Review: Fundisha – Selections From Lessons

Fundisha – Selections From Lessons is an R&B and pop album sampler and single full of helpful and meaningful life lessons. Fundisha had a message in her with songs such as Daddy, Lessons, Gotta Be Me, and Pull A Left Eye. We need more messages like this today in our music. Fundisha – Selections From Lessons is one of the lesser known So So Def Recordings releases which not many people knew about.

Not many people know Fundisha had recorded a solo album. This single was an album sampler for what was supposed to have been her debut album on So So Def. You might remember that Fundisha sung chorus lines to all of Bow Wow’s hits such as Thank You, Take You Home, and Basketball.

Fundisha – Lessons was originally scheduled to be released on the date of June 18, 2002. However the release date for her debut album was cancelled shortly after So So Def merged with Arista Records. This was after the So So Def merger with Arista Records. A lack of charting singles is the reason why her album was shelved. The single Life I Live was only a moderate hit and fell off the charts quickly.

The other reason why her was shelved is because she got pregnant and Jermaine Dupri could not promote her album properly. Her pregnancy led Jermaine Dupri and L.A. Reid to shelve her album and drop her from the So So Def label. They were not feeling her album.Which is a shame because Fundisha – Lessons was one of the most eagerly awaited R&B albums of 2002.

Live The Life is one of those songs that a message about one of life’s lessons. Fundisha sung about various perspectives of her life from her angle. She explained what her experience was like growing up “in the hood”. The song was included on the soundtrack for the movie Hardball. The single Life The Live was only a moderate hit and fell off the charts quickly.

The song has a catchy poppish R&B chorus with lyrics that went:

Have you ever ever ever
In your whole whole life?
Seen the things that I’ve seen
Or live the life?
People don’t know what I go through
Or imagine what it’s like
Growing up in the hood

Have you ever ever ever
In your whole whole life?
Seen the things that I’ve seen
Or live the life?
People don’t know
What I go through
Or imagine what it’s
Like being misunderstood

Have you ever in your whole whole life seen the things that Fundisha has seen or live the life? People don’t know what Fundisha goes through. Or imagine what it’s like growing up in the hood. Or imagine what it’s like being misunderstood.

Maybe if you could walk a mile in her shoes, you would feel all the things that she goes through. And then you tell her what you would do to try and make your dreams come true. When you feel like your back is up against the wall and every time you try to rise you fall. But yet you find the strength to hold on and keep the faith despite it all.

Have you walked ever outside scared you might lose your life? Don’t know if you’ll live to see 29. May even be a kid. You have to be a strong in order to stand. But Fundisha has got bigger dreams inside of her head. She don’t wanna end up the next one dead. So she prays everyday for a better way.

Imagine growing up seeing dead bodies showing up outside your residence. Hood dreams but nobody is blowing up. 1 out of 2 barely make it. Half of the people you grew up are incarcerated. Fundisha wouldn’t trade her life for the love or the money. Don’t try and play her for a dummy. Dreams must be something in these project walls. She trusts in God. That’s why she never falls.

You Make Me was a song is dedicated to her children. She wanted to express her feelings about her children on her Lessons album to let them know how special they are to her. The song has a fun vibe due to the melody, production, instrumentation, lyrics, and harmony.

People told Fundisha that she would mess up my life. However she could not just deny the feelings
she felt inside of her. So sweet and indecently her children pop on the scene. She tells her children, “You just don’t know how much you mean to me.” Her children make her smile, laugh, feel, and make her happy. She is so glad she her children in her life.

She had to make a way for her children to have everything they need. She’ll dry all their tears away and calm their fears when they cry. They remind her of how blessed she is.

Wanna Be is about how everyone wants to be famous and have their name in the spotlight. Everybody wants to be an artist, do a show, and be in the video. Everybody wanna do their thing. But not everybody can. These were lessons inspired by the lord and her pastor. The subject matter is similar to Lil Mo – Supa Star.

Fundisha has been in this game for years. The music industry. Blood sweatin’ tears came to fault for this. Real live gangstas wanna be rappers. Real live singers wanna be actors. And ya’ll ain’t even ready for that. So you say you wanna be a superstar. Wanna live the life and drive a nice car. Wanna rock the ice and have a big house.

She is the truth of living proof or danger. She’s told it since her youth because many are called but few are chosen. Fundisha spreads the word like Abraham and Moses. Her life is bright. It might hurt eyes. But do realize it’s a gift from God.

Everybody wants to sing and rap. And everybody wanna be an artist, do a show, and be in the video. Everybody wanna do their thing. But everybody can’t.

I rate this single 5/5*****!!

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