Today is a great day for underrated R&B songwriters! Thanks to the fantastic production & other musician choices as per usual by Kanye West on the new GOOD Music soundtrack/artist compilation, two of the most underrated writers out right now have found themselves with 3 [James] and 1 [Victoria] placements respectively.
James gets co-writing credits on the massive single ‘Clique’ [featuring Jay-Z & Big Sean] writes a hook for Marsha Ambrosius on ‘The One’ and sings/writes with The-Dream on ‘Higher’ where he appears as his supergroup name Cocaine80s [usually a collaboration with legendary hip hop producer No I.D. along with recurring guest appearances including Common, Nas, Makeba Riddick
Meanwhile Victoria McCants, formerly of R&B girl trio Purple Reign [Darkchild’s badly managed/wasted group as is always the case on his label] proves there is life for writers after failed record deals with a co-write on the neo-soul-themed ‘Sin City’ [featuring John Legend, Travis Scott, Teyana Taylor, Cyhi the Prynce and Malik Yusef] For more of her work, Victoria not only had writing placements with Darkchild & fellow PR member LaToya on the last projects by Dirty Money and Shontelle, but also recently sang/wrote the hook on Nas’ album track ‘You Wouldn’t Understand’ from his last Billboard No. 1 LP ‘Life Is Good’.
Thank god for Kanye appreciating true talent on his albums! If these have got you wanting more, you can also check out a James Fauntleroy discography in progress over at the forum here: http://discography.forumotion.com/f44-james-fauntleroy-ii