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Hoopla
     

Hoopla

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by Speech
 
Three years in the making, Speech's second album finds the former Arrested Development frontman still working through his roots-centric vision of hip-hop. More Stevie Wonder than Silkk the Shocker, Hoopla incorporates much laid-back

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Three years in the making, Speech's second album finds the former Arrested Development frontman still working through his roots-centric vision of hip-hop. More Stevie Wonder than Silkk the Shocker, Hoopla incorporates much laid-back session material and even a few live-and-on-stage jam sessions, right in line with hip-hop's growing affection for building songs from the groove up with live musicians. Thankfully, his relaxed rapping style shows little influence from any recent developments in the rap world, and it's always right in line with the material he's performing. It could have been a remarkable comeback record, but Hoopla suffers from several bizarre miscues. Speech remakes the consistently annoying 4 Non Blondes hit "What's Up" for his own track, titled "The Hey Song." To give him credit, Speech rebuilds the song with a female R&B chorus instead of just sampling the original, but that hardly makes it any less grating. The deep grooves and Speech's considerable production skills make for several intriguing tracks ("Movin' On," "Clocks in Sync with Mine," "Our Image"), but Hoopla isn't exactly worthy of celebration.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/03/1999
Label:
Tvt
UPC:
0016581197022
catalogNumber:
1970
Rank:
189446

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Performance Credits

Speech   Primary Artist,Percussion,scratching,Vocals,Background Vocals,Sampling
Spencer Brewer   Cello
India   Background Vocals
Kerren Berz   Violin
Carl T. Boyd   Saxophone
Bill Cox   Harmonica
Eddie Davis   Trumpet
Deanna Dawn   Background Vocals
Mike Mullins   Acoustic Guitar
Michael Musmanno   Vocals
Kevin Parker   Vocals
Nadirah Shakoor   Vocals,Background Vocals
Roderick Smith   Saxophone
Felix Farrar   Violin
Robin Glowski   Wurlitzer
Blake Eiseman   Piano
Rich Ward   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Richard Ward   Guitar
Deborah Wright   Background Vocals
Rick Morris   Drums,Drum Loop
Taylor Made   Vocals
Andrew Lane   Wurlitzer
Omar Phillips   Percussion,Strings
Speech Hoopla   Percussion,scratching,Vocals,Background Vocals,Sampling,Track Performer,Wurlitzer
Neal Wyms   Bass Guitar
Prophet   Hammond Organ
Enrique Coley   Drums
Fletcher Dozier   wah wah guitar
Kelly Fanning   Trumpet
Larry Flannagan   Viola
Jay Frigoletto   Wurlitzer
Franquil Hilliard   Background Vocals
Tommy Jenkins   Vocals
Mental Menace   Vocals,Background Vocals
Nakayo   Percussion
Shaikera Sincere   Vocals
Eddie Stokes   Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,fender rhodes
T. Bone   Background Vocals
Nicha "Wildflower" Thompson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Ike "Za" Williams   Bass,Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Michael Musmanno   Engineer
Speech   Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,drum programming,Cut
Colin Miller   Engineer
Robin Glowski   drum programming,Art Direction
T Bone   Contributor
Brain   Live Sound
Ralph Cacciurri   Engineer
Taylor Made   Contributor
Albert Burroughs   Engineer
Speech Hoopla   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Contributor,Executive Producer,drum programming
Franquil Hilliard   Engineer
Barry Kimmel   Engineer
Mental Menace   Contributor
Eddie Stokes   Producer,String Arrangements,beats

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Hoopla 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hey...this album is a natural progression of an inspiring life. I followed Speech through the Arrested Development years. It was such a huge comfort and inspiration to know that Speech was a brother in Atlanta!!! I love music, it was my means for searching for something meaningful and true in life. AD spoke to me on many levels. The sun had to be shining when I listened to AD, I felt so alive. Solo, Speech is more mature, no longer seeking, just refining. When Speech hits those notes on ''Redemption Song,'' it is so real--so soul-level, it is incredibly moving. I will be a guidance counselor soon and plan to use ''Movin On'' in groups on self esteem and ''Clocks in sync with mine'' in groups on friendship. Speech, if you read this, welcome our sister Mati who is moving up your way soon....jeanine