Keyshia Cole, part two

Woman to Woman
Enough of No Love feat. Lil Wayne
3.5
Zero feat. Meek Mill
2.5
Missing Me
2.5
Trust and Believe
3.5
Get It Right
2.5
Woman to Woman feat. Ashanti
3.5
Wonderland feat. Elijah Blake
3.5
I Choose You
2.5
Stubborn
2.5
Hey Sexy
3.5
Next Move feat. Robin Thicke
2.5
Signature
3.5

  • favorite track – Trust and Believe
    least favorite track – Zero feat. Meek Mill
    guilty pleasure track – Wonderland feat. Elijah Blake
    under rated track – Woman to Woman feat. Ashanti

*** stars

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Point of No Return
Intro (Last Tango)
2.5
Heat of Passion
3.5
N.L.U feat. 2 Chainz
2.5
Next Time (Won’t Give My Heart Away)
2.5
Rick James feat. Juicy J
2.5
New Nu
1.5
She
3.5
Believer
2.5
Love Letter feat. Future
2.5
Party Ain’t a Party feat. Gavyn Rhone
2.5
Remember (Part 2)
3.5

  • favorite track – Remember (Part 2)
    least favorite track – New Nu
    guilty pleasure track – She
    under rated track – Heat of Passion

*** stars

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11:11 Reset
Cole World (Intro) feat. DJ Khaled
N/A
Unbothered
1.5
You feat. Remy Ma and French Montana
3.5
Incapable
3.5
Best Friend
2.5
Vault
2.5
Act Right feat. Young Thug
2.5
Right Time
2.5
Emotional
2.5
Ride feat. Kamaiyah
2.5
Cole World (Outro) (feat. Too $hort
N/A

  • favorite track – Incapable
    least favorite track – Unbothered
    guilty pleasure track – You feat. Remy Ma and French Montana
    under rated track – Vault

** stars

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I was a bit underwhelmed with Keyshia’s first three albums, however from Calling All Hearts to Point of No Return were really good. I mean even Keyshia’s vocals had gotten better. As if she had went to a vocal coach. I’ve always liked the emotion she put into her songs, but she did have some real struggle vocals at the beginning of her career. I’m glad her voice has gotten better over the years. I didn’t too much care for her latest album, 11:11 Reset and I’m very surprised by that fact. Aside from a couple of tracks, the album bored me. If it wasn’t for the overall improvement in the quality of her albums as well as the sound, that would have probably been my least favorite album from her.

  • favorite keyshia cole album – Point of No Return
    least favorite keyshia cole album – The Way It Is
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Keyshia Cole, part one

The Way It Is
(I Just Want It) To Be Over
2.5
I Changed My Mind
2.5
Love, I Thought You Had My Back
2.5
I Should Have Cheated
3.5
Guess What? feat. Jadakiss
2.5
Love
3.5
You’ve Changed
2.5
We Could Be
3.5
Situations feat. Chink Santana
2.5
Down and Dirty
2.5
Superstar
3.5
Never feat. Eve
2.5

  • favorite track – Love
    least favorite track – Guess What feat. Jadakiss
    guilty pleasure track – I Should’ve Cheated
    under-rated track – We Could Be

** stars

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Just like You
Let It Go feat. Missy Elliott & Lil’ Kim
3.5
Didn’t I Tell You feat. Too $hort
2.5
Fallin’ Out
3.5
Give Me More
2.5
I Remember
3.5
Shoulda Let You Go feat. Amina Harris
3.5
Heaven Sent
3.5
Same Thing (Interlude)
1.5
Got to Get My Heart Back
2.5
Just like You
1.5
Losing You feat. Anthony Hamilton
2.5
Last Night feat. Diddy
2.5
Let It Go (Remix) feat. Missy Elliott & Lil’ Kim
2.5

  • favorite track – I Remember
    least favorite track – Just Like You
    guilty pleasure track – Shoulda Let You Go feat. Amina Harris
    under rated track – Fallin’ Out

