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The Best You Never Heard: Destiny’s Child, 3LW, Jamelia & Kandi

Published: Monday 2nd Jun 2008 by Sam

The Best You Never Heard: Destiny's Child, 3LW, Jamelia & KandiThis week’s The Best You Never Heard serves up unknown to the masses cuts by Destiny’s Child, 3LW, Jamelia and former Xscape member Kandi. Do you have any suggestions for future instalments? Drop me an email at [email protected]

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Destiny’s Child – Gots My Own

 

Though a very solid effort, one thing that till this day puzzles me about Destiny Child’s 2004 LP ‘Destiny Fulfilled’ is that a sizable proportion of the bonus, international only etc tracks could easily have featured on the album – most especially considering it’s overly generous track list size (11 tracks). Perhaps, one of the best of these tracks is the Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins produced ‘Gots My Own’. The song, which is very much in the vein of DC’s ‘Independent Women’ stance, is great IMO primarily because its Old Skool feel is so far removed from your typical Darkchild production, and moreover the expected Destiny’s Child sound. Also, the ladies’ unmatched harmonies/vocal arrangements work particularly well here.

 

Listen: Gots My Own

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3LW – Feelin’ You (ft. Jermaine Dupri)

With new member Jessica in tow, 3LW looked set to make another attempt at hitting it big in 2006, under the label guidance of Jermaine Dupri’s So So Def imprint (which at the time was an off-shoot of Sony). For one reason or the other, their ‘comeback’ album ‘Point of No Return’ was shelved (See: The Cheetah Girls); the girls did, however, release ‘Feelin’ You’ as a single (albeit an under-performing one). With top notch production courtesy of JD himself, the song managed to blend the their soft vocals with a befitting beat that still possessed that trademark JD ‘knock’. Great one for the summer.

 

Listen: Feelin’ U (ft. Jermaine Dupri)

 

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Jamelia – Beware Of The Dog

 

 

Many in the industry were initially touting UK R&B star Jamelia as our answer to Beyonce. Indeed, as well as her imaging, videos (See: ‘Superstar’) etc, the fact she was doing it so BIG over here at the same time as the Destiny’s Child front-woman, no doubt further fuelled the comparisons. However, with her last LP, 2006’s ‘Walk With Me’, the mother of 2 switched things up radically sound-wise, serving up an album full of R&B tinged Pop/Rock/Dance tracks – one of the standouts being ‘Beware Of The Dog’. With it’s hard hitting, rousing feel, the song isn’t far removed from some of the better cuts on Rihanna’s ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’ CD. Good stuff.

Listen: Beware Of The Dog

 

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Kandi – I Need
Some of you may remember Kandi as one quarter of 90’s R&B vocal group Xscape. Having gone on to pen smashes for the likes of TLC (‘No Scrubs’) and Destiny’s Child (‘Bills Bills Bills’), she launched an ill-fated solo career, which in all fairness to her, did spawn the moderate hit ‘Don’t Think I’m Not’. Fast forward to 2006 and with talk of a new album in the works (which has yet to materialize), she dropped ‘I Need’ as a buzz single. Detailing the stress of her day to day life (“Got my baby daddy talking to me sideways, got a stack of bills sittin’ that I ain’t paid”), there really is no other way to describe this other than R-E-A-L. Lyrically the track is as engaging as they come; the beat goes hard too.

Listen: I Need

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Your thoughts: Hit(s) or Miss(es)?

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  1. ND June 2, 2008

    Although some of the DC-3 bonus material never made it on the original Destiny Fulfilled. It did however feature on both the international and US re-release of the LP.
    Also has a promotional tool to push the singles, the bonus tracks featured on the CD singles.

    DC-3 HIT

    3LW- HIT

    Jamelia- MISS

    Kandi- MISS

  2. Anonymous June 2, 2008

    Sam, are you fan of Gabrielle? You should put her up on here, she’s amazing and has a great catalogue of songs. Plus most of the people on here are american and have never heard of her.

  3. toons June 2, 2008

    umm…i absolutely love the “feelin you” song. i downloaded it on my ipod when it hit blogs back in ’06 and was anticipating the release of their album only to be sincerely dissapointed when i noticed they were exerting all of their time and energy into the cheeta girls project.

    i guess they chose the option that would generate more profits, which really sucks for the fans of good music.

    and what happend with the dark skinned girl. they always have an issue wit the dark skinned sisters…lol

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