Music Is My Savior [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
Having a top rap song on the Billboard charts in 2007 is not exactly an unusual accomplishment. Commendable, yes, but a hit single does not mean that the full-length record will be met with much success, nor necessarily should it be. Fortunately for New York specifically, 164th Street in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood MC MIMS follows up his hit "This Is Why I'm Hot" with an album that proves his place on the charts is based on talent as well as luck. MIMS has an advantage over some of his peers because he knows and respects not just old-school hip-hop, but also current trends and his own place in them. He represents the East Coast, and he wants to revive New ...
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All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
Having a top rap song on the Billboard charts in 2007 is not exactly an unusual accomplishment. Commendable, yes, but a hit single does not mean that the full-length record will be met with much success, nor necessarily should it be. Fortunately for New York specifically, 164th Street in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood MC MIMS follows up his hit "This Is Why I'm Hot" with an album that proves his place on the charts is based on talent as well as luck. MIMS has an advantage over some of his peers because he knows and respects not just old-school hip-hop, but also current trends and his own place in them. He represents the East Coast, and he wants to revive New York's reign "bring it back it back on top," he says again and again, but he doesn't dismiss what other rappers out there are doing, too. The deceptively simple "This Is Why I'm Hot" demonstrates this well. MIMS raps about his nationwide appeal over hyphy-esque production that alludes to other influential MCs the synth line from "Ain't Nuthin But a 'G' Thang" added in when he mentions California, the choral entry notes from Kanye West's "Jesus Walks" that play when he "hit[s] the Chi", MCs that he clearly wishes to compare himself to and that he wishes he could be; he's drawing from other styles to make his own more relevant. The rhymes themselves aren't fantastic here -- MIMS is a lot more impressive in some of his other songs -- but the hook is catchy and easy to remember, and it's a lot of fun: something East Coast rap sometimes forgets to be. The rapper is also able to, like N.Y.C. heroes Nas and Jay-Z, both of whom have clearly influenced him, occupy that space between "thug" and "backpacker," moving between club-friendly, bass-heavy tracks like "They Don't Wanna Play" which features verses from Bun B and Seed or "Just Like That" and more reflective and critical songs like "Where I Belong" and "It's Alright." He can focus on the serious, the sentimental, or the fun side of life when he needs to, but he does it all without seeming like he's forcing out a persona. This versatility should make MIMS appeal to the kind of variety of listeners that someone like Jay, Nas, or Kanye can, and if he keeps it up, it should make Music Is My Savior a big step forward for the state of mainstream East Coast hip-hop.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2007
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • UPC: 094638936329
  • Catalog Number: 389363

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (2:13)
  2. 2 It's Alright (3:17)
  3. 3 This Is Why I'm Hot (4:13)
  4. 4 Girlfriends Fav MC - J. Holiday (3:39)
  5. 5 Where I Belong (3:51)
  6. 6 Cop It (3:01)
  7. 7 Big Black Train (3:55)
  8. 8 They Don't Wanna Play (4:05)
  9. 9 Like This (3:23)
  10. 10 Just Like That (3:20)
  11. 11 Without You (4:12)
  12. 12 Superman (3:27)
  13. 13 This Is Why I'm Hot (3:37)
  14. 14 Doctor Doctor (3:40)
  15. 15 Don't Cry (Outro) - Purple Popcorn (4:06)
  16. 16 I Did You Wrong (3:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
MIMS Primary Artist
Cito Crandle Vocals
Brandon "Bizzy" Hollemon Guitar
Danny "Styles" Schofield Vocals
Technical Credits
Greg Lake Composer
Fabian Fade Duvernay Marketing
Robert Fripp Composer
Michael Giles Composer
Ian McDonald Composer
Peter Sinfield Composer
Winston Thomas Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Tyrone Fyfee Producer, Audio Production
D.K. Baker Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Frankie "Whispers" Zago Engineer
The Blackout Movement Audio Production
Dj Menace Producer
Corey Llewellyn "CL" Executive Producer
Erik Mendelson "Answerman" Executive Producer
Shawn Mims Executive Producer
Danny "Styles" Schofield Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Thomas Simons Producer, Audio Production
Twizz Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Vault Productions Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Brian "Big Bass" Gardner Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    it doesn't suck?

    This album may be the surprise of the year. After "this is why i'm hot," my first thought was here's some more mindless bubblegum rap for the 80's babies. But after listening to this album, I am quite impressed with Mims' ability to be insightful, intelligent and different from what's out there nowadays. However, I'd be shocked if songs like "don't cry," "doctor doctor," & "where I belong" ever see the light of day on radio. Instead, the second single I've heard on the radio is "Like This," which is, along w/ "Superman" tied for the worst, most boring and stereotypoical song on the album. The rest of the album is very good. Mims raps quite a bit like the current Jay-Z, heavy on the punchlines, pretty clever. The thing is that when you hear his intelligent stuff the hardcore thug stuff sounds a little insincere. Faves include the songs mentioned above, along w/ the blazing "this is why i'm hot" remix (much better than the original), "without you" with Letoya (Luckett), and "girlfriends fav MC," a typical player song, but an excellent one.

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