Alicia Keys Unreleased Mixtape Gems with Biggy & Keyshia

“JUICIEST”   (Mixtape)    Alicia Keys

alicia-keys-weightFloating around on mixtapes for years was an Alicia Keys’ original named “Juiciest (I Don’t Care)”.   The sexy, street anthem is funkier and racier than almost any official released Alicia Keys song.  The song’s beat is a complete rip of Biggy’s signature tune, “Juicy”.   But when you actually think about, Biggy was  sampling the 80’s funk jam, “Juicy Fruit” from Mtume.    On a special 10th Anniversary CD of Alicia’s “Songs In A Minor”, “Juiciest” was added to Disc 2.   Fans of Alicia might also want to check out the song, “Typewriter” on the special issue CD.   Two previously unreleased tracks that add a little street attitude to Alicia’s legacy of hits.

“ONLY WITH YOU”  Keyshia Cole with Alicia Keys

Keyshia-Cole-and-Alicia-KeysAlicia Keys is singing back-up here on another mixtape-only R&B jam.  Not sure why Keyshia Cole kept this beautiful love song off her CD?    “Only With You” opens with a piano solo before the slick R&B beat drops. The harmony of Alicia with Keyshia flows naturally.   The seamless intermingling of old school and modern plus two of the strongest R&B women in the game today, Keyshia’s label dropped the ball here leaving this one on the cutting room floor for her 2009 CD, A Different Me.