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Review: VK – Vanesha Knight

VK – Vanesha Knight is a hardcore lyrical versatile all in your face rap album that holds no punches. Her hardcore versatile lyrics leave much to be desired. Her delivery will remind you of The Lady of Rage. You have your reality rap songs such as Infamous Cycle and Curiosity which deal with abuse. Songs such as I Wanna Be Loved By You and The Things Your Man Won’t Do showcase the more feminine side of VK. You have your lyrical gangsta rap songs such as Rat Tat Tat Tat (Remix).

J Flexx was responsible a majority of the production for her album. So was Char Jones. The recording process of the Vanesha Knight album lasted from early 1998 until March 2000. Some of the songs were recorded earlier than 1998 such as Infamous Cycle, I Don’t Play Around, and I Wanna Be Loved By You.

Some of you may remember that her album was advertised in the 2Pac – Greatest Hits album, Too Gangsta For The Radio, and the Chronic 2000 album. Her album was listed in under the Coming Soon section despite there not being any artwork designed for her album.

VK is none other than Vanesha Knight who is Suge Knight’s niece from New Orleans, Louisiana. She was originally living in Dallas, Texas at the time Suge signed her to Death Row. She was a female rapper who was signed to Death Row Records as she was brought on to fill the role of The Lady of Rage after she left the label. VK is as a substitute in lieu of The Lady of Rage because she left in 1998.

VK’s album was supposed to be released some time in 2000. However VK’s album was never released as the album was never completed due to Suge’s incarceration and the bankruptcy of Death Row Records.

Plus she was very difficult to work with. Vanesha Knight was taken off Death Row’s roster during the Chronic 2000 tour for demanding a hair dresser before every show. She would demand a hair dresser before every show or concert. This frustrated Suge. So he decided to let her go. By March 2000, she was no longer signed to Death Row Records.

Infamous Cycle deals with the vicious cycle domestic abuse against a spouse. This song was based off domestic abuse VK experienced with her family. Someone in her family was abused by their spouse. VK’s mother’s sister had a man who she thought loved her. They had a good life together until he decided to abuse her. This is one of the darker songs on the album. Infamous Cycle was written and recorded in preproduction around 1992. However the song was never mastered properly and only exists in ADAT and cassette as a demo song. The song was never mastered properly due to Suge’s incarceration, focus on other artists, and the bankruptcy of Death Row Records.

The song uses super thick heavy bass lines (funk bass lines) which rumble your speakers behind a quiet rock guitar underneath. Those super thick heavy bass lines and dope beats are what make the song good and captivating to listen to.

The song is known for the catchy but hard hitting controversial chorus lyrics, “Take it out on me but that’s about enough/Take it out on me but that’s about enough/Take it out on me but that’s about enough/You put your hands me again I’ll put your ass in handcuffs”

Curiosity is a chilling song about her absentee father. She contemplates over the curiosity of his whereabouts. This song will hit hard with especially those that truly understand that silent pain of where VK is coming from or just situations of an absentee parent. Curiosity is a song that VK wrote in 1995 after Gangsta Rick said, “You go hard, but you need to write more about yourself.” The song also deals with abuse and rape.

Her absentee father is the pain that puts stress on her brain. How does she refrain from making him a bloodstain? She would love to see him. She wonders these following questions. Who are you? How old are you? How tall are you? What do you think of the daughter that wants to meet you? Do I have your smile and your eyes that have kept me strong? Will you ever be man enough to show your face? Will you roll on the situation?

She wonders if he will you ever be man enough to show his face or if he will roll out on the situation he is currently in. Maybe her father has a wife, kids, and a big house. Or maybe he is a business man with the big clout. Who knows how the story goes. Maybe VK will see. VK is just a fatherless child filled with curiosity. Sometimes she gets a little lonely.

Her homies and family claim not to understand her. Why does she talk with so much emotion. Why does she feel so deeply? VK has this habit of biting her fingernails when deep in thought. Did he bite his fingernails too? Did he get slapped when he got caught? VK asked her mother where her father was.

