Sunday, October 27, 2013

Mary J. Blige: Be Without You (Remixes) (White Label VLS) (2006)

More white label vinyl from Blige, this time featuring rare & unofficial remixes of her 2006 song Be Without You. The first is purportedly by Eminem & Dr. Dre's team and features Shady Records rapper Stat Quo, while the second mix makes use of a sample of the Art Of Noise's 1984 song Moments In Love. I don't know much about the former remix but it does sound official, whereas the latter one is obviously a white label mix. The reverse side features an album track from Blige's 2006 album The Breakthrough. More exclusive & rare shit brought to you by "Persnickety"...

A1 Be Without You - Shady/Aftermath Remix featuring Stat Quo
A2 Be Without You - Remix
B1 Gonna Breakthrough - Main featuring Brook

Listen: Be Without You - Shady/Aftermath Remix featuring Stat Quo

Listen: Be Without You - Remix

Monday, October 21, 2013

Mariah Carey: The Greatest Unreleased Tracks Vol. 2 (Bootleg Vinyl Comp) (2008)

Here is a bootleg 12" dressed up like an official Island Records promo featuring an assortment of remixes and rare tracks from the one and only Mariah Carey. Aside from perhaps tracks 2 and 6, there aren't any true 'unreleased' tracks here, just mostly rare-ish remixes and a b-side track from the Daydream era (Slipping Away.) The two unreleased tracks are an unreleased remix of Touch My Body done by long-time collaborator DJ Clue? and a feature with N.O.R.E. and Big Pun from 2006. The remix of Touch My Body features Clue's typical piano-driven riffs though it does sound slightly off-key in

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Ashanti: The Remix LP (White Label Vinyl Comp) (N/A)

Here's a very rare bootleg from Ashanti featuring an assortment of remixes from her debut album era and a few features. I believe it originates from Japan, although I am not entirely sure. Most of the tracks aren't exclusive to this set. The remix of Unfoolish with The Notorious B.I.G. is the exact same version from her debut album and The Pledge (Remix) can be found on Irv Gotti Presents: The Remixes from 2002. Track 2 is not a remix by The Neptunes; it seems somebody attempted to replicate their sound and likeness on a kid's Casio keyboard and passed it off as genuine. It pretty much sucks, although it is very rare.  I know nothing about the remix of Baby featuring "Beni", though I am guessing it is an unofficial remix. A search for the lyrics pulls up the official remix with Scarface but on hearing both versions it is plainly obvious that this is not it.

Again, The Neptunes do not feature here at all.

1. Ashanti feat Beni - Baby (Remix)
2. Ashanti - Foolish (Neptunes Remix) (Fake)
3. Ashanti feat. Biggie Smalls - Unfoolish (Remix)
4. Ashanti feat. Nas & Ja Rule - The Pledge (Remix)
5. Ashanti feat. Big Pun - That How We Roll (Remix)

Listen: Ashanti feat. Beni - Baby (Remix)

Listen: Foolish (Fake Neptunes Remix)