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, September 22, 2017

Charmagne: Cafe On Magne (Prophet Records, 2000)

Another lucky find while online crate digging, the full-length album from Charmagne whose only single is posted here. It was an obscure but great find from my co-contributor Stuaaart and after some digging about online I realized that the artist was none other than Charmagne Tripp, better known to some for her feature on Eminem's 2009 song We Made You. Her single was released in 1998 but the above album came two years later and is a blend of jazzy and  late 90s mellow R&B with smooth, silky vocals 💯👌. It is a good compliment to her 2004 album Purpose, which can be found on CDBaby, and similarities can be drawn to Chanté Moore and another indie artist featured here Tracey McLiechey.

Tripp hails from Hartford, Connecticut.   

Heaven 4:06
I'm Comin Over 4:21
Will You 4:46
Don't Just Walk Away 4:10
Are You Sure 4:58
Can't Play Me 4:10
R U Ready 4:15
What Would She Do 5:36
Are You Sure (3D Remix) 4:55

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Charm: Under Lock & Key (Self-Released, 200x)

A further mystery purchase that - despite being a little too recent for me - turned out to be quite enjoyable. I don't know much about the artist but from what little I was able to find says she was London-based and puts the release date at about 2012. The musical style is a mixture of piano-driven neo-soul and electronic R&B ballads, very synonymous with work by Ashanti, Alicia Keys and others from the mid-to-late 2000s era.

No Love In My Life 3:56
Changing 4:02
Falling Down 5:01
Fine (Interlude) 1:53
Cool 4:11
Hold On (feat. G. Logan) 4:57
Under Lock & Key 4:27
Replay 4:47
For Your Love 3:39
Come Over (Bonus Track) 3:43

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Dawn Blair: No Turning Back (Demo) (Self-Released, 200x)

From our guy in Virginia, another artist found while digging through the crates and kindly sent to me once again from my regular contributor Stuaaart. The artist, who hails from Powhatan, VA, can be found on SoundClick where she is or was an unsigned artist. I believe this project was a demo but I don't know for exact certain. The CD itself is a Verbatim vinyl CDr; regardless, the sound here is mid 2000s contemporary R&B with jazzy/bluesy samples and neo soul facets. Scroll down for our collection so far.

Uninterrupted 4:41
Any Good 3:46
Loving You 5:07
Crazy Game 3:55
The Only One 3:21
Have You Ever 5:13
Champion 3:33
Feelings 4:34
No Turning Back 3:44
At Your Feet 3:19
You've Done Me Wrong 3:19
Business Goes On 3:25

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Kenyatta: Finally (Precise Records Inc., 2004)

Continuing on with our East Coast crate digging expedition, a further mystery artist that we know nothing about but has a smooth contemporary R&B sound a la Cree with bomb vocals. The booklet had water damage so much of the text has been destroyed but from Virginia as per one of the featured artists and his said group DMP AKA DurTe MuZik Prahdukshun (Norfolk-based.) Again many thanks again to Stuaaart and his homie for acquiring this gem.

Allnyte 4:01
Mekhai's Lullaby 2:36
Who Loves You 4:32
Get Down 2:43
Caress 3:49
Lonely Girl (Melody) 0:54
Best Of Me ft. Khi Killiams 3:47
Control 3:41
Exposed 0:42
Your Song (Baby Come & Go) 4:19
If You Only Knew 4:12
Finally 2:58

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Charmagne: Will You (CDM) (Prophet Records, 1998)

Further obscure 90s R&B from Hartford, CT's Charmagne Tripp who is mostly known for providing the hook on Eminem's 2009 song We Made You. Sadly despite the major artist feature, she never really took off like some of his other guests did but still continues to perform regularly in the Hartford area. She released an album in 2004 titled Purpose which employs a similar smooth sound. Many thanks again to Stuaaart for the contribution.

Will You 4:48
Will You [Insturmental] 4:46
Will You [Acappella] 4:43
Will You [ISIS Remix] 7:30
Will You [Foster Street Mix] 4:57