It’s been nearly two decades since Brandy stepped onto the music scene with a sultry voice, young swag and box braids. During her concert in Washington DC at the Howard Theater, the “Wildest Dreams” singer celebrated the 18-year anniversary of her first single “I Wanna Be Down” with a special cake onstage. She reflected on the video and her career after the show:

“You know celebrating 18 years of ‘I Wanna Be Down’ going number 1 today to kind of feel like I’m in that same space, it’s so crazy being out there on the mic and being in front of the car with all of my friends…like those were my real life friends that were in the video,” the VIBE Vixen cover girl recalls. “It was so crazy to do the video because it was always so close but yet so far away. I would almost get in the door and then something would happen and then finally, I got in that door with Atlantic.”

After recently dropping her sixth studio effort Two Eleven, the R&B veteran says she has no fear in being the person and artists she wants to be. “I’m not afraid no more. I’m not scared,” she says. “I wasn’t scared 18 years ago and I went through a phase of being afraid and now I’m just not afraid. I’m humble but I’m not scared.”

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