Throwback Thursday: Tatyana Ali – “Daydreamin'”

Throwback Thursday: Tatyana Ali – “Daydreamin'”

In July of 1998, Tatyana Ali released “Daydreamin'” as the lead single from her debut (and only) album, Kiss the Sky. Produced by Darkchild and based on a Steely Dan sample, the song features an uncredited Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz, who had used that very same sample on a song released seven months prior.

Tatyana Ali reportedly got into music after Will Smith convinced her to — the two had co-starred on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, where she had showcased her singing chops on a cover of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.” She would go on to land a record deal with Michael Jackson’s MJJ Music, which was distributed by Epic Records.

Within months of the release of “Daydreamin’,” Tatyana Ali enrolled at Harvard University. Her career in entertainment would take a backseat, and she would only promote her music on the weekends. “Daydreamin'” would become her one and only song to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 6.

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