97 Words: “With Me (Part I)” by Destiny’s Child

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

Record labels sure loved to have teen stars sing songs they were probably not old enough to be singing in the 1990s. “With Me,” the second single from Destiny’s Child’s debut album, is a fine example of that. Recorded when the girls were just 16 years old and produced by go-to hitmaker Jermaine Dupri, it’s essentially a side chick anthem. Problematic as it may be, it’s a bop in all four of its iterations. Perfect evidence that Beyoncé and Kelly were vocally talented beyond their years, nobody would guess that the young girls singing it weren’t grown-ass women.

Watch the “With Me” video, stream it, or grab some Destiny’s Child vinyl.

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.