Victoria Beckham’s Lost Hip-Hop Album ‘Come Together’ Surfaces Online
Victoria Beckham found herself at a crossroads in 2003. The Spice Girls had wrapped up a couple of years earlier and her self-titled debut LP didn’t exactly set the charts on fire. As arguably the girl group’s most famous member, Posh was under intense pressure to get it right on her sophomore effort. But should she continue with dance/pop (a genre then ruled in the UK by Kylie Minogue) or experiment with hip-hop? The perplexed diva decided to both.
After recording pop-leaning opus Open Your Eyes, Victoria headed to New York to record a hip-hop LP with Damon Dash called Come Together. Both projects were shelved, but songs from the latter have finally started surfacing online after the album was auctioned off on eBay. Is the music as fierce as the J.Lo-on-a-budget cover art? Not quite. “That Dude” is a curious slow jam that samples MFSB’s “Something For Nothing.” The fashion designer’s reed-thin vocals sound borderline-farcical over the retro-R&B beats.
Less embarrassing is “Dat Simple” (previously leaked as “It’s That Simple”). The percussion-heavy banger is very much of its time, but there are enough hooks and sassy moments to make this a guilty pleasure. It will be interesting to hear the rest of Come Together. We know the album also featured Beyonce’s B’day ballad, “Resentment,” so it’s fair to say that Victoria was — momentarily, at least — dedicated to becoming the UK’s queen of R&B. Listen below.
Listen to “That Dude”:
Revisit “Dat Simple”: