The Best You Never Heard: Ashanti, Monica, Mis-Teeq & LL Cool J

Published: Wednesday 28th May 2008 by Sam

The Best You Never Heard: Ashanti, Monica, Mis-Teeq & LL Cool JHaving been rested on the bench for a few weeks, The Best You Never Heard returns this week with little known cuts by Ashanti, Monica, UK trio Misteeq as well as LL Cool J. Do you have any suggestions for future instalments? Drop me an email at sam@thatgrapejuice.net

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Ashanti – Freedom

 

Despite the fact that Ashanti’s third studio album 2004’s ‘Concrete Rose’ achieved Platinum status, the record was largely dubbed a commercial failure for the once Princess of Murder INC. That said, I felt as though the LP was Ashanti’s most solid to date and served up what IMO is one of her strongest offerings in the form of ‘Freedom’. Raw, vocally lucid and a welcome change from her expected norm, the song is an awesomely constructed response to her critics.

 

Listen: Freedom

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Monica – Getaway

Though the ridiculous decision to release ‘Everytime The Beat Drops’ effectively rendered Monica’s 2006 album ‘The Makings of Me’ dead on arrival, it doesn’t take away from the fact that the LP was far from poor; the record stands as one of my more recent favourites. Album closer ‘Getaway’ sees the songstress show her vulnerable side in a ballad that reminds us of the rarity of this voice we have grown alongside with since her mid 90’s debut. Great track.

 

Listen: Getaway

 

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Mis-Teeq – Scandalous

 

 

Some of our UK readers will remember Misteeq; the trio, consistent of Sabrina, Alesha and Su Elise, for a brief moment in time dominated what is now the non-existent homegrown R&B market here in the UK. Though the ladies split in 2004, they left behind a selection of chart hits, including their most successful single ‘Scandalous’. Produced by Stargate, this banger, one of the girl’s last releases, ensured the ladies went out on a high. Random tidbit: the song was the theme to Halle Berry’s ill-fated ‘Catwoman’ movie.

Listen: Scandalous

 

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LL Cool J – Down The Aisle (ft. 112)
LL Cool J’s 2006 LP ‘Todd Smith’ oddly wasn’t billed as a collabo record, despite only one track featuring solely the rapper himself. Despite the album boasting joint efforts with the likes of Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Lopez and Ginuwine, it was the 112 assisted ‘Down The Aisle’ that was the standout IMO. Having left the bravado on the back-burner, the song’s concept – growing and tying the knot with that special someone – is real refreshing. Good stuff.

Listen: Down The Aisle (ft. 112)

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  1. Anonymous May 29, 2008

    I love when you do these I can tell you know what your talking about sam. I never heard that Monica song before it’s beautiful I’m adding it to my playlist now, keep it up your website rocks.

  2. BUTLER_84 May 29, 2008

    I FORGET BOUT MIS-TEEQ
    I HAD THERE FIRST ALBUM IN HEAVY ROTATION BACK THEN
    I LUVED THERE R&B/GARAGE VIBE

  3. Anonymous May 29, 2008

    used to love mis-teeq n this song!!!! they still use this song on some tv advert for glasses

  4. bajan_princess May 29, 2008

    Mis Teeq were definately the UK’s answer to Destiny’s Child. They were are more rough version of the classy DC! Alesha was always the one that set them apart fro everyone else with her hot MC rhymes.

    Scandalous is easily Stargate’s best production. I remember the days they used to produce such a huge variety of songs, and now they don’t at all.

    I do hope for a comeback at some point. ATM Alesha has been signed by a big record label, and is working with some of the producers Rihanna worked with on her GGGB album…so expect big things from Alesha!!!

  5. Anonymous May 29, 2008

    you should do Keith sweat-my body
    ll cool j-freeze(same album as Down The Aisle)
    brandy ft boyz ii men-broke hearted

  6. Anonymous May 29, 2008

    Freedom for ashanti is the s*** I used to listen to that all the time yeah they really slept on not putting that song out. I like getaway from monica but it didn’t stick in my head like freedom I’m going to listen to both of those today

  7. Anonymous May 29, 2008

    that scandalous is so cool, i’ve never heard ir before. I also loved Monicas song

  8. vmars08 May 29, 2008

    You took the words right out of my mouth about the Ashanti & Monica songs! Oddly enough, I was playing Mis-Teeq’s self-titled US album not long ago. Oh–& I loved Catwoman! lol

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