The Best You Never Heard: JoJo, Lalah Hathaway, Toni Braxton & Mariah Carey

Published: Tuesday 8th Jan 2013 by Sam

The Best You Never Heard is back!  Each week will once again see That Grape Juice spotlight an array of little known gems. Featuring picks from the TGJ editorial team, we want to know…who chose the best song! Let us know below…


JoJo – ‘Anything’

It’s shocking to note how six years of industry politics have held JoJo back from releasing another studio album – especially given the success of her last outing ‘The High Road’.

Released in 2006, the Gold certified set generated  generated Pop smash ‘Too Little Too Late’, yet was a solid body of work in its own right. Particularly with cuts such as ‘Anything’ siting on its tracklist. 

The hard-hitting midtempo samples Toto‘s 1980’s smash ‘Africa’ to great effect, serving up a fresh take on how to “do” what is, in essence, a love song in the 00’s.

For yours truly, the testament of a great song is how well it ages. And with ‘Anything’ remaining the banger it was almost seven years ago, like a fine wine it tastes better with time! {SAM}

LISTEN: [audiotube id=”svwRMl4Fknk”]


Lalah Hathaway – Forever, For Always, For Love


She may have been introduced to the world as the daughter of legendary R&B crooner Donny Hathaway, but 2004 saw contralto diva Lalah Hathaway take to the tune of another legendary crooner – Luther Vandross.  For her 4th album ‘Outrun the Sky’, Hathaway thought she’d try out Vandross’s 1982 ‘Forever, For Always, For Love’.

Did she knock it out of the park? In only a way Lalah Hathaway can.  The song may have skyrocketed to the top of ‘Adult R&B’ charts, but much like most of Hathaway’s catalogue, only a sector of R&B lovers know of this awesome remake.  Press “play” and fall in love with with Lalah’s luscious contralto cover of Luther’s early hit.  Baby making music awaits below {RASHAD}

LISTEN:  [audiotube id=”PKqMfFzLWDI”]


Toni Braxton – Why Should I Care


Pulled from her second studio album ‘Secrets’, Toni Braxton‘s ‘Why Should I Care’  is one classic cut all should have been etched into the memory of the masses. Yet, understandably, the track went largely unnoticed amidst the gargantuan success of the LP’s more renown cuts – ‘Unbreak My Heart’ and ‘You’re Making Me High’.

Penned by ‘Take A Bow’ mastermind Babyface, the track sees a sentimental Toni stopping herself from falling back into a bad habit. A habit, that saw her fall in love with a selfish ex hoping to get back together for ‘old times sake’.

Ms. Braxton’s declaration below {DAVID}

LISTEN: [audiotube id=”naNZrl6POeM”]

Mariah Carey – Migrate


With a catalogue as vast and robust as Mariah Carey‘s, it’s inevitable that a number of songs will fall into the “should have been a single” territory. However, few of such cuts trump that ultimate missed opportunity that was ‘Migrate’.

Opening her 2008 album ‘e=MC²’, the sizzling track had already been described as a hit-in-the-waiting by critics and industry insiders months before the album and first single ‘Touch My Body’ were released.

A winner if we’ve ever heard one, the gem was masterminded by super-producer Danja and features autotune ambassador T-Pain. From its iconic high-notes intro and swagged-out lyrics, to it’s catchy hooks and melodies, everything about this party-anthem screams “top-notch”. Heck, even the autotune on Mimi’s voice is of perfect dosage.

Who knows, maybe if Team Mimi went with ‘Migrate’ as a single the LP’s fate (see: Platinum, but somewhat hit-less) would have been different. Whatever the case, this track stands as one of MC’s best offering of the latest decade. More of this, please! {JOE}

LISTEN: [audiotube id=”s0RT_rm-FFs”]

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  1. Fierce P**** January 8, 2013

    I vote for JoJo “anything” cuz the high road was jojo’s best album, imo. And that song sampled an old song. Toni has a beautiful contralto voice. I like MC but that song is her worse I ever heard besides Triumphant. I couldnt even listen the whole way through.And I never heard of that other woman but she has a nice voice.

  2. King B>Rihanna January 8, 2013

    Migrate is that type of song.

  3. PSA (FAF) January 8, 2013

    Toni & Jojo but I voted for Toni my first time hearing “Secrets” that was my fave song on there.. that entire album was a masterpiece ! Toni >>>

  4. Paul January 8, 2013

    I love Migrate. It’s definitely one of the best in E=MC2, produced by Danja, and actually charted without being a single. If they (label or whoever they are) should have just released it as a single, it may have been huge. Seriously huge.

    • JOHNVIDAL January 8, 2013

      I think it would have been her 19th #1 just after Touch my Body also hit #1. It was the moment for it

  5. Sleazy January 8, 2013

    Anything by Jojo was my jam I was like I can’t believe this is not a single smh

  6. MUSICHEAD January 8, 2013

    Good pick, Joe! I always thought Migrate should have been the 2nd or 3rd single from that album. It would have been a smash since the T-Pain sound was huge in ’08. That song had hit written all over it.

    Bye Bye on the other hand should never have been the 2nd single. Thats what killed the album.

    Order of singles (should have been)

    Touch My Body
    I Stay In Love
    Love Story
    Bye Bye
    I’ll Be Loving You Long Time

  7. True Tea January 8, 2013

    “Anything” should have been a single. One of her best IMO.

  8. HBF82 January 8, 2013

    Migrate – 19th #1 we never had.

  9. SlayDeleAdkins January 8, 2013

    Still to this day puzzled as to why mariah didnt release Migrate. Would of been a huge hit!

  10. Todd January 8, 2013


  11. WTF January 8, 2013

    “Anything” has already been featured on ‘best youve never heard’ before…….. rehashing songs hmmmmmmmm

  12. Hilly January 8, 2013

    ANYTHING is my favorite JoJo Song!!! It’s just too good!’

  13. None Needed January 8, 2013

    I agree “Anything” should’ve been an official single.. cause she kills this performance … THOSE VOCALS!!! [youtube

    Also, Lalah’s version was great…but not her best unpopular song IMO. “Let Go” or “That Was Then” are the true Best You Have Never Hear from her.

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