Everybody’s got them. But not everybody knows what to do about them.
They’re the topics at the top of your list, the priorities you’ve got to get straight, the prerogatives you can’t do without.
They’re called Issues.
On their powerful, potent and persuasive new Warner Bros. Records release of the same name, Somethin’ For The People are living up to their name with a collection of thirteen new original tracks that gets real about the real issues: love and hatemoney and fame. Playing for keeps and keeping it real. In short, the Issues.
From “Last Call,” a song inspired by the Semisonic hit “Closing Time,” to “Come Clean,” an honest look at a jealous relationship; from “Things Must Change,” a heartfelt plea for racial harmony, to “Act Like You Want It” (featuring a vocal performance by Eric Bent), Issues takes Somethin’ For the People one giant step further in a career that combines three multi-faceted talents into one formidable musical force.
Written, produced and performed by the on-time and in-demand L.A.-based trio, Issues spotlights Somethin’ For the People’s latest single, “Bitch With No Man” a fitting follow-up to their platinum smash hit “My Love Is The Shhh!” The current CD and single offer proof positive that the team of Cat Daddy, Sauce and Fuzzy are dealing with the issues when it comes to one of the freshest sounds in modern hip-hop.
“This time out we had higher expectations,” asserts Fuzzy, who is front and center as SFP’s primary vocalist. “Everything up to this point has really been a learning experience. On Issues, we had a chance to apply everything we’d been doing so far in the studio and on the stage.”
Issues most certainly does bring together a wealth of knowledge and know-how. Recorded over a period of a year-and-a-half, beginning in 1998, the album was a labor of love for a trio who has become one of the hottest and busiest writing and production teams in the business. “We wrote and produced tracks for Will Smith, including his single ‘Just The Two Of Us,'” recounts Sauce. “We worked on an album for another Warner Bros. Records artist, Terry Dexter, and worked with Eric Bent on his hit ‘Georgy Porgy.’ It seemed like every time we turned around, we were having to put our project on hold to work on someone else’s.”
“After awhile,” adds Cat Daddy, “we just had to hide out in the studio to get the work done.”
Yet, even in the midst of writing and recording Issues, the members of Somethin’ For The People somehow found time to put together their own production company, with a mandate from Warner Bros. Records to discover and nurture new and exciting talent. And, on the subject of talent, SFP assembled some of the best as special guests on Issues, including label mate Eric Bent, rap masters Xzibit, Tash and Shaunta, the vocal team of Trina & Tamara, and Diablo, a young rapper who has recently come onboard as part of the group’s newly signed production deal with Warner Bros. Records.
Recorded in Miami as well as at the group’s own studios in suburban L.A., Issues is the best yet from members of the SFP trio, who have been creating great music together for going on ten years. The seeds of Somethin’ For The People were planted in Oakland, Calif. in the early ’80s, when Fuzzy, the son of a reverend, first started combining his singing and writing skills with another neighborhood musician by the name of Sauce who had developed a local reputation as a DJ as well as an accomplished sax and trumpet player.
The two would subsequently move downstate to Los Angeles, where they hooked up with Cat Daddy, a multi-instrumentalist who almost put aside his musical passion for a career in professional sports. The threesome began writing and producing together, racking up an impressive client roster that would come to include Brandy, En Vogue,