A while ago it was revealed that Ashanti will be releasing an album of unheard songs written in 2001, before she was signed with Murder Inc. and catapulted to fame after singing hooks for Ja Rule. Instead of just releasing these songs as they were recorded then, the twelve tracks have been retouched in order to give them viability in today's market. The list of contributing contemporary producers includes Miguel "Migs" Baeza, Steven White and Nocko. The first single, "Let's Do Something Crazy," includes recently added verse by Flo-Rida, Lord of the Ringtones.
This development would be more yawn-inducing and irrelevant to SoulBounce if it wasn't so frustrating in its exemplification of how record sales dictate which music is unleashed into the masses, and how labels will unflinchingly bypass talent for revenue. Forget the treasure trove of fresh music by great new artists eagerly awaiting distribution, just imagine how many more interesting established artists have vaults of great songs worthy of reworking and releasing today. The prospects are almost mind-boggling.
Let's do a little fantasizing this Monday morning. If you were given unlimited access to an archive of unreleased songs, whose catalog would you raid? Who else's musical vault would you love to hear compiled into an album?