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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Aaliyah – Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number

Intro
2.5
Throw Your Hands Up
1.5
Back & Forth
3.5
Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number
3.5
Down with the Clique
2.5
At Your Best (You Are Love)
3.5
No One Knows How to Love Me Quite Like You Do
2.5
I’m So into You
2.5
Street Thing
2.5
Young Nation
2.5
Old School
2.5
I’m Down
2.5
The Thing I Like
2.5
Back & Forth (Mr. Lee & R. Kelly’s Remix)
2.5

thoughts. C.
I didn’t really think it was possible, but there is an Aaliyah album I do not like in it just so happens to be her debut album: Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number. I am literally flabbergasted at how much I disliked this album, almost to the point that I don’t even want to listen to it in it’s entirety again. Aaliyah was my favorite 90’s solo singer. I just loved her style and her humble demeanor. Devastated wasn’t even the word when she died, I literally cried the whole day after I found out. She died way too soon. Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number is just a mess to me. Aaliyah’s voice is pleasant enough but it doesn’t stand out, the only track that really stood out to me was At Your Best (You Are Love) and that isn’t even an original song from her! The single releases were OK; aside from Down With The Clique and That Thing I Like (in which neither I cared for). The rest were just there. I honestly went into this with an open mind an thought I would enjoy it, but I found myself disinterested, bored and just flat out confused. It’s just not her, it seemed like she was being what R Kelly wanted her to be and it just made for an all around awkward listen. As I said, Aaliyah’s voice is very pleasant but it’s wasted on this type of watered down, poser-esque rnb music. Thank goodness for One In A Million. I wouldn’t buy this, even as a hard-core Aaliyah fan, but that’s just me.

  • favorite track – At Your Best (You Are Love)
    least favorite track – Throw Your Hands Up
    guilty pleasure track – Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number
    under-rated track – Back & Forth

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Mario – Mario

Just A Friend 2002
3.5
C’Mon
2.5
Braid My Hair
3.5
2 Train
2.5
What Your Name Is
4.5
Holla Back
2.5
Could You Be
3.5
Put Me On
2.5
Chick wit da Braids
3.5
Never
3.5
Girl in the Picture
3.5

thoughts. A.
I literally almost forgot how much I loved Mario back in the day and listening to this surprisingly really good debut album from him, I am reminded of how terribly under-rated he is as an artist. I remember loving his debut album Mario to death back when it dropped, but it’s been awhile and I was like 12 or 13 when this album came out so I actually forgot all the damn jams he had on this album. I was listening to the album for this review and with each track I was like, ‘I remember this song!’ and a couple I forgot he even sung like What Your Name Is and Could You Be. The song on this album I use to wear out was Chick wit da Braids, it’s so High School I can’t stand it, but in such a good way. Other songs worth noting is of course the catchy bop Just A Friend 2002, Braid My Hair, Never and Girl In The Picture. Mario’s album only tracks weren’t bad at all, aside from the ones that I already named: C’Mon, 2 Train, Holla Back and Put Me On are OK they just didn’t pop as hard as the others. All in all this is a really good debut, and Mario’s vocals hit.

  • favorite track – What Your Name Is
    least favorite track – Holla Back
    guilty pleasure track – Chick wit da Braids
    under-rated track – Could You Be

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Mya – Mya

What Cha Say?
2.5
Movin’ On
2.5
Baby It’s Yours
3.5
Keep On Lovin’ Me
2.5
It’s All About Me feat. Sisqo
3.5
If You Died I Wouldn’t Cry Cause You Never Loved Me Anyway
3.5
We’re Gonna Make Ya Dance
2.5
If You Were Mine
3.5
Bye Bye feat. Missy Elliot
1.5
Anytime You Want Me
2.5
Don’t Be Afraid
3.5
My First Night with You
3.5
Movin’ On (Remix) feat. Silk the Shocker
3.5

thoughts. B.
I was never a huge Mya fan, mostly around the time when she was really popular in the late 90’s. I was an Aaliyah fan and in my opinion Mya couldn’t hold a candle to her, plus her face annoyed me for some reason. I didn’t start liking her until her Fear of Flying album came out. Mya is her debut and it’s OK, not a bad OK just a really decent one. I don’t know what I was expecting, but I kinda went into this listen thinking it was going to be a mediocre album at best. I did like her single releases especially My First Night With You. It’s All About Me is all right; they played it out when it first dropped. As far as Movin’ On goes, the remix with Silk The Shocker (use to have a crush on him) is a lot better than the original which oddly bored me. I’d have to say that where this album shines is with the album only tracks, which is kinda rare (especially on the American album side). The stand out being Baby It’s Yours, I put it on repeat I liked it so much. I also enjoyed If You Died I Wouldn’t Cry Cause You Never Loved Me Anyway (wow), If You Were Mine and Don’t Be Afraid. The rest were decent, except for Bye Bye feat. Missy Elliot, that track can go straight in the garbage. Mya has a pleasant enough voice, it’s never wowed me, but it suits her. A nice debut, but my favorite album from her as of now is Fear of Flying.

  • favorite track – My First Night With You
    least favorite track – Bye Bye feat. Missy Elliot
    guilty pleasure track – If You Died I Wouldn’t Cry Cause You Never Loved Me Anyway
    under-rated track – Baby It’s Yours

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