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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Y?N-Vee: 4 Play (Promo CDM) (PMP Records, 1995)

Rare indie R&B from the 90s with 2Pac's former backing vocalists Y?N-Vee (pronouced Why Envy) and the third and final song to be taken from their eponymous debut.  It was released as a promotional single only in 1995 and features production by Doug Rasheed, most widely known for producing Coolio's 1995 single Gangsta's Paradise. Previous singles included Chocolate and a cover of Rose Royce's 1977 song I'm Going Down. Neither made much of an impact in the charts and the latter song in particular was overshadowed by Mary J. Blige's version, which was released at around the same time.

Their album, thus far their one and only, is currently out of print and unavailable on any digital platforms. I have posted the cassette advance here.

4 Play (Barr-9 Radio Edit) 4:01
4 Play (LP Radio Edit) 4:01
I'm Goin' Down (Rare Groove Radio Edit) 3:52