Tuesday, September 13, 2022

UNRELEASED GROUPS: Shorty 101

Another shelved Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins production from the early 2000s and seemingly one that did not yield even one single aside from two features on movie soundtracks with the same track “Get With Me” in 2001. Aside from the similarities to a Britney Spears remix, I don’t know how much of a role Jerkins had with this group – comprised of Christina Lund, Emily Frlekin, Stephanie Frlekin, and Blythe Hensley – but it seems almost all of their tracks here were produced by him. At that point jumping on the pop band wagon with productions and remixes for the likes of Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears and other artists more suited to Disney Radio, was this his own attempt at forming a pop group?  There is sadly not a whole lot of information on them but they do apparently have a music video out there, somewhere. A few years later they popped up again on a DJ Envy mixtape with a new track “Sweet Baby” which was written by none other than Ashanti. Searching them in the ASCAP repertoire then brings up yet more titles written with her and Ja Rule that once again never saw the light of day but “Sweet Baby” was later included on Douglass’ sophomore album “Chapter II” in 2003. Altogether a very tight sampler of throwback Darkchild from his heyday in the early 2000s. It still astounds me that despite his popularity back then, how much unreleased material that he has hidden away...