Classics: Cunnie Williams feat. Monie Love – Saturday (Mousse T.’s Welcome To The Star-Hotel Mix) (Peppermint Jam)
No matter what, Saturday’s the day to be hangin’ out for many people. And, as a result, it’s the peak time of the week as far as nighclubbing is concerned. Still in the wait for greater recognition after two albums, Cunnie Williams most likely switched to the upper gear when partnering with Hamburg-based producer Mousse T who eventually came to sign him on his Peppermint Jam imprint in 1998.
It wasn’t long before Williams reached the peaks. This with the deliberately festive ‘Saturday’ along with Monie Love rappin’ and Inaya Davis in the backing.
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– A former basketball player, Californian singer Cunnie Williams switched to a music career back in the first half of the nineties. Thus makin’ his debut with the Gil Scott-Heron-esque ‘Do I Have To’. Meanwhile sharing the duties with Soulstaff on the ‘Soul Of The City vol. 1’ compilation). Itself followed by the 1993 released ‘Comin’ From The Heart Of The Ghetto’ on Hamburg-based Yo Mama’s Recording label. A second album – ‘Love Starved Heart’ – seeing the light on the same label three years later, although remaining quite underrated as well.
He would get a wider recognition by the end of the nineties though. This while signing on Mousse T‘s Peppermint Jam label. The festive ‘Saturday’, remixed by the latter, featuring rapper Monie Love and Inaya Davis being his first success. Meanwhile ‘A World Celebration’ saw him jammin’ with Heavy D. With both of them taken from his ‘Star Hotel’ album for the label. Then Masters At Work eventually remixing ‘Spirit’ before Williams‘ departure to new horizons.
From then on, Cunnie Williams would work with French artists/producers. Beginning with de La Cosca (IAM, Akhénaton) on ‘Life Goes On’ (No Sellout). Then delivering two albums for Universal/ULM. This by the likes of ‘Night Time In Paris’, bringin’ extra successes such as ‘Come Back To Me’ and ‘War Song’ in 2002. Then ‘Inside My Soul’ two years after which, sadly enough, didn’t meet the same following. And eventually led him to cancel his early 2005 dates in Paris.
Cunnie Williams never managed to drop any extra new music since then. To the exception of ‘No Place Like Home’ which appeared as a bonus cut along with a Best Of back in 2008 on Universal.
– The younger sister of British Techno producer Dave Angel, Monie Love is regarded as a key figure in the British Hip-Hop. Meanwhile she also made herself quite a name in America as both a member of The Native Tongues and the protegee of Queen Latifah.
The first recording of this London native brings us back to 1987. This as the emcee of Jus Badd (DJ Pogo, MC Mell’O’ and Sparki). The year after, she dropped her debut-single by the likes ‘I Can Do This’ on Cooltempo. But also her first rework, remixing Fine Young Cannibals‘ classic ‘She Drives Me Crazy’.
1989 saw her sharing the bill with Queen Latifah on the pro-feminist ‘Ladies First’. But also with De La Soul and The Jungle Brothers, respectively on ‘Buddy’ and ‘Doin’ Our Own Dang’. Thus establishing herself as the next force to count with on the Hip-Hop scene. Eventually delivering the firing ‘Grandpa’s Party’ with remixing work courtesy of Soul II Soul‘s Jazzie B and Nellee Hooper. This in addition to her appearance on the Danny D‘s remix of Adeva‘s classic ‘Respect’. As many teasers to increase the attention on the release of her debut-album which saw the light in 1990.
1990 happened to be in the same caliber for Love as its predecessor. With extra contributions to Al B. Sure!‘s ‘Missunderstanding’ and Stetsasonic‘s ‘A.F.R.I.C.A.’. This in addition to Adeva‘s cover version of Anita Ward‘s ‘Ring My Bell’. And the release of her awaited debut-album (‘Down To Earth’). An effort which features an impressive series of essentials. From ‘Grandpa’s Party’ to its title track and ‘Ring My Bell’. This in addition to two Grammy-nominated hits. In other words, ‘Monie In The Middle’ and ‘It’s A Shame (My Sister)’. A cut built on a sample of the (Detroit) Spinners‘ ‘It’s A Shame’ which Stevie Wonder wrote for them.
By 1991 she joined Whitney Houston on the L.A. & Babyface produced ‘My Name Is Not Susan’. And she also added her voice to the ‘Boyz N The Hood’ OST with the Jazzy Jeff and Craig King produced ‘Work It Out’. The year after seeing her doin’ the same on the ‘Class Act’ OST with Marley Marl in charge of the production of ‘Full Term Love’.
‘In A Word Or 2’, her awaited second album, hit the streets back in 1993 with Love and Marl goin’ further way in terms of collaboration. But also jammin’ along with Marsha McClurkin and Mary Brown aka M&M on ‘Full Term Love’. With Prince eventually producing ‘Born 2 B.R.E.E.D.’ and its title track. And Love in return writing a couple of tracks for Carmen Electra, beginning with ‘Go Go Dancer’. Last but not least, she eventually joined Cunnie Williams back in 1998 on the Mousse T-produced ‘Saturday’ (Peppermint Jam).
Strangely enough, ‘In A Word Or 2′ would be her final album. The lady from then makin’ herself a name as a radio personality.