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Life After Def

Life After Def

by Montell Jordan
     
 

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The title Life After Def is a reference to Montell Jordan's departure from the Def Soul imprint, a member of the Def Jam family of labels. According to Jordan, Def Soul's constant efforts to re-create the massive success of "This Is How We Do It" caused him to record subpar party anthems that he couldn't stand behind. When he finally got to record his deep and

Overview

The title Life After Def is a reference to Montell Jordan's departure from the Def Soul imprint, a member of the Def Jam family of labels. According to Jordan, Def Soul's constant efforts to re-create the massive success of "This Is How We Do It" caused him to record subpar party anthems that he couldn't stand behind. When he finally got to record his deep and personal self-titled album, Def Soul failed to work it and it barely caused a blip on the radar. The sincere and heartfelt Life After Def's impact is only slightly weakened by 2002's Montell Jordan. This is the second time listeners have traveled down this road in two years, but this time Jordan's return to form includes more commentary and disappointment about the state of contemporary R&B. Def Soul's non-support is addressed right away on "The Big Man's Back," when a news reporter asks if this is his fifth or sixth album. The album drops the subject for a while and offers the slinky funk of "Aight" and "True" instead. "I'm Going Krazy (Straight Bananas)" is one of the loosest and most playful Jordan numbers ever as the singer explains that a lady is driving him "bananas" and "ba-noodles." It's a funky riot, but the real highlight of the album ends up being "Denise" and its intro. "Denise" asks why superstar rappers have to be awkwardly inserted on every R&B album in the 2000s before Jordan breaks into his own aloof rap à la Bootsy. It's all part of his doing everything in-house, with Jordan's JorJa Black team handling all the production. There's a bit of filler, but Life After Def is one of Jordan's most convincing and satisfying albums, untarnished by the usual clichés.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/21/2003
Label:
Koch Records
UPC:
0099923570226
catalogNumber:
5702
Rank:
192693

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Montell Jordan   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Brad Williams   Background Vocals
Takehito Nakazawa   Guitar
Kaycee Grogan   Background Vocals
James Earl Jones   Background Vocals
Michele Gunn   Background Vocals
Tonéx   Vocals,Background Vocals
Bonz   Vocals
Joshua V Jones   Vocals
Kamela Breeding   Background Vocals
Joel "K Flage" Hoffman   Vocals
Sydney Jordan   Vocals
Francescha "Verve" Scott   Background Vocals
Lychorida "Bly" Scott   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Hamilton Bohannon   Composer
Montell Jordan   Composer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Kristin Hudson   Executive Producer
James Earl Jones   Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Tonéx   Vocal Arrangements
Anthony "Tonex" Williams   Composer
Kevin Harp   Art Direction
Dawud Anyabwile   Illustrations
JorJa Black   Producer
Joel "K Flage" Hoffman   Contributor
Percell "Black" Holmes   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
James E. Jones   Composer

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