Block Music [Clean Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Shawnna's debut album, 2004's Worth tha Weight, had been such a long time coming that you'd think the Chicago MC would've pretty much shot her load with it. The album did well, since it was set up as little more than a spin-off from Ludacris' Disturbing tha Peace camp. It peaked at number 22. Block Music, her second album, immediately follows "Gettin' Some," a highlight from the second Disturbing tha Peace album, and it improves upon Worth tha Weight in every regard. It's tougher, crazier, more sensitive, more insightful, and ultimately more Shawnna. While she affirms her Chicago roots throughout the album, she might as well be considered a fully naturalized Southern MC. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Shawnna's debut album, 2004's Worth tha Weight, had been such a long time coming that you'd think the Chicago MC would've pretty much shot her load with it. The album did well, since it was set up as little more than a spin-off from Ludacris' Disturbing tha Peace camp. It peaked at number 22. Block Music, her second album, immediately follows "Gettin' Some," a highlight from the second Disturbing tha Peace album, and it improves upon Worth tha Weight in every regard. It's tougher, crazier, more sensitive, more insightful, and ultimately more Shawnna. While she affirms her Chicago roots throughout the album, she might as well be considered a fully naturalized Southern MC. The album's first several tracks do this in fine form. The opening "Can't Do It Like Me" destroys D4L's "Betcha Can't Do It Like Me" (but note the lack of snaps) and sets the tone for what follows. Over synths set to stun that alternately punch and drone, and beats that boom, Shawnna proves to be one of the fiercest and most flexible MCs around, whether she's associated with the South or the Midwest. She switches between personas both intimidating ("Block Music") and cute ("Damn"), and she operates equally effectively whether in double time or cruise control. Though these tracks feature Field Mob's Smoke, Pharrell, Lil Wayne, and 8 Ball & MJG, Shawnna remains the main attraction. The second half isn't short on highlights, either. On "Can't Break Me," featuring her father -- blues legend Buddy Guy -- she's on her best behavior, offering a strong if sobering anthem to her fellow single mothers: "My baby asked me why his daddy don't love him yet/I swear to God it's like a bullet going through my chest." And this is hardly the token track where she brings some serious grit; both "Chicago" and "In the Chi" blend geographic pride with deep introspection, and "Ghetto Fairy Tales" is as hard-edged as anything from her any of her fellow Windy City dwellers. With a surprising level of depth and a more complementary set of productions, Block Music makes Worth tha Weight -- a decent album in its own right -- seem like a clumsy warm-up. Ironically, the track featuring mentor Ludacris and Bobby V. is without doubt the worst thing on it. [A clean version of the album was also released.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/27/2006
  • Label: Def Jam
  • UPC: 602498579886
  • Catalog Number: 000691002
  • Sales rank: 349,814

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Can't Do It Like Me (2:51)
  2. 2 Block Music (Bang) (3:39)
  3. 3 Damn (4:19)
  4. 4 Gettin' Some (5:41)
  5. 5 Candy Coated (4:33)
  6. 6 Roll Wit Me (2:28)
  7. 7 In tha Chi (4:16)
  8. 8 Take It Slow - Bobby V (4:11)
  9. 9 Can't Break Me (4:12)
  10. 10 Ghetto Fairy Tales (3:01)
  11. 11 Lil Daddy What's Good (3:37)
  12. 12 Hit the Back/Slide In (4:22)
  13. 13 Chicago (6:05)
  14. 14 Gettin' Some (3:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Shawnna Primary Artist
Fred Hampton Jr. Guest Appearance
Shareefa Track Performer
Yung Berg Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Rich Nice Arranger, Engineer, Vocal Arrangements, Vocal Producer
Jeff Dixon Executive Producer
S. Jordan Composer
T. Shaw Composer
C. Thompson Composer
M.J. Bradley Composer
Jeff Lane Engineer
Craig Bauer Engineer
D.P. "Dad" Carter Composer
Tony Dawsey Mastering
Justice Producer
Doug Joswick Package Production
Ralph Cacciurri Engineer
Carl Thompson Producer
C.J. Ward Composer
Brian Garten Engineer
Adam Hill Engineer
Tia Johnson Art Direction
Andrew Coleman Engineer
Chaka Zulu Executive Producer
Bojan Dugich Engineer
Shawnna Arranger
Morgan Garcia Engineer
Alec Newell Engineer
Tai Linzie Photo Coordination
John "JFK" Phipps Engineer
Rob Caiaffa Marketing
100% Pure Producer
B Cruccial Producer
Big French Engineer
ShawnaƩ Corbett Marketing
Tony Dinero Producer
DJ Geno Studio Coordinator
Brian Joseph Gaynor Engineer
T.C. Love Producer
Greg "G Ball" Meijors Engineer
Staybent Krunk A-Delic Producer
Track Kingz Arranger
Yung Bosses Producer
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