Lost but not least! Cunnie Williams – Do I Have To (Yo’ Mama Records)
If ever wondering where Cunnie Williams is comin’ from, then don’t look any further. As we have thereafter what could be the beginning of an answer for you. And this by the likes of ‘Do I Have To’…
Not released as a single though, it first appeared credited to Soulstaff featuring Cunnie Williams on the ‘Soul Of The City vol. 1’ compilation. Then on his 1993 ‘Coming From The Heart Of The Ghetto’ debut-album on German label Yo’ Mama. And what an effort from a man in search of a conversion after the premature stop of his career as a basket player!
‘Do I have to live my life feeling pain and telling lies?’. Some questionning pretty much reflecting the life of so many youngsters in his native L.A. With Williams‘ baritone vocal accents pretty much reminding of Gil Scott-Heron at times. The whole over an irresistible Soul/Jazz flow with production work courtesy of Ralf Droesemeyer. A definitive unsung treasure which saw the light at a period when Hamburg stood as the place to be for the lovers of the groove. With labels such as Soulciety, Yo’ Mama or Crossroads. But also the Modjo, a concert place that came to fame while welcoming the creme de la creme of the Acid/Jazz Rare Groove activists at the time.
Cunnie Williams would come to greater recognition soon after while joining forces with producer Mousse T.