January 15, 2009

OST Murder Was The Case

A short film about Snoop Dogg's murder trial called Murder Was the Case, was released in 1994, along with an accompanying soundtrack. However, by the time Snoop Dogg's second album, Tha Doggfather, was released in November 1996, the price of living (or sometimes just imitating) the "gangsta" life had become very evident. Among the many notable rap industry deaths and convictions were the death of Snoop Dogg's friend and label-mate Tupac Shakur and the racketeering indictment of Death Row co-founder Suge Knight. Dr. Dre had left Death Row earlier in 1996 due to a contract dispute, so Snoop Dogg co-produced Tha Doggfather with Daz Dillinger and DJ Pooh.

1. Murder Was the Case - Snoop Doggy Dogg (remix)
2. Natural Born Killaz - Dr. Dre/Ice Cube
3. What Would U Do? - Tha Dogg Pound
4. 21 Jumpstreet - Snoop Doggy Dogg/Tray Deee
5. One More Day - Nate Dogg
6. Harvest For the World - Jewell
7. Who Got Some Gangsta Shit? - Snoop Doggy Dogg/Tha Dogg Pound/Lil' Style/Young Swoop
8. Come When I Call - Danny Boy
9. U Better Recognize - Sam Sneed/Dr. Dre
10. Come up to My Room - Jodeci/Tha Dogg Pound
11. Woman to Woman - Jewell 12. Dollars & Sense - D.J. Quik
13. Eulogy, The - Slip Capone/C.P.O.
14. Horny - B. Rezell
15. Eastside-Westside - Young Soldierz

January 14, 2009

Fiji - Gratitude

For those that love hawaiin reggae hip hop, Fiji offers established fans in his recognizableenrgy and remarkable personality. Newcomers to his music embrace his smooth voice and exoticsound. A fusion of classic reggae, hip hop, rnb and jazz sets Fiji apart as a performer. Unique style difies the idea of categorizing artists into a single genre of music, giving Fijiwidespread appeal and capturing his array of musical influences.

01. Chant0
2. Dock Of The Bay
03. Arieta
04. Smokin' Session
05. Tribal War
06. Anything You Want
07. Sosefina
08. She's Da Bomb
09. Queen's Cry
10. Riddim Of Life
11. Learn To Say I Love You
12. Mama's Song

January 13, 2009

Silk - Lose Control

The five-member male R&B vocal group Silk hit the music scene in 1992 with the single "Freak Me" from their first album, Lose Control. Produced by R&B legend Keith Sweat, the record achieved multi-platinum status. Though "Freak Me" was a hit, the group had to virtually reintroduce itself to the R&B market when it released its third album, Tonight, in 1999.Silk formed in the early 1990s in Atlanta, Georgia, although the five members of the group essentially grew up together. Several members of the team Timothy Cameron (Timzo), Jimmy Gates Jr. (Jimmy), Gary Glenn (Big G), Gary Jenkins ( Lil' G), and Johnathen Rasboro (John John) actually went to high school together. The five friends were influenced by such acts as gospel's Kirk Franklin, pop stars Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson, rocker Prince and controversial rapper Tupac.

1. Interlude
2. Happy Days (With Keith Sweat)
3. Don't Keep Me Waiting
4. Girl U For Me
5. Freak Me
6. When I Think About You
7. Baby It's You
8. Lose Control
9. It Had to Be You
10. I Gave to You

THUMP RECORDS INC - Old School Love Songs Volume 3

1. Could It Be I'm Fallin In Love - The Spinners
2. Walking In The Rain With The One I Love - Love Unlimited
3. I'll Always Be There For You - Anquette
4. Hey Love - The Delfonics
5. Silly - Denise Williams
6. Flowers - The Emotions
7. Ooh Boy - Rose Royce
8. I Want To Be Your Man - Roger
9. If You Don't Know Me By Now - Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes
10. What You Won't Do For Love - Bobby Caldwell
11. Free - Denise Williams
12. Love Won't Let Me Wait - Major Harris
13. How 'Bout Us - Champaign
14. Crystal Blue Persuation -
Tommy Jones & The Shondells

R Kelly & Public Annoucement - Born In The 90's

Shortly after getting his record deal with Chris Anderson his cousin, Kelly met Andre Boykins from Public Announcement and auditioned the guys to be his back up singers and dancers. R. Kelly & Public Announcement released their debut album, Born Into the '90s in January 1992. One of the last albums to be released during the new jack swing period of the early nineties, the album yielded the hits "She's Got That Vibe", "Honey Love", "Dedicated", and "Slow Dance (Hey Mr. DJ)" all of which was led by Kelly. The group was billed as R. Kelly and Public Announcement essentially making the group backup members for Kelly rather than in a cohesive unit. After a successful tour ended in 1993, Kelly left Public Announcement to focus on a solo career.

