Various Artists

Monsta Jamz [1 CD]

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AllMusic Review by Tim Sendra

Monsta Jamz is an 18-song collection of some of the '90s' biggest R&B hits. It serves as a very solid picture of what the scene was like at the time; listening to the disc is like listening to a great R&B station in the mid-'90s. There is a good blend of hip-hop-influenced jams like "No Diggity" by Blackstreet and "Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)" by Pras, romantic slow jams like "Bump 'n Grind" by R. Kelly and "On Bended Knee" by Boyz II Men, and some plain old great songs like "Candy Rain" by Soul for Real and "Pony" by Ginuwine, which has super-funky production by the mighty Timbaland. The mid-'90s were a high point for girl groups and singers. Monsta Jamz bears proof of this with some early Destiny's Child ("No, No, No Part 2"), Aaliyah ("Age Ain't Nothing but a Number"), Jade ("Don't Walk Away"), and Adina Howard (the nasty "Freak Like Me"). Monsta Jamz is a fun and funky trip down memory lane and a strong argument for the view that the '90s were not a musical low-point for R&B.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Destiny's Child / Wyclef Jean 03:27 Amazon
2 Next 04:18 Amazon
3 Blackstreet / Dr. Dre 04:56 Amazon
4 Monica 04:17 Amazon
5 R. Kelly 04:14 Amazon
6 SWV 04:38 Amazon
7 Ginuwine 04:11 Amazon
8 Xscape 03:01 Amazon
9 Tony! Toni! Toné! 04:02 Amazon
10 En Vogue 04:51 Amazon
11 Soul for Real 04:33 Amazon
12 Ol' Dirty Bastard / Mya / Pras 04:21 Amazon
13 Jade 04:42 Amazon
14 Boyz II Men 04:33 Amazon
15 MoKenStef 04:13 Amazon
16 Brownstone 03:43 Amazon
17 Adina Howard 04:10 Amazon
18 Aaliyah 04:12 Amazon
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