Lumidee – Never Leave (Uh Oooh Uh Oooh)


The prettiest Puerto Rican woman on the east coast, Evelyn, had my full interest in 2003.  However that was only the second most memorable event of that year.  The infectious chorus to Lumidee’s “Uh Oooh…….Uh Oooh” consumed the music in my mental.  Sure 50 Cent, Chingy, Nelly, Luda, Beyonce,  Lil Jon and the rest of the crunk movement ruled the airwaves, but there was a virtual unknown that blasted on the scene with something innovative and infectious. A boriqua, doing R&B with a dancehall rhythm was one of the top songs of 2003.

Lumidee “Never Leave You (Uh Oooh Uh Oooh)

Lumidee, from East Harlem, crafted a hit that just could not be ignored.  “Never Leave You ….Uh Oooh …Uh Oooh” reached #41 on the billboard charts that year and even reached #1 in a handful of European countries.  The song starts with a simple dancehall rhythm and hand claps.  Somehow this is enough to get the head bobbing.   Then with a voice that sounds like your little sister, Lumidee starts crooning about some cat that she wants all to herself.  Once this came on at any club, every chula on the premises started dancing like they were actually in the video.

The buzz on this song was so hot there were multiple remixes which featured artists like Wayne Wonder, Sean Paul and 50 Cent.  Now the beat was so hypnotizing, it was left exactly the same.  Busta Rhymes and Fabolous jumped on the video and blessed us with some lyrical gymnastics. Now the fellas AND the ladies had something special. The video was a perfect match to the song. It looked like it was filmed in her own neighborhood with all her friends in the background. Dancers, Biggie references, Busta flowing in a detergent aisle in a bodega and even cute kids asking the DJ for a remix in the middle of the song made this video and song memorable.

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