Monday, April 26, 2021

Unreleased Roc-A-Fella and Def Soul artists

Jay-Z and Dame Dash’s label Roc-A-Fella was another label that let many amazing artists slip through the cracks in the early to mid-2000s. The fantastic Denim, Nicole Wray…even Tiarra Mari, the label’s eventual “First Lady” was little more than a flash in the pan. Here are two other acts that also didn’t make it: Rell and Allen Anthony (formally of the R&B duo Christión.) Rell was active all throughout the late 90s and early 2000s yet his album “The Remedy” never saw the light of day. Anthony also fell by the wayside despite his moderate success with his brother as R&B duo Christión in the 90s. His album “Oakland International” also went unreleased. Granted not many R&B acts on hip hop labels (aside from the mains such as Bad Boy, So So Def etc.) ever fared that well this was Jay-Z we are talking about. He had backing from Def Jam and had access to some of the best producers. Also passed on by way of Def Soul was the fantastic Kandice Love, who, along with the label’s token R&B group LovHer (also featured on the above set), was one of a few acts backed by former Dru Hill member Sisqo in the early 2000s that simply didn’t make it. I don’t know if he had anything to do these particular instances but it certainly didn’t help that his then forthcoming album and Dru Hill’s much hyped reunion album both bombed in the charts. Def Soul – despite the emphasis on “Soul” - wasn’t really the place to be in the early 2000s... 

Say It Ain't So    3:57    (Rell)
If That's My Baby    4:03    (Rell)
Bring It Home    4:35    (Rell)
Never Knew A Love    4:51    (Rell)
Love For Free    3:49    (Rell)
Ain't Nobody Playing     4:20    (Jaguar)
So Hot      4:43    (Rashaan Patterson)
Round & Round     4:12    (Jonell)
How It's Gonna Be     3:47    (LovHer)
All U Need     4:00    (Kandice Love)
Lady Baby     5:00    (Allen Anthony)