Rell – Ghetto was an album that was an early draft and promo of Rell’s debut album The Remedy which was supposed to be released in 1998. Ghetto was only issued as a vinyl promo by Roc-A-Fella Records in 1998. This vinyl had a total of 5 songs.
Some of his 1998 songs from this promo album were used on The Remedy album in 2001. Songs such as Let Me Show U, Say It Ain’t So, Are You Ready, and When Will You See were used on The Remedy album. The only song not used was Somehow Someway.
The Ghetto album was one of the three albums that he recorded during his time at Roc-A-Fella Records. This was because the label did not know how to promote R&B artists and the producers had disagreements with Rell himself. This album was supposed to be released on Elektra and Roc-A-Fella Records in 1998, but that never happened due to business politics. The album kept getting pushed back and ignored. It’s a shame this album didn’t come out. It is just so annoying that never happened. Now all of the three albums he recorded on that label remain unreleased to this day.
Somehow Someway was and is one of Rell’s most overlooked songs that is considered to be a masterpiece. Rell uses his breathtaking angelic vocals on this song. You can hear and feel the strength that is present in his vocals.
Somehow, someway, Rell has to have this woman in his life.
Honestly this song should have been chosen to be another one of his buzz singles to promote his debut album. But because the Roc did not know how to market R&B artists properly, the song ended up not being used as a single and was pushed to the side in favor of other songs such as Love For Free, If That’s My Baby, It’s Obvious, and Let Me Show U.
It’s truly a shame this song did not make the final track listing of his debut album because the song fit his breathtaking angelic neo-soul vocals, style, sound, and image. Rocafella dropped the ball with Rell and this song.
Say It Ain’t So is a heartbreaking song about how Rell’s lover became a totally different person. The song Say It Ain’t So is a tale of heartbreak, sadness, and betrayal. Say It Ain’t So was produced by North Carolina producer Mike City.
All of this time Rell thought he was the only one that mattered to her. He was so convinced that they were headed in the right direction. Now it’s as if she were a totally different person. It’s as if she were someone else. She changed like the weather changes. Her kisses are cold as a winter freeze in Alaska.
Rell explains mysterious calls he has been receiving. There’s been so many different numbers. She never knew about the notes he found on the windshield of her car. Is this the kind of thanks he gets for loving her the way he did? Rell loved her faithfully. He tells her to keep her phony smiles. Her heart has been missing for a while. The picture has never been clearer.
Now the song Ghetto was actually Ghetto Stash which featured label mate and rapper Memphis Bleek. When Will You See featured female rapper Amil over a spicy hip hop funk groove and beat.
I rate this album 5/5*****!!