October 25, 2008

Intro - Intro

In 1993, instead of upscale attire the younger R&B vocalists were looking a lot more like the rappers. The urban/neo-soul/new jack swing trio, Intro, had the Hip-Hop look, but their self-titled debut wasn't rap. Their sound was heavily influenced and popularized by LeVert, After 7, Aaron Hall, Mary J. Blige, and Today. The trio looked like a hip-hop group, favoring a style of urban contemporary, and went for a high-tech, hip-hop-influenced production style. Most of the songs are slow jams, and romantic/powerful ballads with a a neo-soul perspective. Inro's debut contains many elements of artists and groups (Isley Brothers, Gap Band, Stevie Wonder, and The Dramatics) who paved the way for urban favs like Johnny Gill, Jodeci, R. Kelly, and Guy (Intro covered Wonder's "Ribbon In The Sky"). The first and second released singles "Love Thang," and "Let Me Be The One" are the trio's finest up-tempo moments, while the long third release single "Come Inside" falls into the category of "Cry No More" by II D Extreme.
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TRACKLIST
1. Love Thang
2. Let Me Be The One
3. Anything For You
4. Why Don't You Love Me
5. It's All About You
6. Ribbon In The Sky
7. Don't Leave Me
8. Come Inside
9. One Of A Kind Love
10. So Many Reasons
11. Ecstacy of Love
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INTRO - LOVE THANG

H-Town - Fever For Da Flavor


H-Town is an American R&B/hip hop musical group that was formed in 1992 by Keven "Dino" Conner, his twin brother Solomon "Shazam" Conner, and their long-time friend Darryl "G.I." Jackson. They took the name of the group, "H-Town," from the local nickname for the city of Houston, Texas. H-Town's debut album, Fever for Da Flavor, was released on April 15, 1993. The group gained popularity in America with "Knockin' Da Boots", H-Town's biggest hit to date. "Boots" was a #1 hit on the R&B charts[3], and hit #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Lick U Up", the bands follow-up single, was also released from the album but was less successful in the charts. The band won a 1993 Soul Train Music Award for Best New Artist. That same year, H-Town became part of the Coca-Cola tour, which also included Shai, SWV, and Silk.
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TRACKLIST
1. Introduction
2. Can't Fade Da H
3. Treat U Right
4. Fever For Da Flavor
5. Sex Me
6. H-Town Bounce
7. Keepin' Mu Composure
8. Interlude
9. Lick U Up
10. Knochin' Da Boots
11. Won't U Come Back
12. Baby I Wanna
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H-TOWN - KNOCKIN DA BOOTS

BabyFace - Tender Lover


Babyface's solo debut yielded the first number one R&B hit of the 1990s while establishing Edmonds as a major personality and performer. He wrote or co-wrote much of the material and even played several instruments. It was a combination of slick production and nicely sung sentimental tributes and heartache ballads. [The 2001 CD reissue adds historical liner notes and three bonus tracks: a "Dub L.A." version of "Tender Lover," a 12" version of "Whip Appeal," and a 12" version of "My Kinda Girl."]
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TRACKLIST
1. It's No Crime
2. Tender Lover
3. Let's Be Romantic
4. Can't Stop My Heart
5. My Kinda Girl
6. Where Will You Go (Prelude)
7. Whip Appeal
8. Soon As I Get Home
9. Given A Chance
10. Sunshine
11. Where Will You Go
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BABYFACE - WHIP APPEAL

Rude Boys - Rude Awakening


Band members Larry Marcus, Melvin Sephus, and brothers Edward Lee Banks and Joe Little III were discovered by Gerald Levert , who got them signed to Atlantic Records. The band's 1990 debut LP, Rude Awakening, included the single "Written All Over Your Face", which made it to #1 R&B and #16 on the pop chart, as well as "Heaven", which was a top ten R&B hit. The group would score a second number one R&B hit from this album in 1991 with "Are You Lonely for Me," written by Joe Little and Tony Nicholas. The Rude Boys also toured that year with Levert. The album itself was just one spot below the Billboard R&B top 10 spot, where it sat comfortably at #11 in the spring of 1990.
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TRACKLIST
1. Come On Let's Do This
2. Written All Over Your Face
3. I Feel For You
4. Heaven
5. Pressure
6. Never Get Enough
7. I'm Going Thru
8. Are You Lonely
9. I Need You
10. Fool For You
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RUDE BOYS - ITS WRITTEN ALL OVER UR FACE

