Fun Fact: R. Kelly’s Ignition (Remix) just celebrated its 10th birthday.
Anyone else feel old?
Most hits have a shelf life and gradually lose their luster. But this one might be one of the best songs ever played. When those first words, “Now, um, usually I don’t do this” hit my ears, I get myself prepared for throwing up hand gestures to each lyric. I still don’t understand the meaning behind “Lemme give you that beep beep” but this song will always occupy a little corner of my heart.
The summer after I graduated from college, my best friends and I celebrated our last days of freedom in the Bahamas before emerging into the responsible life of adulthood. Ignition had been on American airwaves for awhile but apparently the Caribbean was just getting around to it. We sipped on Coke and rum and ran our hands through our beach-curled waves a hundred times, probably more. Some guys at a nearby table even sent over bottles of Cristal as an ice breaker. We accepted gracefully, however, I thought it tasted more like melted butter so I didn’t understand the fancy price tag. It was a ballsy move to attempt to infiltrate a group of pretty girls from Alabama who had the choreography to this thing down to an art.
It’s songs like this that can effortlessly take you back to a time and place where you thought you couldn’t get any happier. The perfect recipe to having the best time ever.
And for that, I thank Mr. Kelly.
Even if he is a big weirdo trapped in a closet.