Song of the Day: “Diggin’ On You” – TLC
On rainy days like these, I like to sit home and reminisce-slash-reenact TLC’s CrazySexyCool interludes with friends and family. It was just yesterday that I stared into the six eyes of the three members on its inimitable album cover. The sky blue disc transports many back to their first CD. While everyone else was drowning in “Waterfalls“, I recall being drawn to a little diddy called “Diggin’ On You”, which came after “Kick Your Game” and before “Case of the Fake People” on the now-classic 90’s LP. It was perhaps the least successful single off the massive-selling set, but offered a romantic, aggressively more mature sound compared to the trio’s earlier adolescent acoustics. Less sex-obsessed and more seductive, TLC graduated sex ed with straight A’s. They set their genre’s bar so high, it’s been hard to top since. CrazySexyCool was an indisputable pinnacle of the 1990’s R&B scene, boasting freshman productions by now-veterans, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Dallas Austin, and Jermaine Dupri. “Diggin’ On You” remains one of Babyface’s best productions with its subtle whining drone background that’s screaming to be sampled.
Bonus Track: “Sumthin’ Wicked This Way Comes” – TLC
(Feat. Andre 3000)