R&B singer Sammie recently shared with some of his counterparts for an interesting Versuz. While I was well above the age demographic when Sammie made his debut in 1999, he has always had a capable singing voice. Nevertheless, Sammie decided to go the indie route and has released five mixtapes, two additional albums, and six EPs in the last sixteen years. One of those EP’S, I’m Him is this week’s pick for Second Listen Sunday.
Slow Jam Saturday : Dos Of Soul, Come Around
The best thing about coming of age in the nineties was discovering an R&B gem on a soundtrack. Often an artist would release a song on a soundtrack, building anticipation for an album that sadly would never get a release. “Come Around” from Dos of Soul falls into that category and is this week’s Slow Jam Saturday selection.
Dos of Soul was a quartet of three male singers and one female.
“Come Around” was one of the numerous singles from the soundtrack to the 1996 box office hit The Nutty Professor. The late Mark Morales, aka Prince Markie Dee and Cory Rooney were the writers and producers of the song. “Come Around” opens with the group singing the song’s chorus to a luxuriant instrumental sound.
Group member Demonie leads the song with a smooth tenor, taking the listener on a blissful journey expressing emotions for his ladylove. The song’s strength comes from the relatable lyrics. I have always taken from the song that no matter what you are going through, the company of a suitable mate will always lift your spirits. In addition, in the song’s second verse, the lyrics evoke intimacy and the true essence of sharing the first time with your mate.
The Nutty Professor soundtrack is arguably one of the best released in 1996. Featuring an all-star lineup that included the talents of Case, Jay-Z, LL COOL J, and Monica, it is still in my rotation. However, the song I revisit the most is “Come Around.”
Final Grade: A
“Come Around” from The Nutty Professor soundtrack is available on all streaming platforms.
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