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Sunday, March 11, 2018

VIP: The Blazen' Demo CD (Signature Productions/Dtown Publishing, 2000)

Back when I first started out, I was obsessed with finding a group that sounded like early 2000s Destiny's Child and although I found some pretty amazing stuff along the way, I never really came across anything that sounded even remotely like them. I used the term "Destiny's Child-like" lightly and it basically just became an umbrella term for any female R&B group with an urban-crossover sound from the early 2000s. Until now. Yes, the above group sound almost exactly like them, even down to one of the vocalists whose tone and vocal mannerisms are very similar to Beyonce's were
back then. Altogether there are 8 songs on the disc and all were written between 1995 and 2000. Production comes from Sterling G. Davis whose company Signature Productions was also responsible for his own single "Special Occasion" released in 1993. Over the years he has written and produced for Bobby Brown, Surface and many others but at one point was obviously inspired by the success of groups such as Destiny's Child to form his own group. The set was never released but as per the write up in the inlay, was obviously intended for somebody impactual...
"VIP, WHICH STANDS FOR VIVID IMPRESSION, IS A 5 MEMBER FEMALE VOCAL GROUP A LA DRU HILL AND BOYS II MEN. DISPLAYING A UNIQUE BLEND OF R&B, HIP HOP, POP, SOUL, AND THE ABILITY TO SHOWCASE 5 TALENTED LEAD VOCALIST (sic), CUTTTIN' EDGE HIT SONGS, BEAUTY AND APPEAL ARE SOME OF THE ATTRIBUTES THAT MAKE THEM THE SUPER GROUP OF THE NEW MILLENNIUM. VIP WINNERS OF SEVERAL TALENT SHOWCASES INCLUDING BUDWEISER'S "THE BEST OF THE WEST TALENT SHOWCASE'', RAYMOND JARREAU'S HOLLYWOOD SHOWCASE AND THE URBAN FOCUS TALENT SPOTLIGHT SHOWCASES HAS ASTONISHED THEIR LOCAL AUDIENCES AND ARE NOW READY TO DO IT NATIONALLY. THE WORD IS VIP IS A BLAZIN' HOT PACKAGE. WE ALSO HEARD THE SAME ABOUT YOUR COMPANY, TOGETHER WE CAN SET THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY ON FIRE."  
Grandma's House (featuring Adonis) 4:32
You Are 4:15
What's Goin' On 3:36
That's How I Feel 4:36
If Your Girl Knew 4:09
I Don't Care 3:44
How Could Our Love 3:37
What's Goin' On (Bonus Remix) (featuring Adonis) 3:45



NOTE: Sadly the only way I could hear this CD was through a $30 Target portable as the disc would not play properly or rip at all in any PC drive I had in my house. I narrowed the problem down to a worn CDr (it's important to remember that these discs are not all like traditional CDs and can wear out after a time, some sooner than others and especially if exposed to strong light sources) but got a reasonably static-free rip using the trusty 'analog hole.'  Regardless, I urge other collectors to exercise caution when dropping serious cash on these types of discs. Always ask for a sample of the music if you can!