Monday, July 16, 2018

Brownzville: S/T (Metisoul Entertainment, 1998)

Denver, Colorado isn't exactly the first place that comes to mind when you think of quality R&B music but I have found quite a few good artists from there over the years and of course my co-contributor and fellow Coloradoan Stuaaart knows that there is somewhat of an R&B scene to be found in the more urban-y areas. Presented above is a selection of smooth AF cuts from the Mile High City. All tracks are sung by a variety of different male artists; there are no rap songs but some guest raps by Araphahoe TRUES, a local rap trio. The album has a strange format; there are only 4 main tracks and some subsequent mixes/variations. A sampler possibly but also two extra hidden tracks beyond the Outro. The best tracks are undoubtedly "Fun" featuring The Trues and "Hey Lady" which features a Talkbox breakdown to die for. Great R&B from an unlikely place!

Intro 1:50
Fun (Extended Mix) (Featuring The Arapahoe Trues) 4:49
Fun (Accapella) 3:28
Fun (Radio Edit) 4:08
Hey Lady (Freak Mix) 3:59
Hey Lady (Jeep Mix) 3:49
Hey Lady (Late Night Mix) 3:57
The Ride (Lil Som'em For Feds) 1:58
Alone (Radio Edit) 4:59
Alone (Beatapella) 4:38
Break Beat (Come If You Want It) 2:08
Tonight 5:41
Outro 13:41

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Flooded Wit Chips Featuring ÁSA (Hoodlum Records, 1998)

Continuing on with compilations, here is another dope CD featuring artists based out of Carbondale/East St. Louis, IL, which has a G-Funk filler mixed with some very smooth R&B cuts by Carla, I.M.A.G.E., and others. It spawned one single "Ghetto Nation" as performed by ÁSA. Inside says "Coming Soon ÁSA The Album" but I don't know if it was ever released or not. Nothing is known about any of the artists involved but I am assuming that many of them were most likely exclusive to this compilation only. Many thanks again to Stuaaart for the contribution.

Ghetto Nation    4:28
Indo Cloud    5:36
Look What You've Done To Me    3:43
Kick It Tonight    3:40
It'll Make You Scream    3:37
For The Money    4:07
Never Fear Death    5:45
Pop'n Up    4:07
Anything    5:34
Can't Nobody    3:57
One Love    4:25
The Other Day    4:03
Open Your Eyes    5:36
Society Don't Love Me No Mo    5:55
Bounce Wit Me    4:46 

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Blaque Ammo Recordz: The Album Vol. 1 (Blaque Ammo Records, 2001)

From Black Majik to Blaque Ammo, a mix of contemporary R&B and hip hop from New York City. I don't know anything about the artists involved but the main feature Candice Vendetta is a singer and a rapper. Her style of R&B reminds me slightly of DC meets MJB; she definitely has that "independent lady" thing going on. The other artists are primarily rap but one artist (H. Lee) does a contemporary blues-style track that is quite decent. The way it is sung, sort of like he is telling a story, reminds me somewhat of R. Kelly. Thanks again to Stuaaart for the contribution!

My Own 3:31
Leave Me Alone 3:21
Newthang 3:19
No Love 4:00
Kings For Life 3:33
Betta Than Yours 4:43
There He Go 3:20
Improve Ya 3:12
Unh, Huh 4:07
Hot Ta Death 4:43
Run 4:07
Knock 2:56
Never Forget My Face 2:27

Tracks 1, 2, 3, 9 & 10 feature Candice Vendetta
Tracks 4, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12 feature H. Lee
Tracks 7 & 10 feature T.I.N.Y.
Tracks 5, 6 & 10 feature B. King

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Black Majik Entertainment Presents: Sumin' Serious Vol. 1 (CD Comp) (Black Majik Entertainment, 2002)

From The South, another compilation featuring a host R&B/Rap artists that you won't find anywhere else. Reppin' the rap side is Tre South while Andrea Mathews, Chyrsti Fuller and Cecil Jackson perform a selection of smooth R&B cuts. Tre South (comprised of Maniak, Lo Breeze and Bo Bo) perform an early incarnation of what would later be known as Trap music (10) but are mainly a pretty standard rap fair. The tracks by Mathews (4 in total) are undoubtedly the best of the R&B side. No information found on anybody but all came from South East Georgia respectively (Vidalia, Jesup, Bristol, Baxely and Hinesvile.)

Intro 1:58
Whatever It Takes 4:10
Crazy 4:22
Out Of My Mind 4:24
Respect 3:52
Tonight 5:27
Buckle Up 4:46
Escalade 4:25
Hold On 3:06
Crazie (Out Of My Mind) 4:24
Stress 4:12
Changing My Life 5:06
Like The Way 5:09
Negative Tension 4:24
Lick 'Em Low 4:39
Get Out Of Da Way 3:24
Redrum Aftermidnite 5:12
Shout'Tro 3:48

Tracks 2, 4, 12 & 15 performed by Cecil Jackson
Tracks 3, 6, 7 & 13 performed by Andrea Mathews
Tracks 5, 8 & 11 performed by Chyrsti Fuller
Tracks 9, 10, 16 & 17 performed by Tre South

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Le'Che Martin: Demo (Promo CDr) (Big Sound Studios, 200x)

Formally a star in MTV's 2005 show Making The Band 3, Milwakee's Martin was sadly one of the unlucky ones who did not make the final group Dainty Kane (she was eliminated in episode 9 for 'failing to satisfy in terms of dancing') and never really got the big break that she deserved. A strong vocalist (think Kelly Rowland-meets-Brandy), missing out on a place in a shitty pop group was perhaps a good thing but I am surprised that she never went any further. She was later picked up by local producer Chad 'C-Note' roper but aside from one very local single "Let's Not Talk About It", she never released anything else. She later appeared as a songwriter (most notable credits include "Acapella (Something's Missing") for Brandy and "Fall In Love" for UK vocalist Estelle.) Big thanks again to Stuaaart for another amazing contribution!

**Featuring production by Rico Love on track 1**

I'm So    1:06
Invitation    1:13
I'm In Love With You    3:30
Forbidden Fruit    3:33
Let's Not Talk About It    3:53
If You Really Love Me    3:40

Monday, June 25, 2018

Lyrisis: Ghetto Renaissance (Ncyte Records, 2005)

From Birmingham, Alabama, a neo soul duo similar in style to Floetry...even down to the picture by the classic red telephone box... I don't know anything about them (the text inside the booklet is very hard to read as well) but the overall musical style falls into the neo/acoustic soul genre with a little spoken word and "modern" rhythm & blues.

Sistah 1:12
Southside 3:36
All Day Long 3:28
Selfish 4:54
Hustle 3:00
Wake Up 2:53
Dedicated 4:04
Dumb Nutty 2:56
Let's Love 3:34
Nostalgia (Remember When) 3:24
Things 3:23
Do You See 4:25