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  • Audio CD (April 17, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tvt
  • ASIN: B000MV8ZRC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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Lumidee, the Puerto Rican beauty from NYC's Spanish Harlem, first shot to fame in 2003 with the infectious Top 5 Billboard hit, "Never Leave You (Uh Oh)", off her debut album, "Almost Famous." Now, she's back, with a bold new sound & fresh lyrics on her sophomore set, UNEXPECTED, due out April 17 on TVT.

"Unexpected"'s heavy hitting first single, "She's Like The Wind," features Tony Sunshine and hears Lumidee rapping in her distinctive Caribbean lilt. A fresh remake of Patrick Swayze's hit from "Dirty Dancing", "She's Like The Wind," is already a massive radio hit from coast to coast. With her second album release, Lumidee is already proving to her fans that she is here to stay! "Unexpected" features Lumidee hooking up with the likes of Snoop Dogg ("In It For The Money"), Pitbull ("Crazy"), Jim Jones ("I'm Up"), Shaggy (on a remake of Roberta Flack's classic r&b hit "Feel Like Making Love"), even N.O.R.E. and super producer Scott Storch (Beyonce, 50 Cent) reportedly checked into the studio to work on a track apiece.

About the Artist

Fame came early for the Puerto Rican, Spanish Harlem rapper and singer Lumidee, who scored a smash hit at 19 with her debut single "Never Leave You (Uh Oooh, Uh Oooh)." With its sweet vocals, catchy hook, infectious Diawli dancehall rhythm, and clap-heavy backdrop, "Never Leave You" soared to the top of the charts, reaching the No. 3 slot on Billboard's Hot 100 in 2003, and made it to #1 in Germany and many other European territories, including topping the pan-European charts in the summer of that year.

Now signed to TVT Records through Mach 1 Records and preparing for the April, 17, 2007 release of her sophomore album, Unexpected, Lumidee is ready to show US audiences that she does, indeed, have staying power. The title is fitting both because stateside fans will be surprised by the Latina performer's comeback ("the public thinks I've been gone, but I just wasn't in the U.S.; I was performing and recording internationally") and because of the eclectic, fusion-heavy, worldly nature of the new material. "People will be surprised by what I am bringing to this project," says Lumidee. "It incorporates so many flavors - rap, R&B, Caribbean music, all the sounds that influence me."

Even the making of the album was full of unexpected turns. Originally, Lumidee planned on releasing Unexpected strictly overseas, but her international label soon discovered that various U.S. labels were interested in releasing the album domestically. After scouting out her options, Lumidee chose TVT Records as her home, confident that they understood and supported her vision.

Audiences have been elated to hear from Lumidee once again. The first single, "She's Like the Wind", has already entered the Top 100 charts. Featuring R&B singer and Terror Squad member Tony Sunshine, the song cleverly remakes the same-named Patrick Swayze cut of Dirty Dancing fame. The idea behind redoing the classic tune came from Lumidee's European label, and she was intrigued by the possibilities. When they asked if she could suggest a male vocalist to collaborate with her, she quickly recommended Tony Sunshine, with whom she's always wanted to work. After hearing Tony's strong vocal presence on the track, Lumidee was inspired to write some flirtatious, uptempo rap lyrics to give the song an even more urban feel. Lumidee was confident about the end result, but never considered the track as a single. To her surprise, not only did it become the album's lead single, but it's quickly zooming up the charts.

Showing real artistic maturity, Lumidee's sophomore effort also includes appearances by several high-profile artists. Of Shaggy, who she worked with on the reggae-tinged "Feel Like Making Love," Lumidee says, "Shaggy opened the doors for dancehall music to the mainstream, so it only made sense to have him on this track. I originally recorded it for a movie soundtrack, which it didn't make, but it's on my album and that's where it should be." As for Harlem-bred rapper Jim Jones, who brings his gruff voice and undeniable street swagger to "I'm Up," Lumidee says, "'I'm Up' is the most street record on the CD. Who's more `hood than Jim Jones? He is part of the Harlem movement." Another notable guest is her labelmate Pitbull, who brings some of his energetic, rapid-fire flow to the banger "Krazy," which was produced by Lenky who also was the man behind the Diwali rhythm. "This is an upbeat record and I knew Pitbull would be able to keep up with the track and put something incredible on it," Lumidee says. And, of course, there's reggaeton/rap star N.O.R.E. on "You Got Me." Of her relationship with N.O.R.E., Lumidee says, "N.O.R.E. has always been so real with me. It was a must for him to be on the album -- he will always be on my albums."

