Monday, November 2, 2020

Various Artists: BMI Urban Sampler (Promo) (BMI, 2008)

I am not a huge fan of modern R&B music but do have a slight soft spot for the later 2000s era when producers like The-Dream were dominating the charts with their hi-NRGI sounds. From BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.), here is an assortment of urban acts from their repertoire in 2008 and hosted by popular man of the moment back then T-Pain. Most are unsigned but a few names people might recognize, namely Lonny Breaux (aka Frank Ocean), K. Young (3rd Storee) and Lil Eddie. None were ever released officially outside of mixtape features and internet leaks in the late 2000s era. Being an avid collector of these leaks during this time, I knew Breaux from his song with Brandy “Surprise Ending.” Nigerian-born Kal Nwaneri (appearing here with “Sexual Side”) is also somebody I had heard back then when he featured with Mya on an unreleased track “Wanna Love Me Now.” He sounds very much like Akon here whose own brand of hip hop-influenced electronica was also very popular during this time. Though it did lack the soul and finesse of the earlier years – including even the mid-2000s – there was still some solid music being made in the late 2000s that I really enjoyed listening to. 

Nappy Boy Radio (NBR) Intro    1:05
Good Times    4:24
Caught Up Again    2:51
NBR Interlude 1    0:33
Room Service    3:24
Kiss Away    3:34
NBR Interlude 2    0:31
Say Hello    2:59
Southern Man    3:52
NBR Interlude 3    0:25
Sexual Side    3:42
Cry On    3:23
NBR Interlude 4    0:36
After The Day    3:49
Hurt Me Again    3:22
NBR Interlude 5    0:24
Ooh    3:17
Beyond Your Past    3:42
NBR Interlude 6    0:58
Country Love    4:07
NBR Interlude 7    0:23
Weerdo    4:13
Flashbacks    4:04
NBR Interlude 8    0:34
Computer Love    3:16
Home    3:36
NBR Interlude 9    1:08
Keep It Chilly    3:20
NBR Interlude 10    1:11