After 7 - After 7

After 7 is an R&B group founded in 1988 by brothers Melvin and Kevon Edmonds, and Keith Mitchell. The Edmonds brothers are the siblings of popular pop and R&B singer-songwriter-producer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds" (Melvin is older, and Kevon - born Kevin - is younger), while Mitchell is the cousin of Babyface's then-partner, songwriter-producer Antonio "L.A." Reid. Virgin Records released their self-titled debut album in autumn 1989, which included the hits "Heat of the Moment", "Can't Stop" and the quiet-storm staple "Ready or Not". After promoting the album and seeing it go platinum, they scored a hit with the Motown-influenced "Nights Like This" on 1991's The Five Heartbeats soundtrack. The trio returned with Takin' My Time in 1992, which included the hit cover of The Originals' "Baby I'm For Real". The trio released their last album, Reflections in 1995, which included the hit "'Til You Do Me Right". After Mitchell split from After 7 in 1997, the Edmonds brothers continued together briefly, releasing a cover of Hall & Oates' "Sara Smile" as a single (and sole new track) from the career retrospective The Very Best of After 7 before silently disbanding that year.
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TRACKLIST
1. Don't Cha' Think
2. Heat Of The Moment
3. Can't Stop
4. My Only Woman
5. Loves Been So Nice
6. One Night
7. Ready Or Not
8. Sayonara
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AFTER 7 - CAN'T STOP

Bobby Brown - Don't Be Cruel

After leaving New Edition in 1986, Brown released his first solo album, King of Stage, in 1986. This album included "Girlfriend," a minor hit which went to #1 on the Billboard R&B charts and #57 on the Billboard Hot 100. Other than that, King of Stage did not garner much attention. However, Brown's next album, 1988's Don't Be Cruel rocketed him to super stardom. Working with the writing/producing team of L.A. Reid and Babyface, as well as Teddy Riley, Don't Be Cruel spawned five Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 singles: "Don't Be Cruel" (#8), "Every Little Step" (#3), "Rock Wit' Cha" (#7), "My Prerogative" (#1, subsequently covered by Britney Spears in 2004), and "Roni" (#3). The album would eventually be certified 8x platinum (8,000,000 units sold).
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TRACKLIST
1. Cruel
2. Don't Be Cruel
3. My Prerogative
4. Roni
5. Rock Wit' Cha
6. Every Little Step
7. I'll Be Good To You
8. Take It Slow
9. All Day All Night
10. I Really Love You Girl
11. Cruel
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BOBBY BROWN - DON'T BE CRUEL

October 23, 2008

Snoop Doggy Dogg - DoggyStyle

The Doggystyle album was released in November 1993 on Death Row Records and became the first debut album ever to enter the charts at #1, helping to fuel the ascendance of West Coast "g-funk" rap. The singles "Who Am I (What's My Name)?" and "Gin and Juice" reached the top ten most-played songs in the United States, and the album stayed on the Billboard charts for several months.[3] Gangsta rap became the center of arguments for censorship and labeling, with Snoop Dogg often used as an example of violent and misogynistic musicians.[6] Doggystyle, much like The Chronic, featured a host of rappers signed to or affiliated with the Death Row label including Daz Dillinger, Kurupt, Nate Dogg and others.
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TRACKLIST
01 bathrub
02 g funk intro
03 gin and juice
04 tha shiznit
05 lodi dodi
06 murder was the case
07 serial killa
08 who am i (whats my name)
09 for all my niggaz and bitches
10 aint no fun
11 doggy dogg world
12 gz and hustlas
13 pump pump
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SNOOP DOGGY DOGG - AINT NO FUN

Monica - Miss Thang

In 1991, at the age of eleven, Arnold was discovered by music producer Dallas Austin at the Center Stage auditorium in Atlanta. Amazed by her voice, Dallas offered her a record deal with his Arista-distributed label Rowdy Records and immediately hired rapper and actress Queen Latifah as Monica's first manager. Shortly afterwards Dallas and Arnold entered the studio to start writing and producing her debut Miss Thang. After years of recording Monica's debut album, co-produced by Daryl Simmons, Tim & Bob and Soulshock & Karlin, was released to mixed reviews on July 18, 1995. While the longplayer debuted at a moderately successful 36 on the U.S.'s Billboard 200 chart only, Miss Thang soon became a triple platinum success thanks to constant sales and the success of its singles: Pre-released "Don't Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days)" and double-A-single "Before You Walk out of My Life/Like This and Like That" both entered the top 10 of the official Hot 100 and simultaneously became platinum certified number-one hits on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, making Monica the youngest artist ever to have two consecutive chart-topping hits on latter chart.
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TRACKLIST
01 Miss Thang
02 Don't Take it Personal (Just One of Dem Days)
03 Like this and Like that
04 Get Down
05 With You
06 Skate
07 Angel
08 Woman in Me (Interlude)
09 Tell Me if You Still Care
10 Let's Straighten it Out
11 Before You Walk Out of My Life
12 Now I'm Gone
13 Why I Love You So Much
14 Never Can Say Goodbye
15 Don't Take it Personal (Just One of Dem Days) (Remix)
16 Forever Always
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MONICA - B4 U WALK OUT OF MY LIFE

