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.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Hexcite: Want This Money (Hexcite Records, 2002)

A further compilation from Decatur Georgia featuring a selection on hip hop and R&B artists on local label Hexcite Records. The album's producer Troo Kulu (or T.R.O.O.K.U.L.A.) formally appeared with Heavy D and Biggie on the 1994 CD "NBA Jam Session" and was a member of two groups 3rd Eye and Brainwash2000 (the latter of which is featured on this CD as Brain Wash.) Other acts that appear include Thick N Thin (hip hop), Talisa (R&B), Josiah (R&B) and Marzette (R&B.) Talisa is "ne'er do well" contemporary R&B while the male artists Josiah and Marzette are soulful 90s R&B at its best. None appear to exist anywhere else.

Talisa - Begin Again 4:22 (R&B)
Josiah - Pain 3:15 (R&B)
Thic N. Thin - Krunck 4:53
Brain Wash - Set It 2:40
Marzette - Make You Mines 3:39 (R&B)
TK - Talking To Caller ''Skit'' 0:35
Josiah - Why 4:57 (R&B)
Thic N. Thin - Blowed Up 3:47
TK - Taking Calls ''Skit'' 0:24
Brain Wash - Get Up 3:47
Talisa - Can't Believe 2:44 (R&B)
T.K. - Talking To Pumpkin ''Skit'' 0:19
Brain Wash - Wan This Money 3:40

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Urban Phlavors Vol. 1: From The Studios (MRC Musyc, 1999)

As confirmed by my rather short-lived "Virginia Crate Digging" section, there is a ton of great R&B to be found in the Mother State if you go out and look for it: home-grown acts (Sesil & Lujon, Ultimate Pleazure and many more featured here) many who moved there from other States (Tracey McLeichey, Red) and bits and pieces from the surrounding areas such as Single and Unda Presha. Sadly I have nothing else new to add to this list for the foreseeable but here is a local hip hop/R&B compilation featuring teenage urban artists from the Music Resource Center, a community-run recording studio outta Charlotsville, VA. The R&B is mostly female and very 90s underground sounding. Highlights include the upbeat "Keep On Dancin'" by April Taylor and a female group (or duo) named Lyric who appear to be separate from the three groups by that name I have already posted here. All tracks were written, recorded and produced by local teenage members.
The Music Resource Center (aka. The Studios) is a Teens-Only program where students enrolled in 7th -12th grades can come to write and play music, take lessons, and make recordings. Located in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Music Resource Center has been giving teens access to its music studios since 1995.
Terrie Godfrey with Slim B. - You Make Me Smile    3:40 (R&B)
Nostradamus - Fall From Grace    3:07
Merevedi - Perfect Assassins    6:05
Merevedi - Caliente    3:59
Slim B. - Papi    5:05
April Taylor - Forever And A Day    4:45 (R&B)
April Taylor - Keep On Dancin'    3:41 (R&B)
Kevin Monroe - High Expectations    3:14 (R&B)
Rafael Oliver - Reminiscence    3:20
Rikki Johnson - Realize    5:29 (R&B)
Lyric - Love Will Bring You Home    3:31 (R&B)
Lyric - Baby    3:33 (R&B)
Terrie Godfrey - The Real Thing    3:21 (R&B)
Various - Phat Godizm    4:59
Various - Represent    4:27

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Blaque Ammo Recordz: The Album Vol. 1 (Blaque Ammo Records, 2001)

From Black Majik to Blaque Ammo, a mix of contemporary R&B and hip hop from New York City. I don't know anything about the artists involved but the main feature Candice Vendetta is a singer and a rapper. Her style of R&B reminds me slightly of DC meets MJB; she definitely has that "independent lady" thing going on. The other artists are primarily rap but one artist (H. Lee) does a contemporary blues-style track that is quite decent. The way it is sung, sort of like he is telling a story, reminds me somewhat of R. Kelly. Thanks again to Stuaaart for the contribution!