** stars

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A Different Me
A Different Me (Intro)
N/A
Make Me Over
1.5
Please Don’t Stop
2.5
Erotic
3.5
You Complete Me
2.5
No Other feat. Amina Harris
2.5
Oh-Oh, Yeah-Yea feat. Nas
2.5
Playa Cardz Right feat. 2Pac
3.5
Brand New
3.5
Trust w/ Monica
3.5
Thought You Should Know
2.5
Where This Love Could End Up
2.5
Beautiful Music
2.5
A Different Me (Outro)
N/A

  • favorite track – Trust w/ Monica
    least favorite track – Make Me Over
    guilty pleasure track – Erotic
    under rated track – Playa Cardz Right feat. 2Pac

** stars

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Calling All Hearts
I Ain’t Thru feat. Nicki Minaj
1.5
Long Way Down
2.5
Tired of Doing Me feat. Tank
3.5
If I Fall in Love Again feat. Faith Evans
2.5
So Impossible
2.5
Sometimes
3.5
Take Me Away
3.5
What You Do to Me
3.5
Last Hangover feat. Timbaland
2.5
Thank You feat. Dr. Yvonne Cole
2.5
Better Me
3.5

  • favorite track – Take Me Away
    least favorite track – I Ain’t Thru feat. Nicki Minaj
    guilty pleasure track – Sometimes
    under rated track – Better Me

*** stars

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Melanie Fiona

The Bridge
Give It to Me Right
2.5
Bang Bang
2.5
Monday Morning
2.5
Please Don’t Go (Cry Baby)
3.5
Ay Yo
2.5
Walk On By
2.5
You Stop My Heart
2.5
Johnny
2.5
Sad Songs
2.5
Priceless
2.5
It Kills Me
3.5
Teach Him
2.5

  • favorite track – Please Don’t Go (Cry Baby)
    least favorite track – Bang Bang/Ay Yo
    guilty pleasure track – It Kills Me
    under-rated track – Monday Morning

** stars

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The MF Life
This Time feat. J. Cole
3.5
4 AM
3.5
Break Down These Walls
2.5
I Been That Girl
1.5
Wrong Side of a Love Song
3.5
Running feat. Nas
2.5
Change the Record feat. B.o.B
2.5
Bones
1.5
Can’t Say I Never Loved You
2.5
L.O.V.E. duet w/ John Legend
2.5
6 AM feat. T-Pain
1.5

  • favorite track – Wrong Side of a Love Song
    least favorite track – I Been That Girl
    guilty pleasure track – 4 AM
    under rated track – This Time feat. J. Cole

** stars

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Melanie Fiona is an artist I like, her voice is decent enough. However, after listening to her debut album The Bridge and her sophomore album The MF Life, there is much to be desired. The MF Life has 4 AM and Wrong Side of a Love Song. Two songs I really like from her, but other than that the albums hardly have any replay value an if I were to be honest, I wouldn’t want to buy them. You can listen to them just to listen to them though, but they’re both pretty underwhelming listens. It says she has a third album, Next Train that came out last year or I guess it was suppose to. I can’t find it, so whenever it is released I’ll review it.

  • least favorite album – The Bridge
    favorite album – The MF Life

Brandy – Brandy

Movin’ On
2.5
Baby 
3.5
Best Friend
2.5
I Wanna Be Down
3.5
I Dedicate (Part I)
2.5
Brokenhearted
3.5
I’m Yours
2.5
Sunny Day
2.5
As Long as You’re Here
1.5
Always on My Mind
3.5
I Dedicate (Part II)
2.5
Love Is on My Side
2.5
Give Me You
2.5
I Dedicate (Part III)
2.5

