June 27, 2015

Leschea "Rhythm & Beats" (Vibe Magazine, 1997)


"Leschea comes off like a hardcore Brooklyn rapper who's trying the R&B side of the street by singing over recycled hip hop beats. Partying, street dreams, drug games, and hanging out on the Ave. are themes that keep popping up on Rhythm & Beats, especially on the current single, "Fulton Street," and "Let Me Know," an auto-biographical story about Leschea's relationship with a drug dealer. Leschea stays clear of everyday lovey-dovey songs and, instead, voices the pain of losing a loved one to the prison system. If R&B singers haven't been keeping it real, Leschea is trying to change all that." - Vibe, June-July 1997. Leschea was born and raised in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn NY, and began singing and performing at the age of eight. In 1995 she sang background vocals on Masta Ace's album, Sittin on Chrome which subsequently landed her a deal with Warner Bros. records in 1996. In 1996 she scored chart success with the singles "How We Stay" and "Fulton St.". "Fulton St." was a top 10 best selling single in NYC for seven weeks. Some say her debut album, Rhythm & Beats was prematurely released and never got the attention it deserved. She was released from Warner Bros. after the production company complained of poor marketing and promo. She has been married to executive producer Masta Ace since 2001 and currently has an online radio show called the "Leschea Show." Watch the video for Leschea's "Fulton St." below...


The full review in Vibe Magazine, June-July 1997...