XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Hold Up Wait A Minute (Woo Woo)” by Antonique Smith

Photo courtesy of the artist
Photo courtesy of the artist

Antonique Smith is known to many as “the actress that played Faith Evans” in Notorious, the movie about the life and death of rap star Notorious B.I.G. (Biggie Smalls). Smith, a television (Law & Order and HBO’s Bored To Death), film (Notorious, Abduction, Across The Universe), music videos (with Rick Ross and Nas), and Broadway (Rent) actress, has just released her first single, “Hold Up Wait A Minute (Woo Hoo)” from her forthcoming Kickstarter funded album, Speechless.

“Hold Up” instrantly grabs your attention within seconds of hearing the funky, thumping bass and Antonique’s powerhouse vocals. The groove factor quickly builds as instruments unfold in a manner similar to Sly’s “Dance To The Music.” Layered on top of each other are a stuttering, vintage organ, a blaring punchy sax; a marching, yet soulful drum beat, that bass, and Smith’s powerful vocals take command and hold center stage throughout the entire song. Smith tears into this song with self-assurance and there are times when you hear echoes of Aretha and Chaka.

Below, listen to “Hold Up Wait A Minute (Woo Woo).”