Cassidy’s 2003 debut single “Hotel” featuring R. Kelly. The Swizz Beatz-produced song also serves as the lead single from Cassidy’s debut studio album Split Personality, which can be purchased via the links below.

iTunes: http://smarturl.it/CYSPiTunes?IQid=CYH
Google Play: http://smarturl.it/CHPlay?IQid=CYH
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/CYSPAm?IQid=CYH