Ok, so the first of my dance class mix CDs. What do we have here?
The expected Beyonce, Nelly Furtado, and JT deep cuts are present (B’Day, Loose, and FutureSex/LoveSounds ruled that season for me), along with a Confessions offcut that I think I picked up on late. A couple older faves are tossed in at random (at least the INOJ fits in with the rest of this, “The 900 Number” feels at odds). There’s that amazing Zone 4 remix of Mya, a pleasant late-period Janet trifle, a super-smooth Omarion disco jam, and the followup to “Me & U”.
The real nuggets here, both of which I had to google to figure out what the hell they were, are “Country Boys” by Tyra B (no, not that Tyra B) and Black Buddafly’s “Rock-a-Bye”. The combination of Tyra’s gutsy vocals and the minimal, bluesy beat of “Country Boys” is absolutely stunning, and it should have been way bigger. By contrast, “Rock-a-Bye” is so small and minor that I’m not surprised I forgot it. It feels positively fragile, but dammit it works, in a “Me & U” for the bedroom-not-the-club way.
The Big Boi song isn’t nearly as good as I thought at the time, and “Margarita” might as well be Big Boi song seeing how lost Sleepy Brown becomes in his own track, which I had quite fairly forgotten.
At least I had the good sense to include a trio of deathless rap bangers in “Superhyphy”, “Vans”, and “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy” (the former is a particular favorite of mine). Things are rounded out by a Monica mediocrity and the best Prince song of the 21st century.
*just gonna star whichever songs I’d completely forgotten the existence of
1. Beyonce - Green Light
2. INOJ - Time After Time
*3. Janet Jackson f/ Nelly - Call on Me
4. Mya - Fallen (Zone 4 Remix)
5. Nelly Furtado - No Hay Igual
*6. Omarion - Entourage
*7. Tyra B - Country Boys
8. Usher - Whatever I Want
9. The 45 King - The 900 Number
10. Cassie - Long Way 2 Go
11. Outkast - Morris Brown
*12. Sleepy Brown f/ Big Boi & Pharrell - Margarita
13. Keak da Sneak - Superhyphy
14. The Pack - Vans
15. Birdman & Lil Wayne - Stuntin’ Like My Daddy
16. Justin Timberlake - Lovestoned
*17. Black Buddafly - Rock-a-Bye
*18. Monica f/ Dem Franchize Boyz - Everytime tha Beat Drop
19. Prince - Black Sweat