The Best You Never Heard: Fantasia, FDM, Mashonda & Tweet

Published: Monday 31st Mar 2008 by Sam
This week’s edition of ‘The Best You Never Heard’ serves up tracks from the likes of Fantasia, FDM, Mashonda and the Southern Hummingbird Tweet. You can drop me your suggestions for future installments at [email protected]

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Fantasia – Two Weeks Notice

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Though the success story from Fantasia’s underrated self-titled sophomore effort was undeniably ‘When I See You’, the album definitely boasted several equally as solid tracks. One of the standouts IMO is ‘Two Weeks Notice’. With its clever word-play, as well as Fantasia’s stellar vocal delivery, this stands as one of my favourite R&B songs from the last few years.

Listen: Two Weeks Notice

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FDM – Playground

Some of our UK visitors may be aware of homegrown R&B trio FDM (formerly known as Fundmental’03). Having burst onto the scene back in 2005, the guys served up what I feel to be their best release yet in the form of ‘Playground’. Arguably ahead of its time (or market aka UK), the track didn’t really garner the attention it deserved. Still, the uptempo cut goes hard, even today. {FYI: FDM have relocated to the US having signed a joint-venture deal with Geffen/Interscope late 07. Their debut album should be hitting stores before the year is out.}

 

Listen: Playground

 

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Mashonda – Blackout (ft. Nas)
Most noted for her 2005 smash ‘Back of the Club’, as well as being the wife of hit-maker Swizz beats, R&B singer Mashonda served up the club-banger ‘Blackout’ as the second release from her admittedly terrible debut ‘January Joy’. Unsurprisingly produced by Swizz, Mashonda’s swagger compliments the gritty, street sounding beat really well. Nas’ verse adds to what is an already great track.

Listen: Blackout (ft. Nas)

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Tweet – Taxi

Lifted from Tweet’s sophomore LP ‘It’s Me Again’, ‘Taxi’ serves as a reminder of the Southern Hummingbird’s oft under-appreciated appeal. In an industry filled with gimmicks and microwaveable hits, the soulful ‘Taxi’ highlights that there is still good music and genuine talent out there.

Listen: Taxi

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

 

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  1. Anonymous March 31, 2008

    Gotta argee with you, Taxi was THE BEST SONG off Tweet’s ablum, was one of the only songs i listened to everytime i played it.

  2. Anonymous March 31, 2008

    I remember hearing that”Playground” song in the background of a youtube video, and had to know who sang it. It’s a great fun song.

  3. Anonymous March 31, 2008

    Two Week Notice is my jam!!!!

  4. Anonymous March 31, 2008

    Two Weeks Notice is my damn SONG!
    I’m still mad that it wasn’t a single, I think it would have been bigger than When I See You

  5. !*!*!*!*!Fresh and Fab!*!*!*!*! April 1, 2008

    i love playground and 2 weeks notice is my jam, “this is my two weeks notice….two weeks notice, and you aint treating me right iaight iaight” i love that joint

  6. k April 1, 2008

    Fantasia made a BIG mistake not releasing Two Week Notice as a single, this and ‘Sunshine’ were my favourite tracks on her last album.

  7. MissNecie April 1, 2008

    I LOVE “Taxi”… Tweet is my girl, hands-down. So overlooked, its sad. I was JUST playin that song last week, no lie!
    And I def was feelin “Two Weeks Notice” more than “When I See You”… it was wittier. I need to work for the industry, let me help Fantasia & Tweet to help themselves… =)

  8. Anonymous April 1, 2008

    I do love the songs, so def hits! BTW: love your site, keep doin your thing!

  9. Isaiah April 1, 2008

    Two Weeks Notice is a great song, she should have came out with it on the radio, Mashonda’s Blackout is my jam too, idk why she didnt blow up like she should have..I have never heard the Taxi song but i really am feelin it

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