Friday, September 22, 2017

Charmagne: Cafe On Magne (Prophet Records, 2000)

Another lucky find while online crate digging, the full-length album from Charmagne whose only single is posted here. It was an obscure but great find from my co-contributor Stuaaart and after some digging about online I realized that the artist was none other than Charmagne Tripp, better known to some for her feature on Eminem's 2009 song We Made You. Her single was released in 1998 but the above album came two years later and is a blend of jazzy and  late 90s mellow R&B with smooth, silky vocals 💯👌. It is a good compliment to her 2004 album Purpose, which can be found on CDBaby, and similarities can be drawn to Chanté Moore and another indie artist featured here Tracey McLiechey.

Tripp hails from Hartford, Connecticut.   

Heaven 4:06
I'm Comin Over 4:21
Will You 4:46
Don't Just Walk Away 4:10
Are You Sure 4:58
Can't Play Me 4:10
R U Ready 4:15
What Would She Do 5:36
Are You Sure (3D Remix) 4:55

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Dawn Blair: No Turning Back (Demo) (Self-Released, 200x)

From our guy in Virginia, another artist found while digging through the crates and kindly sent to me once again from my regular contributor Stuaaart. The artist, who hails from Powhatan, VA, can be found on SoundClick where she is or was an unsigned artist. I believe this project was a demo but I don't know for exact certain. The CD itself is a Verbatim vinyl CDr; regardless, the sound here is mid 2000s contemporary R&B with jazzy/bluesy samples and neo soul facets. Scroll down for our collection so far.

Uninterrupted 4:41
Any Good 3:46
Loving You 5:07
Crazy Game 3:55
The Only One 3:21
Have You Ever 5:13
Champion 3:33
Feelings 4:34
No Turning Back 3:44
At Your Feet 3:19
You've Done Me Wrong 3:19
Business Goes On 3:25

**Further unique finds found while digging through the crates in Virginia can be found here**

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Kenyatta: Finally (Precise Records Inc., 2004)

Continuing on with our East Coast crate digging expedition, a further mystery artist that we know nothing about but has a smooth contemporary R&B sound a la Cree with bomb vocals. The booklet had water damage so much of the text has been destroyed but from Virginia as per one of the featured artists and his said group DMP AKA DurTe MuZik Prahdukshun (Norfolk-based.) Again many thanks again to Stuaaart and his homie for acquiring this gem.

Allnyte 4:01
Mekhai's Lullaby 2:36
Who Loves You 4:32
Get Down 2:43
Caress 3:49
Lonely Girl (Melody) 0:54
Best Of Me ft. Khi Killiams 3:47
Control 3:41
Exposed 0:42
Your Song (Baby Come & Go) 4:19
If You Only Knew 4:12
Finally 2:58

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Charmagne: Will You (CDM) (Prophet Records, 1998)

Further obscure 90s R&B from Hartford, CT's Charmagne Tripp who is mostly known for providing the hook on Eminem's 2009 song We Made You. Sadly despite the major artist feature, she never really took off like some of his other guests did but still continues to perform regularly in the Hartford area. She released an album in 2004 titled Purpose which employs a similar smooth sound. Many thanks again to Stuaaart for the contribution.

Will You 4:48
Will You [Insturmental] 4:46
Will You [Acappella] 4:43
Will You [ISIS Remix] 7:30
Will You [Foster Street Mix] 4:57

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Aaries: 5-Song Sampler (Promo CDr) (Atlantic, 200x)

Along with JS, LovHer, Lyric and Tha 'Rayne, Atlantic's Aaries were another of the new generation of R&B groups to hit the airwaves - albeit briefly - in the early 2000s.The product of Musiq Soulchild, the duo, out of Philly, had been doing backup for him since 2000 and in 2001 featured on his song "If I Woulda Knew" for Def Soul records. By themselves, they released two singles "Strangers To Lovers" and "Eventhough" but as with many new groups back then, neither went beyond the promo stage and their up-coming album "Always Remember" was eventually shelved. Rather than opting for the urban-crossover appeal, they used the neo-soul format with production coming from ?uestlove of The Roots and Musiq Soulchild's producer Carvin Haggins. As far as I know there is no full advance of the album but two different samplers featuring select tracks do exist. Again quite a pity that they went nowhere but Atlantic wasn't really the best place to be if you were a true urban artist. A few years later they squandered another great talent Deemi... 

The above one, a labelled CDr, has the advantage over the other one (PRCD 30099) as it features 5 full tracks.

Eventhough 3:44
Strangers To Lovers 3:40
So Nice 3:38
Take U Back 5:07
Baby This Love 8:07

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Achewood: Let's Get The Loot (VLS) (Under Pressure Entertainmment, Inc., 1998)

More hip-hop-inspired R&B from Virginia Beach with Achewood, who now goes by his full name Achewood Benjamin. Back then he dabbled in only what I could describe as thug R&B but nowadays has more of a radio-friendly sound. Many thanks again to Stuaaart for the contribution.

Let's Get The Loot [Album Mix] 4:25
Let's Get The Loot [Radio Mix] 4:25
Let's Get The Loot [Instrumental] 4:36
Jig Mo' 4:18