Friday, October 26, 2018

Christina Milian: Mixtape Milian (Bootleg Vinyl EP) (2006)

Possibly from the same camp as Mariah's erroneous Def Jam promos (see bellow), former Def Jam artist Christina Milian gets a bootleg featuring a collection of remixes + rarities. Sadly Milian's time in the spotlight has been brief over the years (her debut album wasn't even released in the U.S. and her third album "So Amazin'" was passed up in favor of label mate Rhianna and her "Umbrellas" in 2006) but what with all the unreleased material that she has, she has etched out quite a resume for herself. Her first official album in the U.S. was 2004's "It's About Time", which was a lot maturer than her bubble-gum pop-infused debut and aimed more at R&B fans. The reverse side of this EP
features songs from this era while Side A primarily focuses on cuts from her far more harder third (which was apparently inspired by her break up with TV personality Nick Cannon.) Rare tracks include "Into The Sunset" which may have been cut from "It's About Time" [although I am not entirely certain] and "Don't Want To Lose Your Love" (AKA "For Real") with Twista (allegedly cut from not one but two projects: 'So Amazin'" and the Fat Albert soundtrack) and sampled the song of the same name by The Emotions. The one featured soundtrack cut "Ain't No Reason" was originally turned down by Alicia Keys for use on her sophomore album in 2004 and was a joint effort between Rich Harrison and Keys' main producer Kerry "Krucial" Keys. Milian's version was produced by Coory Rooney but you can definitely hear Harrison's influence, especially on the vocals.

Say I (Remix) featuring Juelz Santana 3:30
Who's Gonna Ride feat. Lil Wayne & Three Six Mafia 4:30
Don't Wanna Lose Your Love feat. Twista 3:44
Love feat. Joe Budden 4:13
Into The Sunset 3:14
Ain't No Reason 3:11