Christynette

The UK's First Lady of Urban Soul.

Ne-Yo

Unreleased from 2001, Ne-Yo as "Shaffer".

Mya's Liberation

Mya's doomed fourth album.

Girl Power!

Unreleased R'n'B/UK Garage from 2001.

Local Virginia R'n'B on Demo Tape!

From collector's favorites to new unheard of heat, there is no shortage of great music to be found in Virginia.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Prince Charles: Sampler (Promo) (Rondor Music International, 200x)

Further unreleased music from Prince Charles (Charles Hinshaw Jr.), a Compton-born singer-songwriter who has since penned top 20 hits for the likes of Usher and Rhianna, and made an appearance on Mary’s song “Smile” from her 2017 album “Strength of A Woman”.  It seems he initially started out as a solo artist with all four of these songs being written for him by Dwight Watson (Marquez Houston "Case Of You" et al.) All slow jams (which have a very mid-to-late 2000s sound), Hinshaw is an amazing crooner with a delicate, smooth touch. Aside from "Don't Need A Dime" which was later recorded by Mic Little, I am uncertain if any of the other tracks were used for anybody else but they all feature production from The Stereotypes who won a Grammy Award in 2017 for their work with Bruno Mars.

Swisher Sweet    3:32
Fitted Fat    3:34
Situations Hatin    4:15
Don't Need A Dime    3:03

Monday, October 26, 2020

JHart: Sampler (Promo) (Rondor Music International, 201x)

A little bit beyond my preferred era but worth a mention because these appear to be unreleased StarGate productions. The writer JHart (James John Abrahart Jr.) has written for many popular artists since 2009 not limited to Mya, TLC, Jason-Derulo, Trey Songz and more. I don’t know if he started out as a solo artist but at least a few of these tracks wouldn’t have sounded out of place on a Mary J. Blige or Beyoncé album back in the late 2000s. A further rap CD that came in this lot of discs can be found on my channel along with a Nicki Minaj-esque production from the early 2010s. All were produced for Universal Music Group and affiliated subsidies and not used by anybody as far as I can tell.

The Heart You Broke    3:29
Without The Reigns    4:13
Losing You    4:00
Ready Set Go    3:33

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Unknown: Jimmi J. Sampler (Promo) (Rondor Music International, 200x)

Further unused productions from Universal Music Group and from an unknown female session vocalist. Whether the name “Jimmi J.” refers to the artist or a songwriter I don’t know but the only thing that really comes close is Jimmy Jam of Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. Both are still accredited as writers with Universal Music Publishing Group but I don’t for exact certain that this is their work. The style of music doesn’t really fit them at all but “Start Over” is 100% Brandy Norwood’s vocal style. Perhaps unused submissions from any number of her albums circa early to mid 2000s.

All titles are approximate

Crazy    3:44
I've Had Enough    3:59
Playa    3:42
Start Over    4:33
You    4:00

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Various/Unknown: 1Shot Sampler (Promo) (Rondor Music International, 200x)

Various productions intended for Universal Music Group and dated at around 2005/2006 as per one track “U Told Me” which was later given to Def Jam recording artist Shareefa (spelt incorrectly on the disc as Sharifa.) The management company 1Shot Management was headed by Chuck Greene and based out of Baltimore, MD. They were the muscle behind producers J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League in the mid-2000s, a trio of producers mostly known for winning a Grammy Award in 2006 for their work on Mary’s “The Breakthrough” album. As well as the track for Shareefa, they also produced a further track "Coming Up Hustla" which later used the same instrumentation to Shawnna's "Can't Break Me" also from 2006. Whether or not they produced any others I can’t say but quite a few such as “Ghetto” and

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Natasha: Sampler (Promo) (Rondor Music International, 200x)

Unreleased music from Natasha Ramos who was part of two failed girl groups Anjel (with former Destiny’s Child members LeToya Luckett and LaTravia Roberson in 2003) and Latina R&B group Affair (with Tiffany Villarreal and Vanessa Marquez in 2005.) Sadly,both fell apart before any actual releases came to fruition but the latter was put together by Pharrell Williams with whom she has been minorly associated with ever since. Unfortunately, it seems she had similar luck to fellow ex-Affair member Tiffany Villarreal in that she seemed to go from one project that never got off the ground to another, including one for the former head of Arista Records at the time LA Reid. This has pretty much left her to be known only as “J-Lo’s Backing Singer” by some despite her much superior talent. I don’t know where the above work originated from but I am guessing either from her brief stint at Arista or her later shelved project with Star Trak Entertainment “Show & Tell.”  One of the tracks "Rain Keeps Falling" was later adapted into the intro for Amerie's 2007 album "Because I Love It" and was produced by Chris & Drop. In 2011, she finally released her first project “Dream Seller” on which she chronicles the many missed opportunities she has had and rightly so. Why LA Reid and especially Pharrell Williams couldn’t do anything more with her I do not know. 

 (Approximate titles given)

Rain Keeps Falling    3:36
Whatchu Got    3:27