Victoria Beckham attempted a solo music career more than a decade ago, and songs from those studio sessions surfaced.
Victoria Beckham won’t participate in a Spice Girls reunion tour, then demos from a time when she began recording music with Roc-A-Fella co-founder Damon Dash hit the net. Coincidence? I think not.
In 2003, Posh Spice decided she wanted to continue releasing music as a solo artist, despite her self-titled debut LP tanking on the charts. It was time for a makeover, so she opted for an R&B flavor to her sound, enlisting collaborations with rap group M.O.P and Ol’ Dirty Bastard. She recorded two full-length studio albums titled Open Your Eyes and the Dash collaboration Come Together, but after poor sales with the previous record and disputes with her record company, the project was shelved.
Speaking about the album that never was, Damon Dash previously told the Evening Standard: “Because Victoria’s record company aren’t happy about the fact that she came over to New York to work with me they are putting out stories. Before anyone’s even heard the album they were making things up.”
“I heard a story that Victoria was calling herself the female Eminem. That’s just dumb. She never said that. I’m going to open Roc-a-Fella Records in London. I’ll show these Telstar cats how it’s done,” he added.
According to the Mirror, a 17-demo disc, which housed tracks that would have featured on her hip-hop influenced album Come Together, was auctioned off on eBay last month and some of the songs made their way online.
The demos are clearly unfinished, and a bit cringeworthy, but regardless are pop gems. In “That Dude” Beckham samples MFSB’s “Something For Nothing” and sings(?) about deadbeat guys. “Dat Simple” is a sass-tinged bop featuring M.O.P. “So Cold” is a frigid heartbreak ballad. Actual lyrics: “Felt to me like winter, but everyone knows it’s really June.”
Listen to the new-old recordings below: