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Jun 1st 2000

Donnell Jones - Pushin': LP version (Laface)

Donell took the world by storm with his debut album 'My Heart' with supplied us with such hits as 'You should know', 'In the hood' and 'Knocks me off my feet'. With much anticipation his sophomore effort 'Where I wanna be' comes to be a bit of a surprise because it actually is better than the first.

'Pushin' is a sweet lil' R+B number that has a catchy beat and instrumentation. Produced by Eddie 'DJ Eddie F' Farrell, Donell's voice shows his maturity as an artist and let's us know that he's going to be here for quite some time. No single release date yet but I will keep you posted.


Kelly Price - As we Lay: (Def Soul/Def Jam)

Ms. Price returns with her renindition of the Shirley Murdock classic. Taken from her forthcoming sophomore album 'Mirror, Mirror' Kelly's voice serves well for this ballad and really doesn't hurt the remake but for me the original can't be touched and will always be the better of the two. Fans of Ms. Price will embrace this with open arms and I'm sure it will find its way onto radio playlists across the country (and the world for that matter) Give it a listen.


Sisqo - Is love enough?: (Def Soul/Def Jam)

Who would of thought he would have the kind of year he's had. Departing from Dru Hill to do a solo project, Sisqo took the world by storm with his solo effort 'Unleash the dragon' (which is certified triple platinum). 'Thong Song' is the hit of the summer and he seems to be everywhere (MTV, Pepsi and McDonald commercials...)

This ballad is really not bad although he reminds me a lot of Keith Sweat back in the day. He seems to moan and groan for the attention of the ladies in the bedroom which is all fine and dandy but can be tiring at the end of the day. He's no Rahsaan Patterson or Gary Taylor but his fans will love this one nevertheless.


Ruff Endz - Bedtime: (Epic)

Baltimore natives David Chance and Dante Jordan form newcomers Ruff Endz.  Now I'm thinking just like in the pop culture, here's another 'boy group of 4 (112, Dru Hill, No Question, Ideal and Jagged Edge are just a few who comes to mind) but might I be proven wrong here.

'Bedtime' is smooth and soothing and sets the tone for an evening with that 'someone special' that you have in your life. Taken from their debut album 'Love Crimes', the lads wrote half of the tracks on the album and said Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder were their inspirations as they were growing up. If this single is any indication to what the album has to offer I look forward to the entire album available at fine record shops everywhere.


Rahsaan Patterson - Friend of Mine (MCA)

I can't talk enough about Rahsaan Patterson and his sophomore set 'Love in Stereo' (MCA). Most albums that you buy today if you're lucky has 3 or 4 songs tops that you like but on this CD, each and every one is a bonified hit without a doubt.

On 'Friend of Mine', his voice is smooth and effortless and he carries the song with such ease that it's cruel for the rest of us (who doesn't have the pipes). To me every now and then an artist comes along that opens your eyes with so much class and distinction that you can't help but say "WOW" who is this? He's been compared to the late Marvin Gaye for the depth in his lyrics and music and I urge anyone with a pulse to disagree. If you don't have this record yet then you don't know what you're missing It's simply one of the best R+B/Soul albums to come along in a long, long time.

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