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Review: Sammie – From the Bottom to the Top

Sammie – From the Bottom to the Top is one of the lesser known soulful pop albums from the year 2000 despite achieving platinum status. Sammie was singing like a 63 year old man with a soulful tenor at the age of 12 on this album. He had no business singing as a grown man at that age. But nevertheless Sammie was owning it on his debut album.

Sammie explains his rise to success thanks to his record deal on The Bottom. Sammie has got ’em from the bottom to the top with his song The Bottom.

Sammie was up in the hood down at his boy’s house. It was the summer time when everyone would hang out. They had the best of times down at the corner store. Yelling bingo at every car that came by.

Sammie knew that he had this dream and wanted them to believe that he was gonna make it. It happened so fast he can’t believe it at last. Sammie headed to the ATL just to hear the sound. He hooked up with Dallas Austin and he had a record planned. Then JT Money said he would put Miami down. Sammie has got ’em from the bottom to the top.

JT Money and Sammie from the city where the girls and the temperature stay hot. They come from the city where the bass drop. That bottom where that bass game started and the girls shake their thing whole-hearted. Miami, Florida is the place to go because of the beaches. Miami is the Sunshine City that has got everything.

Old school on the fools and the chumps. Let it out playing old school funk. Big Sammie put it down for the bottom. Fly honeys want money. What’cha know about the Miami heat huh? About how they shoot or what all that street? A place where all the stuff retreat. Where they move to an up tempo beat. Never sleep. You know this thing don’t stop. Coming from the bottom straight to the top.

Sammie brags about all the things he likes about this girl he has his eyes set on with the song I Like It. Sammie was singing like a 63 year old man with a soulful tenor over pop beats and an urban sound on I Like It.

Sammie wishes he could spend time with the girl he loves each and every day. Give her all his love. All of his love and his emotions are the things that’s got him open. He doesn’t know what it takes to let her know she is his girl. Even when then people say they won’t stay around. If they only knew that they were meant to be together. There’s no better thing than this love. That’s why Sammie writes her love letters. He likes the way she look at him. He likes the time they spend together. He likes what they have grown to be.

Sometimes he wants be the one she is checking for. Love is nothin’ but the time it takes to say, “I’m on your mind”. He wants her to get a little time away to go to the movies on a Saturday with him.

Sammie sings about the crazy things he does for love on Crazy Things I Do. The crazy things Sammie does for love is putting his girl in the flyest gear, call her on the phone, send her “I love you” cards, and give her credit cards.

Crazy Things I Do is one of those songs that will have you feeling good some type of way due to those fresh pop beats and sound. Crazy Things I Do is one of those songs that will have you feeling good some type of way. The song has that innocent feeling and coming of age vibe. Now what could be fresher than that? The song uses a mixed combination of pop and soul.

Sammie was singing like a 63 year old man with a soulful tenor over pop beats and an urban sound on Crazy Things I Do. He had no business singing like that. Especially at that age.

Now some of you pop fans might remember the lyrics to the chorus which went like this.

I put you in the flyest gear, making sure you’re tight
Perpertrating, making you think everything’s alright
Call you on my cell phone baby even on peak time
The crazy things I do for love
Flossin’ baby acting like the money ain’t a thing
Only if you promise girl that you will try no game
Kiss me girl and I’ll spend every dollar to my name
The crazy things I do for love

Sammie will put her in the flyest gear making sure she is tight. Perpetrating by making her think everything’s alright. He will call his girl you on his cell phone baby even on peak time. (That’s going to be one expensive phone bill.) Sammie is flossin’ and acting like the money ain’t a thing. He’ll spend every dollar to his name. That is only if his girl promises to not play any games on him. The crazy things Sammie does for love.

Hanging out and spending time with his girl are his daily plans. Anything his girl wants. He’ll take her to the movies. Send her “I love you” cards. He’ll also take her to the shopping mall. Nothing is ever too much for/when it comes to his girl. Sammie knows he can’t afford it. (Who could? Especially given the state of the economy.)

He wants her with him in the park having fun. That’s whats up. His girl has got to look good. Roses are something he gives her because he cares. Sammie tells his girl, “I’ll be there. Cross my heart. I swear. I know I can’t afford it, baby. But I’ll do the best I can, lady. You’re my everything one day with my ring. I’ll do all for you, baby.”

The interlude When I Grow Up (Interlude) was pretty woke for 2000. Sammie’s questions environmental justice because global warming was an evolving issue back in 2000 and still is to this day.

[Sammie:]
When I grow up
I wonder if people will be more afraid
To cry than they are to die
Will I be able to see a rainbow
In a smog-filled sky?
Will there be any trees alive?
If not, how will the planet survive?
Will the Internet have a web-site at
http://www.lifetimeairsupply?

Here are some of the other questions Sammie wrote in his essay for this interlude. This just shows you how woke Sammie was.

When I grow up
Will the existence of dolphins and whales
Just be a story I tell?

When I grow up
If I got bored and had nothing to do
And me and my son built a canoe
Would water that used to be blue
Be so polluted it would give us the flu?

Will adults be the hammer and nail?
Will schools be next door to jails?
Will the truth be illegal to sell?
When I grow up
Will anyone be on the news
For anything besides killing?
Will those drug dealers still
Be standing in front of my building?
Will they ever learn how to love?
Or stay afraid of the feeling?
Will TV and music videos
Still raise America’s children?

Will students go home from school
In a bulletproof bus?

When Sammie grows up, he wonders if people will be more afraid to cry than they are to die. Will he be able to see a rainbow In a smog-filled sky? Will there be any trees alive? If not, how will the planet survive? Will the Internet have a web-site at http://www.lifetimeairsupply? Will the existence of dolphins and whales just be a story he tells?

If Sammie got bored and had nothing to do and him and his son built a canoe, would water that used to be blue be so polluted it would give us the flu? Will Sammie have to be like you? Letting money make a decision for everything that he does?

Will schools be next door to jails? Will the truth be illegal to sell? Will anyone be on the news for anything besides killing? Will those drug dealers still be standing in front of my building? Will they ever learn how to love? Or stay afraid of the feeling? Will TV and music videos still raise America’s children?

Can’t Let Go is about this girl Sammie cannot seem to let go of.

Sammie cannot seem to let go of this girl. This girl has Sammie wrapped around her finger. He can’t let go. She’s tight and pretty and all. You know what I mean.

She gave Sammie her phone number. She told Sammie call her after the bus stop. Sammie knew that he would love her even then. She’s got his head wide open. She doesn’t go hang out with friends. He never thought a girl would take him.

He can’t believe she had that effect on him. But whenever she’s with Sammie he is so happy because even if he did want to stop nothing in the world could ever top the way he feels, Don’t you know Sammie can’t let go? He won’t let go. He sees roses when he is with. She brings the sunshine to a cloudy day.

Count is about Sammie’s leaving without saying goodbye. Leaving without saying goodbye can be extremely sad for someone. This is one of those “You didn’t have to leave me baby” songs.

Sammie called her today No one picked up the phone. He ran to her home as fast as he could.
She was gone when he arrived. Much to his surprise. One of the neighbors informed Sammie that she moved away.

How could she not tell Sammie and leave him this way with no goodbyes and crying eyes. Sammie wishes she would have stayed so he can count every second and every minute that she was away from her. He just can’t take it.

Things won’t be the same. He’ll be searching for her for the rest of his life. There are lessons in love. Sammie learned his first lesson in love. It was so innocent. But he can’t take no more heartache. He just can’t take the fact that she is away from him.

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

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