Cassie: The new Ciara?

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cassie :(

the other two noteworthy ryan leslie productions i've heard - both v much in the same gently minimalist vein - are the new megan rochell single, 'my mistake', and 'like that', off the jojo album. both v well worth hearing.

lex pretend, Sunday, 17 June 2007 21:21 (eleven years ago) Permalink

is the whole jojo album worth checking out? i hadnt seen the list of producers till just now, a veritable whos who of hiphop-pop crossover appeal

nervous, Sunday, 17 June 2007 21:27 (eleven years ago) Permalink

it is, mostly - it's not exactly consistent but she does a v good beyonce impression on the swizz beats track, the storch one is surprisingly r leslie-esque (thought that was his one for ages), there's a really nice digitised country thing...

lex pretend, Sunday, 17 June 2007 21:34 (eleven years ago) Permalink

oh yeah i didn't realise this before i heard the new album but jojo can really sing

lex pretend, Sunday, 17 June 2007 21:35 (eleven years ago) Permalink

BOOOOOO. "Sometimes" is great!

Tape Store, Monday, 18 June 2007 01:48 (eleven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Turns out she wasn't dropped by Bad Boy thankfully. New album Still Cassie due out in October.

The Brainwasher, Wednesday, 25 July 2007 08:17 (eleven years ago) Permalink


baaderonixx, Wednesday, 25 July 2007 08:47 (eleven years ago) Permalink

The new single is kinda mediocrish.

The Reverend, Wednesday, 25 July 2007 21:41 (eleven years ago) Permalink


Tape Store, Wednesday, 25 July 2007 21:59 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Well, if you say.

The Reverend, Wednesday, 25 July 2007 22:08 (eleven years ago) Permalink


"Me & U" = Sinister and Seductive
"Sometimes" = Unsure and Sweet

They use the same sound effects, and they're both based around the same setup (verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge for "Me & U"/guest spot for "Sometimes"-chorus). They're like cousin tracks...Obv. "Me & U" is better, but "Sometimes" goes down just as easily.

"Me & U" >>>>> "Sometimes" >> "Long Way 2 Go"

Tape Store, Wednesday, 25 July 2007 22:54 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

I want this album. Sure, as a single, "Turn the Lights Off" is a bit of a letdown, but I now prefer "Is It You" to "Sometimes" and maybe even "Me & U." That fuzzy guitar, the perfect structure and hook. Oh, and Cassie sound sweet and's perfect.

Tape Store, Sunday, 14 October 2007 03:33 (eleven years ago) Permalink

This thread is absurd without pictures! "Me & U" is CLASSIC.

Spencer Chow, Sunday, 14 October 2007 03:41 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Is It You

Tape Store, Sunday, 14 October 2007 03:46 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Tape Store, Sunday, 14 October 2007 18:29 (eleven years ago) Permalink

random YouTube commenter OTM:

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wow cassie is actually getting better at singing! she can now be up their with hilary duff! keep going cassie i always knew you had potential

Alex in Baltimore, Sunday, 14 October 2007 18:40 (eleven years ago) Permalink

OK OK. I underestimated this "Turn the Lights Off" track, but I'm not going for this "In Love With the DJ" one. BLAAAH.

Based on those first three tracks, this could be my number one album of the year. Don't fuck up! <3
-tape store

Tape Store, Saturday, 20 October 2007 03:38 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Shit, I never heard Me&U before I clicked on this thread. So daringly empty, Its basically her and that snare for the first minute. I dig minimalism.

I know, right?, Saturday, 20 October 2007 12:28 (eleven years ago) Permalink

uh, not to keep bumping this, but I just listened to "Sometimes" with the bass up. There's this fucking amazing growling noise going on throughout the entire thing. AWESOME.

Tape Store, Saturday, 27 October 2007 01:41 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Yeah, "Sometimes" is still the best leaked song IMO... followed by "Turn The Lights Off"

The album is due out in February now, btw.

The Brainwasher, Saturday, 27 October 2007 01:56 (eleven years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Tape Store, Sunday, 3 February 2008 07:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

The first single from her new album is called "Official Girl". Produced by Danja, should leak any day now...

The Brainwasher, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 03:39 (ten years ago) Permalink


Tape Store, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 04:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

Best album of the year, i bet!

Tape Store, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 04:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

not to jinx it or anything

Tape Store, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 04:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

btw, where'd you hear that? Google says nothing.

Tape Store, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 04:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

oops. wikipedia, i see

Tape Store, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 04:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

actually she said it on 106 & Park today

The Brainwasher, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 04:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

jeez, you guys sure know how to pick a random-ass singer to obsess over. I just saw Step Up 2 The Streets and she's only in it for like 5 minutes, but I'll leave it up to you to decide whether that's worth camping outside the movie theatre for.

