Living Legends: Chopped and Screwed

Living Legends: Chopped and Screwed

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by Eightball & MJG
     
 

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P. Diddy claims that his Bad Boy record label and 8ball & MJG are a perfect match. It's really just strange, but kudos to Diddy for having the smarts to sign the duo. These "Legends of the South" still have their skills, but can they blend their sparse and hard Southern sound with the N.Y.C. glitz of Bad Boy? For the most part, the albumSee more details below

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P. Diddy claims that his Bad Boy record label and 8ball & MJG are a perfect match. It's really just strange, but kudos to Diddy for having the smarts to sign the duo. These "Legends of the South" still have their skills, but can they blend their sparse and hard Southern sound with the N.Y.C. glitz of Bad Boy? For the most part, the album works extremely well, except when Diddy interrupts the slow flow with a trite voice-over or any of his numerous reminders that this is a Bad Boy record. Hit the skip button early to avoid his corny toughness at the end of the otherwise excellent "When It's On" and you're better off. On the other hand, sticking Bad Boy's resident crooners 112 on "Trying to Get at You" is a smooth move that enlivens the track, and almost all the other bits of showiness work. It makes Living Legends one of the duo's more well-rounded albums, and there's no evidence the rappers themselves have gone soft. "Don't Make" is a thug creeper that Lil Jon would call "nasty," and both "You Don't Want Drama" and "Straight Cadillac Pimpin'" were already street-level mixtape endorsed before Living Legends' release. Diddy has gone home by the album's great, down-low fourth quarter and replaced with more complimentary guests like Lloyd and an extravicious Twista. The slow jam "Confessions" ends the album on high note, and even the interludes and skits are worth hearing more than once. Despite having nearly as many producers as songs, it all hangs together and the duo gets an album that's up to the level they deserve. Executive producing 8ball & MJG's strongest full-length in quite a while is something Diddy should crow about, but maybe not so much on the actual album.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/11/2004
Label:
Bad Boy
UPC:
0602498621660
catalogNumber:
23890
Rank:
34711

Tracks

  1. Intro  -  8Ball
  2. You Don't Want Drama  -  8Ball
  3. Straight Cadillac Pimpin'  -  8Ball
  4. We Do It  -  8Ball
  5. The Streets  - Bun B
  6. Mad Rapper (Interlude)  -  8Ball
  7. Shot Off  -  Ludacris
  8. When It's On  - Puff Daddy
  9. Trying to Get at You  -  8Ball
  10. Baby Girl  - Puff Daddy
  11. Get a Kit (Interlude)  -  8Ball
  12. Forever  -  Lloyd
  13. Look at the Grillz  -  T.I.
  14. Living Legends (Interlude)  -  8Ball
  15. Don't Make  -  8Ball
  16. Memphis City Blues  -  T.I.
  17. Gangsta  -  8Ball
  18. Confessions  -  P. Diddy

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

8ball & MJG   Primary Artist,Rap
John Dean   Vocals
Karen Anderson   Vocals
LaMarquis Mark Jefferson   Bass
Shannon Jones   Vocals
Tony Love   Guitar
A.L. Lloyd   Rap
112   Vocals
Anthony Walker   Vocals
Sean "Puffy" Combs   Rap
Twista   Rap
Craig Love   Guitar
Jonathon "Lil' Jon" Smith   Keyboards
SK   Vocals
L-Roc   Keyboards
Mechalie Jamison   Vocals
Bun B   Rap
Ludacris   Rap
T.I.   Rap
Elizabeth Collins   Vocals
Rhea Dummett   Vocals
Corte Ellis   Vocals
Rashida Rohan   Vocals

Technical Credits

Dale Ramsey   Engineer
S. Williams   Composer
Yogi   Producer
P. Smith   Composer
Nasheim Myrick   Producer
J. Graham   Composer
Dré   Producer
Anthony Walker   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Sean "Puffy" Combs   Executive Producer
Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie   Composer,Producer
Stevie J.   Producer
Chris Athens   Mastering
Jonathon "Lil' Jon" Smith   Producer
Stephen Dent   Engineer
Shannon "Slam" Lawrence   Engineer
Harve Pierre   Associate Executive Producer
J-Dub   Producer
Jonathan Smith   Audio Production
C.C. Mitchell   Composer
C. Harris   Composer
Ariel Borujow   Engineer
Shondrae   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Cool   Producer
J. Dean   Composer
Niko Marzouca   Engineer
Red Spyda   Producer,Audio Production
Mark Vinten   Engineer
Alexis Seton   Engineer
Conrad Dimanche   Associate Executive Producer,Vocal Producer
Steve Pageot   Engineer
Ashunta Sheriff   grooming
Elizabeth Collins   Engineer
Rodrigo Lage   Digital Editing
Scott Sandler   Logo Design
Davour   Producer
Frankie Harley   Engineer
Abbey Katz   Art Direction
Pop Trax   Producer
Luke Romer   Digital Editing
Vanex   Producer

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