Mario

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
With his confident debut album, charismatic cutie Mario is poised to become the next Usher or Tevin Campbell. Like his role models -- who both rose to stardom in their teens and benefited from the mentorship of a music biz veteran L.A. Reid and Quincy Jones, respectively -- the 15-year-old Baltimore native has been taken under wing by yet another respected hit maker, J Records' Clive Davis. Prior to his disc's release, the mature-sounding youngster made waves with his summer 2002 hit "Just a Friend 2002," an update of Biz Markie's comical 1989 rap song "Just a Friend." Mario offers more of the delightful same: breezy, lighthearted songs, several of which also borrow...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
With his confident debut album, charismatic cutie Mario is poised to become the next Usher or Tevin Campbell. Like his role models -- who both rose to stardom in their teens and benefited from the mentorship of a music biz veteran L.A. Reid and Quincy Jones, respectively -- the 15-year-old Baltimore native has been taken under wing by yet another respected hit maker, J Records' Clive Davis. Prior to his disc's release, the mature-sounding youngster made waves with his summer 2002 hit "Just a Friend 2002," an update of Biz Markie's comical 1989 rap song "Just a Friend." Mario offers more of the delightful same: breezy, lighthearted songs, several of which also borrow their catchy hooks from '80s hip-hop and R&B classics. "C'Mon," produced by Warryn Campbell Brandy, Mary Mary, samples the "Whoo, Yeah" chorus from Rob Base's "It Takes Two," and "Put Me On," produced by Mario's label mate and self-proclaimed "big sister" Alicia Keys, borrows its synth and bubbling bass line bridge from Kleeer's funk jam "Intimate Connection." Keys also wrote and produced the jazzy, piano-driven "2 Train," which showcases Mario's vocal versatility. As not-easily-impressed American Idol judge Simon would say, Mario has "the X factor with a capital X" -- and with a winning combination of heartthrob appeal, strong vocals, ace production, and the support of a music maven, this kid from "Charm City" is well on his way to becoming a household name.
All Music Guide - Dan LeRoy
When considering the abilities and potential of teen pop stars from any genre, a certain amount of cynicism is not only healthy, but practically essential. Yet if you indulge too deeply, you overlook performers like Mario, the Baltimore-born singer whose Top Ten debut still flew under a lot of people's radars in a year dominated by B2K, Bow Wow, and other pubescent urban artists. Mario's self-titled first album, however, offers doses of the real thing; its combination of Nickelodeon-style charm and authentic substance are reminiscent of nothing so much as a young Michael Jackson, with none of the creepy subtext. While it misses out on the humor of the original, the cover of Biz Markie's "Just a Friend" proves a shrewd update of the unwillingly platonic classic, and serves as a gateway to better originals, including a few slow numbers most teens have neither the chutzpah to try or the chops to handle. "Chick Wit' da Braids" and the swirling, organ-laced "Never" lead that pack, and the second song about cornrows, "Braid My Hair," manages to evoke the downside of being a child star without sounding like an ungrateful punk. Naturally, you have to excuse a certain amount of filler to believe fully in Mario's potential, but most of these 11 tracks offer generous hints of it.
The Source
Mario, Clive Davis' latest protege, is at the top of today's teenage male R&B chain. His streetwise demeanor and natural flair for performing put a fresh spin on present-day young singers. Janique Burke

Mario, Clive Davis' latest protege, is at the top of today's teenage male R&B chain. His streetwise demeanor and natural flair for performing put a fresh spin on present-day young singers. Janique Burke
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2008
  • Label: Tombstone Records
  • EAN: 4988017662946
  • Catalog Number: 35478

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Just a Friend (3:34)
  2. 2 C'mon (3:24)
  3. 3 Braid My Hair (4:07)
  4. 4 2 Train (4:03)
  5. 5 What Your Name Is (5:57)
  6. 6 Holla Back (3:38)
  7. 7 Could U Be (4:07)
  8. 8 Put Me On (3:39)
  9. 9 Chick Wit da Braids (3:50)
  10. 10 Never (3:59)
  11. 11 Girl in the Picture (4:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mario Primary Artist
Mischke Background Vocals
John Jubu Smith Guitar
Neil Stubenhaus Bass
Warryn Campbell Multi Instruments
Alicia Keys Background Vocals, Multi Instruments
Mario Background Vocals
Xavier Marquez Guitar
Technical Credits
Tony Black Engineer
Clive Davis Executive Producer
Mischke Arranger, Vocal Producer
Troy Patterson Executive Producer
Damon Thomas Producer
Gregory Burke Cover Layout
Jan Fairchild Engineer
Dave Russell Engineer
Harvey Mason Jr. Producer
Warryn Campbell Producer
Peter Edge Executive Producer
Alicia Keys Producer
Thor Laewe Engineer
Chris LeBeau Photo Production
Erik Steinert Pro-Tools
Jeff Allen Engineer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MARIO IS SO FINE AND I WILL BRAID HIS HAIR ANYTIME HE WANTS