October 21, 2008

K7 - Swing Batta Swing

Stepping out from the freestyle trio TKA, the newly dubbed K7 (formerly Kayel) expanded on his group's signature sound and won a larger audience than ever. As freestyle began its long, painful death, dance-pop overtook the genre's audience and popularity. Swing Batta Swing cannily updates the artist for the new era without abandoning his roots or his core audience. The uproarious "Come Baby Come" is a straightforward dance-pop single sung in a bizarre drill sergeant voice, and along with "Zunga Zeng," it fit right in with the radio and club tracks of its era. But K7 has been in the business long enough to know to hedge his bets, and "I'll Make You Feel Good" and "Body Rock" are engineered to please even the most exacting freestyle fan.
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TRACKLIST
1. Come Baby Come
2. Let's Bang
3. I Love To Turn You On (Zunga Zeng)
4. Hi De Ho
5. Body Rock
6. I'll Make You Feel Good
7. Hang On In There Baby
8. Move It Like This
9. Beep Me
10. Hotel Motel
11. A Little Help From My Friends
12. Move It Like This (Alternative Mix
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K7 - COME BABY COME

Coolio - It Takes A Thief


Coolio's debut, It Takes a Thief, brought him immediate success, establishing his reputation as a hard-knock, gun-slinging gangster with a biting sense of humor. Maybe it was because of his appearance heavy eyelids and in-a-light-socket hairstyle or maybe it was because of his laid-back vocal delivery, but he never seemed quite as menacing as other West Coast rappers spitting verses about the same thuggery. Instead of trying to incite fear in his raps, he complained that he didn't like having to live that way, and noted that there wasn't really a choice in the matter. Practically all the songs on It Takes a Thief are about one of two things: gang-banging and robbing in the ghettos while trying to make ends meet, or about hard times as a crack addict on the streets. The whole journey is a fantastic and underrated juxtaposition between good times and bad times, and ultimately, even though his second album, Gangsta's Paradise, sold more copies, this debut represents Coolio at his finest.
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TRACKLIST
1 Fantastic Voyage
2 County Line
3 Mama, I'm in Love wit a Gangsta
4 Hand on My
5 Ghetto Cartoon
6 Smokin'
7 Can-O-Corn
8 U Know Hoo!
9 It Takes a Thief
10 Bring Back Somethin fo da Hood
11 N da Closet
12 On My Way to Harlem
13 Sticky Fingers
14 Thought You Knew
15 Ugly Bitches
16 I Remember
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COOLIO - FANTASTIC VOYAGE

October 19, 2008

Ralph Tresvant - Ralph Tresvant


Ralph Tresvant lead singer of one of the best R&B groups ever struck gold mine with his debut solo.. Every song on this disc is simply great.. You can put this disc and dont have to worry about hittin your skip button on your CD player.. Ralph solo disc isnt a departure from what he was doing with New Edition what the disc is a expension of the New Edition sound .. Working with red hot producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Kyle West responsible for (Al B. Sure hits) .. What these producers delivered to Ralph is some of the best material you will ever hear that is evident on such gems like the now classic first single Sensitivity, Stone Cold Gentlemen, Do What I Gotta Do all produced by the hitmaking Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
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TRACKLIST
1. Rated R
2. Sensitivity
3. She's My Love Thang
4. Stone Cold Gentleman (Rizz's Interlude)
5. Do What I Gotta Do
6. Love Hurts
7. Girl I Can't Control It
8. Love Takes Time
9. Public Figure (Ordinary Guy)
10. Last Night
11. I Love You (Just for You)
12. Alright Now
13. Sensitivity (Ralph's Rap)
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RALPH TRESVANT - SENSITIVITY

