Ghetto Revelations [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
For his debut album, Urban Mystic works his way through 14 generally impressive songs, all of which have their own attributes and a few of which are absolutely wonderful. Titled Ghetto Revelations, the album is clearly an exercise in contemporary R&B, though it's a bit out of the ordinary. Urban Mystic sure sings like an R&B singer, and well at that, but his lyrics have perhaps more in common with his rap peers than the likes of Usher, Anthony Hamilton, and Mario. If this doesn't seem apparent right away, it certainly will once you hit the sixth song: "Fuck Song." Yup, Urban Mystic is often quite frank in his language, not unlike R. Kelly at times unambiguous ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
For his debut album, Urban Mystic works his way through 14 generally impressive songs, all of which have their own attributes and a few of which are absolutely wonderful. Titled Ghetto Revelations, the album is clearly an exercise in contemporary R&B, though it's a bit out of the ordinary. Urban Mystic sure sings like an R&B singer, and well at that, but his lyrics have perhaps more in common with his rap peers than the likes of Usher, Anthony Hamilton, and Mario. If this doesn't seem apparent right away, it certainly will once you hit the sixth song: "Fuck Song." Yup, Urban Mystic is often quite frank in his language, not unlike R. Kelly at times unambiguous songs like "Feelin' on Yo Booty" and "Down Low" come to mind. Not to overstate the sexual content of Ghetto Revelations, though. It's actually quite varied in subject matter, unlike a great many contemporary R&B albums, which are often all about sex, albeit often shrouded in allusive rhetoric. "Where Were You," one of the few absolutely wonderful songs that kick off the album in grand fashion, is a better gauge of what's on Urban Mystic's mind in general: it's a heartfelt song that celebrates many of the commonalities shared by urban Americans, from remembrances of 2Pac's and Biggie's deaths to more personal remembrances, like where you were when you first rode in a Benz. Clearly, Urban Mystic is a card-carrying member of the hip-hop generation, even if he's a singer rather than a rapper and even if he comes from a church background rather than a drug-dealing one. And as such, his music no doubt should appeal to the hip-hop generation, who like their artists to speak from the heart in frank language with distinct style. Urban Mystic does this, and if you need evidence, look to the "Urban" in his name, the "Ghetto" in his album title, and the street-level character in his music. But there's another side to the singer, and that's the side signified by the "Mystic" in his name, the "Revelations" in his album title, and the enlightened sense of soul in his music. Here's a guy who cannot only sing well and write engaging songs, but also a guy who is street without forsaking his soul to those streets. Urban Mystic may not have the hitmaking magic of Usher, but he's certainly more real and artistically much more interesting. Ghetto Revelations overall is a very promising debut that might not slot well commercially but surely deserves to be heard and appreciated by those who like their R&B straight off the cuff without too many mass-market considerations.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/30/2004
  • Label: Sobe Entertainment
  • UPC: 093624891925
  • Catalog Number: 48919
  • Sales rank: 77,072

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Long Ways (3:49)
  2. 2 Where Were You (3:53)
  3. 3 Givin' It Up (3:41)
  4. 4 Mystic Spot (3:37)
  5. 5 Satisfy (4:02)
  6. 6 F*cK Song (4:12)
  7. 7 Watch Out (4:35)
  8. 8 Ah Yeah (3:10)
  9. 9 In da Ghetto (3:23)
  10. 10 Woman Gotta Have It (3:39)
  11. 11 Hit Me (3:38)
  12. 12 Gotta Get U Home (3:10)
  13. 13 Shopping Spreez (3:50)
  14. 14 Mama's Song (5:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Urban Mystic Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Kay-Gee's Audio Production
El DeBarge Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Adam Kudzin Engineer
Cliff Lighty Composer
Darren Lighty Composer
Troy Taylor Composer, Producer, Audio Production
B. Williams Producer
Edward "DJ Eddie F" Ferrell Composer
Da Beat Boyz Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Balewa Muhammad Composer
C.J. Mack Composer
Darren Producer
Sam Branch Composer, Audio Production
Jason Dale Engineer
Niko Marzouca Engineer
Keir Gist Composer
Colin Michaels Engineer
Marxmen Composer, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Cecile Barker Executive Producer
Dzyne Art Direction
Reginald Flowers Producer
Kay Gee Producer, Engineer
Jer Z Producer, Audio Production
Claude Kelly Composer
Redd Audio Production
David Wright Producer
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