Doña

Doña

4.6 8
by Teena Marie
     
 

A decade after resorting to starting her own label to release her work, Teena Marie discovered newfound -- or, more likely, regenerated -- respect for her legacy and wound up with a deal on Southern rap label Cash Money (distributed by Universal). Most of La Doña was in the can before the label snapped her up, but not before Cash Money's own See more details below

Overview

A decade after resorting to starting her own label to release her work, Teena Marie discovered newfound -- or, more likely, regenerated -- respect for her legacy and wound up with a deal on Southern rap label Cash Money (distributed by Universal). Most of La Doña was in the can before the label snapped her up, but not before Cash Money's own Mannie Fresh could contribute some co-production work. Even so, this is a Teena Marie record in every respect, with none of her personality compromised. The average artist who reappears long after his or her most-popular years tends to fail miserably at staying current -- hell, rewind 14 years to the stunted hip-hop elements of Marie's own Ivory -- but she skillfully avoids that trap here. She's in excellent voice, as confident as ever, and most of the material she's working with stands proudly next to her best work. One trap Marie couldn't help but fall down, however, is the curse of the seemingly bottomless album. Equal to the length of two of her '80s albums, it undeniably falls prey to the CD-age trend of cramming as much as possible onto a disc. And La Doña would most definitely have a greater impact if it were knocked down to 40 minutes or so. This issue excepted, Marie's return is nothing short of welcomed. Gerald LeVert, MC Lyte, Common, Baby, and -- of course -- Rick James stop by for support, but none of them are truly needed.

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Editorial Reviews

Billboard
Already, the set's lead single, "I'm Still in Love," has reintroduced the artist to an audience starving for sophisticated soul. La Doña will not disappoint those that have responded to that song's retro vibe.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/11/2004
Label:
Cash Money
UPC:
0602498623688
catalogNumber:
000255202
Rank:
32516

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Teena Marie   Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Lady Levi   Rap
Val Young   Background Vocals
James Allen   Guitar,Keyboards
Kimberly Brewer   Background Vocals
Bridgette Bryant   Background Vocals
Kevin Dorsey   Background Vocals
Tyrone Griffen   Horn Section
Doug Grigsby   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Phillip Ingram   Background Vocals
Brian Kilgore   Percussion
Frank McComb   Keyboards
Greg Moore   Guitar
Christopher Troy   Keyboards
Pamela Williams   Keyboards,Saxophone
Wali Ali   Guitar
Morris O'Connor   Guitar
Cameron Stone   Strings
Gerald Spikes   Horn Section
Leaveil Degree   Background Vocals
Michael Norfleet   Keyboards
Steve Baxter   Horn Section
Dede O'Neal   Background Vocals
Michael Herring   Guitar
Troy Mason   Voice Box
Lynne Thigpen   Background Vocals
Fausto Cuevas   Percussion
Brian "Baby" Williams   Rap
Verline Beard   Background Vocals
Darryl Finesee   Background Vocals
Tracy Hazzard   Background Vocals
Antonio Sol   Background Vocals
David Starks   Guitar
Mads Tollin   Strings
Alia Rose   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

MC Lyte   Composer
Green   Composer
Rick James   Composer
Teena Marie   Composer,Producer,drum programming
James Allen   Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements,drum programming
Mannie Fresh   Producer
Doug Grigsby   Composer,Producer,drum programming
Pamela Williams   Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements,drum programming
Brian "Baby" Williams   Executive Producer
Ronald Williams   Executive Producer
Byron Thomas   Composer
Mooxs   Producer

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