Classic Album: Total – ‘Kima, Keisha & Pam’ – @BadBoyRecords [03 11 98]

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Total unfortunately left the music industry at the height of their success after this, their sophomore album was released at the end of 1998. Thanks to Bad Boy Records awful business etiquette the girls’ never released an album after this despite the decent charting of singles ‘What About Us’, ‘Trippin’ and ‘Sitting Home’ on both mainstream & R&B charts. Featuring writing from Missy Elliott, labelmates 112, Jack Knight, Kelly Price/R. Kelly and Diane Warren and production from Daryl Pearson, Heavy D/Baby Dubb and inhouse from The Hitmen: Puffy, Mario Winans, Chucky Thompson, D-Dot and Stevie J the album showcased the girl’s distinctive vocals and harmonies singing grown & sexy lyrics over pulsing electronic beats while occasionally slowing down the vibe for a piano or guitar-driven ballad here & there. The album is a perfect example of Bad Boy’s height of creativity in the late 90s featuring mostly inhouse guests, producers and writers, with musicians this good why would a label go anywhere else?

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