thoughts. B.
Brandy was too poppin’ back in the day. I wasn’t a hardcore fan of her music, but I did dig a few tracks from her and Sittin’ In My Room is one of my favorite songs ever. Brandy is her self-titled debut album an it’s pretty good. I didn’t think I would like it as much as I do. I love how fresh and youthful it is, it exudes innocence but not to the point of it being cringe. It’s so appropriate for how old she was at the time this album was released (14-15 I believe), that it’s really quite astounding. I also liked Brandy’s voice. I always thought her vocals were average, but they fit her in this album, even though there was strain-age it wasn’t to the point that it interfered with the quality of the songs. I was pleasantly surprised by the track Always on my Mind, the only album only track that really stood out to me. I always liked I Wanna Be Down more than Baby, but I think Baby is like Have You Ever when it comes to signature songs from her. Best Friend and Brokenhearted are some good tracks as well, especially the latter. I did not care for the I Dedicate parts, they’re sung good, but seem very cheesy and unnecessary now. The others are real deal filler tracks, very hit or miss. A few are decent like Sunny Day and others seem long-winded like Love Is on My Side. Even so this is a pretty solid debut from Brandy, can’t wait to review Never Say Never.

  • favorite track – Brokenhearted
    least favorite track – Love Is on My Side
    guilty pleasure track – Baby
    under rated track – Always on My Mind

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Pretty Ricky – Bluestars

Playhouse
2.5
Your Body
3.5
Grind with Me
2.5
Get a Little Closer
3.5
Never Let You Go
2.5
Call Me
2.5
Nothing but a Number
2.5
Grill ‘Em
2.5
Get You Right
3.5
Chevy
2.5
I Want You (Girlfriend)
2.5
Shorty Be Mine
3.5
Can’t Live Without You
2.5
So Fresh So Clean feat. C Miller
1.5

thoughts. B.
I think I was like 15 when this album came out and we played this album to death both knowing and not knowing the connotations of what Pretty Ricky were singing about. Bluestars is their debut album in it actually isn’t half bad an has held up a bit more than say B2K’s first album. I actually think I mean that despite me being a HUGE B2K fan back in the day. Anywho, what really makes these overly sexual songs pop is Pleasure P’s vocals, I mean the rap verses are entertaining in their own right but I definitely wouldn’t have given them a second listen if it weren’t for Pleasure P. His voice just made me tingle in all the wrong ways, especially with me being so young and listening to this type of music. It’s raunchy but not really, it’s just safe enough to be passable and the tracks are a lot of fun. You have the songs that stand out like Your Body, Get A Little Closer, Never Let You Go, Nothing But A Number, Get You Right, Shorty Be Mine and Can’t Live Without You. Those are the tracks I can listen to over and over again. Then you have the tracks that I wouldn’t automatically go to but would still listen to and sing alone to, such as: Playhouse, Grind with Me and I Want You (Girlfriend). … then there is the rest, which just played like album filler and could have been cut and no one would have cared, especially the tracks Grill ‘Em and So Fresh So Clean feat. C Miller an awful track to end the album on. Other then the throwaway tracks this was a pretty solid album and I hope their sophomore album is just as decent.

  • favorite track – Shorty Be Mine
    least favorite track – So Fresh So Clean feat. C Miller
    guilty pleasure track – Your Body
    under rated track – Get You Right

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Ginuwine – Ginuwine…the Bachelor

Intro
1.5
Pony / Interlude G
3.5
Tell Me Do U Wanna / Interlude
2.5
Holler / Interlude feat. Nikki and Virginia Slim
1.5
Hello
2.5
Lonely Daze
3.5
Ginuwine 4 Ur Mind / Interlude L
1.5
Only When Ur Lonely / Interlude
3.5
I’ll Do Anything / I’m Sorry feat Timbaland
3.5
World Is So Cold / Interlude
2.5
When Doves Cry / Interlude
2.5
G. Thang / Interlude featuring Misdemeanor “Missy” Elliott and Magoo
2.5
550 What? / Interlude feat. Timberland

thoughts. C.
I was never much of a fan of Ginuwine (I preferred Usher back in the day), yet I do like loads of his songs and his voice is great. Ginuwine’s debut album Ginuwine… The Bachelor isn’t so much a mixed bag as it is a mess of confusion. You have the good tracks like Pony, Lonely Daze, Only When Ur Lonely and I’ll Do Anything—then there is everything else, in which they weren’t terrible songs, but I just didn’t care for them once the track ended. However, the only tracks I can say I didn’t really like were Holler and Ginuwine 4 Ur Mind. His cover of When Doves Cry wasn’t too bad either. The main thing that threw me off while listening to this debut are the interludes at the end of damn near every song. I know there was some kind of theme in point to them, but I just didn’t get it and to me they drug the album way down. It just seemed like songs would drag on for forever an it just made for a very odd in confusing listen. Either way it’s not the worst debut I’ve heard; I like it more than Usher’s debut, believe it or not. This album is to me for more hardcore fans though it does have the classic Pony on it. For what it’s worth.

