As Raekwon asserted on ‘Ice Cream’: “I’m high powered, put Adina Howard to sleep. Yo pardon, that bitch been on my mind all week.” Indeed. A glance at this flava-packed excursion from 1994, and you can see why.

‘Freak Like Me’ cropped up at the height of the hip-hop soul golden era, masterfully fusing R&B melodies with sassy hip-hop attitude. Sadly, Adina’s faded to obscurity since, but here, she was at the peak of her game. And how tragic to think that an entire generation’s only exposure to this cracker of a song is that piss-poor semi-cover by The Sugababes.

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