Monday, March 20, 2006

Mixtape Master....

So I mentioned in a previous post that I am gonna do a mixtape. I've already got some ideas for tracks I am gonna sing over, but I wanted to ask ya'll - the reading public - to name some of your favorite RnB/Hip-Hop tracks of all times.

I haven't picked a theme for the mixtape just yet, so here's your chance to give some input.

*Holla at your girl*

Partial list of songs I've chosen so far:
*song cry/too hurt to cry*
*Love of My Life*
*Queen B*tch*

I'll be waiting...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

one more chance

4:58 PM  
Blogger *amber* said...

Hmmmm lemme think...

Sing over Keyshia Coles music to "Love". I love the music but hate her voice.

The rest of these songs have great music and some have good melodies, but not all of them fit the artist so take a listen and tell me what you think of them.

I Never Been- Mary J

Dont let them- Ashanti

So Sick- Ne-yo

VIP- Jamie Foxx

Is she the Reason- DC

What you know- T. I

Addiction- Kanye West

8:36 PM  
Blogger Rell said...

Joss Stone - Spoiled

9:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Elle: I'm not sure why you are putting together a mix-tape instead of working on your album. I was looking forward to hearing some exclusive ElleB to come out. To me mix tapes are put together by DJ's or recording studio technicians that don't have any musical talent of there own, so they are running together music to be played in the clubs. This seems like a step backwards for you. It would be like Kareoke. I hope the naysayers haven't discouraged you from your goal of releasing an album. You should keep plugging away at recording original tunes and constantly add to your stack of tunes that are receiving positive feedback when you perform them. I think the mix tape thing is like "taking a right at Albuquerque" instead of making progress towards compiling your album. You won't be taken seriously when trying to use a mix tape as a demo. You have what it takes, so stay on track - we're waiting for the release of For My Girls. Also, beware of copyright infringement. Performing other peoples music is okay for talent shows, but if you are paid anything for your performance, ASCAP will fine you and then not let you join when ready. Re-writing lyrics to someone's song is also a copyright infringement and you could get sued by the original producer and songwriters of those songs. Just a thought - Lendell (mother of Goldfingaz-ASCAP)

9:34 AM  
Blogger childofthesun said...

Well I hope your mixtape won't stop you from getting your swerve on, since it doesn't seem to have stopped kanye, keyshia cole and the myriad of other artists who put out mixtapes.

It's definitely a part of r&b and Hip Hop, so I think it's great that you're doing it. But if it's going to hurt you somehow, don't.

As far as songs go-

I Tried - Brandy

What You Know - T.I.

Dangermouse did that Grey Album and a bunch of people have done mixtapes or mashups and it shows a love for music, in my eyes.

If you really wanna get funky with it, use the instrumental to "Come Clean" by Jeru the Damaja. Old but eternal flames.

9:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's see, Kanye was a songwriter 1st and his mixtape probably contained other peoples music, but he probably is the owner/writer of the songs used. I'd bet Keyshia Cole's people got copywrite use of any music put on her tape, etc. I just want ElleB to know that she must secure permission to use anyone else's music for profit. Lendell (mother of Goldfingaz)

12:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what if it is promotional use only and she receives no profit?

3:35 PM  
Blogger Cocacy said...

Hey Elle!

Here are some of my favorite R & B/Hip-Hop tracks:

Pretty much anything from Mary J's What's The 411 and Share My World

New Edition: Can You Stand the Rain

Janet Jackson's Anytime, Anyplace, If, and You Want This

Erykah Badu's Danger

Michael Jackson's PYT ( and a host of others)

Raphael Saadiq's Ask of You

Me'Shell Ndegeocello - Dred Loc

Anita Baker - I Apologize and Body and Soul

M.O.P. - Ante Up

If I think of anymore, I will definitely e-mail you.

1:51 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

Jay-Z - "Cashmere Thoughts"

You have enough swagger to ride to that beat. I'll be back with many more. LOL.

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Response to Anonymous' question: I talked to GOLDFINGAZ who is a member of ASCAP and The Recording Academy, asking him to explain to me the whole mix tape thing. He says, the studio he works from has created mix tapes for several artists to be used to "Get them out there" but can only be used in an underground environment (because of legal issues), which is what they intend to do. The point I was trying to get to ElleB is that she already has the attention of Record Label Executives, who are waiting to hear her development, and have asked her to continue working with more producers to develop her sound. She will not be able to use a mix tape to go back to them with because they are usually copywrite infringements. If she continues to record original tunes, and then puts them on a demo/mix tape, she can use this to both "get herself out there" and go back to the Label with her progress. I didn't want to see ElleB lose the opportunity given to her by her parent's friend by not getting back to the Label with an update. She was on the right track and making progress towards her album, progress which has surpassed what a mix tape can do for her. That's all. Lendell

11:40 AM  

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