Sunday, May 10, 2020

Deemi: Dying To Get Rich [Mixtape] (Family Ties Entertainment, 2006) (Original post from 2/4/17)

Back when production team Midi Mafia were at the top of their game, they followed in the footsteps of many others before them by launching their own record label Family Ties Entertainment. Again as with many other hip hop producers before them, they were looking to expand into the R&B arena and had two artists they were working with back then, the first being Puerto Rican singer Deemi (Tahu Jessica Aponte.) Like Fundisha, she was another female R&B artist from the mid 2000s who was a little too real for the general population but with gritty subject matter ranging from cutting crack with her then-boyfriend to drug and alcohol consumption, it was no wonder why Atlantic - best known for girls-next-door such as Brandy and Estelle - quickly put the brakes on her album. True, it worked for Keyshia Cole in 2005 but she was nowhere near as harrowing and by the time her second LP rolled around, even she had become 'just another R&B artist.' As quoted from a Spin review (Jun 2007) "Brooklyn single mother of two weathers domestic abuse, drugs and despair, then cathartically belts out this years most devastating R&B moment." Sadly I don't think her album ever leaked in full but some of her the songs later made it onto an unofficial mixtape of sorts "Dying To Get Rich." By this time she was releasing work under AV8 Records, a Boston-based house & hip hop label. Most tracks on this set are pretty raw although some of the music is very reminiscent of Alicia Keys' early work with sweeping orchestral passages, tinkly piano hooks and rich vocal harmonies. As for Midi Mafia, they continued to write and produce for many popular pop and R&B artists and soon scored their biggest hit to date "When I See U" by Fantasia Burrino.

Featuring appearances by Styles P., N.O.R.E. and a boatload of other East Coast rap alumni.

Deemi !!! ft. Stik-E & The Hoods 2:40
Around My Way 3:46
Ain't Nuttin' Nice 2:57
I See ft. Styles P 2:33
Hood Niggaz ft. Precious Paris 3:22
Jump ft. N.O.R.E. 3:23
Two Kinds ft. Jaheim 3:09
Tree'd Up 2:54
Round Here 2:20
So Hood 3:23
Time Flies ft. Khryst 2:45
Paper ft. Balance 4:18
I Don't Care ft. ATM 3:22
Babydaddy 2:41
Wasn't Surprised 3:12
Soundtrack Of My Life 4:05