1. She's Loving Me 3:38
2. She's Got That Vibe 4:34
3. Definition Of A Hotti 4:23
4. I Know What You Need 3:30
5. Keep It Street 3:55
6. Born Into The 90's 4:42
7. Slow Dance 5:04
8. Dedicated 4:38
9. Honey Love 5:04
10. Hangin' Out 4:10
11. Hey Love (Can I Have A Word) ft Mr. Lee 3:20

Dru Hill - Dru Hill

Dru Hill's big break came in 1996, when manager Haqq Islam arranged for them to perform at the Impact Convention in May. The group was signed to Island Records's "Island Black" division shortly afterward through a production deal with Islam's University Music, and immediately began recording their debut album. The self-titled Dru Hill album was released on November 19, 1996, and became a gold-selling album. The group's first single, "Tell Me", was featured on the soundtrack to the Whoopi Goldberg film Eddie, and was a Top 5 R&B hit in the United States.Stylistically, Dru Hill was the middle-ground between the smooth, gentlemen-like Boyz II Men and the self-proclaimed "bad boys of R&B", Jodeci. Dru Hill received a lot of criticism, especially from the members of Jodeci, for what was perceived was a direct appropriation of Jodeci's style, particularly in frontman Sisqó's K-Ci Hailey-esque lead vocals. Other major influences for the group included Stevie Wonder and 1980s boy band New Edition.Both the group themselves and songwriters/producers such as Daryl Simmons and Keith Sweat wrote the songs for the Dru Hill album, with the group themselves writing the single "5 Steps". Nokio also did some co-production, and would become the group's main producer by 1998.

1. Anthem 0:59
2. Nothing To Prove 4:07
3. Tell Me 4:14
4. Do U Believe? 4:13
5. Whatever U Want 3:58
6. Satisfied 4:44
7. April Showers 3:34
8. All Alone 3:36
9. Never Make A Promise 5:28
10. So Special 5:25
11. In My Bed 4:46
12. Love's Train 4:21
13. Share My World 4:28
14. 5 Steps 5:44

January 12, 2009

Alyson Williams - Cooked The Remixed Album

The daughter of bandleader / trumpeter Bobby Booker, she began her career by singing background vocals for various artists including, Curtis Hairston, Melba Moore ("Love's Coming At Ya"), B. B. & Q. Band, Cashflow, Unlimited Touch, Bobby Brown and Barbara Mitchell before joining the group High Fashion, which also featured Meli'sa Morgan. After they disbanded, Alyson sang with the group The Affair before moving onto a solo career.Her first album release and the first R&B female singer signed to Def Jam, she released the album Raw in 1989. The album produced the singles "My Love is So Raw", featuring female rapper Nikki D,and "Sleep Talk". In addition, the single "Just Call My Name" was a hit on the Billboard R&B charts reaching number #4. The song, picked up by many "Quiet storm" formats, is now considered a cult classic and is still played. The album included a duet with the Blue Magic vocalist Ted Mills on "We're Gonna Make It". Her single "I Need Your Lovin'" was also a #8 success in the UK, as well as another R&B hit for her.

01 - Sleep Talk (Extended Mix) (5:26)
02 - My Love Is So Raw (Extended Mix) (7:02)
03 - I Second That Emotion (J&M Emotional Club Mix) (4:18)
04 - I Need Your Loving (Extended Mix) (5:13)
05 - Still My No.1 (Remix) (4:43)
06 - My Love Is So Raw (Featuring Nikki D) (5:10)
07 - I Need Your Loving (Lovers Mix) (5:12)
08 - Dr. Feelgood (Live Featuring Kirk Whalum) (4:06)

Janet Jackson - Rhythm Nation 1814

Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 is the fourth studio album by American recording artist Janet Jackson. Released on September 7, 1989 by A&M Records, Rhythm Nation 1814 is the second album of Jackson's career to be co-written and produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Jackson also shares production credits with long-term collaborator Jellybean Johnson and executive producer John McClain.Rhythm Nation 1814 subsequently became the only album in history to contain seven top five hit singles and the only album to ever achieve number one hit singles in three separate calendar years (1989-1991). The Rhythm Nation 1814 Tour became the most successful debut tour by a recording artist. Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 has been certified 6x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and has sold eight million records worldwide.