Alex in Baltimore, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 05:05 (ten years ago) Permalink

yeah i respect you two dudes but this cassie obsession boggles me

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 13 February 2008 05:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

'me + u' is classic for all time but i don't see much beyond that tbh

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 13 February 2008 05:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

Tape Store has been notoriously SUSPECT
getting all !!!!!!!! about 'produced by danja' is pretty weird

that said, j0rdan ... "Is It You"? She's got some great other tracks, its just

deej, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 05:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

tbh my interest was peaked by produced by danja

i mean he coaxed a good song out of lifeless 07 britney, i don't see why he couldn't do the same for cassie

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 13 February 2008 05:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

plus last year alone he had production credits on the only two good songs on the timbaland album, 2 of the 4 great songs on the t.i. album + we takin over so i'll check for his shit for at least the rest of this year

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 13 February 2008 05:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

but shes already got good producers??? why have we been led to believe anything great will come from this, danja has some great beats, some wack ones, just like anyone else. i dont get why anyone would be all :D !!! DANJAHANDS!!! and i dont even hate the dude like RTC does

deej, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 05:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

im taking the middle road here! you & alex were hating

deej, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 05:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

This moment when the singer/producer dynamic-duo falters for the first time is usually the beginning of the end of something great though. I mean... great songs have come out of Amerie and Kelis working with producers other than their original partners-in-crime, but there's a whole loss of innoncence / kicked out of Eden vibe to it all isn't there.

Tim F, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 07:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

but there's a whole loss of innoncence

but tapestore still likes it! oh wait that was a typo wasnt it.

anwyay yeah SUSPECT isnt the half. hard to fathom how anyone with an appreciation of cassie's uh fragile fortes wouldnt be imagining this collabo with some tredipation - ok granted there've been moments when danja suggests he could be a sensitive match (the offbeat kath mcphee & nikki flores teenpop stuff in particular) but if he goes and does his usual and britneys it she'll just get swallowed right up, surely. even furtadoing it would probably be too strong (not to mention it being straight uninteresting).

4 the record i think danja is potentially a monster producer but kinda needs to get out from under the timbrella now, especially following his showstopping cameo on 'i get naked'. otherwise yes wearisomely overrated, and never more so than when caught up in some tryhard's "nu-hiphouse omg omg i like dance" baby steps cobblers.

r|t|c, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 14:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

haha errr i have not a bit of anger in me and that post still managed to come out gunning dudes? these fingers are kinda possessed.

r|t|c, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 14:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

LOL. I'm not obsessed with Cassie, I just think her first album is excellent (in spite of her weak vocals), so of course I'm looking forward to the follow-up.

The Brainwasher, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 15:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'm a bit obsessed, yeah. Like Brainwasher, I'm a huge fan of her debut (and again, moreso because of Ryan Leslie, but Cassie still contributed a lot to the record...shame Just Friends didn't make the cut). It's a really consistent album.

What excites me now, though, is how much growth both Cassie and Leslie have shown since the debut. All the leaks are of a much higher quality than the ones that appear on her album...better production, better, more confident and more emotional singing and better songs (as said upthread, I prob. prefer "Is It You" to "Me & U")

They're a great duo, the closest, i think, we've come to an Aaliyah/Timbo situation. So yeah, I'm extremely excited about the album. And Danja? Well, he played a huge role in two of my favorite records of the '00s (my #1, FutureSex/LoveSounds, and Blackout)

btw, Cassie sounds a hell of a lot more exciting than other R&B favorites like, say, Amerie, who haven't really grown much from record to record.

Tape Store, Thursday, 14 February 2008 01:10 (ten years ago) Permalink


Tim F, Thursday, 14 February 2008 02:33 (ten years ago) Permalink

THX everyone for not pointing out the complete fuckup in my post (that Just friends song = dif. who has a bigger voice but a more soulless one). or maybe thx for not reading.

Tape Store, Friday, 15 February 2008 04:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

I still listen to "About Time" almost every day.

fields of salmon, Friday, 15 February 2008 08:42 (ten years ago) Permalink

Sometimes four or five times in a row.

fields of salmon, Friday, 15 February 2008 08:42 (ten years ago) Permalink

one month passes...


Tape Store, Thursday, 27 March 2008 03:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Is It You" is kinda suck. No thanks, Cassie hype kru.

The Reverend, Thursday, 27 March 2008 09:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

'Thirsty' is nice but not one of her best. In some respects it sounds like it might be a deliberate re-write of 'Is It You' (some of the chord progressions are very similar).

dubmill, Saturday, 29 March 2008 00:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

"Official Girl" just passed "No Air" on my singles-of-the-year list (putting it at #1)

Re: Cassie vs. Karina...well, it's obv. no contest for me. Karina adds nothing new to the track. Vocally, she holds quite a bit of potential, but this song doesn't need any vocal gymnastics. The beat is so lush (omg the simple synth melody) and intricate (listen to the goddamn drums!) that showboating only detracts from its beauty. Cassie's understated vocal works so much better; she sounds like a part of the song, not just an element floating atop it...

I could go on and on about this...fuck, it's so interesting. At first I was excited about Danja working with Cassie, but then I worried that he'd give her one of his weaker beats (y'know, since he's super busy and she's Cassie). But to my surprise, Danja sounds brilliant here, one of his best beats, i think, and his vocal is good, too...probably better than "Is It You?"

SOOOOOO excited for rest of the album...

Tape Store, Wednesday, 16 April 2008 03:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

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