Throwback Thursday ‘Touch It’ by Monifah (1998)
I will concede that "WAP" by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion is still more provocative, but this song proves that they weren't the first women to put it all out there.
"Touch It" was the first single off of Monifah's second album, Mo'hogany.
Monifah is a singer/songwriter from New York City. Early on in her career, she was associated with rapper Heavy D.
"Touch It" was a banger! According to Wikipedia, "In the United States, it peaked at number nine on both the Billboard Hot 100 and on the Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart. 'Touch It' is Monifah's highest peak position on the US charts, though it did not receive a gold certification like her 1996 hit 'You', and was her only single to appear on the Billboard year-end charts, reaching 77 on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1998."
As of 2014, Monifah was part of TV One's R&B Divas: Atlanta. She even married her partner, Terez on the show.
Other notable women on the show include Faith Evans, Angie Stone, LaTavia Roberson, and Kameelah Williams.
The music video for "Touch It" shows Monifah performing for US armed forces.
This song came out when I was 12 and I'm pretty sure I had no idea what Monifah was talking about. The music video is relatively tame considering what the song is about. I suppose she's leaving a little something for the imagination.