This Is Platinum Hip-Hop’s Throwback Thursday’s Pick –
Total – “Can’t You See”
Bad Boy Entertainment had one of the fiercest girl groups in the 90’s. TIPHH’s throwback pick for the day is “Can’t You See” by Total. It is on the album “Total” and released in 1995. The single also appeared on the New Jersey Drive, Vol. 1 soundtrack.
After making their recording debut on his tracks “Juicy”, “One More Chance” and “One More Chance” (Hip Hop Remix)”, The Notorious B.I.G. returned the favor with an intro rap verse to the song. The track was written and arranged by Terri & Monica‘s Terri Robinson, produced entirely by Sean “Puffy” Combs with instrumentation provided by associates Rashad Smith, Herb Middleton and Chucky Thompson and contains a sample from James Brown‘s “The Payback”. The track was a success both on the mainstream US Billboard Hot 100 chart, reaching number thirteen and the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, where it made number three. The song also peaked at number forty-three on the UK Singles Chart, where it charted for two weeks.
The main edit to the track was the “Bad Boy Remix”, which had the girls sing the original lyrics with a different vocal arrangement, The Notorious B.I.G.’s intro rap replaced by one from Keith Murray and its own music video. The track had inserts of the girls acting as callers to a request line. They called asking for the song to be played, saying such things as “Hey, can you play that Total Remix?”. The vocals from this edit were also used on the “So So Def Remix” by Jermaine Dupri. The only remixes using the original track were those from funky house producer E-Smoove.
Billboard named the song #28 on their list of 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time.
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