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Review: Michel’le – Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le

Think Factory released this soundtrack album called Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le as a digital download online via SoundCloud in 2016 and on YouTube in 2019. Michel’le had some input on what songs she wanted to use on the soundtrack for her autobiography/biopic film called Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le. A copule of songs from her debut album were re-recorded and included on this soundtrack album. The first 3 songs are remakes from her debut album and the last 2 songs are new songs. Think musical theater.

Her beautiful R&B voice gives life to these great songs. The soundtrack has a bit of that old school late 80s New Jack Swing sound with a touch of R&B/soul. However on the songs that were re-recorded, Dr. Dre’s vocals were removed. Michel’le flipped the script on Dr. Dre because when Straight Out of Compton came out she was not included the movie. She was left out. So Michel’le had re-recorded the songs with a new male voice instead of using Dr. Dre’s vocals. Plus there was more than high possibility of rights issues when songs were being chosen for the soundtrack.

The soundtrack is about a woman who held on to her dream through poverty, domestic violence, and drugs. In with it came the fame and betrayal from men she loved, dated, “married”, and trusted. These songs are filled with such passion.

The soundtrack for Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le is absolutely amazing but too short to be considered a full album. Only 5 songs are included on this soundtrack album. Think Factory could have used more songs from Michel’le’s catalogue to make this soundtrack into a full album. But then again, there is always a “rights” issue. Nevertheless Michel’le did a great job performing on all of these songs. She truly deserves more fame than this. She is one of the really under appreciated singers out there.

Nicety was re-recorded and rearranged with a slightly different sound yet some of the percussion was left intact. The song is an uptempo song with that late 80s New Jack Swing style. The song was a included in the theatrical release of the movie Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le. Nicety came from her debut album that was released on Ruthless Records in 1989.

However Dr. Dre’s vocals were left out of this version of Nicety. Michel’le flipped the script on Dr. Dre because when Straight Out of Compton came out, Michel’le was not included the movie. She was left out. So Michel’le had recorded the songs with a new male voice. This could have been a “rights issue” or just Michel’le herself. Who knows?

The song is about how Michel’le is not like every other girl. She tells men to not get their hopes too high and don’t be like other guys assuming that every girl is just like that type. The way she appears to you may not be true to you. Michel’le is not like your girl. She wants to be treated right. Michel’le says men will try anything just to take women home. She gets snide, sardonic, and sarcastic on various parts of the song.

The hook clearly explains what type of girl Michel’le is which sums it all up. Read below.

[Hook]
Some people think I’m nice
Some people think I’m nasty
But if you really want to know
Just ask me…
And I’ll say I’m nicety
Hooooo-hoooo-hoooo say I’m nicety

No More Lies was re-recorded and rearranged with a slightly different sound but with Dr. Dre’s vocals removed. This could have been a “rights issue” or just Michel’le herself. Who knows? Her then-boyfriend Dr. Dre produced No More Lies of course. Her unique Minnie Mouse voice can be heard on this song.

The song No More Lies has a bit of that old school late 80s New Jack Swing sound with a slight touch of hard rock. R&B/soul meets rock music on this song. No More Lies came from her debut album that was released on Ruthless Records in 1989.

No More Lies is a song aimed at men who are abusive and unfaithful to their lovers. However this song is aimed more at unfaithful men then it is abusive men it seems. Men exaggerate, lie, and are unfaithful at times. Michel’le states there’s a little exaggeration in almost every man. She gets snide, sardonic, and sarcastic on various parts of the song.

Something in My Heart was re-recorded and rearranged with a slightly different sound. Her beautiful R&B voice prospers through out the song. Percussion and woodwinds are still the same. This song came from her debut album that was released on Ruthless Records in 1989.

The song was basically about the feelings she had towards Dr. Dre. Michel’le was truly in love with Dre. She had no limit to the love for him. Her love for him during that time was unconditional. Dr. Dre knew that he had all of her love. That feeling is reserved for him of course.

So Glad I’m Standing Here is a new song that was recorded in 2015 by Michel’le for the Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le soundtrack. This song is a Michel’le solo and a piano solo. Her vocals are still on point.

So Glad I’m Standing Here is an inspirational song of life and love. Michel’le encourages people to come together and raise up their voices in this song of hers. It is very refreshing to hear Michel’le sing about positivity. Overall So Glad I’m Standing Here is a powerful song!

There were times Michel’le remembered where she had to fight just to hold her head up. There were times when her friends tried to make a fool of her. Things her heart attack that people just couldn’t see. Some said she was hopeless. Strong willed she was. That’s why she is still standing here today. Michel’le is finally at a happy point in her life.

Michel’le encourages people to come together and raise up their voices close to the middle of the song. If you’re lost in your troubles, this song is perfect for you. It will uplift your spirits.

Her voice is just as powerful was ever on Moonlight. The song has a bright cheerful mood. An angelic chorus backs up her vocals.

Sometimes she wish the world would spin slow. But she can’t decide. The fast life is the only life Michel’le knows. Time knows no limitations. She knows theres more to life than this. We were born to live. Tonight’s a full moon. Let the light shine through. Michel’le says all you have to do is let the light find you.

Her past life is nothing like the one she knows. She hopes for a bright future. Michel’le is just trying to make something out of her life. There is no easy answer for that. She has to keep moving on in life.

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

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