Romeo And Juliet – Sylk-E. Fine featuring Chill | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#6) & R&B (#5); 1998

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

If not for Eazy-E, of NWA fame, Sylk-E. Fine may have ended up as just another talented hardcore rapper in her rough South Central Los Angeles neighborhood. Through Eazy-E’s guidance and connections Sylk-E. and her songs found their way to rap stars Too Short and 2 Pac. Sylk-E.’s career was moving along fine when Eazy-E passed away.

Another of her mentors, Michael Concepcion, stepped into Eazy’s shoes, and signed her to his Grand Jury Records. At Grand Jury Sylk-E. found her musical identity when the guys built upon her “Silksta the Cabbage Pillsta” label from the Eazy days, calling her “Silky Fine.”

Concepcion used some timely psychology with Sylk-E. getting her to write some more songs by telling her they were for another one of his artists. He then used the demo to get Sylk-E. signed to RCA. The girl went on a tear, writing and recording her debut CD in two weeks, including her first hit, Romeo And Juliet.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2024 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Gerald Baillergeau
  • Victor Merritt

Lyrics Written by:

  • La’Mar Johnson
  • William Warner
  • René Moore
  • Angela Winbush