My heart goes out to Mercedes and Tracey regarding their label woes...not good at all. I hate label execs...
But I'm not a follower, and I have to speak on "THE ONCE AND FUTURE" openly and honestly...
So, here's my opinion, as bogus as some may think it is...
1. The demographic for the JazzyFatNastees is relatively small. The people who feel this album are willing to actually search for it. There were no easily accessible singles. "The Wound" wasn't gonna do it, neither was "The Lie"...best chance was "UNCONVENTIONAL WAYS"...my fave track on the album.
2. Character: The people on this website have an intmimate portrait of Tracey and Mercedes because we read the journal entries, we attend the Black Lily, we've actually lived the struggle with them. However, presentation wise, the Jazzies are lacking. JILL SCOTT has character...one look at the "sistagirl" look she flashes compells you to pay attention. BILAL has character. MUSIQ SOULCHILD...though he comes in a distant third, carved a niche as far as his style. Tracey & Mercedes don't give me that vibe...I'm sorry
3. Quality: I expected more out of "ONCE AND FUTURE". There aren't too many songs I run to hear, outside of "UNCONVENTIONAL" and "RELATED TO ME"...everyone I put down on the album is like "Yeah, that was peace"...but nobody gives me the "YOOOO!!!!" I got when I put them on to Jilly or Bilal.
Translation: We all know MCA dropped the ball, they should really have put some effort behind the Jazzies...but the Jazzies are a decidedly difficult sale, 'specially with the state of commercial radio nowadays.
Maybe Indy is the way...I don't see a major doing them justice.
The Infamous DVSJ
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The album "ORIGIN UNKNOWN" is completed and coming soon!!!!
************************* MY VERY OWN HIPPIDY-HOP! I'M GOING TO LOVE YOU AND PLAY WITH YOU FOR EVER AND EVER!!!