BLACKstreet - BlackStreet


BLACKstreet is an American R&B group founded in 1992 by Teddy Riley, the inventor of New Jack Swing known for his work as a member of Guy. The band members are: Teddy Riley, Eric Williams, Mark Middleton, and J-Stylz. Former members of BLACKstreet are Joseph Stonestreet, Levi Little, Dave Hollister, Terrell Phillips, and Chauncey Hannibal. Their debut album, BLACKstreet, was a moderate success due to the singles "Booti Call" and "Before I Let You Go", both Top 40 hits ("Before I Let You Go" hit the Top 10). The follow-up, 1996's Another Level (see 1996 in music) was a breakthrough success due to the top single "No Diggity" (with Dr. Dre), which was a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1996, and won the 1998 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, along with the Top 40 hit "Don't Leave Me". Another Level eventually went four times platinum in the United States and peaked at #3 on the Billboard chart. "No Diggity" is ranked at #91 on Rolling Stone and MTV: 100 Greatest Pop Songs, while BLACKstreet comes in at #214 of the Top 500 Pop Artists of the Past 25 Years.
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TRACKLIST
01.Intro (Blackstreet Philosophy) (Interlude)
02.Baby Be Mine
03.U Blow My Mind
04.Hey Love (Keep It Real) (Interlude)
05.I Like The Way You Work
06.Good Life
07.Physical Thing
08.Make U Wet
09.Booti Call
10.Love's In Need
11.Joy
12.Before I Let Go
13.Confession (Interlude)
14.Falling In Love Again
15.Candlelight Night (Interlude)
16.Tonight's The Night
17.Happy Home
18.Once In A Lifetime (Interlude)
19.Wanna Make Love
20.Givin' You All My Lovin' (CD Bonus Track)
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BLACKstreet - BABY BE MINE

AMG - Bitch Betta Have My Money

Jason Lewis (born September 29, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York) better known by his stage name AMG, is a rapper from Cleveland, Ohio who later moved to Compton, California. He is known for his humor, sexually explicit lyrics, unorthodox style and most notably for songs like "Bitch Betta Have My Money", "Jiggable Pie" and "Tha Booty Up." The British electronica group Hardknox later sampled "Bitch Betta Have My Money" on their most famous single, "Who's Money?". In early 2007, AMG was in the process of recording an album with help from DJ Quik under the name "The Fixxers". They released a single through Interscope Records titled "Can U Werk Wit Dat".[1] The album was to be called Midnite Life and was scheduled to release mid to late 2007. However, in December of 2007, a business partner involved in the project tried to illegally sell bootlegs of the album over the internet, causing it to leak out to the general public, therefore the project was scrapped. DJ Quik confirmed the reports in an interview and was disappointed because he thought it would be AMG's time to shine in the spotlight again. As of 2008, The Fixxers no longer exist and have moved on to other projects.
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TRACKLIST
01. The Vertical Joyride
02. Word 2 The Da (Feat 2nd Ii None)
03. I Wanna Be Yo Ho
04. When She Calls (Feat Tesa Wallace)
05. Once A Dawg (Janine 2)
06. Jiggable Pie
07. P-Funk
08. Mai Sista Izza Bitch (Feat Boss)
09. La Queeda
10. Vertical Interlude
11. Bitch Betta Have My Money
12. Lick 'em Low Lover
13. Sylk's Cellular (Feat Sylk Smooth)
14. Nu Exasize
15. Backseat Queenz
16. Givva Dogga Bone
17. Yo Momma Told Me ...
18. Trunk O' Funk 03:34
19. Tha Booty Up (Feat 2nd Ii None)
20. My Ho, My Kids
21. D. Control
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AMG -I WANNA BE YO HO

October 18, 2008

DeBarge - Greatest Hits

Back in the early '80s, this Michigan family act was dismissed by some as a poor man's version of the more successful Jacksons. Yet in El DeBarge's quavering tones (a clear influence on Babyface), DeBarge had a singer who eschewed soul pyrotechnics and went straight for the pathos, which colored even DeBarge's uptempo songs such as "Rhythm of the Night" with a sadness and yearning that still resonates today. They may never have become megastars, but DeBarge had incredible songs, chief among them the haunting "Time Will Reveal," the soaring "All This Love," and one of the most beautiful and passionate songs in recent memory, "In a Special Way." With early solo work from El as well as li'l bro Chico (never part of the family act), this is a well-compiled set that gives some love to a group that never quite got its due.
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TRACKLIST
1. Rhythm Of The Night
2. Time Will Reveal
3. I Like It
4. You Wear It Well
5. Who's Holding Donna Now?
6. Stop! Don't Tease Me
7. Love Me In A Special Way
8. A Dream
9. Talk To Me
10. All This Love
11. Love Always
12. Who's Johnny
13. The Heart Is Not So Smart
14. Save The Best For Me (Best Of Your Lovin')
15. Dance All Night
16. Stay With Me
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EL DEBARGE - WHOS JOHNNY


