Close to You

Close to You

by Father MC
     
 
In the 21st century, rap and R&B are seriously joined at the hip. Urban contemporary singers go out of their way to feature major rappers, and even the most hardcore MCs employ R&B singers on their recordings. But it wasn't always that way. In the '80s, hip-hop encountered a great deal of resistance in R&B circles, and many hardcore rappers wanted nothing to do with R

Overview

In the 21st century, rap and R&B are seriously joined at the hip. Urban contemporary singers go out of their way to feature major rappers, and even the most hardcore MCs employ R&B singers on their recordings. But it wasn't always that way. In the '80s, hip-hop encountered a great deal of resistance in R&B circles, and many hardcore rappers wanted nothing to do with R&B. Father MC did his part to change that. Like Whodini, Salt-N-Pepa, the Fresh Prince, Heavy D, and Young MC before him, Father envisioned a style of hip-hop that was commercial, unthreatening, R&B-drenched, and pop-friendly, but not lightweight or bland; arguably, his new jack swing-minded albums of the early '90s were the rap equivalent of Bobby Brown or Keith Sweat. While Close to You is hardly the work of a hip-hop purist, this 1992 release demonstrates that pop-rap can have integrity. Yes, the CD is full of urban contemporary slickness and romantic themes (as opposed to battle rhymes or hard-hitting tales of thug life in the 'hood), but Father's rapping skills are never in doubt; he flows with plenty of confidence, and his East Coast rhyming technique is consistently impressive. Close to You underscores the fact that not all pop-rap is created equal. The rhyming skills of some pop-rappers have been limited at best -- Vanilla Ice immediately comes to mind -- while the more substantial ones (Salt-N-Pepa, the Fresh Prince, Heavy D) have had no problem getting their flow on. Clearly, Father MC falls into the latter category, and his impact was enormous in the early '90s. Father's 1990 debut, Father's Day, is widely regarded as his most important and essential release, but Close to You was a solid, enjoyable follow-up for the Bronx native.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/18/1992
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0008811054229
catalogNumber:
10542

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Performance Credits

Father MC   Primary Artist
Mary J. Blige   Background Vocals
Henry Grate   Guitar
L.A. Reid   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Terri Robinson   Background Vocals
Jeff Sanders   Background Vocals
Brenda Reid   Background Vocals
Joel "JoJo" Hailey   Background Vocals
Cedric "K-Ci" Hailey   Background Vocals
Clinton Wikel   Background Vocals
Ken Green   Background Vocals
Tiffany Wilson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Father MC   Executive Producer
Mike Fronda   Engineer
André Harrell   Executive Producer
Howie Tee   Producer
Rod Hui   Engineer
Mark Morales   Producer,Engineer,drum machine,Vocal Arrangements
L.A. Reid   Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements
Vartan   Director
Nevelle Hodge   Producer
Carol Friedman   Art Direction
Sean "Puffy" Combs   Producer
Edward "DJ Eddie F" Ferrell   Producer,Engineer
Jack Hersca   Engineer
Steve Lucas   Executive Producer
Dave Hall   Producer,Engineer
Michael Fossenkemper   Engineer

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