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Setting the Records Straight
Some well-known, others so obscure they may not yet be on collectors’ radars, the state’s essential African American recordings are one part enjoyment, one part musical education.
By Ryan LaCroix
Published January/February 2015
Hi-Five (Jive, 1990)
Fronted by Oklahoma City singer Tony Thompson, the Waco, Texas-based vocal group made a splash in the early 1990s with a mixture of pop, R&B, and New Jack Swing soul (a sound popularized by Bell Biv Devoe, Bobby Brown, and other artists of the era) that incorporated hip-hop beats and production techniques. Hi-Five’s self-titled debut went platinum and topped the Billboard R&B charts in 1990. The album includes number-one pop hit “I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)” and number-one R&B hit “I Can’t Wait Another Minute,” while another song on the album—“Too Young”—landed on the Boyz n the Hood soundtrack.