  • favorite track – I’ll Do Anything / I’m Sorry feat. Timberland
    least favorite song – Ginuwine 4 Ur Mind / Interlude
    guilty pleasure track – Pony / Interlude
    under-rated track – Only When Ur Lonely / Interlude

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Usher – Usher

I’ll Make It Right
2.5
Interlude 1
1.5
Can U Get wit It
2.5
Think of You
3.5
Crazy
2.5
Slow Love
2.5
The Many Ways
2.5
I’ll Show You Love
2.5
Interlude 2 (Can’t Stop)
1.5
Love Was Here
3.5
Whispers
2.5
You Took My Heart
2.5
Smile Again
2.5
Final Goodbye
2.5

thoughts. C.
Where do I even start with Ushers self-titled debut album Usher? How about the fact that he was 13 or 14 and talking about some serious grown-up stuff and it kinda, really threw me off a bit. He had such a cute baby face back then, so you cannot take him serious when he’s talking about bedding a chick that young, like… no. Anyway, I will give Usher some credit for him to be that young he had such a pleasant voice. I mean I was mostly bored listening to this album, but he made the majority of the tracks that I would have otherwise overlooked, actually listen-able. I found myself thinking, wow these are some really dull songs, but I can fuck with them. I actually like the track Love Was Here, even though if I were to be honest it sounds like all the other tracks on here. Out of the singles he released I really liked the catchy Think Of You, even though Can You Get With It is fun for all the wrong reasons. I wasn’t too disappointed with this album though, not like I was with Aaliyah’s debut. I think I expected it to be more like Sammie’s debut, but it seemed like he was trying to be more mature than he really was and it just didn’t work for me. The songs aren’t bad, it’s actually a decent album to just put on in listen to if you want to be put in a relaxed mood as Usher’s voice is really nice and sultry throughout, if you can forget how young he was when this was released.

  • favorite track – Think of You
    least favorite track – (the interludes…)
    guilty pleasure track – Can U Get wit It
    under-rated track – Love Was Here

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B2K – B2K

Gots Ta Be
3.5
Understanding
2.5
Why I Love You
3.5
Uh Huh
3.5
B2K Is Hot (Skit)
2.5
B2K Is Hot
2.5
Fantasy
2.5
I’m Not Finished
3.5
Come On
3.5
Hey Little Lady (Interlude)
2.5
Hey Little Lady
2.5
Baby Girl
3.5
Your Girl Chose Me
2.5
Shorty
2.5
Last Boyfriend
2.5
Here We Go Again
1.5

thoughts. B.
I was like 12 or 13 when B2K first hit the scene and I remember being a huge fan of them for the few shorts years they were active. My favorite member was Lil Fizz and I remember me and my god-sisters literally getting everything B2K from their CD’s to magazines to DVD’s to whatever, we had it. We even went to see their terrible We Got Served movie at the theater when it dropped; we also dressed as them for Halloween one year… B2K is their self-tilted debut album, and I remember how excited we were when we got the album in huddled together around the stereo to listen to it. I remember us dying at their corny skits an replaying Why I Love You over and over until it sounded weird. I really liked this album when I first heard it, mostly because I was such a huge fan of them. However, listening to this album now as an almost 30 year old woman, it’s cute but not as good as I remember it being. Don’t get me wrong I will bump Gots Ta Be any day of the week, that song will never get old. I also really liked Understanding, I’m Not Finished and Baby Girl. The more fast paced songs other than Uh-Huh I dug as well, such as B2K Is Hot, Fantasy and Come On. The rest are OK, but really played like filler and come across as a little immature. This is a really decent debut though in I can see why my 13 year old self liked it so much. B2K will always hold a very special an nostalgic place in my heart, and Lil Fizz will remain my ultimate girl-crush.

