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Nov 1st 2001


 Ashanti - Foolish : (Murder Inc.) 


Everywhere you turn you're hearing this girls voice. You've heard her on the late Big Pun's "How We Roll"; Caddillac Tah's "Thug Love" and "POV City Anthem"; as well as Vita's remake of Madonna's "Justify My Love" taken from the Fast And The Furious soundtrack", and now Ashanti (given last name: Douglas) shines on JaRule's latest no.1 hit 'Always on time' which is steadily climbing the pop and R&B charts as I speak. 

So with her recent run of success, opportunity came a knocking as the young lass has now signed a deal with Ja Rule's label Murder Inc and is now working on her debut album to be distributed through Def Jam

The first single is 'Foolish' a catchy dance floor mover that features the Debarges 'Stay with me' as the backbone and the Glen Cove, New York native is scheduled to shoot the video for the song on this coming January in Los Angeles. Look out for this one could be big.  

A Ty-D Pick across the board don't miss out on this one. 

Listen to "Foolish"





Jamming Janita Janita - I'll be fine: (Carport)


She has been putting out albums for some time now (this is her 5th to date) but you'll be hard pressed to hear her music played here in the states and not only that, she looms large in Europe and Japan. 

Janita came to my attention on Gerry Devaux disc 'Back to you' back in 96 whose worked with Lesette Wilson and Angie Stone.) She was born in Helsinki, Finland and began her performing career at age 13. She recording her debut album Believer at the age of 19. Relocating to Brooklyn, she made her U.S. debut in 1998 with a self-titled effort issued on Sony's 550 imprint. 

I'll be fine is a fine assessment of tracks that really grabs you from the start each one as enjoyable as the next and that is not something that can be said for a lot of albums made these days. Standouts are  the dance floor mover  'Firefly' and the, latin singed  'Be Yourself', however, the track that really caught my eye (and probably yours too), is the melodic and misty mooded 'Angel Eyes'. A terrific track through and through (doesn't get any better than this I tell can you).    

This one should not be overlooked it's one of my candidates for Album of the Year. If you can find it pick it up (it simply doesn't disappoint). A most definite TY-D Pick here.

Listen to "Angel Eyes" 

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    Source: All Music Guide





Lovely ladies - Pam 'n' Dodi Pam & Dodi - Dance for me: (Renegade) 


Gospel duo Pam (born Pamela Taylor) and Dodi (born Audra Alexander) are two beautiful, talented and (might I add sexy) young ladies who hail from Detroit (the Motor City, birthplace of the legendary label - Motown) and though they are from Detroit they are not child hood friends. 

The two met five years ago in their native land; Pam, who had been singing in churches since she was a child, had been singing with other groups around the Motor City when she went to a local show and heard Dodi sing. Dodi, (who's raised in Lansing) grew up in a musical family that performed together at various churches and local functions and came to Detroit to perform and by chance met Pam

They soon come to share a common goal and interest, and their musical influences ranged from Yolanda Adams and the Clark Sisters to Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonnder and the Winans. With so much in common they decided to sing together. With the help of Tanya Heidelberg & Roger Yopp of Diversified Entertainment Group, a management and production company that also handles singer Nicci Gilbert, formerly of Brownstone fame they were signed MCA and as they say the rest is history.  

The album as a whole gives you a modern taste of comtemporary gospel. From the first single, the DJ Eddie F-produced "Don't Have To," to the catchy floor moving of "For You For Me," from their praiseful "I Appreciate" to the head-bobbing, catchy floor moving of "Gotta Give It Up," Pam & Dodi bring song and praise to the forefront of the gospel world that we live in.

Other tracks on the album include "
Nobody," featuring K-Ci & Jo Jo; "It's Over Now" which offers solid advice and encouragement to young women who find themselves in abusive relationships; and "Forgive Me" related to those who are short on faith. Strong tunes for a not-so-strong society hopefully listening to the words of Pam & Dodi, who collaborated on some of the material will bring some much need love to group prayer. The album will be released in January and you will hear it played frequent and often on my show so tune in. Another Ty D Pick indeed not to be missed.


  Source: MCAmusic.com




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