Ghetto Love

Ghetto Love

4.8 11
by Jaheim
     
 

Taking the ghetto balladeer stance that D'Angelo postured on Brown Sugar one step further is roughneck lover man Jaheim. On the soulful first single "Could It Be," Jaheim sounds like the new-school reincarnation of Teddy Pendergrass. At the start of that song, however, the New Jersey nativeSee more details below

Overview

Taking the ghetto balladeer stance that D'Angelo postured on Brown Sugar one step further is roughneck lover man Jaheim. On the soulful first single "Could It Be," Jaheim sounds like the new-school reincarnation of Teddy Pendergrass. At the start of that song, however, the New Jersey native proves that his Tims are firmly planted in the new millennium by gruffly proclaiming, "They gonna smell me on this one nigga." Throughout Ghetto Love, the polished baritone satisfies both hip-hop soul and classic R&B fans by alternating between streetwise songs such as the tasteless "Lil' Nigga Ain't Mine," which deals with a paternity drama tailor-made for Jerry Springer, and jubilant, mid-tempo grooves such as "Happiness," on which Jaheim proudly boasts about his "ghetto queen." Although he talks tough, this thuggish crooner is really an old softy at heart.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jose F. Promis
On his debut album Ghetto Love, soulful crooner Jaheim runs the gamut of a wide variety of R&B styles, showcasing himself as a multi-faceted artist. Despite the ghetto posturing, one listen to the album reveals the baritone-voiced singer to have more in common with the likes of Will Downing or even a more street version of Luther Vandross, with song styles reminiscent of Keith Sweat, especially with his ample use of female vocalists. The album is something of a musical journey. It begins with mid- to up-tempo material, from the '70s sounding "Let It Go" (complete with a horn section) to the album's smoldering first single, "Could It Be," arguably one of the best R&B songs in years. Other breezy tunes follow, such as "Happiness," the jeep-flavored "Lil Nigga Ain't Mine" (almost comically tacking an obviously sensitive issue), "Finders Keepers," and "Just In Case," which resonates as a perfect summer jam. The album is unfortunately weighted down by some unremarkable material, but thankfully is salvaged at its close, when Jaheim sings more traditional fare, allowing his gorgeous voice to truly shine. Most memorable among these tunes are "Love Is Still Here," which, unfortunately, is more of an interlude than anything else; "Ready, Willing & Able"; and the church-organ lullaby "For Moms." As a final and remarkable note, Jaheim never stoops to use foul language. The music is just as effective the way it is, without the need to degenerate itself with obscenities. Despite some dull moments, this is a first-rate debut from a very promising artist.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/13/2001
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624745228
catalogNumber:
47452
Rank:
21010

Tracks

  1. Intro
  2. Du & Jah
  3. Looking For Love
  4. Interlude: Answering Machine
  5. Let It Go - (featuring Castro)
  6. Could It Be
  7. Ghetto Love
  8. Happiness
  9. Interlude: Jah's Seed
  10. Lil' Nigga Ain't Mine - (featuring Castro/Duganz/Precise)
  11. Finders Keepers - (featuring Lil' Mo)
  12. Heaven In My Eyes
  13. Anything - (featuring Next)
  14. Waitin' On You - (featuring Miss Jones)
  15. Remarkable - (featuring Terry Dexter)
  16. Ready, Willing & Able
  17. Love Is Still Here
  18. Forever
  19. For Moms

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jaheim   Primary Artist,Vocals
Adam Kudzin   Guitar
Cliff Lighty   Vocals
Isaac Vere   Bass
Precise   Rap
Next   Vocals
Miss Jones   Vocals
Vernell Sales   Vocals
Terry Dexter   Vocals
Delvis Damon   Vocals
Falonte Moore   Vocals
Duganz   Track Performer
Ian Martin   Bass

Technical Credits

Eddie Berkeley   Producer
Darren Lighty   Producer
Sha-Kim   Executive Producer
Eric Williams   Producer
Loren Hill   Producer
Kevin Veney   Producer
Norbert Schultze   Composer
Carlton Upton   Producer
Kay Gee   Producer,Executive Producer
Denise Brown   Executive Producer
Wesley Hogges   Producer

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