Tue. Sep. 28, 2021

Chico DeBarge – Iggin Me (Kedar/Universal)

This Beat Is Mine! Chico DeBarge – Iggin Me (Kedar Entertainment)

‘Iggin Me’ just brings me way back in the day when I first listened to it. And although they do not sing in the same register, I couldn’t help thinkin’ of Marvin. I suppose it’s mainly comin’ from both its swing and background vocal arrangements.

I’d be curious to know what’s your readers’ feeling about this cool jam by the likes of the member of such a well known family of artists. A singer whom you might also remember for an interpolation of Johnny Guitar Watson‘s ‘Superman Lover’ (although under a slightly different title). Another top quality (Neo-Soul) piece, as everything Kedar Massenburg put out back in the day (D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, etc.)…

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A native of Grand Rapids, MI, Chico DeBarge belongs to one of the most famous families of artists in the history of contemporary music. Like his siblings, he came to sign a record deal with Motown in the mid-80’s. Delivering his self-titled debut-album in 1986. And eventually makin’ some waves with the firing ‘Talk To Me’. This in a vein reminding of Janet Jackson‘s ‘What Have You Done For Me Lately’. Then releasing a second album – ‘Kiss Serious’ – the year after out of which came ‘I’ve Been Watching You’ produced by Brownmark.
He probably didn’t know back then it would take him some 10 years to give it a follow up. And this after serving time in prison for drug traffic.

Chico DeBarge came back right on time to add his voice to the then ongoing Neo-Soul movement. Returning to Motown, then under the direction of Kedar Massemburg, his aptly titled ‘Long Time No See’ album spanned the monumental. But also got him duetting with Joe on ‘No Guarantee’.
A non-album single – ‘Soopaman Lover’ – seeing him sharing the bill with Erick Sermon and Redman the year after. Thus brilliantly interpolating Johnny Guitar Watson‘s classic ‘Superman Lover’.

‘The Game’, his fourth album, came to light by the end of 1999. It spanned ‘Give You What You Want (Fa Sure)’ which stands among his biggest successes in the charts. Meanwhile ‘Listen To Your Man’ saw him reuniting with Joe. This before duetting with Monifah the year after on ‘Nana’ from her 2000 ‘Home’ album.

2003 saw him delivering his fifth effort – ‘Free’ – on Koch Records. This before returning 6 years later to Kedar Entertainment with ‘Addiction’, his last effort to date. Itself so to say recapturing the multiple problems Chico DeBarge went thru because of his addiction to drugs. A disease which sadly affected the majority of the members of the DeBarge family. This, more or less, further to the misbehavior of their dad, Robert DeBarge, Sr.. A man described by his former wife as physically and emotionally abusive to her and the children…

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