Johnta Austin, Love
Derrick Dunn

Derrick Dunn

Second Listen Sunday: Johnta Austin, Love

Big Daddy Kane was easily one of Hip Hop’s brightest stars when his third album, Taste of Chocolatehit record stores in October of 1990. Kane was known for boasting about his talent as a microphone checker, but as any Hip Hop head will tell you, Kane possessed a first-rate technique and rhyming skills to match his bravado.

L.L. Cool J, Slick Rick, and U.T.F.O. had all seen success with Hip Hop love songs. Kane had previously dabbled with that formula as he usually would have a slow cut on his albums. “The Day You’re Mine and “To Be Your Man” were strong album cuts from his first two projects. Both of these songs elevated his sex-symbol status. So it was no surprise when Dark Gable linked up with The Walrus of Love, aka Mr. Barry White, for Taste of Chocolate’s third single, “All Of Me.”

White’s signature bass opens the song before Kane adds his portion. The two give the song a mentor and mentee vibe as White gives Kane advice, and Kane uses his lyrics to set the mood. In contrast, the song is Kane’s second-highest peaking single on Billboard’s Hip Hop list. “All of Me” peaked at #14 in March 1991; it does feel a bit out of place on the project.

Perhaps “All Of Me” should have been put on a soundtrack or a Barry White album, as the other tracks feature some lyrical fire from Kane. Taste of Chocolate has songs with themes like crossing over, slavery, the drug epidemic & inner-city violence. Nevertheless, the song has aged well and is somewhat of a forgotten Hip Hop ballad.


Final Grade: B

“All Of Me” from Taste of Chocolate is available on all streaming platforms.


Movie Clappers

More reviews to explorer

Slow Jam Saturday : Raphael Saadiq, Scream

R&B fans were elated this past summer when R&B legend Raphael Saadiq announced he had reunited with Tony! Toni! Toné! for a fall tour. The tour kicked off this past Thursday in Birmingham, Alabama, with twenty-five planned stops. I plan on attending the Oxon Hill, MD, stop this coming Monday.

Second Listen Sunday: The Time, The Time

The year was 1981, and a music legend in the making, Prince was slowly crafting his musical royalty legacy. Before releasing his fourth album, Controversy, Prince introduced the band The Time to the world with their self-titled debut album.

Slow Jam Saturday: Gladys Knight, License To Kill

Walden production begins the song with an ethereal and haunting intro, setting a melancholy tone that resonates throughout the track. Mrs. Knight’s plea for love is evident as she passionately expresses her need to hold on to her partner’s affection, emphasizing the intensity of her emotions.