R&B Throwback 2002 - Many may not remember upcoming music singer Lathun Grady. For those who use to party during Freak-nik in Atlanta in the mid 90’s, super producer Jermaine Dupri of So So Def Records would release party mix-tapes by DJ’s called So So Def Bass All-stars. Lathun would have a song on the mix-tape titled “Freak It”. The song would become a popular party song which is still played on old party throwbacks on radio stations. I’ll leave this link here so some of you all who are my age and older can refresh your memory Lathun Grady - Freak It
. Usually when an artist does a song like this, that is all you think that artist is good for singing on. However, Lathun would prove that he is more than just an artist who sings hooks on a party track. By 2002, Lathun would sign a record deal with Motown Records and release a smooth ballad titled “Fortunate”. The song would hardly get airplay on the radio, but would get video play on BET’s adult contemporary time. With a buzz feedback from the single, Motown Records would go ahead and release Lathun’s debut album titled “Fortunate”. The album would surprise music fans who took a chance on buying it as it was not the kind of music that Lathun sung back in the mid 90’s, but music that would be similar to Neo Soul music on some tracks. With the album showing sluggish sales and music fans continuing to sleep on the release, Motown would make one more ditch effort to salvage the release. Motown would release a second single off the album titled “Backyard BBQ” and have the song remixed. Unfortunately, it wouldn't be enough to capture music fans attention and sales as further promotion of the album would be suspended by Motown Records and Lathun would be dropped from the label. For music fans who took the gamble and brought the album back in 2002, we know the album had way more to offer than what Motown released. I personally was surprised how well Lathun could sing. Songs such as “When Love Came In - featuring India Aire”, “Sweetest Thing”, “Closer”, “Forever One Flesh” and “Would I Lie”. made “Fortunate” one of the most slept on albums of 2002. “Fortunate” would also remain Lathun’s only album release to date.