My Own 3:31
Leave Me Alone 3:21
Newthang 3:19
No Love 4:00
Kings For Life 3:33
Betta Than Yours 4:43
There He Go 3:20
Improve Ya 3:12
Unh, Huh 4:07
Hot Ta Death 4:43
Run 4:07
Knock 2:56
Never Forget My Face 2:27

Tracks 1, 2, 3, 9 & 10 feature Candice Vendetta
Tracks 4, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12 feature H. Lee
Tracks 7 & 10 feature T.I.N.Y.
Tracks 5, 6 & 10 feature B. King

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Black Majik Entertainment Presents: Sumin' Serious Vol. 1 (CD Comp) (Black Majik Entertainment, 2002)

From The South, another compilation featuring a host R&B/Rap artists that you won't find anywhere else. Reppin' the rap side is Tre South while Andrea Mathews, Chyrsti Fuller and Cecil Jackson perform a selection of smooth R&B cuts. Tre South (comprised of Maniak, Lo Breeze and Bo Bo) perform an early incarnation of what would later be known as Trap music (10) but are mainly a pretty standard rap fair. The tracks by Mathews (4 in total) are undoubtedly the best of the R&B side. No information found on anybody but all came from South East Georgia respectively (Vidalia, Jesup, Bristol, Baxely and Hinesvile.)

Intro 1:58
Whatever It Takes 4:10
Crazy 4:22
Out Of My Mind 4:24
Respect 3:52
Tonight 5:27
Buckle Up 4:46
Escalade 4:25
Hold On 3:06
Crazie (Out Of My Mind) 4:24
Stress 4:12
Changing My Life 5:06
Like The Way 5:09
Negative Tension 4:24
Lick 'Em Low 4:39
Get Out Of Da Way 3:24
Redrum Aftermidnite 5:12
Shout'Tro 3:48

Tracks 2, 4, 12 & 15 performed by Cecil Jackson
Tracks 3, 6, 7 & 13 performed by Andrea Mathews
Tracks 5, 8 & 11 performed by Chyrsti Fuller
Tracks 9, 10, 16 & 17 performed by Tre South

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Brownzville: S/T (Metisoul Entertainment, 1998)

Denver, Colorado isn't exactly the first place that comes to mind when you think of quality R&B music but I have found quite a few good artists from there over the years and of course my co-contributor and fellow Coloradoan Stuaaart knows that there is somewhat of an R&B scene to be found in the more urban-y areas. Presented above is a selection of smooth AF cuts from the Mile High City. All tracks are sung by a variety of different male artists; there are no rap songs but some guest raps by Araphahoe TRUES, a local rap trio. The album has a strange format; there are only 4 main tracks and some subsequent mixes/variations. A sampler possibly but also two extra hidden tracks beyond the Outro. The best tracks are undoubtedly "Fun" featuring The Trues and "Hey Lady" which features a Talkbox breakdown to die for. Great R&B from an unlikely place!

Intro 1:50
Fun (Extended Mix) (Featuring The Arapahoe Trues) 4:49
Fun (Accapella) 3:28
Fun (Radio Edit) 4:08
Hey Lady (Freak Mix) 3:59
Hey Lady (Jeep Mix) 3:49
Hey Lady (Late Night Mix) 3:57
The Ride (Lil Som'em For Feds) 1:58
Alone (Radio Edit) 4:59
Alone (Beatapella) 4:38
Break Beat (Come If You Want It) 2:08
Tonight 5:41
Outro 13:41

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Flooded Wit Chips Featuring ÁSA (Hoodlum Records, 1998)

Continuing on with compilations, here is another dope CD featuring artists based out of Carbondale/East St. Louis, IL, which has a G-Funk filler mixed with some very smooth R&B cuts by Carla, I.M.A.G.E., and others. It spawned one single "Ghetto Nation" as performed by ÁSA. Inside says "Coming Soon ÁSA The Album" but I don't know if it was ever released or not. Nothing is known about any of the artists involved but I am assuming that many of them were most likely exclusive to this compilation only. Many thanks again to Stuaaart for the contribution.

Ghetto Nation    4:28
Indo Cloud    5:36
Look What You've Done To Me    3:43
Kick It Tonight    3:40
It'll Make You Scream    3:37
For The Money    4:07
Never Fear Death    5:45
Pop'n Up    4:07
Anything    5:34
Can't Nobody    3:57
One Love    4:25
The Other Day    4:03
Open Your Eyes    5:36
Society Don't Love Me No Mo    5:55
Bounce Wit Me    4:46