In the City

In the City

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by Kevin Rudolf
     
 

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Sold as a rap
ock/pop triple threat with massive crossover potential, Kevin Rudolf is actually less hip-hop than Kid Rock, Fergie, and maybe even Gwen Stefani. Even if the rap bit is oversold, this hip-pop-rock kid who performs, writes, and produces is keenly aware of how much UrbanSee more details below

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Sold as a rap
ock/pop triple threat with massive crossover potential, Kevin Rudolf is actually less hip-hop than Kid Rock, Fergie, and maybe even Gwen Stefani. Even if the rap bit is oversold, this hip-pop-rock kid who performs, writes, and produces is keenly aware of how much Urban music flavor the Pop music genre had absorbed since the millennium turned. He loves a guitar crunch and there are too many fist-raising rock anthems on his debut album to call this rap
ock/pop in equal shares, but when superstar rapper, Rudolf advocate, and Cash Money label boss Lil Wayne shows up, In the City becomes an album for the second MTV generation. Suburban kids living with their multi-genre MP3 players on shuffle and digging heavily on that Linkin Park/Jay-Z mash-up will find Rudolf and Wayne's "Let It Rock" a near-perfect highlight, agreeing with other declared fans of the fist-pumper like Lindsay Lohan and Ryan Seacrest (Chuck D and the RZA are mum on the issue). "Welcome to the World," with Rick Ross, once again skillfully puts the hip-hopper on top of pop-metal, but when the grit of hood life is explored on the awfully shallow "N.Y.C.," clichés that could have come out of Miley Cyrus or Katy Perry squash any hopes of street-cred ("In the city of dreams/You get caught up in the schemes/And fall apart at the seams"). Rudolf's lyrics may be cringe-worthy through the plentiful filler, but his giant pop
ock productions make the songs sound alive and much more vital than they should. Take it as the great "Let It Rock" surrounded by so-so filler or the slickest demo reel ever sold, In the City gets by on hooks and hugeness, like an irony-free Andrew W.K., Timbaland working with Aerosmith, or a jaded version of the Jonas Brothers now willing to drop the F-bomb. [In the City was also made available in a clean version with all explicit material removed.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/24/2008
Label:
Cash Money
UPC:
0602517901469
catalogNumber:
001233802
Rank:
320520

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kevin Rudolf   Primary Artist,Various
Serban Ghenea   Guitar,Vocals,Beat Box
George Martinez   Drums
David Delgado   Organ
Charles Anderson   Drums
Samantha Cohen   Background Vocals
Keleigh Reid   Organ,Piano,Clavinet
Ill Factor   Vocoder,Synthesizer Bass

Technical Credits

Chris Gehringer   Mastering
Joe Zook   Arranger
Chad Hugo   Composer,Audio Production
Bryan Williams   Executive Producer
Slim Williams   Executive Producer
Joe Spix   Art Direction
Kevin Rudolf   Composer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Joshua Berkman   Composer,Engineer,Audio Production
Jacob Kasher   Composer
Ill Factor   Audio Production
I.Corraliza   Composer
C. London   Composer
W. Roberts   Composer
Dwayne Carter   Composer
C. Anderson   Composer
K. Reid   Composer

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