Old School Flashback: Monifah vs Adina Howard

The other day, I drove down to Seattle to party with a friend visiting from Washington, DC. Typically, when I go on a mini road trip, there’s usually someone with me. Since I was only going for one night, I decided to go solo (Brian had work to do) and meet up with friends down there. With no one in the car harping what music to play, I could listen to whatever I wanted. I chose to press shuffle on my 90s playlist. Let’s face it, that decade is back.

Since I was missing a big hip-hop night back in Vancouver, I decided to keep it in the R&B genre. Ask anyone I know and they’ll tell you that I love to booty-drop to an old school track. When Monifah’s “Touch It” and Adina Howard’s “Freak Like Me” played, I lost my shizz (kinda embarrassing since I was solo in the car). The two tracks serve as the perfect soundtrack to booty-shaking. After repeating each one a couple times, I couldn’t decide which was better. So I decided to ask Homorazzi.com readers (of a certain age *wink*), which one they preferred. If you’re old enough or a lover of 90s R&B, you’ll definitely remember the tracks.

Touch It“, off Monifah’s sophomore album Mo’hogany, was released in 1998 and was her biggest single. It peaked at No. 9 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and reached Top 40 in several other countries. On Billboard’s year-end chart, it ranked at No. 77 for 1998. The dance track sampled Laid Back’s 1983 hit, “White Horse“.

Michigan native, Adina Howard struck gold on her first try. “Freak Like Me” was her first single off her debut album Do You Wanna Ride?. Directed by Hype Williams, Howard’s hypersexual image was considered groundbreaking in the R&B scene, for its portrayal of her as an aggressor rather than playing coy. The 1995 track peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and ranked at No. 13 at the year-end chart. British girl group Sugababes covered the track in 2001.

Monifah ‘Touch It’ Music Video

Adina Howard ‘Freak Like Me’ Music Video

Old School Flashback Battle: Monifah or Adina Howard?

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