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Born to Reign
     

Born to Reign

4.8 6
by Will Smith
 

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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

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly - Chris Willman
Smith's third post-Jazzy Jeff album is perfectly pleasant -- if somewhat jiggy-deficient -- Radio Disney-friendly rap. [B-]

Product Details

Release Date:
06/25/2002
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998618923
catalogNumber:
86189

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Performance Credits

Will Smith   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   Drums
TRA-Knox   Track Performer
Adam "DJ Am" Goldstein   scratching
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
Sauce   Vocal Producer
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
Theron Feemster   Composer,Producer

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Born to Reign 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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...
Guest More than 1 year ago
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