Elsie Muniz

The Urban Latina.

Kandi and Tiny

Off The Hook: Unreleased demos from the early 2000s!


The Truth About Choice.


Another shelved R'n'B group from 1997


The First Lady of SoulPower.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Indonesia: Do Thangz (Remixes) (Promo VLS) (Riot Records, 1994)

Copied from original post: Along with NKRU and Ladies 1st, here is yet another 90s R&B/New Jack Swing group that sadly went nowhere despite being hyped by their label as bringing a "fresh street perspective to R&B music." Unfortunately, there was no shortage of groups like this during the early to mid 90s (SWV, TLC to name a few) and although it got a positive review from Billboard Magazine (April 22nd, 1994 issue) and made a noticeable impact on the Hot R&B Singles chart, these "sassy chirping street dolls" quickly followed the others back into obscurity. The above song - a chilled West Coast vibe - never made it off the radio (meaning it was never distributed to the general public) but a video to the song must've been made as it did appear on MTV's on-demand station The Box. Again such a shame that they went nowhere. Like many other R&B groups and singers during the 90s and early 2000s, it seems they were just around to fill that given year's quota for black and urban music. Dope remixes of the short-lived trio's only single and released to test press vinyl only in 1994. I didn't think anything could trump the original...boy I was wrong. 

Many thanks again to Stuaaart for this amazing score!

Original Version 3:53
Soul Mechanic Remix 4:40
Funky Worm Remix 4:14
Soul Mechanic Club Mix 4:57
David Meyes Funky Worm Club Mix 5:33

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Single: All The Way (Promo CDM) (Prescott Records, 1997)

Here is a further smooth male duo or group that doesn't appear to exist anywhere but as from its promo status, was obviously intended for a wider release at some point. Similar to H-Town and other classic 90s vocal groups like them, I don't know where they are from exactly but the song itself appears to have been recorded in Poughkeepsie, NY.

A Beats4DaStreets and Jewel Case Heaven exclusive only.

Radio Version 3:20
Radio Edit 3:20
LP Version 3:19
LP Edit 3:17

Notes: Tracks 1 & 2 appear to be the same while tracks 3 & 4 appear to be identical TV versions.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Sesil & Lujon: What's Still Going On (EP) (Just Play It Records, 1996)

Obscure release from Virginia artist and Marvin Gaye protegee Sesil Jenkins, who was originally one half of soul/funk duo Sesil & Lujon in the late 80s. Featuring two main tracks, Jenkins appears by himself on "I Do...Baby" while the B-side track "Send For Me" was co-written with his former bandmate Delecta "Lujon" Johnson. "I Do...Baby" and it's subsequent mixes feature an uncredited sample from Public Enemy's 1988 song "Security Of The First World" and was supposedly released as a single. I can't find any information about this but at least one copy of the b-side track "Send For Me" has sold on 12" vinyl format in the past.  This is more in line with the sort of modern soul stuff he was doing with Johnson in the late 80s and was slated to be taken from an album "For Women Only," which I also can't find any information about. Running at over 7 minutes long, it appears unfinished or at best partially instrumental.

Thanks again to Stuaaart for the contribution! More mega rare Virginia indie R&B to come!

I Do... Baby (Dance Party Mix) 8:09
I Do... Baby (Royal Raw Funk Mix I) 5:42
I Do... Baby (Royal Raw Funk Mix II) 5:17
I Do... Baby (Royal Raw Funk Mix III) 5:13
Send For Me 7:18

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Creme: Get Your Weight Up (KPJ Entertainment, 2004)

From the East Coast, a further local obscurity that Stuaaart managed to bag which I cannot find a scrap of information on. Appearing to be self-released, the disc itself appears to be a silver CDr and there is not much information to be found on the artist, producers or any of the people involved anywhere. The music is predominantly smooth R&B with the production sounding slightly DIY on some tracks but very tight on others. Some have a slight old skool feel about them (Game Recognize Game and the melodious Don't Make Me Wait) while others are more aligned with the early 2000s. Again, no information about the actual artist anywhere but he was either from Virginia or Northern New Jersey.

Although I am not sure what track he featured on, I got one hit off Jersey-based MC Barrage of Roll Something Records. The label still appears to be active and their Soundcloud profile is here.

