Who can forget Adina Howard? The 90s R&B starlet became notorious for hits “Freak Like Me,” from her debut album Do You Wanna Ride? and all-time favorite “T-shirt and Panties.”  Don’t act like they’re not on your bae playlist.

Howard’s sexually provocative and empowering lyrics were ahead of their time for female artists. The then 20-something’s music drew both criticism and praise from feminists. Our editors certainly consider Howard’s lyrics sex-positive anthems for Black women.

Howard undoubtedly paved the way for Lil’ Kim and Foxy Brown. And there would arguably be no wide acceptance of Nicki Minaj and Rihanna’s racy lyrics without her exhaustive contribution.

“Freak Like Me” was certified gold and even though Howard released five albums between 1995 and 2015, none garnered the buzz or success of Do You Wanna Ride?.

In case you’re wondering what Howard is up at 41, and after 20 years since her debut album, Rebel Life Media premiered a new documentary about the singer’s life.

The doc, Adina Howard 20: A Story of Sexual Liberation was made available for FREE today on Vimeo.

While not up to par on the production end, the complimentary doc generously tells Howard’s story in her words and describes the impact she made in the ‘90s with help from family, friends, fans, educators and other entertainers.

Expect to learn about Howard’s friendship with Tupac Shakur—she says the rapper taught her how to roll a blunt. Why BET banned her video, working with Jamie Foxx and the untimely demise of her career after comments she made about music industry veteran Sylvia Rhone.

Clearly, there’s a lot to the singer many of us never knew and by today’s standards, lyrics in “Freak Like Me” and “T-shirt and Panties” wouldn’t cause listeners to bat an eyelash!

Watch the full documentary now!

Brittney Fennell

Brittney Fennell

Brittney is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and a writer who has goals to disrupt culture in ways unseen.