    I GOT THIS CD FROM MY MOM ON CHRISTMAS MORNING IN 2002. WHEN I FIRST LISTENED TO THE WHOLE CD I WENT CRAZY THAT MARIO WAS THE NEXT BEST BOY THAT DID HIS THANG BY HIMSELF. HE SOUNDED LIKE HE REALLY NEEDED SOMEONE TO BRAID HIS HAIR. WHEN I SAW THE COVER OF THE CD HE WAS POSEING ON THE RAILROAD TRACKS IN THE GOOD LOOKING SUIT. HE LOOKED TALL DARK AND HANDSOME TO ME NO MATTER WHAT THESE OTHER GIRLS THOUGHT ABOUT HIM.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MARIO NUMBER 1 FAN OF ALL I EVEN HAVE ALL THE PICTURES HE HAS OUT ON MY WALL

    MY FAVORITE BOY GROUP'S ARE MARIO 1 , B2K 2, AND I'M THE BIGGEST FAN OF THEM ALL/ I GOT A HUGE FROM MARIO AT THE BACK TO SCHOOL PARADE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just speaking

    Mario keep your head up high and follow your dream and you will acheive them all well hi I am a 16 year old jr at Barbara Jordan Highschool in Houston Tx.so whenever you get a chance can you stop by and say whatsup

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mario's the new kid on da block!

    Man im loving this cd!!!!Well its my husband of course so im going to have to support him!(lol)I really love the single he's coming out with now "Braid My Hair" I hope yall love it I know i do and if you havent heard it ya need to!And please stop hating on my baby Mario cuz he say yall just a friend! Bye-Bye

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    TOO DAMN TIGHT

    This cd for real is to damn tight. My song is the 2 train. He did the damn thing. Ya'll gotta pick this up

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Now this boys' got talent!

    I come from a musically inclined background and I know good sangin'. This boy Mario can sang!! I feel that he is the best teenage singer since Tevin Campbell.He has excellent range while still maintaing great vocal control. He has such a mature voice for his age. If he stays focused, I feel that he should be around for years and years to come. Keep up the good work man.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I LOVE this CD.

    First of all, if anyone doesn't have the Mario CD, ya'll should go cop that(the real one, not bootleg or MP3) because it is hot. Yo, this boy got some skills and he fwine. Beleive me, you will not feel like you wasted your moneyif you buy it. He has two songs that Alicia keys produced, "2 Train" and "Put Me On", those songs are hot too. He also have his nes single out, "Braid My Hair" which is also on the album. But i ain't gonna tell ya'll more, ya'll have to support him and go cop that album. ONE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Da biggest mario fan ova here

    Mario is da bomb. He has an amazin voice. u guys hav 2 buy his album. It's heavy. His song just a friend is wicked. so is braid my hair.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mario is a 5 Stars the one and only

    Mario, great talent. He definitely the next Micheal Jackson. The best song on the ablum other than ''Just a friend'' is ''Braid My Hair.'' That should be his next ''single.'' Keep doing your thang Mario!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mario is Fine !!!!!!!

    Yeah I got this cd the morning it came out and its tight. If u aint got it u need to get it. Every song is hot. This aint one of those cds where u have to skip some songs. You can just put it in and listen to every track. My favorite song is holla back. I also like 2 train and what your name is.ok well i like them all. And if you've never heard him sing live then I'll tell you that he can sing even better live. This CD is hot, he's hot and I'm hot.LoL maybe we should get together.but anyways GET THIS CD!!Ladies you will like it. and yall fellas will like it too. Mario I should be gettin paid for this.haha GET IT

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Review From Mario's Gurl

    mario,mario, mario what can i say he is a very sexy, fine, cute, and talented singer my favorite 2 songs of mario is ''C'mon'' and ''Just A Friend'' but i really love just a friend. Mario i'm finished telling u your just a friend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Young R&B Artist Move Out The Way!!!!!!!!!!!

    Mario has this passion to his music that is undescribable, very talented and excellent voice. I my self is a music critic and have to say that this is by far the BEST CD by a fifteen year old ive ever heard. 5 Stars. Keep It Up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    # 1 on 106 and park and on my fine list : mario

    mario is a really good singer he is fine and he even sounds kinda like popstar micheal jackson. Just a friend is the best song and this boy can really sing so take my word for it and buy this cd

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mario

    I really like Mario and his song just a friend 2002. It really is a hot banger and everybody should get that cd. Mario is my #1 man and i'm his #1 loyal fan. Mario is fine and the boy can ''sing''. Keep rocking those braids Mario. I can't wait until I meet Mario one day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mario

    Mario is a very good singer and he is very fine. I like Mario alot especially his smash hit single (just a friend 2002) because it's really hot. I will go get Mario cd if nobody esle do. I'm a true loyal fan of Mario's and love him very much.I'm his #1 fan. Much love to my man Mario. I recommand everybody get his cd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mario can be more than just a friend to me!!

    Mario is off the hook, I really think that he will make it big. I will be the first in line to buy that CD, and I will braid his hair anytime.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The newest addition ''Mario''

    Mario has really come out with a good start with his new hit single ''Just a Friend''. He also looks real good. I think dat we should all go and support him by buying his cd on July 23!! I know I will.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this cd is offf the hook

    this cd is off the banger it'ss tight i like taht song braide my hair that joint is hot

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mario is off tha hook

    The album is hott, that boy know he can sing my bad i mean sang. i just wish he had more songs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    mario album is hot (i like braid my hair that song is raw)

    Mario can sing so good his album is so hot all yall supose to be #1 fans you anit no #1 fan if you anit got his album mario to hear his sweat wonderful voice....i love you....

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