Yolanda "La La" Brown & iCandi

The forgotten Midwest R'n'B duo that met a tragic end.

Kandi and Tiny

Off The Hook: Unreleased demos from the early 2000s!

Keyshia Cole

The way it wasn't.

MQ3

Another shelved R'n'B group from 1997

From Tha'Rayne To The First Seed

Unreleased Yummy Bingham from 2006.

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Rocx: Promo EP (200x)

This is another one that I cannot find a lick of information about. It was sold from a British seller but definitely sounds American and features West Coast rapper Pozition on track 2. At least one of the tracks came off an album or EP “Can I Hit It” and a further song can also be found on this compilation here. Possibly from Phoenix, Arizona as per the label Genre Records but not 100 % certain. 
 
Baby    4:30
Baby (Featuring Pozition)    5:10
Baby (Acappella)    4:08
Gave You My Best    4:18
Gave You My Best (Acappella)    4:15 

 

Laura Diamante: Styles Upon Styles (Too Savvy Entertainment, 2003)

Further Latina R&B and hip hop music from Miami, FL with Laura Diamante, an artist who was destined for big things but sadly never got the break she deserved. Discovered while performing with her former band Deadbeatz, she was one of the label Too Savvy’s first signees. Able to sing and rap, a handful of major labels were interested but it seemed they wanted to turn her into the next Angie Martinez when she aspired and had the potential to be the Latina Lauryn Hill. Instead she remained underground, delivering a set that is both hip hop and contemporary, as well as staying true to her Latin roots. The buzz single “Spanish Fly” also included a reply to Diddy’s 2002 song “I Need a Girl” that did not appear on the set.
 
Intro    4:35
My DJ ft. Vortex    4:19
Move Wit Me    4:05
Spanish Fly    5:01
High Times    4:50
Da Bounce ft. Gold    4:12
MCs    3:44
Interlude    2:51
Déja Vu    4:19
Live My Life    4:28
 
 

Miceala Marie: Love Letter (EP) (201x)

 
From the Northwest, a 3 track demo from Bremerton, WA native Micaela Marie (later MicaelaT). No date of recording but as per the music video to one track “Love Letter” on You Tube, from 2012 quite possibly. Taken from her mini album “Writings On The Wall” which may or may not have been released but is available to stream in its entirety on The two other tracks here. “Hate When I Think of You” and “Can’t Explain” seem to be exclusive to here though and are very much late 2000s R&B with electronic beats, synths and sweeping piano sounds.
 
Love Letter    3:06
Hate When I Think Of You    3:16
Can't Explain    4:33
 

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Chivalry: Won't Pay Your Bills (CDS) (Speakouthotline.com)


Found at a thrift shop in Florida, a reply to Destiny’s Child’s “Bills Bills Bills” and featuring former Nickelodeon actor Jean-Dominique in the lineup. It pretty much keeps the original melody as it was although the lyrics are pretty much from a male perspective. Possibly related to Speakouthotline.org, a public hotline where people can anonymously report threatening behavior although not 100% certain. 

Won't Pay Your Bills    2:56

Chazz1: I Care 4 U (Self-Titled, 2000)

Further great R&B/soul music from Ohio and an earlier self-released version of a 2001 album that is in the possession of quite a few collectors. I don’t believe he is Milwaukee artist Chazz Dixon and I don’t believe he was affiliated with the Mississippi act Vintage. He is very similar to this artist that we posted back at the beginning of the year with classic soul vocals laid over smooth 90s keyboard sounds. The album is essentially the same as his 2001 release but for one or two different tracks and some alternative titling.Very enjoyable!

Deeper    4:17
Your Night    3:39
I Care 4 U    5:09
Look At Me Now    5:05
I'll Be There 4 U    4:38
When Your Away    5:14
Feelings Gone    4:51
What Ever U Want    4:42
The System    4:05
Hold On    3:04
Always The One    4:39
Just A Feeling    5:08

Paula Latham: S/T (EP) (Jazzy Records, 1997)

 
Getting her start as the lead vocalist for a jazz band (Victor Floyd Jazz Band), Latham’s work was also lumped into the jazz category despite being influenced by Patti LaBelle, Whitney Houston and other notable soul divas from the 80s and 90s. From Dayton, Ohio, this debut EP from her is straight up 90s R&B with infectious grooves and funky beats. Her cover of DeBarge’s “A Dream” later appeared on an EP released in 2001 but most – if not all – of these songs sound like they were recorded for the same project in the mid-to-late 90s. “You Give Good Love” in particular incorporates an uncredited sample from Sade’s 1992 song “Cherish The Day”. 
 
Funk Intro    1:14
Someone Like U    4:16
A Dream    4:44
You Give Good Love    4:44
Let's Talk About It    4:12
 

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Night & Day: Wait To Get Laid (Cassingle) (F.L.I.N.T Records, 1991)

 
Old radio station stock and a very early release from Night & Day who were mostly known for their 1995 single “Goin Thru a Thang” and 1999’s “Dante’s Girl” (on Jive Records.) It’s a fantastic love-making jam while the b-side features narration which was in part inspired by the Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas sexual harassment lawsuit (1991.) No clues as to if it came off an earlier project that that the duo, who came from Flint, MI, did but it is (as far as I can tell) yet to be been seen anywhere else and was distributed by Nine Records Inc., a label known for their association with acts such as Funkadelic and The Ohio Players in the late 80s/early 90s.
 
Wait To Get Laid    4:26
Wait To Get Laid (Narr.)    4:26