Flashback Friday: Smif-N-Wessun and Anita Baker

What a week.

First, some mysterious woman named H.E.R. drops an EP out of nowhere – and it’s AMAZING.

Then, your boy Ursher finally drops the album we’ve been waiting on for four years – and it’s pretty terrible.

Read my reviews for YouKnowIGotSoul.com at the links above. Then come back and check out these great throwbacks.


Smif-N-Wessun, Dah Shinin’ (1995)

Dah Shinin’ is one of those game-changing rap albums that seem to have been lost to time. Tek and Steele (aka the Cocoa Brovas) were charter members of the Boot Camp Clik and their album became a staple of the East Coast scene. Smif-N-Wessun rarely get the love they deserve – give them their props.

Also check out:

“Sound Bwoy Bureill”



Anita Baker, Rapture (1986)

If you’re debating classic R&B albums and Anita’s Rapture isn’t on your list, well, your list is invalid. Two Grammys, 8 million copies sold and a handful of unforgettable tracks make this not just one of the best albums of the ’80s, but one of the greatest works in R&B history. If you don’t believe me, just listen to the songs below.

Also check out:

“No One In the World”

“Sweet Love”

Now, it’s your turn. Email soulinstereoblog@gmail.com  hit me up on Twitter @etbowser, or stop by the comments section and share your Flashback Friday album. Leave a couple of sentences describing what makes it so great. I’ll feature your album on the blog.



  1. I have a friend of mine who says that Ms Baker is the Teddy Pendergrass of women’s RnB. It was in late 2009 when I heard the extended version of ‘Caught Up In A Rapture’. The one with a long acoustic guitar outro. I’ve been hooked ever since. This was a great post. Sent me right back in my time machine!

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