Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Chrystal Johnson: Got The Blues (Promo CDM) (Egyptian Fusion Music, 200x)

When I first listened to Johnson’s smoky delicate alto, I immediately thought of Faith Evans and rightly so as the artist – like Evans – got her start at Uptown Records. While under Andre Harrell’s wing, she was a vocal coach for Usher and R&B group Total before working on the Who’s the Man? soundtrack in 1992 and appearing alongside such esteemed artists as the Notorious B.I.G. and Jodeci with the New Jack Soul-inspired “Loving You”. Other notable places her vocals can be heard is Pete Rock & CL Smooth’s “Take You There” and Mobb Deep’s “Temperature Rising”, the latter of which reached #3 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip Hop chart in 1995. As for the above single, it has pretty much flown under the radar but was recorded in 2000 according to the Johnson’s own You Tube channel. Pete Rock pops in to cameo on the interlude while production on the bonus cut “Go” comes from Rashad “Tumblin Dice” Smith. Great neo…hip hop soul from a fantastic vocalist who should’ve been up there with Evans and Blige but somehow is yet to get the break she deserves.
Interlude 0:54
Got The Blues (Main Radio) 4:19
Go ft. STIC from dead prez[Bonus Track] 5:07
Got The Blues ft. P2Kay & Baby Paul (Remix) 5:07
Got The Blues ft. P2Kay & Baby Paul (Remix Instrumental) 5:08