112 – Peaches & Cream

The year was 2001. Bad Boy Records, at one time the premier hit factory, was in the middle of a rebuilding phase after the death of The Notorious B.I.G and a string of underwhelming flops. And it didn’t help when their biggest artist post-Biggie had a quarter-life crisis and decided to retire from music to devote himself to God. Still a few bright spots remained; namely the R&B quartet 112. Gaining recognition from their contributions to the B.I.G. tribute “I’ll Be Missing You” and solo effort “Cupid,” the Atlanta foursome would reach a career peak in the early 2000’s with the release of their third studio album Part 111.

After debuting at number 2 on the Billboard 200 chart it would eventually be certified platinum in large part due to hits like “Dance With You” and today’s throwback “Peaches & Cream.” To be honest I had all but forgotten about this ode to oral until coming across Snoop’s new cut of the same name. It sparked a heavy nostalgia session, reminiscing on the slick electro-rhythms and the very obvious visual double-entendres sprinkled throughout the music video. Looking back I’m pretty sure I never fully grasped how raunchy this chart-topper really is. If BuzzFeed hasn’t included this on an inane list like “Top 23 Songs From Your Childhood That Were Actually About Cunnilingus,” someone’s missing the boat.

But it’s so much more than that. It’s got crazy crossover appeal thanks to a Top 40-friendly groove and infectious hook; plus Slim’s oh so recognizable falsetto is on full display every bit of the three and a half minute smash, solidifying this is as their best performing single to date and a mainstay in any retro-rotation.

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