5. Joe featuring Papoose "Baby, Where You At?"
Favorite part: As much as I like Joe's singing, it's Papoose who killed this song for me. He lost me when he accused a man of being stupid for telling a woman he loves her, but he cleaned it up with "Words don't express your love/You've gotta prove it." Then I went, "Ah, okay." (Side note: This was what I was pretty much saying in this blog entry.) But I also liked how strong he came with, "You don't even got to accept my apology/But I'm man enough to admit it/Acknowledge me." I liked that, that he knew the odds were against him, but he apologized anyway because he knew he was wrong.
4. Musiq "Teach Me"
Favorite part: He croons, "You say I don't know how to love you, babe/Well, I say show me the way." For someone to admit that he simply doesn't know how to love instead of just being in denial about it is a pretty mature move, especially considering everybody doesn't necessarily show love in the same way." Beautiful song.
Click here to see the video. (Side note: Musiq was also in my Top 30 for Black Music Month in 2010.)
3. Alicia Keys (featuring Mos Def in video) "You Don't Know My Name"
Favorite part: I am a huge fan of Mos Def's music, so even though he said very little during the video, I was excited to see him as a love interest. Alicia Keys is beautiful, and I think she picked an equally beautiful guy as her male interest. He's not handsome in the traditional sense, but his swagger is ridiculous. I saw him perform on Juneteenth 2010, and I loved every minute of it. Click here to see my video of him performing at the IMAN event. In this video though, I love how she was the one to step to him. Not that I would ever do that, but I cracked up when she gave him the hot chocolate pick-up line. Who hasn't met someone and thought, "I should step to him, but he doesn't even know I'm checking him out?"
Click here to see the video. (Side note: Mos Def was also in my Top 30 for Black Music Month in 2010.)
2. Queen Latifah featuring Al Green "Simply Beautiful"
Favorite part: Remember in "Love Jones" when Larenz Tate's character Darius Lovehall said, "You can't go wrong with my man Al Green." You can't! Queen Latifah's voice is beautiful. She's one of my favorite female singers (and I only have a handful), but to have her match up with Al Green was a match made in Music Heaven! Plus, "Their Eyes Were Watching God" with Halle Berry and Michael Ealy was already a seductive and fascinating film, so those were two solid teams at once. I like it when they harmonize "When you need me/I'll be right there" at 2:47.
Click here to see the video or play below. (Side note: Both Queen Latifah and Al Green were in my Top 30 for Black Music Month in 2010.)
1. Marvin Gaye "Let's Get It On"
Favorite part: What cracks me up about watching Marvin Gaye perform is that he always sings the song like he's never heard it. Watch any video with him singing live, and he's throwing his hands in the air, closing his eyes and really jamming to the song like he's the one watching the show instead of being the show. I have loved this song for as long as I can remember. I grew up on oldies courtesy of my parents who had a large collection of Marvin Gaye. I questioned them about all things Marvin when I was a little girl because I thought he was a cutie. He was one of those guys who grew more handsome as he got older instead of the other way around. (Note: I think Richard Gere has that effect, too.) Although I like the video I'm linking, Marvin Gaye looks like he's about to go into straight-up orgasm mode in the video collection "The Real Thing" that I own. I highly recommend buying that DVD set although this video is a reasonable one, too. I guess it's no surprise that Marvin Gaye made my Top 30 for Black Music Month in 2010 list, too, right?