A Hustlaz Story [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Nashville native KeAnthony Dillard spent eight years imprisoned for being found guilty of aggravated robbery. Now he is signed to Reprise, a major-label R&B singer aligned with collaborators like the undervalued Tank, the Underdogs, and Mike City. Nothing could possibly detail his turnaround more than "Forever My Homie," a somber narrative about a deep relationship that went sour when his childhood friend turned him in to the police. It's powerful and personalized enough to remain his calling card for years to come, but it's only one of many bright spots on this debut. Depending on the track, KeAnthony's voice can sometimes recall Dave Hollister and Aaron Hall, singers...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Nashville native KeAnthony Dillard spent eight years imprisoned for being found guilty of aggravated robbery. Now he is signed to Reprise, a major-label R&B singer aligned with collaborators like the undervalued Tank, the Underdogs, and Mike City. Nothing could possibly detail his turnaround more than "Forever My Homie," a somber narrative about a deep relationship that went sour when his childhood friend turned him in to the police. It's powerful and personalized enough to remain his calling card for years to come, but it's only one of many bright spots on this debut. Depending on the track, KeAnthony's voice can sometimes recall Dave Hollister and Aaron Hall, singers with virile and slightly gritty voices who have been able to display vulnerabilities when the material has called for it. At the same time, he fits squarely within the territory of newer contemporaries like Raheem DeVaughn and Donell Jones, two younger singers who can deliver modern soul that is neither heavy in references to the past nor obvious and gimmicky in an obvious play for the pop chart. Each line on the album sounds honest, from the heart, whether he's striving to satisfy his woman emotionally, admitting his faults, or looking to the past with the eyes of a realist. While the opener, "Down Girl," is a fairly energetic and effective opener, KeAnthony's exceptional skills become increasingly apparent as the tempos wind down. If there is any case to be made for the slow jam being alive and well again, it's in "Call Me," a burning ballad that falls somewhere between the Isley Brothers' "Between the Sheets" and Tony! Toni! Toné!'s "Whatever You Want." It may not be an outright classic like those two songs, and it is more about feel than hooks, but it's pretty remarkable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/5/2008
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 093624995258
  • Catalog Number: 204988

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Down Girl (3:22)
  2. 2 That's What I'll Be (4:42)
  3. 3 I Ain't Tryna (4:13)
  4. 4 This Feelin' (3:16)
  5. 5 My Song (3:44)
  6. 6 Forever My Homie (3:48)
  7. 7 I Thought (4:20)
  8. 8 Everytime I'm High (4:08)
  9. 9 A Hustlaz Story (4:36)
  10. 10 Call Me (6:11)
  11. 11 Meddlin' (4:18)
  12. 12 It's Okay (4:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
KeAnthony Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Tony Martin Executive Producer
Steve Russell Composer, Producer, Audio Production, Instrumentation
Scott Spencer Storch Composer, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production, Instrumentation
Damon Thomas Composer
Mike City Producer, Engineer, Audio Production, Instrumentation
Naim Ali Executive Producer
Harvey Mason Jr. Composer
Dave Deberry Composer, Producer, Audio Production, Instrumentation
Kenny Dickerson Composer
Kenneth Smith Composer
Tank Audio Production
Kenny Flav Producer, Audio Production, Instrumentation
Lenio Purry Composer, Producer, Audio Production, Instrumentation
Dabling Harward Engineer
Chris Spilfogel Engineer
Antonio Dixon Composer
Aaron Renner Engineer
Neil Jones Producer, Engineer, Audio Production, Instrumentation
Cassandra Ware Marketing
KeAnthony Audio Production
KeAnthony Dillard Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Kenny Dred Engineer
Jasper Howard Executive Producer
Michael Flowers Composer
Cents Audio Production
The Underdogs Producer, Audio Production, Instrumentation
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