Rare albums are dropping without warning these days. Wanderland, the follow-up to Kelis’ critically-acclaimed Kaleidoscope debut, is available for the very first time in the U.S. and is streaming everywhere.
Manufactured by creative duo The Neptunes (Pharrell and Chad Hugo), the sophomore set was initially released in October 2001 through Virgin Records, making it only to record shelves in select countries overseas.
In 2006, the marvelous songster spoke about the mishandling of Wanderland in an MP3.com interview during the promotional trek for Kelis Was Here.
“I left Virgin right when it was released in Europe, so when it was supposed to release in the States, it just kinda fell by the wayside,” she said. “I think too, a lot of people really didn’t understand the music, and you know, it just got…they just didn’t get it. And [I mean I loved it] too. But I think the main reason was because I left my label, and I was really just fed up with them, and so my music suffered because of that.”
Wanderland spawned a top 10 UK R&B hit “Young, Fresh n’ New,” and heard guest appearances from the Clipse’s Pusha-T and Malice.
Since Wanderland’s digital drop, the project has been receiving love for fans and industry peers alike, including Tyler, The Creator, citing that “Shooting Stars” and “Scared Money” are his “favorite songs ever.”
Stream Wanderland below.