The result is a mélange of sounds and influences that more accurately represent Lumidee's multifaceted nature. "I feel confident about this album because I really get to show the public more of what I'm all about," Lumidee says. "The success of "Never Leave You" happened so fast. One week I was in my house doing nothing, then the next week I'm on the radio, and now I have a new deal and I'm on TV. On my first project I didn't have time to record new songs for the album, so the world basically got to hear my demo."

Still Lumidee was proud of her achievements. "For me, it was like, `Wow, that many people know me? That many people went out and bought my record?' For me that was a big thing."

After all, Lumidee was no stranger to adversity. Her father passed away in 1995 and her mother spent most of Lumi's childhood in prison, leaving Lumidee and her siblings to be raised by their grandparents. A happy, active child, and "a mean tomboy," Lumi was forced to slow down when, at 14, she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic autoimmune disorder that can cause inflammation of the joints and their surrounding tissue. Due to a misdiagnosis (doctors originally said she had Lupus and therefore prescribed the wrong medications), by the time her real illness was detected, her condition had become dire.

"The arthritis was eating away at the cartilage between my bones, and it was painful to walk or to even open my hands," Lumidee recalls. "It was weird because I was always running around outside, but it got to a point where I was lying in bed and I couldn't even move. I missed three years of high school and had to be home schooled. Doctors said that, in a years' time, I wouldn't be able to walk," Lumidee recalls.

But Lumi's condition proved to be a blessing in disguise, as it forced her to take the time to concentrate on her writing. "That's how I started writing poetry -- I was just jotting down what I was feeling," she says. "And it's crazy because if I hadn't gotten sick, I might never have taken the time to really do that."

Despite the obstacles, Lumidee persevered and, with the right treatment, defied doctors' expectations, returning to school to complete her final year and maintaining a rigorous recording schedule. In 2002, before the release of her debut, she underwent hip replacement surgery -- the procedure allowed Lumidee to dance and perform before her fans.

After facing such a major personal crisis, Lumidee applied the same survivor's mindset to her musical career. When she left Universal, Lumidee parted ways with her former production company and headed overseas and was quickly embraced by European audiences. She experienced great success with "Dance," the second single off the FIFA World Cup 2006 compilation album, which went Top 5 in Germany. Another coup was 2005's "Sientelo," a collaboration with reggaetón artist Speedy that quickly entered the European Hot 100, reaching a Top 10 slot in France, the No. 2 position in Holland and Belgium, and Germany's Top 10. But to US audiences it seemed like Lumidee had faded into obscurity and they quickly brandished her a one-hit wonder.

"At first, it hurt to hear that," Lumidee says. "I used to get really mad. But then as time passed, I realized that people over here had no idea what I was doing overseas, so to them I had just come and gone.

Well, now she's back and audiences are sure to find the result satisfyingly Unexpected.

Customer Reviews

Because I was so sold on the first single, I was excited to hear the entire album, but found it empty.
Elevate Difference
Lumidee both sing and rap on this album, but she hasn't improved her singing much only her attitude and sounding much more confident and experienced then before.
Josephll
Another song that I found interesting was the duet with Shaggy, covering the Roberta Flack hit "Feel Like Making Love", but with a reggae spin.
Amanda Richards

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 5, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This former one-hit wonder from Connecticut can now amend and extend her resume by one more hit with the first single from her second album. The single "She's Like the Wind" was originally performed by Patrick Swayze, and was also covered by David "The Hoff" Hasselhoff, but this version coverts a part of the song to rap and features vocals by Tony Sunshine.

Another song that I found interesting was the duet with Shaggy, covering the Roberta Flack hit "Feel Like Making Love", but with a reggae spin. Lumidee's vocals match well with Shaggy on this one, which I actually prefer to the first single. A good dance track is "Crazy" featuring Pitbull, and you might also like "The Whistle Song" featuring Wyclef Jean. Other fairly good tracks are "Cute Boy" and "Did You Imagine".

This album is okay, largely due to the guest artistes, but not exactly outstanding, which is precisely what we expected. Rated: 3.5 stars

Amanda Richards, May 5, 2007
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Rupert on June 10, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Lumidee came out back in 2003 with a song called "Never Leave You". Although she really couldn't sing, the song became a hit anyway, possibly due to the fact that all songs featuring that beat were getting enormous airplay (Sean Paul's "Get Busy"; Wayne Wonder's "No Letting Go"). After her follow-up single "Crashin' a Party" went absolutely nowhere, she disappeared. But now she re-emerges with Unexpected.

Lumidee's singing is a tad better, but she still isn't quite there. But much of the time she RAPS on here, and she's not that great at THAT either. Actually, she doesn't sound terrible, but, well, she doesn't sound any different from any other female MC. This is especially shown on the disposable "So Cool...Hollywood".

