Ev'rybody Know Me

Ev'rybody Know Me

by YoungBloodZ
     
 

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Drankin' Patnaz, the 2002 YoungBloodZ album, arrived right in the midst of the initial crunk uprising, and it helped push that style into mass public consciousness in a major way, with the Lil Jon-produced "Damn!" breaking into the Top Five of Billboard's Hot 100 -- a

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Drankin' Patnaz, the 2002 YoungBloodZ album, arrived right in the midst of the initial crunk uprising, and it helped push that style into mass public consciousness in a major way, with the Lil Jon-produced "Damn!" breaking into the Top Five of Billboard's Hot 100 -- a noteworthy milestone at the time. But three years later, in 2005, "crunk" had become the new "bling-bling" -- a trendy rap style that proliferated at lightning speed, to the point where its sudden omnipresence reached the point of parody, and indeed, snarkier pop culture commentators were quick to lampoon it just as they had "bling-bling." Ev'rybody Know Me arrived around this time, in December 2005, and it pales in comparison to its predecessor. What a difference three years make! YoungBloodZ haven't changed much in those three years. They're still the same rambunctious Atlanta duo they were before -- witty, grimacing Dirty South rappers with a taste for cush and candy-paint cars, white Ts and white wheels, drank and stank. But while they sounded cutting edge in 2002, they sound middle of the pack in 2005, and that's despite working with many of the same producers as last time. Of course, there's a mammoth Lil Jon production here that stands head and shoulders above every other song on Ev'rybody Know Me: "Presidential." From the opening synth stab, it's obvious that this is straight from the lab of the King of Crunk. There's a lot that's amazing about this song, from how YoungBloodZ make "George Bush" seem like a dope name to drop ("What we smokin'?/That cush/Presidential sh*t/George Bush") to how Lil Jon's endlessly recycled production style remains powerful. But there are 15 other songs here, and none of them comes close to matching the appeal of "Presidential." Not even A-list producers such as Scott Storch, Jazze Pha, Mannie Fresh, or Mr. Collipark can conjure up a fresh song idea. Rather, each of these well-paid producers turns in a third-rate retread: Collipark's "It's Good" sounds like a "Wait (The Whisper Song)" remix, Fresh's "What tha Biz (If I)" sounds like a "And Then What" remix, and so on. The exception would be Storch's "Chop Chop," which does sound fairly unique; it just doesn't quite work as well as it should. Anyhow, there's not a lot of use in overexamining why Ev'rybody Know Me

Product Details

Release Date:
12/13/2005
Label:
La Face
UPC:
0828767334028
catalogNumber:
73340

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

YoungBloodZ   Primary Artist
LaMarquis Mark Jefferson   Bass
James Phillips   Keyboards
Craig Love   Guitar
Cutty Cartel   Track Performer
Mark Twayne   Keyboards
Aaron Fishbein   Guitar

Technical Credits

C.P. Love   Composer
Mannie Fresh   Producer
John Frye   Engineer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
J.C. Phillips   Composer
Doug King   Composer
Brad Jordan   Composer
Jazze Pha   Producer
Jonathon "Lil' Jon" Smith   Producer
Jarvis Blackshear   Engineer
Daz Dillinger   Producer
R. Lewis   Composer
Patrick Viala   Engineer
M.J. Harris   Composer
Mark Twayne   Producer,drum programming
Conrad Golding   Engineer
Anita Marisa Boriboon   Art Direction
Chris Carmouche   Engineer
Sanchez "RockHead" Holmes   Producer
Raw Beats   Producer
Nico Solis   Engineer
Sean Paul   Executive Producer
Kori Anders   Engineer
Matthew Malpass   Engineer
Gary Fly   Engineer
Rico "Superbizzee" Washington   Executive Producer,Management
Jamil Debardlabon   Producer,Engineer
Jeffrey Joseph   Management
Raw Beatzzz   Producer
Adon   Producer
Mark "Exit" Goodchild   Engineer
Steve Fisher   Engineer
John D.S. Adams   Engineer
Scott Storch   Composer,Producer

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