Before the controversy about R. Kelly and alleged underage marriages, before Dame Dash, before Romeo Must Die and Queen of the Damned, and before the tragedy that saddened the world–Aaliyah was a fly Detroit girl whose debut single gave me my first Friday feel-good tune.
I had no girls to pick up (I was 12), I had no party my mother would let me attend without parental supervision, and I couldn’t dance worth a penny. But whenever “Back and Forth” came on in 1994, I couldn’t stop moving. And if this video doesn’t epitomize the absolute best in ’90s urban aesthetic (leather pants with cropped t-shirts!), I don’t know what does.
The opening line, “It’s Friday! (Heeeeey!)” should brighten up your entire day, so bust an MC Hammer on your way home from work and slide into your weekend like you own it.