October 16, 2008

Montell Jordan - This Is How We Do It

Jordan attended Pepperdine University in California, where he received a bachelor's degree in communication and is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. Jordan's first single was the 1995 #1 hit single "This Is How We Do It," which sampled Slick Rick's earlier Def Jam hit "Children's Story". Jordan followed up his success with "Somethin' 4 Da Honeyz", which peaked at #21. Later hits would include "Let's Ride" with Master P and "Talk Show" with Shae Jones in 1998 and "Get It on Tonite" in 1999. Besides crafting his own material, Jordan has written and produced for other artists, including Christina Milian, 98 Degrees, Deborah Cox ("Nobody's Supposed to Be Here," 1998), and Sisqó (the number-one hit "Incomplete," 2000). The singer has had cameo roles in the films The Fighting Temptations and The Nutty Professor, and he performed on the documentary Standing in the Shadows of Motown. In 2003, Jordan left Def Soul in 2003 and released the album Life After Def on Koch Records and also appeared on the album of popular Croatian singer Nina Badric in duet "Ne dam te nikom" ("I'm Not Giving You to Anyone").
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TRACKLIST
1. My Mommy (Intro)
2. Somethin' 4 Da Honeyz
3. This Is How We Do It
4. Payback
5. I'll Do Anything
6. Don't Keep Me Waiting
7. Comin' Home
8. Introducing Shaunta
9. It's Over
10. Midnight Interlude
11. I Wanna
12. Down On My Knees
13. Gotta' Get My Roll On
14. Close The Door
15. Daddy's Home
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MONTELL JORDAN - SOMETHIN' 4 DA HONEYZ RMX

B.H.C. - Brother Hood Creed

"Helluva" (original/remix) was the song that placed them on charts back in 1992, if you like hard core or ass shakin hip hop then this is not for you. But if you like the mellow sounding hip hop like de la soul, tribe called quest, digable planets, then you'll enjoy this cd. "Miss Terry" was more so for the adolescent point-of-view of almost every male (or the opposite for the opposite) teenager at that age who, in essence, is excited (in a physical way) towards their female teacher.
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TRACKLIST
1. Don't Let The Weather Fool Ya
2. Helluva
3. Miss Terry
4. Bully
5. Luv Connection
6. What's Really Goin' On
7. Shells By The Seashore
8. Hey Now
9. Summatymz Ova
10. 50/50 Love
11. Only In America
12. Shoop Shoop Shoo Doo
13. Helluva (Bonus Mix)
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BROTHER HOOD CREED - HELLUVA

October 14, 2008

CMB - Colour Me Badd

The group enjoyed 5 U.S. hit singles from their debut album C.M.B. throughout 1991 and 1992. These were "I Wanna Sex You Up" (U.S.#2), "I Adore Mi Amor" (U.S.#1), "All 4 Love" (U.S.#1), "Thinkin Back" (U.S.#16) and "Slow Motion" (U.S.#18). "I Wanna Sex You Up" was also on the New Jack City soundtrack, and hit number 1 on the UK Singles Charts. Their debut album, C.M.B. was released in September 1991, eventually selling over 6 million copies worldwide, and being certified 3x platinum in the United States by the RIAA. Color Me Badd performed at the 1991 Smash Hits Poll Winners Awards in the UK, winning the Best New Group trophy. In January 1992, they were awarded the Favourite Single, Soul/R&B trophy at the 19th annual American Music Awards, held at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles. March 1992 also saw Color Me Badd win the Best R&B / Soul Single, and Song Of The Year, categories at the sixth annual Soul Train Music Awards.
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TRACKLIST
1. I Wanna Sex You Up
2. All 4 Love
3. Heartbreaker
4. I Adore Mi Amor
5. Groove My Mind
6. I Wanna Sex You up (Reprise)
7. Roll the Dice
8. Slow Motion
9. Thinkin' Back
10. I Adore Mi Amor
11. Color Me Badd
12. Your da One I Onena Love
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CMB - ALL 4 LOVE

Mary J Blige - Whtaz The 411?

