The album Big Mello – Bar None/ Fade All was one of the many albums that was supposed to have been released by Commerce Street Records in 1999 along with King 13 – Time Served and Lil Paul – T-Gang. Big Mello’s unreleased 1999 album was one of the many incomplete albums the label had put on their advertisements.
The album Big Mello – Bar None/ Fade All was originally advertised in an advertisement in the Source Magazine around February 1999. The advertisement in the Source Magazine was designed by Pen N Pixel Graphics. Sean was using Pen N Pixel Graphics to design covers for albums released on his record label Commerce Street Records. Now the album Big Mello – Bar None/ Fade All was supposed to be released sometime in May 1999. However that not happen because that album was not released.
Big Mello had only recorded an EP’s worth of material as he only had 4 songs recorded for that album. Sean Tompkins was only interested in selling full length albums on his record label Commerce Street Records. So Sean cancelled the released of his 1999 album because he considered that only enough music to do an EP.
A couple of the 4 songs Big Mello had recorded were Bar None/ Fade All and Get Crunk with Mr. Joshay. Harvey Luv produced and recorded a track that Big Mello got on and DDC (Down Dirty Click) was supposed to lay vocals on. That makes sense because Harvey Luv was Big Mello’s main producer at the time along with 2-Fancy.
That album Big Mello – Bar None/ Fade All was incomplete by the time the scheduled release date came around. Sean confirmed the album wasn’t even halfway done. The recorded material he has is hollow. The mix was bad on the songs he had recorded and the vocals needed more tracks. The vocals were bad. But he was dropping versus. His album could have been fixed and rearranged with a good balanced mix and more vocals were laid down on the tracks.
Big Mello finished other tracks which Sean still has. But those songs were not recorded for the Bar None/ Fade All album. Those were entirely different songs. Those songs won’t ever be released.
Sean Tompkins didn’t have a recording contract secured for Big Mello at the time since Big Mello was a free agent which basically meant he could record and release music independently if he wanted to.
However one of the reasons why the Big Mello – Bar None/ Fade All album never got completed or released is because Big Mello had a drug problem. He was on that “wet” and fry. He had no direction or work ethic for a while which made business between him and the label difficult.
That’s what happened with the Big Mello album that was supposed to be released in 1999.
I rate this album 2/5**.