Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Sharissa: Freestyle Mixtape (Promo) (Henchman Entertainment, 200x)

Back when hip hop soul was a relatively new thing and we had Mary J. and Miss Evans racking up hits in the early 2000s, there was a third artist that could’ve hung with them back then. Formally of the short-lived 90s R&B quartet 4Kast, Bronx-raised Sharissa Dawes was sadly slept on despite Motown pulling out all the stops to break into the urban market with new signings such as Her Sanity, DJ Rogers Jr and Lathun. Her debut LP “No Half Steppin’” was a strong first effort with the label presenting her in a similar style to Blige but alas it was to be her last in the U.S. and by 2005 she was yet another forgotten Japanese export. Originally discovered by Jimmy Henchman in 2002, Dawes was on point with her gritty, truthful tales of love, heartbreak and women’s independence but the tide was turning on R&B in the early 2000s with artists such as Destiny’s Child and even Britney Spears churning out paint-by-numbers R&B-pop records. Nobody wanted the real genuine article anymore.

No Half Steppin    3:55   
No Half Steppin    3:09   
Sharissa 4 Life    1:53   
Henchmen G's    3:51   
My Projects    3:31   
Sureshot    2:24   
I Love Thugs    3:21   
Gangsta Gangsta    2:17   
We Gonna Make It    2:24   
Gone 2 Long    4:01   
Music    2:11   
Dwyck    2:08   
Untitled    0:30