97 Words: “So Into You” by Tamia is a Timeless Classic

Vincent Anthony
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This song is part of our “THE SUMMER 97 (1998 x 2023)” playlist. Check out the full list.

Before we had social media and apps like TikTok to make old songs go viral years after their release… all we had were samples. Tamia’s 1998 R&B classic “So Into You” was a modest hit upon its original release, peaking at #30 on the Hot 100 and #7 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Five years later, Fabolous sampled it for his smash hit “Into You,” with Ashanti Tamia, who rerecorded her vocals for what would become the biggest hit of both their careers. This literally timeless classic was a smash in not one, but two summers and it’s still fire.

Watch the “So Into You” (or “Into You”) video, stream it or buy Tamia’s debut album.

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.

Check out our full “THE SUMMER 97 (1998 x 2023)” playlist here.

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Vincent is the founder of the magazine and has had a strong passion for popular music since, well, 1997! If it's not obvious, his favorite artists include Destiny's Child, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, P!nk, and many more. Vincent lives in New York, where he is a high school English teacher, and currently he is pursuing a Master's in Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.