Sunday, August 30, 2015

Monica: Made [The Mixtape] (Promo CDr) (2007)

Unofficial Monica from 2007 and featuring a selection of leftover tracks from her fourth album The Makings Of Me. Admittedly, I wasn't really a fan of this disc; it was a lot more 'ghetto' than her previous work and while this style may have worked for a lot of the newer artists, it didn't really work for her. At only 10 tracks in length, it was, Arnold's shortest album yet but she soon became one of the new generation of commercial artists with a mix-tape release under their belt. Compiled and self-released by Atlanta DJ Greg Street, it features unreleased contributions from Jazze Pha (Pulling Up/Born & Raised), Missy Elliott (No Stoppin'), Christopher 'Tricky' Stewart (So In Love) and Scott Storch (Ain't Nothing.) The highlight is undoubtedly the excellent No Stoppin', which was later recorded (and sadly scrapped for a second time around) by former American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino... 

Not chopped, screwed or tagged!

Intro 0:57
Pulling Up 3:35
No Stoppin' 4:42
Why Lie 3:09
So In Love 4:35
Sideline Ho [Carl Moe/Greg Street Remix] 3:52
Born & Raised 2:38
Ain't Nothing 2:52
Misery 3:46*
Dozen Roses [Remix] 3:23
6 O'Clock 2:00
Sideline Ho [Acappella] 3:47

Hear it here.

*Alternate version of "Thanks For The Misery"