The Best You Never Heard: Whitney, Jill Scott, The-Dream, & Cherish

Published: Thursday 5th Aug 2010 by Sam

This week’s Best You Never Heard feature returns this week with little known gems by Whitney Houston & Deborah Cox, Jill Scott, The-Dream and Cherish.

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Whitney Houston & Deborah Cox – Same Script, Different Cast

For a collaboration of such magnitude, it’s surprising to note that so little has been made of Whitney Houston and Deborah Cox’s 2000 duet ‘Same Script, Different Cast’. Lifted from Houston’s multi-Platinum ‘Greatest Hits’ LP, the stirring ballad sees the divas soar to new vocal heights, over a soulful reinterpretation of Beethoven’s ‘Für Elise’

In an age where the beauty of great lyrics is almost entirely confined to the past, this is a potent reminder that an engaging story can skilfully be conveyed via song. Indeed, the track features Houston playing the former lover of Cox’s current boyfriend, warning Cox of his hurtful ways. Yet Cox refuses to acknowledge it, accusing Houston being jealous. A divas clash of epic proportions!

If ‘The Boy Is Mine’ had a sassier, older sister, this would be she! Awesome track.  (SAM)

Listen:

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Jill Scott – The Real Thing

Serving as the title track from her 2007 release, ‘The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3’, Jill Scott’s ‘The Real Thing’ demonstrates her versatility as both a songwriter and vocalist. The powerhouse singer gives the listener the opportunity to hear the restrained yet gritty side of her renowned voice while unleashing a wave of lyrical fire over the live instrumental.

Scott spits rhymes in the second verse with the precision of the most talented MCs; combining her Neo-Soul roots with her poetic skill. When it comes to being a true artist, Scott is definitely ‘the real thing’. (TRENT)

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The-Dream – Put It Down

Despite his inability to perform live, The-Dream has proven to be quite a proficient studio artist. This fact is most apparent on ‘Put It Down’ – the sexually-charged standout track from his ‘Love vs. Money’ LP.

Mr. Nash sores effortlessly through his illustrious falsetto, demonstrating the full capabilities of his upper registers. This is one of the few records on which Mr. Nash’s voice comes close to matching the heights of his enormous ego. Well, almost. (TRENT)

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Cherish – Chevy

Though now no longer together, sister-group Cherish served up many an underrated gem in their short stint on the music scene – cue ‘Chevy’. Taken from their 2006 debut ‘Unappreciated’, the track is best characterised as R&B bliss.

The Old School inspired car-bumper manages to not only be racy (with clever use of metaphors), it also remained age-appropriate for the ladies – who at the time were mostly in their teens. How or why this wasn’t a single, I have no idea! (SAM)

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  1. Ehh August 5, 2010

    Love this feature!

  2. Kross August 5, 2010

    Y’all hit it with Cherish – Chevy…I loved that song since 2006…the beat is everything!!!

  3. royalkev August 5, 2010

    I can’t recall who usually selects better music choices, it would have been nice to remind us what you’ve guys picked in the past! I choose Sam, because you really did a great job with the last one(Mariah, Toni and Usher I think). If that was Trent, then it’s too late to change my vote now.

    These current selections for all these artist are wrong!
    This list would have been so much better!
    Whitney – Dear John Letter or Yes
    Jill Scott – Cross my mind
    Cherish – Ooh
    Dream – She needs my love

    Do I need to do this!

  4. Ehh August 5, 2010

    LOL at Sam changing my comment! … B****

  5. TheMan August 5, 2010

    i never understood why Clive didnt push Same script, it would have been huge, it was a minor hit with no promotion. he pushed every other new song on GH except that one. Love Jill’s voice on that one

  6. Nana August 5, 2010

    Trent won this one !!!

    I loved “Put it down”

    And have you heard Jill Scott do “The real thing” live ? She done it at the BET honours and it was AMAZING !!!

  7. Randy August 5, 2010

    I heard Cherish aren’t yet gone just on hiatus… going to releasing a new album. I dno… Should have put down like a drum for them that was a spicey meatball!

  8. TheYoungLion August 5, 2010

    I love the Whitney song and I love the Jill Scott song…. the other 2 songs were garbage so a TIE!!

  9. JT August 5, 2010

    WOW, FORGET THE SONGS…let’s talk about how bad Trent’s writing is compared to Sam’s. And Trent, why don’t you ask Sam how to properly use a semicolon?

  10. pinkpop August 5, 2010

    love this feature… I personally do have so many favorites from a lot of albums that never got single treatment… maybe someday you’ll post some 😉

  11. Ehh August 5, 2010

    Oh no… I can’t believe THIS is now a weekly segment… TGJ is shitter and shitter by the day.

  12. Lana August 6, 2010

    ^^

    @ Rih-Luv where is Te Amo & Rockstar? LOL. I doubt Rihanna will be releasing anymore tracks from that bomb of a CD

  13. Richard August 6, 2010

    Sam wins hands down, just because the Whitney track is absolutely flawless!

    Love this feature, guys!

  14. Quin Quin August 6, 2010

    Same Script Different Cast is one of my all time favorite songs, hand’s down. You can’t go wrong when you put 2 powerhouse vocalists like, the underrated Deborah C** and the LEGEND Ms. Whitney Houston together and just let them do what they do best…..SANG!!! I miss real singers, don’t you all? I have to mention another one of my favorite Deborah C** songs which also happens to be a duet “We Can’t Be Friends” with RL from Next.

    And Jill Scott??? COME ON!! GET THE F*CK OUTTA HERE. The woman is sick!!! You only have to put her on a stage with a mic and it’s SHUT DOWN! No female out there can say that they have the power to kill a show with simply personality and vocal prowess. If there IS one out there, please let me know. There are some great singers who give great shows but have to also rely on elaborate stages and choreography(don’t get me wrong, i like that sh*t toolol) but there will never be another Jill Scott. So if you’ve never seen her perform live, you truly are missing out on brialliance!

    The Deam….BLAH!

    I really enjoyed the songs I heard from Cherish. They were some really talented young ladies. But it goes to show, if you’re not managed right and have the right peopoe backing you, you can have all the talent in the world and still not get anywhere. I’m deff’ly going to have to check out their album to see what other Cherish gems i’ve missed on on. Good picks guys!

  15. Quin Quin August 6, 2010

    Wow, i didn’t realize how long my comment was lol sorry guys!!

  16. True August 6, 2010

    i like the first two Sam & Trent pick but the dream & cherish track i wasn’t really feeling
    i give you 50/50

  17. corey August 7, 2010

    i love same script different cast ………. but try salute off of i look to you thats cuteeeeeeeeee

  18. corey August 7, 2010

    i do agree dear john letter its oh yes by whit .

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