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[Way Back When] Genius Cru – Boom Selection by wearesme

As we graced the rooftop of Shoreditch House last night to support our pal Steffie, who was on the decks, one of the other DJs dropped a big tune in the form of Genius Cru’s debut single Boom Selection. The dancefloor went crazy. And rightly so.

Released in 2000 and swiftly followed by second single Course Bruv, it peaked at number 12 in the chart (with Course Bruv only reaching 39) but it remains a classic.


[2000] Way Back When:

* PlayStation 2 was launched
* The billionth living person in India was born
* Eminem’s second LP, The Marshall Mathers LP sells 1.76 million copies on its debut week, becoming the fastest selling rap album ever


[Way Back When] Luniz – I Got 5 On It by wearesme

Following our interview with Dynamo, we would like to present you with this classic – chosen by the King of Magic himself.

After asking him to choose one song for our Way Back When feature he replied “Right, let me think properly about this one” and after a long pause said “I Got 5 On It, that beat was hard!” and we couldn’t agree more.

So here it is; taken from Luniz’s album Operation Stackola. The song samples Club Nouveau‘s “Why You Treat Me So Bad” (1986), Kool and the Gang‘s “Jungle Boogie” (1973) and Audio Two‘s “Top Billin’” (1987) and was released way back in 1995.


[1995] Way Back When:

* Eric Cantona kung-fu kicked a fan
* James Bond’ GoldenEye was released
* The DVD media format was announced


[Way Back When] Ice Cube – It Was A Good Day by wearesme

Released in 1993 It Was a Good Day is taken from Ice Cube’s third solo album The Predator. The sample used in the song is from the Isley Brothers’ track Footsteps In The Dark.

The song featured in the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas game in 2004 on the ‘Radio Los Santos’ radio station. More recently though, the song featured in a Nike advert starring top skateboarder Paul Rodriguez with some cameos from Kobe Bryant, Eric Koston and of course Ice Cube himself, which you can watch below.


[1993] Way Back When:

* The Vauxhall Corsa was launched
* Manchester United win the top flight championship for the first time since 1967
* Buckingham Palace opened to the public for the first time


Way Back When…Marques Houston ft Joe Budden – Clubbin by wearesme
December 9, 2010, 2:40 pm
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Marques Houston, obviously, found fame by playing the role of Roger in the hit US show ‘Sister, Sister’. After his acting days, he embarked on a singing career.

Here’s a old school tune from way back in 2003, it peaked inside the top 20 in the UK at number 15. The song was taken from Marques Houston’s debut album, MH.

Open your ears, shake a leg and enjoy.

[2003] Way Back When:

  • England won the Rugby World Cup
  • Sweden rejected using the Euro
  • Using a hand-held mobile phone whilst driving was deemed illegal


[LIVE POST] Way Back When… Wyclef Jean – Perfect Gentleman by wearesme
November 27, 2010, 1:00 am
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Here’s a tune way back from 2001, especially for all you SME Blog partygoers. Let’s see you wind to this like you did back in the day. Taken from Wyclef’s second studio album The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book.



Way Back When… Wayne Wonder – No Letting Go by wearesme
November 19, 2010, 1:12 pm
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Here’s a little Friday jam for you. Released in 2003 it reached #3 in the UK Singles chart (we still think it should have gone to number one) and featured on Wonder’s album ‘No Holding Back’.


[2003] Way Back When:

  • (August 10) The highest temperature ever recorded in the UK; 38.5°C (101.3°F) at Brogdale near Faversham in Kent
  • The Concorde makes its last commercial flight, bringing the era of airliner supersonic travel to a close, at least for the time being
  • A lunar eclipse is seen in the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Central Asia


Way Back When…Mario – Let Me Love You by wearesme

Who remembers this classic slow jam? Way back in 2004, Mario returned to the music scene with a brand new hair cut and a brand new single ‘Let Me Love You’ taken from the album ‘Turning Point’.

It reached #1 in the U.S Chart and #2 in the U.K. The song, written by Ne-Yo, is listed at #45 on Billboard’s All-Time Top 100 Hot Singles during the first 50 years of the chart and was the 8th most successful single of the decade according to the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade. Impressive!

[2004] Way Back When:

  • (February 4th) Facebook was founded at Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • Arsenal completed a whole English Premiership season unbeaten, 38 games.
  • Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake performed onstage at Super Bowl XXXVIII and the performance ended with her left breast being expose by Justin. The phrase “wardrobe malfunction” was coined due to the controversy.


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