Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Kuya, Jenna G + More: Awesome Collective Vol. 1 (Awesome DKD, 2003)

Further music from the great white north with the "Awesome Collective Vol. 1", a 2003 collection of blazing tracks from some of Canada's rising urban artists not limited to Filipino R&B group Kuya, Jenna G and Big Black Lincoln. Prior to being known as the Grammy-nominated production outfit Kuya Productions, Kuya started out as a four-piece R&B group in the mid 90s and had demo deals with both RCA and EMI Canada before parting ways in the early 2000s. A collection of their early recordings (1999-2002) can be found on the CD "Archives"(credited to Kuya Productions) with some of their later work appearing on the compilation above including their only single to date "Southern Girl." Another one who later went on to work behind the scenes was Jenna G and was later known for her song with Drake "Change You" which was released in 2008. Both this and "Gentleman" (sample: "Guess Who's Back" by Scarface and Jay-Z) later went on to appear on her own album "The Radio Singles" which was released via her own label "Golden Child Musiq" also in 2008. Also worth a mention is Toronto supergroup Big Black Lincoln which was an R&B side project of sorts for Canadian rapper Saukrates. This along with neo soul artist KEIKO add an extra alternative dimension to the album which along with many other Canadian compilations I have posted over the years, shows that our friendly neighbors up North definitely had more than enough goods to compete with us.

That's The Way 4:10 (Bi-Shop)
Southern Girl 4:00 (Kuya)
Pimpin' Life 4:05 (Big Black Lincoln)
Uptight 3:45 (D'Reign)
Don't Touch That There 3:37 (Bi-Shop)
Sweet Thing 3:47 (KEIKO)
Gentleman 3:20 (Jenna G)
Lookin' 4 Luv 2:02 (D'Reign)
Change My Ways 5:12 (Kuya)
Communicate (Let Me Explain) 4:27 (Bi-Shop)
Feelin' Groovy 3:06 (KEIKO)
Nomad 4:17 (D'Reign)
All Of You 2:51 (Big Black Lincoln)
Best Thing 4:01 (Jenna G)
Lady Jane 5:12 (Kuya)
Star Crossed Lovers 3:48 (KEIKO)
Everybody Needs To Be Loved 4:03 (Jenna G)
That's The Way (remix) 3:47 (Bishop Feat. MC Lyte & Sticky Fingaz)
Southern Girl (rmx) 4:01 (Kuya)