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"You've seen me with Denzel and Russ Crowe/But yo, the movie's just the chick on the side/I'm in love with the flow," proclaims Will Smith on "How the Beat Goes" -- setting straight anyone who thought the Fresh Prince had forsaken his rap roots for the bright lights of Hollywood. But just as Smith has proven to be an apt acting pupil, Born to Reign, his third disc sans DJ Jazzy Jeff, shows that the entertainer's also kept abreast of hip-hop trends since he dropped 1999's Willennium. For instance, on the dramatic, orchestral title track, Smith echoes Eminem's explosive yet melodic flow. But with positive lyrics such as, "Tightening the vices of truth on the ...
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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
"You've seen me with Denzel and Russ Crowe/But yo, the movie's just the chick on the side/I'm in love with the flow," proclaims Will Smith on "How the Beat Goes" -- setting straight anyone who thought the Fresh Prince had forsaken his rap roots for the bright lights of Hollywood. But just as Smith has proven to be an apt acting pupil, Born to Reign, his third disc sans DJ Jazzy Jeff, shows that the entertainer's also kept abreast of hip-hop trends since he dropped 1999's Willennium. For instance, on the dramatic, orchestral title track, Smith echoes Eminem's explosive yet melodic flow. But with positive lyrics such as, "Tightening the vices of truth on the ruthless," Smith uses his G-rated lyrics to build rather than to destroy. Likewise, the flamenco-accented "I Can't Stop" seems to have been inspired by the ever-boisterous Ja Rule, as Smith sing-raps the chorus, "I can't stop/Dit-dit-dit-dit-dit-dit-dit," at the top of his lungs. While not all of his experimentation with new styles works, the R&B-tinged "1,000 Kisses," featuring surprisingly cool vocals from wife Jada, and the rocked-out "Black Suits Comin' Nod Ya Head" also included on the Men in Black II soundtrack are classic Fresh Prince. The family man also engages listeners with a comical, reggae-tinged tribute to his baby daughter, "Willow." Whether he's on the silver screen or busting a rhyme, this Will's unstoppable.
Entertainment Weekly - Chris Willman
Smith's third post-Jazzy Jeff album is perfectly pleasant -- if somewhat jiggy-deficient -- Radio Disney-friendly rap. [B-]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2002
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998618923
  • Catalog Number: 86189

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Born to Reign - TRA-Knox (1:53)
  2. 2 Act Like You Know - TRA-Knox (4:02)
  3. 3 I Can't Stop - TRA-Knox (4:58)
  4. 4 Jaden's Interlude (0:55)
  5. 5 1,000 Kisses - TRA-Knox (4:17)
  6. 6 Willow Is a Player - TRA-Knox (3:48)
  7. 7 Black Suits Comin' (Nod Ya Head) - TRA-Knox (4:19)
  8. 8 How da Beat Goes - TRA-Knox (4:14)
  9. 9 Block Party - TRA-Knox (4:13)
  10. 10 Give Me Tonite - TRA-Knox (3:41)
  11. 11 I Gotta Go Home - TRA-Knox (4:32)
  12. 12 Maybe - TRA-Knox (4:07)
  13. 13 Nod Ya Head - Christina Vidal (3:43)
  14. 14 Momma Knows - TRA-Knox (3:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Will Smith Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Andy Narell Steel Drums
Anas Allaf Guitar, fender rhodes
Rob Chiarelli Bass, Guitar
Luis Conte Percussion
Jamie Muhoberac Keyboards
Nora Payne Background Vocals
Abe Laboriel Jr. Drums
TRA-Knox Track Performer
Adam "DJ Am" Goldstein scratching
The Knowledge Vocals
Kel Spencer Vocals
Technical Credits
Anas Allaf Pro-Tools
Rico Anderson Programming, Producer
David Campbell String Arrangements
Rob Chiarelli Producer, Engineer
Steve Churchyard Percussion Engineer
Tony Dofat Producer
Jerry Hey Horn Arrangements
Tim Kelley Engineer, Vocal Producer
Herb Middleton Producer
Derek Nakamoto String Arrangements
Greg Pagani Producer
Herb Powers Mastering
Sauce Vocal Producer
Eddy Schreyer Mastering
Mark Sparks Producer
Aimee MacAuley Art Direction
Poke Producer
Will Smith Executive Producer
Rick Rock Producer
Bryan Golder Engineer, Pro-Tools
Andy Haller Engineer
Jimane Nelson Producer
Jerry Allen Producer
Chandler Bridges Engineer, Pro-Tools
Ron Feemster Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ONE HOT AlBUM

    This is undoubtably his greatest album. I recommend you go out and grab it. This is one of those records that you don't skip around from one track to another. You'll want to listen to them all.Check it out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Winner & reigning champion with words!

    Okay, so he's not Shakespear, but the man can turn a phrase! The message is clean and clear...life can be all good if you got the right attitude. It is an incredible mix of beats and rhythms that make it hard to listen to sitting down. ''I Can't Stop'' gets me on my feet everytime!!! If you love to dance, this is one of the best albums ever put together for people who have a need to move. ''Block Party'' - is that Philly steak I smell - you feel like you're there! I really liked ''Willennium,'' but ''Born to Reign'' blows it away! ''Black Suits Comin''' and ''Nod Ya Head (The Remix)'' are just 100% fun. Buy it, listen to it, love it. Thanks Will.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Album... Closer to what I wanted to hear From Will...

    I bought this album expecting it to be ''ok''- but instead I am impressed with how Will uses a variety of different sounds in the songs of this album. This is an great album which I can only complain about ''Willow is a player''- can't stand it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Will Smith one of the greates

    I think Will Smith is the only freandly and non voilent raper and thats what makes him different and better than others he is one of the best in my book and always will be one of the best.i would love to meat him in person it would be the greates day of my life to meat someione so BIG (great)... Love your work

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Born to Reign

    I just really want to make sure that my review get's printed!! I Love this guy this CD is about one of the best I'm telling you he's scored really big on this one..Who wrote this song, it helped me to come out of something I'm really happy about this, music stands a chance I really believe this...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Born to Reign

    This is really the truth!! I'm 45yrs. of age and I like all kinds of music, I've never really listen to Will Smith but I did like men in black I thought that he was nice lookin but this Man in Black thing really put him over the top I just Love him for that the title song I just LOVE IT it was something that was needed I really enjoy it so much and I wish him continued success he's so good at what he does I use to think that he was just a clown but he's really mellowing out and so I give him the credit that he is becoming a great artist.. I LOVE YOU WILL SMITH!!I Love music an this came at a time when I really needed it I'm recovering from prescription drugs and this song really hit home. Because it made me want to get up and dance!! Thanks WIll

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