Sometimes she feels her soul is tired from the lack of sleep. She said he died in a plane crash overseas. Her mother used to get mad zooted. So 2 years later VK asked again and she had to prove it. She couldn’t in fact. She forgot what she said the first time. Her mother lied to her. Her friends were right about that. This is the real reason why this case was sealed tight. She needs help to understand what’s going on with this man who she has never met or seen. Some pieces of this puzzle are missing in action. This is trouble.

VK doesn’t know her father because her father raped her mother when she was a minor. He escaped after he raped her mother. Rape is punishable by death. Life is a 360. What goes around comes around. It will come to haunt you down. But now you listen and pay witness to these raw facts. Who knows. He probably turned over a new leaf.

“A nation will rise/No higher than this woman, a fatherless child” is one of the most deepest poetic lyrics of this song. The lyrics “But now you listen and pay witness to this raw facts/Life is a three-sixty, what goes around comes around/And back to your cypher, it will come to haunt you down” are some of the deepest hard hitting lyrics of this song.

I Wanna Be Loved By You is about wanting to be loved by the person you cherish and or admire. Nobody else will do The song is a Michel’le and VK duet. The song was used on the Chronic 2000 album.

Michel’le can’t deny that her heart is on a high over the man she loves and cherishes. No one can bring Michel’le down but him. Michel’le wants him to help him live all of his fantasies. He wanted a real woman. All she need is to be loved by him. Nobody else will do.

It was no surprise VK was deep in thought when her man called. It’s the words he said that made her feel 10 feet tall. She tells him he don’t have to worry about the men from her past. They didn’t handle business. They packed their bags voluntarily. It’s just him and VK.

[VK]
You told me when I blow up don’t forget about you
But will you forget about me if I don’t blow up Boo?
You wanted a real woman, here I am, it’s just you and me
Are you strong enough baby, can you, feel the heat?
I was deep in thought, it was no surprise, when you called
It’s the words you said that made me feel ten feet tall
You said you love me all you wanna know is I’m, here for you
And hey love, there’s a song we make up to with a tight ass beat
Sweetheart, you don’t have to worry about the men from my past
They didn’t handle business, so in a flash, I
Voluntarily pack they bags put em in the car and make em mash
We automatic cause we both after the cash
If we, don’t stop the world, we damn sure slow it down
And if, anybody in our way we movin the haters around
Don’t, have no doubts baby fo’ sho’ VK got you
Can’t you see, I wanna be loved, only by you

VK showcases her more feminine side on The Things Your Man Won’t Do. VK explains to ladies the things their men won’t do for them in this song of hers. This song is about relationships from a woman’s point of view. The song was recorded in 1999 for the Chronic 2000 album.

It’s 1999 and it’s scandalous. Only in God does VK trust. So stay ready to bust the closest one to you. VK explains to ladies the things their men won’t do for them. To the ladies out there… These are the things you think your man won’t do.

Everybody told her to peep game because of this. But some sorry motherfucker got her into some shit. He got VK bent. But she should have known since the first time that she saw the both of them sitting in the living room lookin’ like Jennifer 2 was on the menu. She saw her man in the living room with another woman.

Her man’s destiny and reality were headed for doom. What happened to the animalistic passion and thuggish he had? The way they used to have sexual intercourse even when they weren’t alone. VK listed her man as a professional (pro) in every category. This is a nigga VK took trips and hustled with. He was her road dawg. They was on some soulmate shit. That’s the type of shit that make a man want just her. VK let him feel her soul when she opened up and let him in her life. But now he is on some other shit. She is seconds away from blasting him with her .44 slug.

Now it might be ironic but somebody has been playing on the phone And this happened every day at night he leaves home. Where has he been? Who does he have to meet in the middle of the night? Why does he do the things he does?

Her homie called her and told her he got the tightest sticky. Notifying VK about her man’s last night escapades and rendezvouses. He is sneaking around playin’ freaky, deaky, zeeky (freaky, deeky, zeeky or whatever you want to call it). And the busta he was with ain’t actin’ like they cool with her. Now he can’t look her in the eyes. Why does he do the things he does?

