Monday, June 20, 2016

Jerome Hollins: This Is Me (Block Bleeders Entertainment, 2004)

The hard to find debut release from Chicago indie R&B/rap artist J. Hollins and released under his full name in 2004. Described as an R&B artist with a "rapper's swagger", Hollins was formally one third of an R&B trio called Laid Back and in 1998 they were even signed by the Queen of Hip Hop Soul Mary J. Blige to her vanity label. Unfortunately due to budget issues nothing became of them back then but Hollins was quick to take his career in his own hands and has since gone on to release 4 full-length albums on his own label Block Bleeders Entertainment. As far as I can tell the above album is long out of print but a sequel to it This Is Me Vol. II was released in 2014. Sadly almost half of the tracks are rap but most are smooth early 2000s R&B/neo soul.

Intro 1:03
In My World (Featuring Michelle Nicole) 3:37
Saturday Nite 4:00
Playa (Featuring Diablo) 3:56
Hood Life (LeClaire's Song) (Featuring Ice) 3:52
The Struggle (Featuring Loke And Big Ra) 4:30
Makes Me Wanna 3:39
Paradise 3:33
Whenever Whatever 4:31
I Wish 4:12
Love Again (Featuring Amanda) 4:19
He Don't 3:04
Drugs (Featuring Big Ra) 4:24
Missing You 3:44
This Is Me 4:28
'Go Hard 4:24