01. Interlude: Pledge [00:48]
02. Rhythm Nation [05:31]
03. Interlude: T.V. [00:22]
04. State Of The World [04:48]
05. Interlude: Race [00:05]
06. The Knowledge [03:53]
07. Interlude: Let's Dance [00:04]
08. Miss You Much [04:12]
09. Interlude: Come Back Interlude [00:21]
10. Love Will Never Do (Without You) [05:50]
11. Livin' In A World (They Didn't Make) [04:41]
12. Alright [06:27]
13. Interlude: Hey Baby [00:10]
14. Escapade [04:44]
15. Interlude: No Acid [00:06]
16. Black Cat [04:51]
17. Lonely [04:59]
18. Come Back To Me [05:33]
19. Someday Is Tonight [06:01]
20. Interlude: Livin'... In Complete Darkness [01:07]

January 10, 2009

THUMP RECORDZ INC - Old School Love Songz Volume 2

1. Wishing On A Star - Rose Royce
2. I Need Love - LL Cool J
3. Very Special - Debra Laws
4. Love You Down - Ready For The World
5. Natural High - Bloodstone
6. Love Is Like A Baseball Game - The Intruderson
7. Reasons - Earth, Wind and Fire
8. Moments In Love - Art of Noise
9. I Wanna Get Next To You - Rose Royce
10. Close Your Eyes - Peaches And Herb
11. Special Lady - Ray, Goodman, & Brown
12. After The Love Has Gone - Earth, Wind & Fire
13. Sweet Sticky Thing - Ohio Player
14. Fire and Desire - Rick James

Musical Youth - The Youth Of Today

Musical Youth are a British-Jamaican pop/reggae band. The group originally formed in 1979 at Duddeston Manor School in Birmingham, England. They are best remembered for their successful 1982 Grammy-nominated single, "Pass the Dutchie." Some critics and fans say the group was inspired after New Edition and The Jacksons.The group featured two sets of brothers, Kelvin and Michael Grant, plus Junior and Patrick Waite. The latter pair's father, Frederick Waite, was a former member of Jamaican group The Techniques, and sang lead with Junior at the start of the group's career in the late 1970s. They received a Grammy Award nomination for Best New Artist on its 25th Anniversary on February 23, 1983.

01. Pass The Dutchie 3:24
02. Heartbreaker 3:55
03. Gone Straight 3:05
04. Blind Boy 3:48
05. Rockers 3:28
06. Youth Of Today 2:55
07. Young Generation 3:20
08. Mirror Mirror 2:37
09. Children Of Zion 3:05
10. Never Gonna Give You Up 3:06
11. Rub N Dub
12. Schoolgirl 3:25

Bell Biv Devoe - WBBD Bootcity The Remix Album

Anchored by B.B.D.'s reunion with fellow members of New Edition on "Word To The Mutha", the trio surprisingly turned out a decent remix album. During this time, a barrage of remix albums were hitting the shelfs, having the same intentions of B.B.D., milk out all of their enormous popularity in a logistical manner. For most, it failed. But for B.B.D., it worked. Like "Poison", the trio manufactured another inventive album with a smash hit to prove its credibility.To no surprise, the smash cut is the highlight, but other gems include Do Me! (smooth version), which is noticeably more interesting than the original, and the electronic/house version of "Let Me Know Somethin!", which is reminiscent of Snap! or C & C Music Factory. Also of note is the creative radio-style program format they use to portray the album, with D.J. interludes and a very interesting interview mid-way through the set.

1 Intro/D.J. Opening :54
2 Word to the Mutha! 6:38
3 Ain't Nut'in' Changed 2:23
4 B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)? (DJ Mo Grind Time) 6:15
5 Do Me! (Smoothe) 3:15
6 I Do Need You 5:47
7 Interview/Uhh Ahh 2:13
8 Let Me Know Something?! 4:51
9 She's Dope! (AKA Dope!)(Mix) 4:42
10 Do Me! (Mental) 5:25
11 When Will I See You Smile Again? (DJ Close) 6:45
12 Poison (London Style) 6:15

January 9, 2009

RIFF - Riff

Riff is a R&B vocal group from New Jersey, formed while its members were in high school. The ensemble began under the name Playboys in the late 1980s, with a style strongly influenced by doo wop.After singing in the movie Lean on Me, the group changed its name to Riff and signed to SBK Records, releasing a self-titled album in 1991. The group scored several respectable hits, including three in the Billboard Hot 100.Following the success of the album, the group appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show, The Tonight Show and Soul Train, and opened on tour for LL Cool J and Vanilla Ice.The group's second album, To Whom It May Concern, came out in 1993 to mixed reviews. It had two charting singles on the R&B charts.

01 - Everytime My Heart Beats (4:27)
02 - My Heart Is Failing Me (4:18)
03 - All Or Nothing (5:06)
04 - If You're Serious (3:37)
05 - I Can't Believe We Just Met (4:14)
06 - Baby It's Wonderful (4:04)
07 - Temporary Insanity (3:49)
08 - Little Girls (4:12)
09 - Read My Eyes (4:13)
10 - April's Fool (3:55)