Before They Blow-POP! YM’s Shanell’s Mixtape Shut Up & Listen *Free Download*

Shanell at her Mixtape Release Party. Pic courtesy of FreddyO

Choreographer, Singer and songwriter Shanell aka SnL might just be ATL’s best kept secret. Not only is her sound and image refreshing, unapologetic and raw, her music is actually pretty decent as well! We first featured SnL in our Songwriter’s Revenge feature a few months back.

To drum up some publicity for her new Mixtape titled Shut Up and Listen, Shanell’s team sent out invites to her “Baby Shower” where Shanell would be unveiling her child – ie. the Mixtape she had been working on for the past several months. It was a cute marketing ploy since rumours were rampant at the time that Shanell has been seeing labelmate Lil Wayne romantically.

Shut Up And Listen is a solid effort of Trip & B (ATL Style) that exposes several sides of the Artist. Shanell experiments with dance, some house and some Ryan Leslie. She even attempts to re-make Groove Theory’s classic hit, Tell Me with labelmate Jae Millz.

There are some highlights to the Mixtapes and some songs you may want to skip, but overall the collection of songs gets me excited to hear what Shanell has in store for her full length album. Now there is some debate among R&B fans if Shanell can blow or not. I think she definitely has a voice on her, while others call her pitchy. I tend to like when Singers can belt out a tune with great emotion, which Shanell is not afraid to do at all. I just need to hear her preform live to prove the naysayers wrong.

Here are a few cuts from the Mixtape to whet your appetite. Let me know what ya’ll think of the songs below and the Mixtape.

Shanell & Ryan Leslie – I Choose You (Remix) ChokLit’s Choice

Shanell featuring Jae Millz – Tell Me

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Music News ROLO: *Ladies Love* New Music from Mariah, Monica & Shanell!

Mariah continues to work on her Remix Project titled Angel’s Advocate and the singles continue to leak. Ribbons was one of my favorite uptempo songs on Memoirs and I’m definitely feeling the remix with Ludacris and TheDream both lending verses. Ludacris can still kill a Remix like no other!

Mariah will finally release Angel’s Advocate March 30th, where she will be going up against Usher’s Raymond Vs. Raymond, among others. The album will feature all new remixes as well as duets of songs from her Memoirs album.

Mariah Carey featuring Ludacris & TheDrem – Ribbons (Remix)

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Since Atlanta can be called the Mecca of R&B for the new Millennium, it is only natural that it births this brand of New R&B ushered in by artists such as TheDream, Janelle Monae and Shanell. Now signed to Lil Wayne’s Young Money Label, Shanell is getting the chance to showcase her talent. I like to describe her music as Trip Pop. It just sounds new age, 80s-inspired and something Prince may approve of. Here she teams up with Lil Wayne (her rumored beau ) and fellow artist Mack Maine for Deadliest Catch. I’m feeling this joint right here! It’s sexy, fresh and different, but in a good way. What do you guys think?

Shanell featuring Lil Wayne & Mack Main – Deadliest Catch

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Milk Dudd – Omarion & Gucci Mane Get It In

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Omarion has returned to the scene sans Young Money (after a public fallout with the Clan) to ink a new deal with EMI records and release his new single, Get it in featuring Gucci Man. Since I am an Omarion fan (fuhgettabout the Face Off album, k?), I decided to post his video – though I am not crazy about it. I never really cared for the song too much, though Omarion’s dancing is fun to watch. It doesn’t look like Gucci even made the video shoot as he is in the background visuals during all of his scenes in the video. Ho-hum. I will patiently wait until Omarion comes back at us with some REAL R&B, like his former hit, O.

Also in Omarion news, he recently spoke with Sister 2 Sister magazine saying,

“No disrespect, but no Amber Rose for me. Everybody has their past – and don’t get me wrong, I’m not judgemental at all – but I do like a certain amount of class.”

