My first introduction to Mýa was through one of my older sister’s frequent throwback R&B sessions. “Case of the Ex” had been released in 2000, but being born at one of the peaks of the 90s in ‘97 made me a little delayed on getting with the program until the early 2000s.
While watching the video for the first time as my sister attempted mastering the choreography, I was transfixed on Mýa’s hard hitting movements as she glided in the sand. It was no secret that she was gorgeous, but what made all eyes on her was the overwhelming confidence she had as a performer that radiated from her petite figure from her precision through dance, the contrast of her lyrical assertion with her warm silky vocals and lastly her badass sense of style.
Mýa’s initial journey to stardom began as a dancer with tap dance, but she tapped into her musician background and became signed to Interscope Records. She first entered the industry at 18 with her debut album, Mýa, where she worked alongside the R&B & Hip-Hop greats such as Babyface, Missy Elliott, Sisqo in which she secured a hit single with “It’s All About Me”.
This was only the light to the fuse of Mýa’s career, now let’s take a look back to more of her iconic moments!
“Take Me There”
A song that instantly warms your heart with nostalgia. Mýa, Blackstreet, Mase and Blinky Blink teamed up in R&B excellence to make a classic track for a childhood classic film, The Rugrats Movie.
”Best of Me Part 2”
Along with Amerie’s “Why Don’t We Fall in Love”, “Best of Me Part 2” is a timeless record that feels like the start of rising temperatures and summer parties & kickbacks. I’ll never get over the look that was her being effortlessly sexy turning Jordan’s UNC jersey into a dress.
This was the start of the jersey dress trend, argue with your mama.
“Lady Marmalade” is arguably one of the best music remakes of all-time. Mýa, Lil Kim, Christina Aguilera and P!nk were all in their prime and brought back life to a classic Labelle record for with the one and only Missy’s production for Moulin Rouge. For five weeks it sat at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and won a 2002 Grammy for “Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals”. Mýa and Lil Kim have both agreed to being down for a reunion, so fingers crossed that it happens!
“My Love Is Like...Wo”
Missy and Mýa came back together to create one of her signature records. Simply put, it’s one of the best music videos of all-time. If anyone needed a reminder back in 2003 that Mýa was THAT b*tch, she delivered that message wholeheartedly with no remorse for anyone’s edges.
From the pantsuit to the track shorts, the transition of each look was fire and her tap dancing breakdown was the nail in the coffin.
After taking a quick music hiatus, the 38-year-old became independent in 2008 and started her own label, Planet 9. She has since released an EP and two albums, most recently with her eighth studio album, TKO (The Knock Out). Every single and visual she has released for TKO has been a straight banger, but especially the “Damage” music video deserves all the praise. (Shout out to Galen Hooks’ amazing direction and choreography!)
Mýa is bringing back what she is known for: Being a one-woman show. No background dancers or theatrics are necessary when your talent speaks for itself and you’re a captivating force on your own. Other artists need to take notes from her being such a polished hardworking veteran in the game.
TKO masterfully combined elements of both the new sound of R&B to rejuvenate her music while still keeping her grounded in her 90s and early 00s musical roots that her fans back in the day fell in love with.
With two decades of being in the music industry, Mýa Harrison is still reminding us once again that she’s THAT b*tch and continuing to give the R&B girls a run for their money.