Production for Blige's debut album began in 1991, with Sean "Puffy" Combs (at the time a fledgling A&R executive at Uptown) largely overseeing the project. Also enlisted were some of the top R&B and hip hop producers of the time, among them Tony Dofat, Mark Morales and Cory Rooney, Dave "Jam" Hall, and DeVante Swing. On July 28, 1992, Uptown Records released What's the 411?. "You Remind Me", the album's lead-off single, peaked at 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number one on the R&B singles chart that summer. The second single, "Real Love", was released in the fall. It too topped the R&B singles chart, and became Blige's first top ten Hot 100 single, peaking at number seven. Both singles were also certified Gold. More What's the 411? singles followed into 1993, including "Reminisce", a cover of Rufus's "Sweet Thing", and "Love No Limit". By the end of the year, What's the 411? had sold three million copies. Blige, meanwhile, released a hip hop single "You Don't Have to Worry". She later confessed that, at the time, she believed the title to be nothing more than a marketing tool. The name stems from her previous job as Directory Assistance operator. The album's success spun off What's the 411? Remix, a remix album released in December that was used to extend the life of the What's the 411? singles on the radio into 1994, as Blige recorded her follow up album.

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TRACKLIST

1. Leave A Message

2. Reminisce

3. Real Love

4. You Remind Me

5. Intro Talk (featuring Busta Rhyme)

6. Sweet Thing

7. Love No Limit

8. I Don't Want To Do Anything (featuing K-Ci Hailey)

9. Slow Down

10. My Love

11. Changes I've Been Going Through

12. What's The 411 (featuring Grand Puba)

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MARY J BLIGE - REAL LOVE

Eazy-E - Eazy-Duz-It

Eric Lynn Wright (September 7, 1963 – March 26, 1995), better known by the stage name Eazy-E, was an American rapper, producer, and record executive from Compton, California. Eazy-E was a Kelly Park Compton Crip during his teen years, and he openly associated himself with other crips and crip sets. He sold drugs during his early teen years and then parlayed the money he made into a hip hop enterprise. He is widely regarded as one of the founders of the gangsta rap sub-genre and initially rose to fame as the founder and member of the group N.W.A., but later achieved critical and commercial success as a solo artist. Eazy-E's vocal style was marked by his youthful, high-pitched voice and his lyrics focusing on the elements of urban street life such as guns, drugs, relations between residents and the police, and sexual activity. He had also for some time hosted a hip-hop radio show on Los Angeles-based radio station KKBT.
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TRACKLIST
1 (Prelude) Still Talkin Ft.Ice Cube, The D.O.C.
2 Nobody Move Ft.MC Ren
3 Ruthless Villain Ft.MC Ren
4 2 Hard Mutha's Ft.MC Ren
5 Boyz-n-the-Hood (remix)
6 Eazy-Duz-It
7 We Want Eazy" Ft.Dr. Dre, MC Ren
8 Eazy-er Said Than Dunn
9 Radio" Ft.Dr. Dre, MC Ren
10 No More Question's
11 I'mma Break It Down
12 Eazy-Chapter 8 Verse 10
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EAZY-E - EAZY-DUZ-IT

October 11, 2008

Father MC - Fathers Day

Father MC (born Timothy Brown) was a popular African American rapper for the Uptown Records label in the early 1990s. Discovered and signed by then-Uptown executive Sean "Puffy" Combs, he is best known for introducing the public to Uptown's successful R&B act Jodeci in the track, "Treat Them Like They Want To Be Treated" and Mary J. Blige. One of his most famous hits was "Lisa Baby", an upbeat, bouncy R&B hip hop crossover. Father MC straddled the line between hip-hop and new jack swing, which resulted in a number 20 hit, "I'll Do 4 U," from his debut album, Father's Day, in 1990. The backing track sampled from "Got to Be Real" by Cheryl Lynn. Singing back-up vocals on this track was no other than Mary J. Blige and this track was her first major record appereance and considered by many to be an important stepping stone to her career. Nearly two years after his debut, Father MC followed with "Close to You". Its success was almost guaranteed by Father MC's appearance on the CD, Uptown MTV Unplugged. Also he did a street lifestyle track "Pimp or Die" on Who's the Man? (original movie soundtrack). Father MC was formerly a dancehall reggae performer, and there was some reggae influence interspersed with the sentimental love lyrics and hip-hop production. After a four-year studio hiatus, he returned in 1999 with No Secrets, and another lengthy pause preceded. In the late 1990s, Father MC posed fully nude for Playgirl magazine.
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TRACKLIST
1. I'll Do 4 U
2. Treat Them Like They Want To Be Treated
3. Lisa Baby
4. Tell Me Something Good
5. I Come Correct
6. I've Been Watching You
7. Ain't It Funky
8. Father's Day
9. Dance 4 Me
10. Why U Wanna Hurt Me
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FATHER MC - I'LL DO FOR YOU

