First Impressions: Monica & Brandy's Reunion

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Time heals all wounds and Brandy and Monica had some choice words to say to each other back in '98 when they were in the salty seas of a love triangle with "The Boy Is Mine". Now fourteen years after the fact, the two R&B princesses have learned to live and let live because well---that ol' boy they were fussin' and fightin' about wasn't really worth it in the end. As they proclaim in their new duet, "It All Belongs To Me", the two are no longer angst-riddled teens and are celebrating sisterhood by pooling their resources and  sing about sending ol' boy flying to the curb, and well, he better watch out because according to this duo he doesn't get to keep that Mac book and that Facebook status is soon to be an embarrassment. Oh, the woes of first world problems....

After rumors and twittering tweets about Brandy and Monica's reunion are now finalized and this track (which will be done in two different versions) will be featured on Monica's upcoming, New Life, and Brandy's still pending Spring release. I can't say that I'm in 'love' this Rico Love production because let's be real---I have "The Boy Is Mine" embedded in my brain and nothing will beat that by miles as it's one of the greatest songs of the 90's. Yet, this is still a worthy candidate for how R&B songs should be sounding in the 21st century as there is enough melody to keep everything crackling and noteworthy. So I give a round of applause for a collaborative effort that shows that we shouldn't count these ladies out of the R&B game just yet.

To reminisce on the love we had, check after the cut to view "The Boy Is Mine" in all of it's late-90's wonder.

Monica & Brandy - It All Belongs To Me 


  1. To be frank, the song is terrible. I am (as you know) a HUGE Brandy fan. In fact, I think Epic's mismamangement of "Human" was criminal.

    However, it seems Monica's knack for hoodrat lyricism has tainted what arrangement & vocally sounded like a mature, pretty R&B affair. It reeks of shallow observations in its chorus and both women, especially La Norwood, are above singing these songs. I expect it from Monica, because in her lack of sound career, she's relied on balck popular culture tips to guide her musically & lyrically, to the detriment of her talent. Brandy never had that issue.

    I expect Norwood to come much harder. Between Madonna & Brandy losing the plots of late, I've been super sad about their upcoming projects.-QH

  2. QH:

    Actually you pegged it in the second paragraph. The song is okay for me, and I still think it's better than a lot of what is out in mainstream R&B right now. It's just that it's not going to be 1998 anymore and the excitement for this is that these two are back together. That's it. There are two different versions of this, so we'll see how that goes.

    I differ on the conversation of Monica as she actually came on strong on her last album and it was her best since 'The Boy Is Mine'. Her "hoodrat" lyricism never really bothered me...I've heard MUCH worse. As for Brandy, to be honest, 'Human' was a bore and a chore for me. Bad promotion be damned, the album just didn't gel. Her best albums have always been 'Afrodisiac', 'Never Say Never' and 'Full Moon' to me. But different strokes...

    On the note of Madonna's "Give Me All Your Luvin'" it's the pits...absolutely horrible. Possibly her worst single ever. I'll have further comment on it later, but at the moment I'm pretending it's not happening, lol.

    As for all three of them---I never judge by the first single, when the full project drops and I give it a good listen that's where I make final judgement. *Law & Order gavel sound*

  3. Yeh. I totally don't agree about "Human," it was a message album, and the truth is that not everyone gets message albums & they don't usually sell either. But, I think it really was a testament to her strength as a vocalist, so I love it. "Afrodisiac" was a decent, but failed experiment at broadening her sound, and out of the five, ranks as her weakest. To me at least. But, as you said, different strokes. ;)

    I plan to buy both their albums, but my excitement is muted. Lol @ the L&O sound.-QH

  4. Funny, you're like the third person who has told me that 'Afro' was Brandy's weakest. Actually that album sort of revived me on Brandy, as I admit, I'm not the biggest fan of. Oddly, I watched 'Moesha' religiously growing up---her music/voice just never gelled with me *hides behind chair and waits for tomatoes*

    Though I like a song here and there since she first came out, 'Afrodisiac' just sat with me better. I came late to 'Full Moon' but I found it to be something I overlooked. Very good set.

    True 'Afro' was a focus for Timbaland's production skills like Nelly Furtado's 'Loose' and Madonna's 'Hard Candy', but it just stuck with me. *shrugs*

    As for 'Human', I get 'message albums', just not that one. Maybe I'll revisit it at a later date and have a different opinion about it, but for now I'm just going to agree to disagree :)


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