Some kind of old school sisterhood cropped up at the 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards last night when Brandy took the stage to perform the remixed version of her 1994 classic, "I Wanna Be Down", and what do you know, it was absolutely positively G-L-O-R-I-O-U-S. From a stark white background Brandy emerged hooped and 'fro-ed up, but she didn't strut out there alone as she brought along her friends, MC Lyte, YoYo, and Queen Latifah to feed the femme fires, and the three of them just stormed the stage with peerless flows in tow, not missing a beat and schooling all the young thangs on how the sisterhood does Hip-Hop.
Flawless ageless goddesses. Every last one of them.
All and all, seeing this just made me:
a) nostalgic for the year that I was eight and joined the Brandy Fan Club via snail mail
b) confirm why Brandy and Queen Latifah's TV characters of Moesha and Khadijah will remain my writing she-ros
c) want to kick up my skin care and beauty regime because MC Lyte, YoYo, and Queen are just killing it in their 40s
d) shake my head over how badly hip-hop and women empowerment in it has gotten for women (sorry Nicki Minaj doesn't cut it for me...)
e) want to spin "I Wanna Be Down" (aka the greatest Brandy song ever) in a loop for the rest of the week
Check for the classic visual after the cut, and let it fully marinate that that music video is 20 years old and it looks like it was recorded yesterday.