Episode 107: Gerrick Kennedy on Whitney Houston’s “My Love Is Your Love”

Episode 107

Writer and critic Gerrick Kennedy joins Oliver and Morgan in the studio to talk about Whitney’s move to hip-hop, her growth as an artist from her last studio album, and how this record helped celebrate black womanhood in a way that was so rarely heard at the time.

Episode notes

The Album: Whitney Houston My Love Is Your Love (1998)

What was initially supposed to be a greatest hits compilation ended up being a full-on album. Whitney got everyone on this record. Babyface, Kelly Price, Faith Evans, Missy, and even Mariah Carey, all came into the studio to help create a true heat rock; four times platinum, six Grammy nominations, and the Oscar for Best Original Song/

Writer and critic Gerrick Kennedy joins Oliver and Morgan in the studio to talk about Whitney’s move to hip-hop, her growth as an artist from her last studio album, and how this record helped celebrate black womanhood in a way that was so rarely heard at that time.

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Show Tracklisting (all songs from My Love Is Your Love unless otherwise stated)

  • My Love Is Your Love
  • It’s Not Right But It’s Okay
  • Lauryn Hill: Ex-Factor
  • It’s Not Right But It’s Okay (Remix)
  • Aaliyah: Are You That Somebody
  • Brandy: Never Say Never
  • Brandy: The Boy Is Mine
  • If I Told You That
  • Heartbreak Hotel
  • Heartbreak Hotel (Live)
  • Get It Back
  • Total: Trippin’
  • Deborah Cox: Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here
  • Whitney Houston: Tell Me No
  • Oh Yes
  • In My Business
  • Heartbreak Hotel
  • I Learned From The Best
  • When You Believe
  • My Love Is Your Love
  • If I Told You That
  • Oh Yes
  • Get It Back
  • When You Believe
  • I Learned From The Best
  • Kelly Price: Secret Love
  • Deborah Cox: 2 Good 2 Be True
  • Missy Elliot: All N My Grill

Here is the Spotify playlist of as many songs as we can find there.

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