She shouldn’t be surprised because it be the hardest bustas. The drive-by, shoot ’em up, bang bang bustas. Chocolate boss, slidin’ in and out the butt bustas.

She should have listened to her homies that told her about him. This explains the fuckin’ shit stains. Not only in the back, but in the front of his Range Rover. VK saw her man at the restaurant exchanging fuck faces with this other woman. She can start all over just like the book of Genesis. But he can’t though. Best believe her is gonna pay for what he did to VK.

Trial & Tribulations showcased how dope VK was with her versatile sporadic lyrical ability. She was really dope on the mic. The song is about the trial and tribulations of a female rapper trying break in and get her foot in the door in the music business. She explained her hard life from birth to that current point in her lifetime. She has had a hard life full of constant struggles.

Trial & Tribulations was produced by Char Jones aka CHAR J. The only female producer on Death Row Records. Trials & Tribulations was recorded for the Death Row Inside Out compilation album in 1998. However that song was never released as the Death Row Inside Out compilation album was never released.

VK grew up with nothing but dreams from the start. She has been blessed as everything she has touched becomes art. Practice makes perfect. That is because she is a perfectionist. Her musical style and lyrical skills wouldn’t have mattered if she had not taken time out to learn the business side of the music industry. Shattered dreams are something that she will not accept.

At the 1:55 duration mark in the song is about how she separated herself from her former manager who was Reginald T Pearson. Her former manager got mad because VK refused to have sexual intercourse with him. She already signed a contract with another record label. Reginald T Pearson can’t feel this because he is not her man. In the end she did not renew her recording contract with her former manager Reginald T Pearson. She was very pissed with everything going against her.

These are the trial and tribulations of a female rapper trying to get in the music business.

She does not trust too many female rappers because they betrayed her in the past by faking their friendship with her. They weren’t really her friend. They were only pretending to be her friend.

The remix to the Dr. Dre classic Rat Tat Tat Tat called Rat Tat Tat Tat (Remix) was a hardcore explicit lyrical gangsta rap song with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and VK. The song was recorded in early 2000 and produced with leftover recording from Dr. Dre.

There is a reason this remix to Rat Tat Tat Tat was never released. Rat Tat Tat Tat (Remix) was initially planned to be used on the Chronic 2000 album. However Dr. Dre sent a cease and desist order to Death Row Records telling them they could not use any of his unreleased material because he did not want them to and because the recordings were incomplete despite selling the rights to his masters when he left the label. The producers had to quickly redo this song by adding Treach and replacing Dr. Dre for the version that was released.

Death Row couldn’t include this remix because Dr. Dre threatened legal action against them if they had used the song. Dr. Dre and Suge Knight were beefing heavily at that time. There were advertisements (ads) in The Source specifically featuring 4 unreleased Dr. Dre songs from The Chronic era even though those songs turned out to be remixes. That is why the remix to Rat Tat Tat Tat was never released. That is also why Rat Tat Tat Tat (Remix) can only be found on the demo version and promotional versions only. This shit was fire and should have been on the album.

The beginning of the song starts with a thick heavy bass line which leaves a long lasting impression on your mind and ears. A male voice tells us it’s time to wake that ass up. This male voice discusses how Death Row is going to make a comeback by taking it home. Death Row had not went anywhere and just laid in the cut.

VK releases the funkiness out of the chamber in Verse 1. She wants to see who remains left afterwards. Let’s see who remains. She wants to see who’s got the knack irrevocable and indisputable brain. Unquestionably it is VK who has the irrefutable and disputable brain. Holler “mayday!” as VK has come out to play. She knows she can hold her own spot with the microphone despite being featured on other songs constantly. She can take the microphone and hold her own against any crew.

It don’t even make no sense be this hype. Atomic lyrics are hittin’ you fools makin’ your fingers drop the mic. Who’s the first eye to eye witness to feel the pain on the brain and plus get put on her shit list? Her shit is addictive like that sticky green chronic. Like sticky buddha sets.

