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Whatta Man original

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The Whatta Man original, paving the way for female empowerment

In the 1960s American R&B musician, songwriter, radio personality and Atlantic Records producer Dave Crawford wrote a song in celebration of good men. Twenty-five years later, hip-hop trio Salt-N-Pepa and En Vogue brought out a version of “Whatta Man” that reached the top ten in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the US. The accompanying video clip, which won three MTV music video awards, featured cameos by Tupac Shakur and Treach from Naughty by Nature. It’s ironic that a song representing such a strong female point of view was written by a man. It’s also interesting that the singer of the 1968 “Whatta Man” original, Linda Lyndell, was white.