Monday, November 5, 2018

4ore Playe: You And Your Attitude (VLS) (TCA Records, 1989)

Courtesy of our man in Virginia Beach, a 3 trax top level New Jack Swing and one of the few 12"s he has found of this genre. They hail from Staten Island, NY and appeared to be associated with fellow Staten Islanders Force MD's. I don't know if they ever did anything else but the label Trans Caribbean and American productions Inc. put out a handful of releases in the late 80s including a further obscure hip-hop duo People's Choice. I don't know much about them unfortunately but one member it seems (Ramsey "Nate" Shearnin) later on went on to write for R&B singer Freddie Jackson (1999). Many thanks once again to our guy in Virginia and as always to Stuaaart for his continued contributions

You Know You Drive Me Crazy [Radio Mix]    4:56
You Know You Drive Me Crazy [Street Beat]    5:02
You Know You Drive Me Crazy [Instrumental Mix]    4:49
You & Your Attitude [Vocal Mix]    4:33
What Goes Around Comes Around [Radio Mix]    4:37
What Goes Around Comes Around [Instrumental]    4:37
You & Your Attitude [Radio Mix]    4:22
You & Your Attitude [Dub Mix]    4:39

Friday, November 2, 2018

Slinkey: Freak Show/Diggin' The Day (Promo VLS) (Good Game Entertainment, 2002)

More early 2000s indie from a male artist Alfonso "Slinkey" Blake allegedly sentenced to death for a double homicide in Las Vegas in 2004 (citation needed.) The style - thug R&B - reminds me somewhat of this artist here although the A-side is more spoken word/rap. I won't go into detail about his crimes - however heinous they are - but he appeared to have quite a bit of potential, especially as a vocalist.

Freak Show 3:44
Freak Show (Instrumental) 3:38
Freak Show (Acappella) 3:40
Diggin' The Day 3:52
Diggin' The Day (Instrumental) 3:52
Diggin' The Day (Acappella) 3:41

Friday, October 26, 2018

Mary J. Blige/Kaycee Grogan: If You Be Right There/Tell Me (Test Press VLS) (199x)

There's no shortage of unreleased MJB tracks so it seems and here is another to add to the long list and either leftover from the "My Life" or "Share My World"sessions although not entirely certain. Some sources put the recording date at 1995 - in between both albums - so it's a possibility that it was recorded for a further project for Uptown (which she was soon to leave in favor of its parent label MCA Records) which was not released. It is also rumored to feature En Vogue although, once again, I don't know how accurate that is. On the flipside, we have an unknown white label remix of "Tell Me What'cha Gonna Do" by Kaycee Grogan which features verses by 90s rapper Buckshot. The original version later went on to feature on her ill-fated 1996 project "What Girls Are Made Of" which was shelved by Sony shortly thereafter.

Pressed by Hub-Servall Record Mfg. Corp in Cranberry, New Jersey. 

If You Be Right There 4:08
Tell Me 4:19

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Mariah Carey: The Greatest Unreleased Tracks Vol. 3 (Bootleg Vinyl Comp) (2008)

The long awaited third record in the series featuring rare & unreleased tracks and remixes by Miss Mariah Carey. Again these are not official Island Records 12"s but bootlegs masquerading as promos. Aside from the remixes of "Don't Forget About Us" and "Through The Rain", the rest of the remixes featured seem to originate from unofficial mixtapes, most notably "Baby Be Mine" , which is actually a Dipset remix of "Your Girl" , and "Oh Boy" , which is a remix of the B-Side track "Secret Love." A further unofficial remix is that of "I'll Be Lovin' U Long Time" which most likely originated from

Mariah Carey: The Greatest Unreleased Tracks Vol. 2 (Bootleg Vinyl Comp) (2008) [RE-POST]

Here is the second record in the serious featuring an assortment of remixes and rare tracks from the one and only Mariah Carey. Aside from perhaps tracks 2 and 6, there aren't any true 'unreleased' tracks here, just mostly rare-ish remixes and a b-side track from the Daydream era (Slipping Away.) The two unreleased tracks are an unreleased remix of Touch My Body done by long-time collaborator DJ Clue? and a feature with N.O.R.E. and Big Pun from 2006. The remix of Touch My Body features Clue's typical piano-driven riffs though it does sound slightly off-key in

Mariah Carey: The Greatest Unreleased Tracks Vol. 1 (Bootleg Vinyl Comp) (2008) [RE-POST]

Bootleg vinyl from Carey masquerading as an official promo and again featuring rare remixes and b-side tracks from mostly her Islands Records back catalog. Again, none of the tracks are really unreleased, except for perhaps track 1 Side Effects (Remix) and which is basically identical to the album version but features a verse from Busta Rhymes instead of Young Jeezy. I don’t know if it is official or not. The song was never officially released as a single but did chart at number ninety three on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Other official remixes include the “love/hate” remix of Touch My Body featuring The-Dream and the So So Def remix of Bye Bye featuring Jay-Z. Again, both use