Heavy D & The Boyz - Peaceful Journey


Heavy D. maintained his high visibility in both the R&B and rap markets with his third album, Peaceful Journey. The title says a lot about Heavy's outlook -- he was never an inflammatory, confrontational rapper, and generally sought to entertain rather than challenge. While most of this melodic, very R&B-ish album (which includes his remake of the Gamble & Huff classic "Now That We've Found Love") is fun and escapist in nature, the self-proclaimed Overweight Lover shows himself to be a noteworthy and effective social commentator on the title song, "Letter to the Future" (which urges a teenage criminal to change his ways) and "Sister Sister" a salute to Black women clearly written in response to misogyny in rap. Whether being socio-political or simply aiming to entertain, Heavy still makes it clear that he has a lot of technique.
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TRACKLIST
1. Now That We Found Love
2. Let It Rain
3. I Can Make You Go Oooh
4. Sister Sister
5. Don't Curse
6. Peaceful Journey
7. The Lover's Got What U Need
8. Cuz He'z Alwayz Around
9. Is It Good To You
10. Letter To The Future
11. Swinging With Da Hevster
12. Body And Mind
13. Do Me, Do Me
14. Somebody For Me
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ALBUM PREVIEW

HEAVY D & THE BOYZ - NOW THAT WE FOUND LOVE

H-Town - Knockin Da Boots


H-Town is an American R&B/hip hop musical group that was formed in 1992 by Keven "Dino" Conner, his twin brother Solomon "Shazam" Conner, and their long-time friend Darryl "G.I." Jackson. They took the name of the group, "H-Town," from the local nickname for the city of Houston, Texas. Growing up in a family of singers, brothers Keven (Dino) and Solomon (Shazam) Conner began their career singing in talent shows and plays before a local producer sent their demo tape to one-time 2 Live Crew rapper and record company owner, Luther "Luke" Campbell. After an impromptu audition, Campbell signed the band to his label, Luke Records. H-Town's debut album, Fever for Da Flavor, was released on April 15, 1993. The group gained popularity in America with "Knockin' Da Boots", H-Town's biggest hit to date. "Boots" was a #1 hit on the R&B charts[and hit #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Lick U Up", the bands follow-up single, was also released from the album but was less successful in the charts. The band won a 1993 Soul Train Music Award for Best New Artist. That same year, H-Town became part of the Coca-Cola tour, which also included Shai, SWV, and Silk.
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TRACKLIST
01. KNOCKIN DA BOOTS
02. KNOCKIN DA BOOTS (INSTRUMENTAL)
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SINGLE PREVIEW

H-TOWN - KNOCKIN DA BOOTS

Tevin Campbell - T.E.V.I.N.


Campbell's first solo hit was "Round and Round", which charted at #3 on R&B charts in November 1991and #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 1991 was produced by Prince and was featured in Prince's film Graffiti Bridge. Campbell followed the success of his first two singles by releasing his debut album, T.E.V.I.N., in November 1991 which featured the R&B hit singles and Campbell's only #1 Adult Contemporary hit: "Tell Me What You Want Me To Do" followed by:, "Alone With You", and "Goodbye". His second album, I'm Ready released October 1993, yielded the #1 R&B hit and #9 pop single "Can We Talk" in December 1993, "I'm Ready", "Always in My Heart" which charted at #3 on the R&B chart. He also scored a Top 30 hit with "Don't Say Goodbye Girl" on the R&B charts. In September 1994, Campbell also scored an R&B hit with the single "U Will Know" as part of the R&B supergroup Black Men United, a group that also included singer Usher. The year 1996 saw the release of his third album, Back to the World (#11 R&B). The title track was a success (hitting the R&B Top 20), but additional singles failed to make an impact on the chart. His early 1999 self-titled album was found Campbell venturing into the neo-soul venue. The project was rushed, and as a result charted below the R&B Top 30, with only one single charting, a Top 30 song called "Another Way".
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TRACKLIST
1. Round And Round
2. Interlude/Over The Rainbow And On To The Sun
3. Tell Me What You Want Me To Do
4. Lil' Brother
5. Alone With You
6. Strawberry Letter 23
7. One Song
8. Just Ask Me - Boyz 'N The Hood
9. Goodbye
10. Perfect World
11. Confused
12. Look What We'd Have (If You Were Mine)
13. She's All That
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TEVIN CAMPBELL - TELL ME WHAT U WANT ME 2 DO