The original chorus is used after Verse 1.

[Chorus: Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg]
Rat-tat-tat-tat, tat-ta-tat, like that, and I
Never hesitate to put a nigga on his back
Rat-tat-tat-tat, tat-ta-tat, like that, and I
Never hesitate to put a nigga on his back

The original verse to Verse 2 is used during Verse 2.

[Verse 2: Dr. Dre]
Creepin’ and peepin’ and we can get with these
The Chronic, slangin’ fat ki’s from my block
And it don’t stop, tell me where you wanna go
To the strip, or take a trip ballin’ with the Row
My shit off in ya system attacks
Indo smoke go in ya lungs like that
You get lifted, calm, and if it’s the bomb
Taken away like Calgon, Vietnam
California, back and on a mission
Provin’ a point, in my game, ain’t no fuckin’ competition
They wishin’ but run up on reality
C-P-T, C-A-L my locality
It’s strange how I re-arrange and change
The business by droppin’ shit like this
Dope, niggas can’t cope with the real
I bill, penitentiary steel, when I kill, it goes

Watch out as VK has come to blow your whole plan off. That is what she does during Verse 3. Cover your weapon because this is a lyrical standoff. A woman to man standoff. She will make the world see what she has already saw. She is a ghetto scholar. A plan to execute is what she has in mind. I don’t care what you think there is no one on Death Row who is equivalent to VK.

The Flava explains how VK is a lyrical force to be reckoned with. Indeed she does not play around. The song was recorded in 1994 on a cassette pressed by HILL Entertainment Group. Her former label from Dallas, Texas ran by Alan K Hill and Reginald T Pearson. The Flava was supposed to be on her 2000 album also.

Whether you’re rolling high or low, you gotta turn your volume up to hear her freaky flow coming out of your speaker(s). Never underestimate the power of this woman. This is some crazy lyricist shit as she gets quite lyrical here. Take your time to catch her flow. Let the bass line take you into a trance.

Georgie wants to be Michel’le’s man and another woman’s man. She just can understand. Well Michel’le ain’t having it. She tells him to make up his mind. She ain’t mixing it.

Georgie is going around dating other girls, kissing them, and making them cry. VK ain’t having it. Neither is Michel’le. So she tells had better come with the truth by being truthful to her. That is the plot of I Aint Mixing It. I Aint Mixing It was recorded in early 1999 before VK was kicked off the Death Row roster. The song is a duet with R&B singer Michel’le and VK. Yes it’s another Michel’le and VK duet. She takes over a majority of the song with her vocal presence and cadence.

Michel’le sings words and lyrics to the popular nursery rhyme Georgie Porgie throughout the song including the chorus. However she altered the lyrics to the nursery rhyme slightly. Instead of singing “Georgie Porgie, pudding and pie/Kissed the girls and made them cry”, she sang “Georgie Porgie, pudding and pie/You wanna kiss the girls and make them cry”

VK is trying to be with this man named Georgie. He makes VK so hot to the point where she wants to melt. Not because of the way he touches her or makes her wet. He brings her good memories also. However she is running out of patience. She tells him this is his last chance. She ain’t with crying over him.

VK tells Georgie had better come with the truth by being truthful to her. Because VK is one of the girls Georgie kissed and made cry. Georgie out here steady trying to be every girl’s man. However he has no balls or backbone. She had to sit back and peep game to gain some experience about love, trust, and relationships. The world taught her lessons. She had to sit back and give that game of love a much needed rest. She gave that much needed game a rest on her own accord in other words. Georgie can’t fix this problem he has with his ingredients.

This is Jazzmatix is a jazz rap song where funk and jazz meet rap. This is Jazzmatix. Feel the static through your speaker. VK takes us to another galaxy with the brehsiveness of Death Row’s production and sound. Feel the spirits. Get with this intellect that direct. The song was recorded in early 2000.

I rate this album 5/5*****!!

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