“Come and Talk to Me” by Jodeci (1991)

Two things elevate “Come and Talk to Me” to a level above the average new jack swing ballad: K-ci Hailey and Sean “Puffy” Combs. Without those two elements (the latter of which was not present on the song’s original version) “Come and Talk…” is a pretty standard early ‘90s R&B ballad. Boy meets girl, boy wants to chat up… Read More “Come and Talk to Me” by Jodeci (1991)

“California Love (remix)” by 2Pac feat. Dr. Dre & Roger Troutman (1996)

The only thing different about the two versions of “California Love” is the beat. Oh, but what a difference that beat makes. The original version (which I think people are more familiar with) uses a Joe Cocker sample that’s made it onto a couple other rap records. It’s insistent and menacing, and maybe not the… Read More “California Love (remix)” by 2Pac feat. Dr. Dre & Roger Troutman (1996)