Intro 0:16
Beautiful 3:43
Game Recognize Game 3:18
Don't Make Me Wait 3:45
Ghetto Fabulous 3:22
I'm Wit It 3:46
Shut It Down 3:22
Sunshine 3:36
In The Hood 4:11
Where Do They Go 3:27
Born To Play 3:57

Sunday, June 11, 2017

2 Da Real Music: Jams Volume 1 (2 Da Real Music, 1999)

Another obscure compilation featuring a selection of indie artists based out of Newnan, GA. Featured are five in total, Rhonda "Roni" Wilkins (smooth modern soul with "Sorry Won't Make It Right"), Nado Harris (smooth R&B with "Don't Bite The Hand That Feeds" and 1 other), Quasim "Q" Coleman (smooth jazzy R&B with "Something You Did To Me" and on the New Jack Swing tip with "Love At First Sight"), Imari (smooth contemporary R&B with "You Want Your Cake" and 1 other) and Uriah, the compilation's sole Hip Hop/Rap artist and featuring contributions from Nado Harris ("Watcha C") and Rhonda "Roni" Wilkins ("You Want Your Cake - Remix".) Undoubtedly local artists that never did much else, only one of them (Quasim "Q") has any online presence at all and his latter more jazz-influenced work can be brought on CDBaby. He has been active since the mid 80s at least as one half of a funk duo named Quest.  

Just remember where you heard it first 👈

Sorry Won't Make It Right (Featuring Rhonda 'Roni' Wilkins) 4:07
Watcha C (Featuring Uriah) 3:40
Don't Bite The Hand (Featuring Nado Harris) 4:56
I Appreciate You (Featuring Imari) 4:59
Something You Did To Me (Featuring Quasim 'Q' Coleman) 3:49
Sleeping With Someone Else (Featuring Nado Harris) 4:03
I'm Not Afraid (Dance Mix) (Featuring Rhonda 'Roni' Wilkins) 5:51
You Want Your Cake (Featuring Imari) 3:58
Love At First Sight (Featuring Quasim 'Q' Coleman) 3:51
You Want Your Cake (Remix) (Featuring Uriah, Rhonda 'Roni' Wilkins) 4:24
I'm Not Afraid (House Mix) (Featuring Rhonda 'Roni' Wilkins, Kiah Rogers & Cornelious Coe) 5:52
You Want Your Cake (Radio Remix) (Featuring Uriah, Rhonda 'Roni' Wilkins) 4:24

Friday, June 9, 2017

Tika: The Never Ending Story...(Doe Mac Records, 2002)

Another quite underground but fairly contemporary (for its day) release from Las Vegas, NV. The sound is mostly early 2000s urban-crossover R&B in the style of Monica, Ashanti and other "do me wrong" artists from that era but vocally a lot stronger and with better harmonies. Not much - if anything - is known about the artist but I believe following this she may have served as backup for other artists on the predominantly hip hop label, notably Las Vegas rapper X1 (d. 2007.)

Introduction 0:48
I Like The Way 4:03
Until Now 4:38
Come On (featuring Doe Mac) 3:38
Just You & Me 4:12
Wonderful Day 3:31
Blewback (featuring Doe Mac & G-Lace) 3:55
Interlude 2:10
Love Is Gone 4:00
I'm Giving Back 4:05
Why 4:07
No More 3:49
Outro 0:16

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Tara Michelle: Roll Wit' Me (EP) (B.I.G. Productions, 2006)

Another obscurity from the Midwest that - despite being from the mid 2000s when most stuff began to morph into electronic dance music  - has a very smooth conventional R&B feel. Many of the guest rappers are still doing their thing - Arkansas' Lil Yuk has music on You Tube and fellow Midwest rapper Pheddi has a recent song on CDBaby - but not much is known about the artist herself, who hails from Indianapolis, Indiana. I believe she may have been recently involved in a reboot of Indianapolis funk/boogie group Circle City Band although I am not 100% certain.

Tara's Party ft. X 3:58 (Includes interpolations from Mary Jane Girls' "All Night Long.")
Interlude 0:26
Why ft. D Golder & Pheddi 4:02
Like A Lady 4:49
Roll Wit' Me 4:11
Real Thing 4:06
Real Thing (Remix) ft. Lil Yuk, 40 & Eddie Caine 4:12

Friday, June 2, 2017

Catrina C: Gotta Git My Groove On (EP) (South Movement Recording, 1998)

From Anderson, SC, further under-the-radar R&B from Catrina Chester, a singer-songwriter that was formally one third of a girl group called M.A.C. (Mandy, Asabi and Catrina) before releasing this solo EP in 1998. A few tracks are influenced by southern hip hop styles but the type of music is predominantly late 90s R&B with an underground sound. Two (tracks 1 and 2) may or may not have been recorded with her former group M.A.C. and one (track 6) is a feature from the producers DJ Tuc and Cool Chuck who were also joint founders of the record label South Movement Recordings. I don't know if a full-length album was ever released but according to her Facebook page she has at least two CDs under her belt and was at one point working on a third.

Gotta Git My Groove On 3:22
Bring It On 4:42
U Were Wrong 3:22
Work It Out featuring Mr. Nance 4:04
Mr. Right (98 Remix) 4:08
N Yo Area - Bonus track featuring DJ Tuc & Cool Chuck 4:48