Nineties? Never heard of it. We’re ready for the turn-of-the-millennium R&B of LIZ, who spent the summer releasing a series time capsule pieces that are 2k+late in the best way, like “U Over Them” and “Hush.” The Mad Decent artist and sometime Riff Raff, 2 Chainz, and Ryan Hemsworth collaborator, is currently on tour with Charli XCX. Here, she takes some time out to choose her essential R&B jamz. Photography by Myles Pettengill.
Mo Thugs – “All Good”
The Vocalist is Felecia. I believe she is Layzie Bone’s wife. This song is a deep cut, but like many artists of the time, I really like the loyalty to their respective labels and crews. Holla Mad Decent!
Janet Jackson – “Together Again”
Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. ‘Nuff said.
Kandi – “Don’t Think I’m Not”
If you didn’t know, she wrote every important Y2K RnB song. I am down for her. Kandi, if you see this, I really want to work with you.
Pink – “There You Go”
Before she was doing modern dance pieces about domestic violence, she was a true RnB diva.
TLC – “No Scrubs”
This was arguably the first Y2K RnB song. Shout out to Kandi for writing it.
Craig David – “Fill Me In”
I mash up the instrumental with my song “U Over Them” in my live set.
Mariah Carey – “Always Be My Baby”
This song was my favorite song off of the Daydream album. I got the CD for Christmas and my sister and I had to share it. I ended up stealing it from her.
Brandy & Monica – “The Boy Is Mine”
This is the ultimate frenemy RnB Jam.
Aaliyah- “Rock the Boat”
So subtle and cool and sexy but innocent somehow. So dope.
Ashanti – “Foolish”
Sometimes, I do an intro to my show with a ‘lil of this song. Ultimate bedroom RnB record.
Ciara – “Body Party”
Shout out to the original Ghost Town DJs “My Boo,” of course. Best RnB banger in the last 5 years.
Usher – “You Make Me Wanna”
Bb Usher is the best Usher.
Justin Timberlake – “Like I Love You”
This record changed the game. It really showed how an artist’s DNA can still be RnB but a song can sound so cool and progressive and different.
112 – “Dance With Me”
I would pay anything for Slim to cover all of Drake’s songs.
Nivea – “Don’t Mess With My Man”
Ultimate laundromat RnB.
Destinys Child – “Cater 2 U”
Sometimes I just wanna put my man’s du-rag on. It’s kind of awkward.
JC Chasez’s verse in “Bring It All to Me” by Blaque
Not that many people appreciate how JC is a LEGIT RnB Vocalist.