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Eddie F. Presents - Let's Get It On: The Album

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A promising venture that never realized its promise, Eddie F.'s Untouchables supergroup debuted in 1994 with Let's Get It On: The Album and then quickly dispersed, casting the producer's Untouchables Entertainment label into the depths of urban music obscurity. It was nice while it lasted, however. After all, there's much to like about Eddie, and there's much to like about his opening salvo into music exec territory. But first, a little history: Eddie, aka Edward "DJ Eddie F" Ferrell, burst onto the urban scene in the late '80s alongside Heavy D, whom he produced (most notably on the Big Tyme album). Eddie's very successful work with Heavy D amounted to a greater production relationship with Andre Harrell, who ran the Uptown Records label. In turn, Eddie followed Harrell's lead and started a boutique label of his own, Untouchables Entertainment, and secured a distribution deal with Motown. That then led to Let's Get It On, the introductory sampler of the stable of talent Eddie had surrounded himself with at the time. And there is indeed ample talent here, most notably on the title track, a now-unimaginable collabo that brought together 2Pac and the Notorious B.I.G. (along with a few other rappers: Heavy D, Grand Puba, and Spunk Bigga). Remember this was 1994, long before 2Pac and Biggie had begun beefing, but still, it's fascinating to hear them here on the same track, one that's mostly forgotten. Elsewhere, there's the excellent Felicia Adams debut, "Thinking About You," a smooth new jill swing track that is as great as that style ever got. Moreover, there's "In the House," a top-shelf Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth track that deftly samples A Tribe Called Quest for its hook. And those are the high points. Some of the other inclusions have their merits, but most of the artists fell quickly into obscurity as did Eddie's Untouchables venture itself. Still, Let's Get It On makes for a fun listen, especially if you're nostalgic for those early-'90s days of urban music, when new jack swing was still alive and kicking and when rap was still green and flowering.

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