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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Beyoncé: B-Ware (Bootleg) (Cruz Records, 2009)

There are no shortage of unreleased comps by Knowles floating around on the internet. At any day, a random search will bring up a plethora of DJ mixtapes and fan-made compilations masquerading as mix tapes. One notable item is a 'mix tape' that appeared online in 2005 titled Speak My Mind, which was, at the time, being slated as Knowles' unreleased second studio album. But after a zillion different copies appeared online with many different alterations to the track-listing, it became apparent that this 'mix tape' was possibly nothing more than a fan-made compilation thrown together. B-ware was issued to the Russian market in 2009 and features mostly unused material from the B'Day sessions. Notable cuts are two unreleased Stargate productions Kick Him Out and New Shoes (Postcard) that leaked online in 2007 and an unreleased song recorded between albums that leaked in 2008 titled Should Have (Real Title: Forever To Bleed.) The version of New Shoes is markedly different from the original that leaked in that it