Much like Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott, Faith Evans, as well as the past due Aaliyah, Gina Thompson is probably the hip-hop-drenched urban modern feminine vocalists who emerged within the ’90s. Thompson was raised in Vineland, NJ, where she started singing as a kid. She kept performing as an adolescent, and by enough time she graduated from senior high school, Thompson experienced become the 1st dark homecoming queen in the annals of her senior high school. In 1995, Thompson authorized with Mercury/PolyGram, which released her debut recording, Nobody WILL IT Better, the next 12 months. The album’s suppliers included Stevie J. (never to become puzzled with Stevie V or Stevie B) and Poor Boy Entertainment innovator Sean “Puffy” Combs, aka Puff Daddy, who experienced become probably one of the most popular (and questionable) producers both in rap and metropolitan contemporary. Among the tunes that Puff Daddy created for Thompson’s 1st recording was “THINGS THAT YOU ARE DOING,” which presented Elliott and offered the Virginia vocalist/rapper some useful publicity. In 1996, Elliott experienced yet to become superstar vocalist; she was still a behind-the-scenes songwriter/maker and was most widely known for dealing with Aaliyah and maker Timbaland. “THINGS THAT YOU ARE DOING” was a significant step of progress for Elliott the vocalist (instead of Elliott the songwriter/manufacturer), and because of Thompson’s single, more folks began to think about Elliott being a vocalist and not simply a behind-the-scenes person. “THE ITEMS YOU CHOOSE TO DO” helped pave just how for the great approval of Elliott’s debut single record, Supa Dupa Journey, which Elektra released in 1997. Thompson didn’t compose “THINGS THAT YOU CHOOSE TO DO,” although she co-wrote three of the various other music on Nobody WOULD IT Better: “Freak On,” “Without You,” and “Strung Out.” No one WOULD IT Better ended up being Thompson’s only record for Mercury/PolyGram; a couple of years afterwards, Thompson’s association with Elliott resulted in a cope with Elektra. In 1999, Elektra released Thompson’s second record, If You Just Knew. The album’s guests included Elliott in addition to Los Angeles vocalist Montell Jordan (most widely known for his 1995 smash “THIS IS ONE WAY We GET IT DONE”), DJ Jazzy Jeff (such as DJ Jazzy Jeff & the new Prince), and Philadelphia rapper Beanie Sigel.