Thursday, March 19, 2009
Roots: Jefferson County, Kentucky
This album is one of my top 10 favorite albums ever. And Playa's prolly my favorite R&B group (nhjic?). When it dropped, I was already a huge fan of Timbaland cuz he was a dude from VA with ridiculous beats. (Mr. Garr is from the "V" of the DMV.) But then Playa was from Louisville, Kentucky. (Mr. Garr's family is from *drumroll-rimshot* the Derby City.) It was like what dual citizenship must feel like. I was proud.
Plus, every song--except for that last one with Foxy Brown--was straight bananas and platanos. These guys were the folks penning and producing a few of the biggest hits of the late 90's. (Almost anything from Aaliyah had at least one member's name in the song credit.) Were the internet what it was then what it is now, they mighta had more luck. In spite of that, its redemptive fortune is that, like Complex Simplicity, it now holds a place in the genre as an album that captures the essence of the best true R&B at that particular moment in the genre's evolution. It's like DNA. Get. To. Clickin.