Wafting through the major label “big brother is watching” system as a creatively-controlled solo artist and as a member of the Raphael Saadiq-led group Lucy Pearl, Joi has never really gotten the props she justly deserves. But make no mistake about it, Star Kitty was a star and now Tennessee Slim is the bomb. The album Tennessee Slim is the Bomb, features spectacular guest appearances from rap artists and rock stars alike, such as the influential West Coast Hip-Hop group the Pharcyde, Atlanta street prophet Pastor Troy, UGK’s Bun B, West coast super producer Battlecat now known as B Sharp, Raphael Saadiq, Whild Peach and Heroine. The music on her latest effort coheres with her arresting voice, which is a compelling and potent mixture of silky-smooth satisfaction and bitter-sweet sorrow, all the while, keeping its funkiness. Having experienced over a decade of critical acclaim underneath industry constraints, Joi’s debut album off of her independent Joilicious imprint, vocally and artistically shows why it’s time that she receive the commercial success she so rightfully deserves. At this point in her life, the former Calvin Klein model and master craftswoman, is a single, introspective mother, who’s growing by phenomenal leaps and bounds and making peace with her past.