  • favorite track – Gots Ta Be/Why I Love You
    least favorite track – Here We Go Again
    guilty pleasure track – Uh Huh
    under-rated track – Understanding

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TLC – Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip

Intro
1.5
Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg
2.5
Shock Dat Monkey
1.5
Intermission
1.5
Hat 2 da Back
2.5
Das da Way We Like ‘Em
2.5
What About Your Friends
3.5
His Story
3.5
Intermission II
1.5
Bad by Myself 
1.5
Somethin’ You Wanna Know
2.5
Baby-Baby-Baby
3.5
This Is How It Should Be Done
2.5
Depend on Myself
2.5
Conclusion
2.5

thoughts. C.
… Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip is TLC’s debut album, released back in ’92. I was a huge TLC fan, favorite member was T-Boz but Left-Eye was my bias. I’m not too sure on where I should even start with this album… I mean it wasn’t what I expected it would be. I’m not even sure what I expected it to be, but it kinda was all over the place with a common theme of independence and women empowerment. I also liked the safe sex thing they had going on too. I think the oddest thing about this album is the fact that it is both stand-out thanks to tracks like What About Your Friends and Baby Baby Baby and forgettable because the album only tracks just don’t come out at you like their singles. Even Ain’t To Proud To Bed and Hat 2 Da Back have a certain flair to them that is lacking in bizarre track Shock Dat Monkey and the tracks that seem to sound like different versions of the other: Das da Way We Like ‘Em, Bad by Myself, Somethin’ You Wanna Know, This Is How It Should Be Done and Depend On Myself. The only album only track that I really liked an in which stood out to me was His Story, the rest I won’t say were bad but it was more like I liked the chorus and just didn’t care for the verses. The interludes in whatnot were kinda pointless as well and seemed tacked on to stretch the album out further. This is my first time listening to Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip, and my favorite album from them is obviously CrazySexyCool, so I guess what I’m trying to say is it’s a little bit like my feelings with Aaliyah’s first album. I thought I would like it, but just didn’t.

  • favorite track – Baby Baby Baby
    least favorite track – Shock Dat Monkey
    guilty pleasure track – What About Your Friends?
    under-rated track – His Story

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Sammie – From The Bottom To The Top

The Bottom
2.5
I Like It
3.5
Can’t Let Go feat. Lloyd
1.5
Crazy Things I Do
3.5
Stuff Like This
3.5
When I Grow Up
1.5
Hero
3.5
Catching Feelings
2.5
Count
2.5
If I Can
3.5
Fell for Her
2.5
Friend Like You
2.5
Do It for You
3.5
I Like It (Remix)
2.5

thoughts. B.
I can remember it like it was yesterday when Sammie dropped I Like It followed by Crazy Things I Do. I was 10 and me and my friends use to love singing these songs during PE or when we were practicing. I’ve actually never listened to the album, the only other song off this album I heard prior to this listen for this review is Hero. From The Bottom To The Top is Sammie’s debut album and it’s surprisingly not bad at all; I actually like it more than Lloyd’s debut. I don’t know what I expected but I do know that I wasn’t really feeling this album at the start (aside from the singles), that was until I got to the track Stuff Like This and the dynamic shifted. Sammie was really young when this album dropped, like 12 or 13 and his voice reflected that however he showed some real vocal finesse with the tunes: Stuff Like This, Hero, If I Can and Do It For You. I was really impressed. I kinda expected his voice to be kid-ish throughout, so I was relieved that that wasn’t the case. The tracks I gave a fair rating to were decent in an of itself, but sounded more like filler to me, not bad filler, but still somewhat forgettable. I would definitely buy this, which is crazy because I honestly thought I wasn’t going to like his debut.

  • favorite track – Crazy Things I Do
    least favorite track – Can’t Let Go feat. Lloyd
    guilty pleasure track – I Like It
    under-rated track – Stuff Like This

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