An artist’s first single is their first impression, their first chance to introduce the world to its newest star. When Mýa dropped her first single in February 1998, she made one thing very clear: she was confident, sexy, and in control. The aptly-titled “It’s All About Me,” featuring Dru Hill frontman Sisqó, grabbed onto the growing girl-power movement and set herself in the dominant position, rendering Sisqó (and any man) submissive. A bold move not only as a woman in the 90s but also as a newcomer, Mýa not only declared her arrival but rendered herself highly desirable.
In celebration of summer, the staff at THE 97 has compiled a playlist containing some of our favorite summer songs, from then and now. Each day we will reveal one song, rotating daily between past and present with pairings from 1998 and 2023, for a total of 97 days/songs. Since we love nostalgia, we’re celebrating summer songs from 1998 as they turn 25, alongside new songs that we feel deserve some shine. Pairings could be thematic, sonic, or based connections between the artists.