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Nov 1st 2002


Jahiem - Still Ghetto (Warner Bros)


The ghetto man returns. Fresh off the mega success of his debut album 'Ghetto Love' Jaheim (given name: Jaheim Hoagland) returns with his sophomore release 'Still Ghetto' on Warner Brothers Records.

The new album hasn't missed a beat as it picks up where Ghetto Love left off. The New Jersey native is toted to be the next Teddy Pendergrass for his style and range and rightfully so with tracks like 'Special Day','Let's talk about it', 'Backlight' and 'Everywhere I am' leading the charge. The lead off single is the familty oriented 'Fabulous' featuring The Rayne and Mary J. Blige (who also appears on the track 'Beauty and a Thug') a very nice laid back mid tempo groove that has all the right tools to be a number one single as it is very well written and produced.

Speaking of writing, Jahiem wrote all the songs on the set and you can feel the passion in his writing on songs like 'Diamond in the Ruff' (a reflection tohis late mother) and 'Put the woman first'. Said Jahiem about this album '' I've dedicated Still Ghetto to my mother and my feelings about her are summed up in the song ‘Everywhere I am.’ I can feel her presence all around me when I sing and I know that she’s watching everything I do. That gives me the confidence and faith to keep on giving my best''

Jahiem has another winner on his hands here and a bright future ahead of him. Amust have for all true soul fans out there and a TY-D Pick indeed.

Listen to Jaheim's- 'Put the woman first'

Listen to Jaheim's- 'Diamond in the Ruff'








Tank ft: Manny Fresh and Jazze Pha - Supa Sexy (Blackground/Universal)


Here's another artist that is up and coming who's also got his sophomore set 'One Man' out on the record selves as of last week. Tank's debut release 'Forces of Nature' took everyone by surprise with the mega smash hit 'Maybe I deserve' going top ten on the R&B charts.

Born in Milwaukee, WI, now residing in Clinton, MD, Tank caught the singing bug at an early age, with a strong belief in his alliance to religion -- at church where his cousin Alphonzo Jiles directed the choir and helped him shape his singing talent. His talent eventually got him an opportunity to sing background vocals for Ginuwine where he got noticed by Blackground Records founder Barry Hankerson, and his son (and company president) Jomo Hankerson who offered Tank the opportunity to record. This also led him to writing tracks for the late and former label mate Aaliyah ('I Can Be and 'What If' respectively)

The track i'm interested in is 'Supa Sexy' which should be the follow up to the title track 'One Man'. It features Cash Money Millionaires beat maestro Manny Fresh and Jazze Pha on the guest spots, giving the track the rap texture treatment. Borrowing lines from Marvin Gaye's 'Sexual Healing' gives it that little added boost to boast but all in all a strong dance floor mover for both radio and club.

Radio Program Directors should take note and put this one in high rotation for your listening ear - it's a great track. ATY-D Pick through and though

Listen to Tank's - 'Supa Sexy '




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