UB Celebrates: 25th Anniversary of ‘Set It Off’ Soundtrack | Ivan Matias Brings Us Back – UrbanBridgez.com


This year marks the 25th anniversary of New Line Cinema movie “Trigger it. ”

Directed by the late great F. Gary Gray, of scenario through Takashi Bufford. The film became a blockbuster Success!

The big stakes action-drama, “Trigger it,” stars Jada Pinkett, Queen Latifah, Vivica Fox, when he started out in the cinema Kimberly Elise, Blair Underwood, John C. McGinley and Ella Joyce.

The whole experience was so surreal; ” Kimberly elise Recount UB Last year. “It was a big process to get the job. I had to do several auditions. Then when I first got it I was in a whole different league. It was surreal, but at the same time really wonderful. The ladies were great. They were all very nice, especially Dana. ”

Stay tuned for our full report on the film coming in November.


Today, we celebrate the Soundtrack who accompanied the movie. The “Trigger it“The soundtrack is out 25 years there is that the week, to September 24, 1996.

Organized Noize, DJ U-Neek, Andrea Martin and Ivan Martias produced the majority of the album. The soundtrack reached # 4 on the Display panel 200 and # 3 on the Best R & B / Hip-Hop Albums. The album would go platinum only of them months after its release!

The shots who helped the album achieve this included status, Gordon chambers first single “I miss you“(went to gold) interpreted by Brandy, Tamia, Gladys Knight and Chaka Khan, “Days of our life“of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, “The breakage” through Da 5 Footaz, “Go on” through Billy Laurent with MC Lyte and “Let it go,” what was Ray Jthe first single from.

However, it was the song performed by Fashionable and written by Ivan Matias and Andrea Martin, “Don’t let go (love)“which became not only the soundtracks the biggest single, but the most successful single of Fashionablecareer.

Don’t let go (love)” was a international hitting climax in the Top 10 in various countries, while reaching # 1 on the R&B Billboard chart for a week.

The song was the last single from Fashionable introduce a former band member Dawn Robinson, who is the lead singer of the song.

To celebrate the “Trigger it”Soundtrack, we talked to one of our favorites Ivan Matias. Who is always frank, about how he got involved in the project and how “Don’t let go (love)” a song writing for a rock group, became Fashionable‘s.

Ivan also shares why her single with Queen latifah had a video but ended up being stopped due to label policy. Plus he shares his proudest moment, to be outside of it soundtrack.

Ivan Matias is a singer, songwriter, producer, arranger, hip hop ghost writer, and contractor.

He is best known for writing and producing other hit songs for “Wish I Didn’t Miss You” by Angie Stone, “You’re The One” by SWV, “Still in My Heart” by Tracie Spencer and “Breathe.”Among others, who sold more 44 million world records.

UrbanBridgez.com: How did you get involved in the soundtrack?
Ivan Matias: Sylvia Rhone was negotiating an agreement with Andrea to sign her as an artist. I was waiting for my release from Arista at the time. In good faith, Sylvia has said she will star on the soundtrack single from “Set It Off” to break her as a first artist if she signs with Elektra. Andrea really wanted to sign with Arista, but told Sylvia she was okay with it.


Sylvia took us to Atlanta to collaborate with Organized Noize on the soundtrack. We wrote 2 songs for the soundtrack. “Don’t Let Go” for En Vogue and the theme song “Set it off” with Andrea, Queen Latifah and myself with Organized Noize. Sylvia then took us to LA to shoot a video for the theme song. Andrea waited for Sylvia to release the single and told her a week later that she was signing with Clive & Arista. Sylvia stopped promoting our single and released “Don’t Let Go”. Ironically, during the recording of “Don’t Let Go”, Sylvia sent Elektra’s vice president to LA. When he got to the voice recording session Andrea was having his nails done and Organized Noize was still at the hotel. I was the only one with En Vogue to produce their voice. I had never met Merlin (the vice president) or Sylvia in person. He was visibly annoyed that I was alone, but as soon as he heard what I was doing, he smiled and sat down. As I was demonstrating an ad lib for Dawn to record, he picked up the phone and called Sylvia. Not only did they love the song, Merlin suggested Sylvia sign me. In less than 2 weeks, they offered me a contract and half of the En Vogue album to write and produce, which included “Don’t Let Go”.

UrbanBridgez.com: 7 songs from this album ranked in Billboard with “Don’t Let Go (Love)” being the biggest hit and one of the biggest songs of the 90s according to Billboard. Tell us how you and Andrea developed this song and how it became that of En Vogue?
Ivan Matias: There was no formula. Andrea had an idea for the crochet. She mumbled a tune and we sat on the studio floor and launched her in about 45 minutes. It wasn’t with En Vogue in mind. We were thinking of Aerosmith or Steven Tyler. When Sylvia Rhône heard it, she then said that it would be perfect for the quartet. Andrea and I thought we could ruin the group, but Sylvia had the vision and we followed her. I wrote bridge while En Vogue was literally recording vocals. I would write a line and sing it to Maxine. While she was recording it, I wrote the next one, while following the mood. They were so professional and precise. Despite their band’s troubles at the time, they maintained a strong work ethic while recording this song.

UrbanBridgez.com: What is your proudest moment to have played a major role in such a successful soundtrack?
Ivan Matias: I am happy to have met and worked with Sylvia Rhone thanks to my contribution to the soundtrack. So much that I learned from her that I still carry with me today. Some things have taken me years to figure out. I was young, socially awkward, and not a great communicator. She took me under her wing and made me feel like I was important in an industry of faceless budding writers. With her incredible musical heritage and contribution, she chose me to expand the opportunities of a lifetime. I am eternally grateful to him. Delivering a record that Sylvia deemed worthy of her support is my proudest moment working on this soundtrack. AND she also worked on this record in the biggest hit of En Vogues!

UrbanBridgez.com: Do you have any favorite quotes from the movie?
Ivan Matias: Well, not from the movie, but my favorite quote came from Sylvia at a meeting about the movie. She called Andrea and I in her office to play our “Set It Off” video montage. Halfway through the video, Sylvia paused it on a beautiful photo of Andrea. Sylvie said. “I saw you well, didn’t I? Heard you are planning on signing with Clive even though we have a deal. It better be a rumor because I’m going to make you and this single disappear so fast. NO ONE on any other label will make you look like that good baby.Sylvia then pressed play, put down the remote and walked out of her office, leaving Andrea and I to watch the rest of the video. We looked at each other in awe, for although I begged Andrea to sign with Sylvia; we both knew she was going to Clive.

We Stan for Sylvie Rhone, ah!

Take a trip back and revisit one of the last soundtracks with several hits “Set It Off!” “






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