It’s wild to witness how slang, and artists, evolve. Queen Latifah led 1998’s “Order in the Court,” her last studio album prior to a decade-long Hip-Hop hiatus, with the ferocious yet ridiculously titled, “Bananas (Who You Gonna Call?).” Don’t let the references to every kid’s favorite fruit and every kid’s favorite ghost movie mislead you though, there’s a reason Queen La’s crown is enflamed on the album cover: she breathes fire on “Bananas” alongside the late Flava Unit M.C. Apache. Latifah’s bars are an unrestrained reminder of her elite status as one of Hip-Hop’s most anointed Queens.
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.