The only song that really stands out to me is "Stuck On You" (except for in the chorus where she says: "It's true/I can't get past it too"; did we not get As in English class?). Most of the rest of the songs are forgettable, like "Passin' Thru", "He Told Me" and "Caught Up"; and "Cute Boy" is a song I wish I COULD forget. Guest rappers also fail to add life to the songs, like N.O.R.E. ("You Got Me"), Snoop Dogg ("In It For the Money"), and Jim Jones ("I'm Up"). There are also some badly done clubbish makeovers to classic songs, like Roberta Flack's "Feel Like Makin' Love" and Patrick Swayze's "She's Like the Wind" (featuring Shaggy and Tony Sunshine, respectively).

Speaking of that, there is an obligatory end-of-album Spanglish-version-of-the-first-single on here. I can't really call this sophomore album from Lumidee unexpected because that would suggest that I was anticipating it to be good. Yeah, it's better than Almost Famous, but that really ain't saying much.

Anthony Rupert
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nourisha K. on April 20, 2007
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no offense but this girl has little talent and i don't understand why this album came out. uh ohh sucked too. don't understand why this age group can't grasp the concept of real music. they hear so much crap they take the less of all the evils and call it great.

i think people will still bump some of this cd because the beats are nice. but unless you can turn the beat up load enough to drown out her failed singing attempts, you'll be assaulting your ears needlessly. take my advice and stay away unless you feel the need to drown your sorrows in a pathetically, schizophrenic mix of music.
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Like many American women my age, I have a passion for the phenomenon that was Dirty Dancing. The style, the music and, of course, the dancing were all extremely influential on me and my fellow Catholic school girlfriends. We danced in the aisles of the movie theatre and recited the dialogue at countless slumber parties.

One sunny day this spring I was driving along and heard a pop-style R&B version of Patrick Swayze's "She's Like The Wind" blasting through my speakers! I rolled the window down and reminisced about summers of my youth. The cover, by Lumidee, who you may remember from last year's summer jam "Never Leave You (Uh Oooh, Uh Oooh)," is performed alongside Tony Sunshine. They both do a great job channeling the spirit of Johnny and Baby, and, while it includes several new rap sections, it's impossible to not sing along. I admit that I struggled for a minute with my instinct to love the song, thinking most young people who hear this won't even know that it's a cover. Realizing this way of thinking made me sound like an old timer, I went on to spread the word about this perfect summer jam.

Because I was so sold on the first single, I was excited to hear the entire album, but found it empty. Let's be real, it doesn't speak highly of a studio album when the best song on it is a cover. This is the epitome of what can be bad about commercial radio. It sounds like the producers randomly reached into a grab bag of what works in pop music: hot young woman, guest stars like Snoop Dogg and Shaggy, dependable, safe dance beats and overly produced and altered vocals. It has no artistic integrity and feels soulless, ironic for an R&B album. In the song, "In It For The Money," she goes on about how her main motivation is - yep, you guessed it! - Money. In the spirit of valuing your own dollars, take yours and invest them in real, original talent like Lil' Mama.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Irene P. Continelli on April 22, 2007
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Here is my track by track review:

1. Intro

Can't really rate the intro LoL

2. So Cool...Hollywood 10/10

Wow. This song is so good the beginning has such a strong impact. Very strong and very good flow. Her voice is really good on it and I just love it.

3. In It For The Money (F/ Snoop Dogg) 10/10

Hot flo. Perfect match. The beat is just sick one of them summer ridahs. Amazing.

4. Cute Boy 10/10

So smooth. Aww i wanna be under a palm tree. Smooth reggae track. Lyrics are nice. Just one of those songs you have to enjoy.

5. She's Like The Wind (F/ Tony Sunshine) 10/10

Lumidee has some really good flow on this song. The remake is the best one yet. This song is classic. Tony's voice is perfect and this is the first single from the album.

6. Feel Like Making Love (F/ Shaggy) 10/10

Another enjoyable reggae track. But this one has something special about it. I believe its the tone Lumidee has in her voice. It perfect and Shaggy just adds to the reggae effect. AMAZING.

7. Stuck On You 9/10

Lumidee takes it down a notch with this slow R&B joint. Very good track smooth and good meaning.

8. Caught Up 8/10

Fairly different. Beat is good but there is something missing. Still hot.

9. Crazy (F/ Pitbull) 10/10

Damn just get up and dance. With this fast dancehall riddim this joint will get you on your feet in no time. Then Pitbull comes in with his funny rhymes. Very hot.

10. Could Be Anything 9/10

I love her flow on this track. Lumidee gives us some of her rap on it but you get the same sense you get from her song thats on this c.d. "Caught Up".

11. You Got Me (F/ N.O.R.E.
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