Friday, August 18, 2017

Jody Watley with Eric B. & Rakim – Friends (MCA)

A quick look at Jody Watley‘s career tends to show how this talented lady has always had a clear idea as to what she wanted, if not what she didn’t… From her early days as a teen which would lead her to join Jeffrey Daniel as a member of Shalamar, scoring classics such as ‘I Can Make You Feel Good’, ‘The Second Time Around’, ‘For The Lover In You’, and ‘A Night To Remember’ with production work by the likes of Leon F Sylvers III on Dick Griffey‘s SOLAR label. To her sudden although already expected departure from the band back in 1983, because of artistic conflicts and disagreements within the group, having limited success getting songs she wrote recorded…
After 30 months in England, Jody returned to America, firmly decided to establish her identity as a solo artist, which she would soon do with the release of her self-titled debut album on MCA back in 1987.
Produced by Prince‘s former bass player André Cymone (her former husband), ‘Friends’ would be one of the highlights (with ‘Real Love’) of her 1989 released ‘Larger Than Life’ album seeing her alongside NYC famous rappers Eric B. & Rakim, and acting as a pioneer while melting R&B and Hip-Hop together. A song which aptly gets a new dimension in the days we’re living, surrounded by the virtuality of cyber social networking…

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