“Don’t Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days)” & Other Songs You Didn’t Know Dallas Austin Wrote Or Produced

May 14, 2014  |  
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Motown Philly – Boyz II Men 

I’m super late because I never noticed that Boyz II Men, at the very beginning of the song, say, “Yo, what’s up Dallas.” There it is. Though he produced the song himself, he wrote it with Michael Bivins, Nathan Morris, and Shawn Stockman. Now, that I’ve told you Dallas produced “Iesha,” it’s not such a stretch to consider the fact that he also produced “Motown Philly.” The songs are very similar, with the New Jack Swing sound. In fact, the group shouts out Another Bad Creation and Bell Biv Devoe with the lyric: “Boyz II Men, ABC, BBD.” (Had no idea!) “Motown Philly,” released in 1991, was the debut single from the group’s first album Cooleyhighharmony.  You already know the single was a success and it went on to reach number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. And is still, arguably, the group’s signature jam. This wasn’t the last time Dallas worked with the Philly fellas. He would produce songs like “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday,” “Uhh Ahh” and one of my jams “Under Pressure.” 

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