It's amazing that it has been 12 years since Joi blessed us with "The Pendulum Vibe", a record that instantly solidified her as a talent with a bright future. Unfortunately, the road to stardom has been paved with label changes and record executives trying to confine Joi to sound just like everyone else on the RnB female assembly line. Hence, "The Amoeba Cleansing Syndrome" never saw the light of day. Eventually we were treated to "Star Kitty's Revenge", a record that had its moments but mainly had us yearning for more, in 2002.
Rest assured, Joi's new CD, "Tennessee Slim is the Bomb" will not disappoint. Produced by Raphael Saadiq, "Tennessee Slim" is a 26-track, funk-drenched masterpiece. Twelve of those tracks are actually snippets of words of wisdom from Uncle George (aka George Clinton). On the stunning "I'm So Famous", Joi shows there is no shame in her game and displaying loads of confidence, she states "Even if you don't know my name, like sugar on a candy cane. It's a memory you can't forget, the very first time you met me". On "To my lover's house, I go" Joi commands her lover to close his eyes and imagine as she plays the role of the sex kitten. On "Gravity" Joi talks about how the rap game stole her man, but she is not afraid to let everyone know that she still has feelings for him as evidenced on "Maybe".
For fans of Joi, this is a CD you always knew she capable of making. For new fans: If you like your funk uncut, do yourself a favor and check out "Tennessee Slim". It is truly the bomb.