Regarding his rumored marriage to a former stripper (???):

“I’m not married. I’m chilling. At this moment I’m not (dating). I have friends that I converse with, and I have that male-female camaraderie, but there’s no girlfriend at the moment”

Kudos to you Omarion. See ladies, you don’t have to be a stripper to snag a rapper/singer/athlete. You can have beauty and brains 🙂 I’m sure that’s not what Omarion meant, but what is sexier than some class? I will raise my glass to the Choosey Lover any day.

 

Published in: on November 12, 2009 at 1:02 am  Comments (1)  
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ChokLit Fresh: Young Money’s New Single – who laid the Hook Best??

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First off, we must give respect where respect is due. You may have your qualms about Lil Wayne, but you must admit he has an ear (and an eye) for talent. I haven’t been keeping up with the lineup changes as much as I should, but adding Miss Nikki Minaj, Drake, and now Shanell and Omarion were some good looks for YM. Now they have released an ensemble track as a lead single (to a full length album perhaps? yes, I’m late) that is produced by Kane Beatz. The single features Wayne, Gudda Gudda, Nikki Minaj, Drake, Tyga (when did he join YM?) and Jae Millz. There are two versions to this song. It was initially recorded when Omarion was still a part of Young Money (they have since parted ways) and was called Girl You Know. Now that Omarion has left to pursue his own endeavours (O recently signed a deal with EMI records) YM has tapped the talented singer Lloyd for their official single, and also laid a new hook with him for the song now dubbed Bed Rock. The only problem is, the song now sounds too much like an ensemble track because none of the artists appear to be rapping about the same topic.

Regardless, the song is hot. It’s very simplistic, but it works – for me at least. I love the beat on this as well. Only question is, who sang the hook best? I am a big fan of Omarion’s voice period. I’ve always liked the strain in his voice, since it gave him character as a singer. I was definitely excited when I heard he was signed to Young Money, especially after having being dropped by Sony not too long ago. However, I am also a big fan of Lloyd’s as well. Lloyd’s voice is velvety-smooth and is very unique as well. But if I had to choose, I would have to give it to my man O on this one. Although Lloyd has the better hook, Omarion’s voice suites the beat just a tad bit better for me.

But what did ya’ll think??

Omarion’s version:

Lloyd’s version:

**Side Note: I’mma need Wayne and his Young Money crew to start throwin’ some money into more photo shoots for their artists (namely for Nikki) so we Bloggers can have more stock photos to choose from 🙂 And who the f*ck is Gudda Gudda??

Published in: on September 25, 2009 at 2:04 am  Leave a Comment  
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Music News ROLO: Get Caught up!!

So I am a little out of the loop due to last night’s late night activities (I wish) so, I wanted to make sure the CF readers weren’t missing a beat!

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Check out these links below for the newest goings-on in the Urban R&B/Hip Hop world – ChokLit Style of course!

Blogger/Radio Personality Miss Info visits R.Kelly’s home in Chicago to preview his new album, Untitled
courtesy of ihiphop.com

ChokLit’s take: Are we still going with the Untitled shtick?? Ok Mr. Kelly. I love Kelly’s quote when he mentions his ‘research’ for this project included throwing parties at his mansion for a good month and judging the crowds’ reactions to his music. For his sake, I hope this was a 25+ only party…I love Miss Info 🙂

Jay-Z, Rihanna & Kanye get all  possessive for Run This Town video

ChokLit’s take: This video is on every single blog today so I’m sure you all have seen it already.I chose to watch it with the sound off for my own personal reasons. I love me some Rihanna, but the screeching in this song is a bit much, plus I simply enjoy watching her play dress up instead 🙂 (did that come out wrong??). Of course Rihanna looks stellar and appears ever so confident while performing next to her former Boss. Kanye steals his scenes – the only scenes Rihanna is not dominating. Sorry Hova, we barely noticed ya! Dope video, still.

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