One of my favorite moments of the 2010 BET Awards was watching El DeBarge’s comeback performance. El along with Marty, Randy, James, and Bunny (shout out to Chico) were collectively known as R&B group DeBarge. This family unit stepped onto the scene in the early 1980s with hopes of achieving super-stardom and reviving the struggling label Motown Records. Hailing from Michigan, this group was not only easy on the eyes, but on the ears as well! El and Randy Debarge had smooth falsetto voices that definitely worked in their favor while Bunny, the only female in the group, did a lot of the writing. Marty and James were also big contributors to the group by providing background vocals and instruments.
DeBarge was responsible for some of best 80’s slow jams and pop hits of all time! They also have been sampled like crazy by many of the artists we listen to today. I could make a pretty lengthy list, but let’s just start with two of the greatest rappers to ever touch the mic!
In 1994, Notorious B.I.G. sampled DeBarge’s track “Stay With Me” for the “One More Chance” remix featuring Faith Evans. “Stay With Me”, which was featured on DeBarge’s 1983 album In A Special Way, has also been sampled by Ashanti, Big L, and Mariah Carey among others. Take a listen to “One More Chance” and “Stay With Me” and see if you can recognize the sampling!
In 1996, Tupac Shakur sampled Debarge’s “A Dream” for his track “I Ain’t Mad At Cha.” “A Dream”, which was written and performed by Bunny DeBarge, also appeared on the 1983 album In A Special Way as well as a greatest hits album. Other artists that also sampled this song include Blackstreet and Rihanna. Mary J. Blige also did an amazing cover of this song that was featured on the 1997 Money Talks Soundtrack. Take a listen as Tupac meets DeBarge!
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