Immature - On Our Worst Behavior


Immature was formed in Los Angeles, California. The original members were Marques "Batman" Houston, Jerome "Romeo" Jones and Don "Half-Pint" Santos. Santos was eventually replaced by Kelton "LDB" Kessee (the group's drummer) in 1993 due to personal reasons. Kessee remained a full-time member of the group. Immature eventually felt that their band name was no longer a fitting description to describe them as people or musicians. In 1999, they changed their name to IMx. In 1992, Immature released their debut album, On Our Worst Behavior, on September 22. The album featured singles "Da Munchies", "I Wanna Know U That Way" and "Tear It Up (On Our Worst Behavior)" (which also appeared on the soundtrack for the animated film Bébé's Kids, in which Houston provided his voice for the character Khalil). Although the album failed to make it onto any of Billboard's charts, their song "Tear It Up (On Our Worst Behavior)" managed to make it onto Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, peaking at number 39.
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TRACKLIST
1. Funky Psychtro Enterview
2. You're All That
3. Mom's Illin' (Forty Oz. Edit)
4. Honey Dip
5. Anti Splurgian Girl
6. Be My Girl
7. Let Me Hmm Hmm Hmm
8. Da Munchies
9. I Wanna Know You That Way
10. (Good Things) Come To Those Who Wait
11. Meet Me Outside
12. Tear It Up (On Our Worst Behavior)
13. Is It Love This Time
14. Wiser Than My Years
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IMMATURE - DA MUNCHIES "LIVE"

October 9, 2008

OST Jason's Lyric


Though, Jason's Lyric wasn't in the theaters that long, the soundtrack did very well; hit number one on the R&B charts, and peaked at number 17 on the billboard hot 100 in 1994. The soundtrack contained three charted singles; "U Will Know," (A 20 year old D'Angelo wrote and produced the song) featuring vocals from D'Angelo, Tevin Campbell, R. Kelly, Gerald Levert, Tony Toni Tone, El DeBarge, Portrait, Christopher Williams, After 7, Intro, Joe, Brian McKnight, H-Town, Keith Sweat, DRS, Usher, Damion Hall, and Al B. Sure!, "If You Think You're Lonely Now," (a Bobby Womack cover) performed by a (solo) K-Ci Hailey, the soundtrack's finest moment, and the Brian McKnight number "Crazy Love." The soundtrack consists with many G-Funk moments; Twinz "First Round Draft Pick," Ahmad "That's How It Is," Spice-1 "Nigga Sings The Blues," and Five Footer Crew "Walk Away." The soundtrack gets bluesy with Buddy Guy's "This City Needs Help," and also contains a latino rap moment with LSD's "Love Is The Key." Tears For Fears product Oleta Adams contributes a Jimmy Cliff cover "Many Rivers To Cross," in one of the finer moments of the soundtrack, and Los Angeles based bad boys DRS contribute as well. Albert Collins and Mint Condition collaborate, followed up by the smokin' "Just Like My Papa," by Tony Toni Tone. Jason's Lyric is a fine example of a soundtrack that surpassed the film itself, and most artists that contribute never had a finer moment.

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TRACKLIST

1. U Will Know - B.M.U.
2. Forget I Was A G - The Whitehead Brothers
3. Candyman - LL Cool J
4. If Trouble Was Money - Mint Condition
5. Just Like My Papa - Tony Toni Tone
6. If You Think You're Lonely - K-Ci Hailey
7. Rodeo Style - Jamecia
8. Up And Down - J. Quest
9. Walk Away - The Five Footer Crew/G Funk Era
10. Love Is The Key - LSD
11. No More Love - DRS
12. Crazy Love - Brian McKnight
13. That's How It Is - Ahmad
14. First Round Draft Pick - The Twinz/G Funk Era
15. Brothers And Sisters - Jayo Felony
16. The City Needs Help - Buddy Guy
17. Nigga Sings The Blues - Spice
18. Jesse James - Scarface
19. Love Is Still Enough - Sovory
20. Many River To Cross - Oletta Adams
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ALBUM PREVIEW

B.M.U. (BLACK MEN UNITED) - YOU WILL KNOW