MJ turns 50! FLASHBACK (1987): Hot Butterfly ft Michael Jordan - “Everybody Use Your Imagination”
Michael Jordan is turning 50 (Feb. 17) and we did some digging and found this hidden gem!
In 1987, four young, hopeful ladies from the Washington, D.C., area entered the studio to record a sassy, if wan, R&B single they hoped would bring them fortune and fame. Through the almighty mandate of the remix, LaDawn Brown, Lachelle Baker, Crystal Torez, and Anissa Moody stretched their "Everybody Use Your Imagination" to occupy two sides of an otherwise forgettable twelve-inch. Under the name Hot Butterfly, they released it on the local City Groove Records, no one noticed, and, presumably, they all went on with their lives. Hot Butterfly was forgotten until intrepid record collectors dug the single up more than two decades later, when it gained some small notice as a curiosity.
What made for the newfound interest in Hot Butterfly, as well as the group's presumably high expectations, was the involvement of Michael Jeffrey Jordan in the record. "Imagination" begins with Jordan's name, intoned by heavily processed, high-speed vocals; next, MJ himself drops in for a sliver of a spoken intro: "The pressure's on. Most people panic for a way out. But myself, I imagine a thousand different ways to get myself out." He returns at song's end, as if to reassert his dominion or remind us that he approves. The sleeve depicts Brown, Baker, Torez, and Moody with matching Salt-N-Pepa hairdos, door-knocker earrings, and oversize Air Jordan sweatshirts. A large image of His Airness hovers overhead. Moses Malone Jr. and Ray Leonard Jr. helped out on the background chant, but this was unquestionably a Michael Jordan joint. And yet it vanished without a trace.