SONG OF THE DAY: Zhané – Hey Mr. DJ

SONG OF THE DAY

Zhané

Hey Mr. DJ

Zhané, Renée Neufville(right) and Jean Norris(left), initially met while they were attending Temple University in Philadelphia. In 1991 the pair, not yet a group, met DJ Jazzy Jeff and recorded their first studio song. Former Warner Bros. executive Benny Medina suggested they become a group. For the name, Neufville had the idea of using the French pronunciation of their first names Jean and Renée, which sounded like “Jahnay.” Thus the band was formed.

 SONG OF THE DAY  Zhané  Hey Mr. DJ

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“Hey Mr DJ” first appeared on the hip-hop compilation album Roll Wit the Flava. The album featured artists like: D-Nice, Queen Latifah and Naughty by Nature. After impressing a few producers, “Hey Mr. DJ” was released as a single. It hit number six on the pop charts and earned the group a contract with Motown in 1994.

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Their debut album, Pronounced Jah-Nay, produced two further Top 40 hits (“Groove Thang,” “Sending My Love”) and went gold by the end of the year; it achieved platinum status two years later.

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Since the group’s disbanding, Norris released the solo album Testimony: My Life in June 2011. Neufville hosted a live internet series called 88 Soul where guests included well-known R&B/Neo-Soul artists such as Jill Scott, Carl Thomas, Kelis and Joe. She later contributed to albums and videos by the likes of India.Arie, Will Downing, Aaliyah and others.

Check out the video for one of the best (dance) songs to come out of the 90s:

Lyrics:

(Verse 1)

Everybody move your body
Now do it
Here is something that’s gonna make you move & groove
Hey D.J. keep playing that song, all night
On and on and on

Everybody move your body
Now do it
Here is something that’s gonna make you move & grove
Hey D.J. keep playing that song, all night
On and on and on

(Verse 2)

It’s Friday night and the weekend’s here
I need to unwind, where’s the party, Mr. D.J.
I am ready to call my friends
So we could all get down
Where’s the party, hey Mr. D.J.

(Verse 3)

Hey Mr. D.J.
(You can get this started)
Everybody’s ready to party
(All night, all night)
All the girls are ready
(So we can all get to it)
So we can party ’till the break of dawn, oh

Repeat 1

Repeat 2

Repeat 3

[Rap]
Once again, it’s on, yo Zahne blow the horn
Let the D.J. know to keep playing your song
Maybe I’ll browse, snatch up the blouse
Rip the foul, ho
And get rub-a-dub style
Cuz your body won’t move
If it can’t feel the groove
So can’t boogie, have to show and prove
Hey, now I’m feeling the vibe
Rolling wit the flava
Feeling alright
Ho, yo, there’s a party over here
Yo, oh no, the party’s over there
Call up your friends, let ’em know
Fam’s tagging along
Hey D.J. keep playing that song

Everybody move your body
Now do it

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