Across the Water

Across the Water

by Baby Boy da Prince
     
 

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It's easy to ignore that New Orleans' Baby Boy da Prince doesn't bring much new to the hip-hop game. He's got enough charisma, he's got the lyrical skills, and his flow is alluring, especially when laid on instantly gripping hooks and feel-good choruses. Give him someone like Mannie Fresh to bounce off and he thugs it up a bit more ("NawSee more details below

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It's easy to ignore that New Orleans' Baby Boy da Prince doesn't bring much new to the hip-hop game. He's got enough charisma, he's got the lyrical skills, and his flow is alluring, especially when laid on instantly gripping hooks and feel-good choruses. Give him someone like Mannie Fresh to bounce off and he thugs it up a bit more ("Naw Meen") without ever leaving his comfort zone. His debut, Across the Water, plays to his strengths the whole way, refusing to clean the swaggering rapper up for parental approval ("Slide in Slide Out" is 2 Live Crew-sized nasty) or oversell him as a gangster or drug-pushing snowman. BBDP still earns plenty of street-cred by easily dropping some Southern slang into his rhymes and working with a well-chosen set of hood-minded producers like Paulus and Big Herc. Good-timing anthems and lazy hang-out tracks are present in equal shares, and the few crossover cuts like "They Don't Know" with Nina Sky seem like pleasant diversions rather than forced plays for fame. The overall build of the album could be the blueprint for every executive producer wondering what to do with an up and comer riding a big hit -- in this case, it's the hooky and easy rolling "The Way I Live" -- and it only stumbles on skits that are hilarious on first listen yet excruciatingly long on return visits. You'd much rather listen to the interesting relationship this Prince has with language -- like when paparazzi becomes "papparoossi" -- which is just as informal as his relationship to spelling. Otherwise, Baby Boy da Prince sounds a lot like the upstarts who have obviously inspired him (B.G., Juvenile, T.I., etc.) without ever outright mimicking them. He's celebrating his love of hip-hop in such a natural manner that a unique voice is hardly a requirement at this point and with the highlights stacked so high, it matters even less. Label this one "infectious," "fun," and "promising."

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/20/2007
Label:
Republic
UPC:
0602517070844
catalogNumber:
000760802

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Performance Credits

Baby Boy da Prince   Primary Artist,Rap
Mannie Fresh   Rap
Reality   Rap
Nina Sky   Vocals
Lil' Boosie   Rap
Dappa   Rap
Shoeshine   Rap
Marty Bee   Rap
Lil' Hidda   Rap

Technical Credits

Bunny Sigler   Composer
Mannie Fresh   Producer,Audio Production
Willard Watson   Executive Producer
Keith Slattery   Vocal Engineer
Hal Fitzgerald   Engineer
Sinista   Audio Production
Lorna Leighton   Art Direction
Play N Skillz   Producer
Big Herc   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Walter Butler "Bossman"   Executive Producer
D Weezy   Producer,Audio Production
Dappa   Producer,Audio Production
Timmy Fingerz   Engineer,Audio Production
Daniel Torregano   Engineer
Paulus   Audio Production

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