Never Forget: A Journey of Revelations

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All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
The thought and purpose behind the second album by Dr. Cornel West, professor of religion and member of the African-American Studies Department at Princeton, is certainly an important, even noble one: reclaim hip-hop as a progressive political and artistic tool for the black community. Rap music, like blues and jazz before it, evolved from an expression of the social conditions that impacted African-Americans, and grew from there into the megalith it is today, and its effect on youth is apparent. So he gathered up a fairly impressive roster of forward-thinking black musicians and set to work on Never Forget: A Journey of Revelations, a collection of 16 tracks that aims to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
The thought and purpose behind the second album by Dr. Cornel West, professor of religion and member of the African-American Studies Department at Princeton, is certainly an important, even noble one: reclaim hip-hop as a progressive political and artistic tool for the black community. Rap music, like blues and jazz before it, evolved from an expression of the social conditions that impacted African-Americans, and grew from there into the megalith it is today, and its effect on youth is apparent. So he gathered up a fairly impressive roster of forward-thinking black musicians and set to work on Never Forget: A Journey of Revelations, a collection of 16 tracks that aims to explore and address ideas and problems that relate specifically to the aforementioned situation. And it is in fact this roster -- Prince, M1 from Dead Prez, Jill Scott, Talib Kweli, Black Thought from the Roots, KRS-One, and André 3000 being the most notable members -- that makes the record an actual musical accomplishment. Because despite Dr. West's intentions, and his ideas, his talents as a rapper are fairly limited, and his verbal contributions end up being some of the weaker points on the record. It is also most assuredly because of this that he shows up in a rather limited capacity, adding intermittent thoughts and introductions but letting the vocalists go off on their own. Prince's track, "Dear Mr. Man," is pretty great, and shows an angry side of his not often seen ("Ain't no sense in voting, same song with a different name/Might not be in the back of the bus, but it sure feels just the same," he yowls), as are the verses M1 and Talib Kweli both put down (in "Mr. President" and "Bushonomics," respectively). The thing is, even though these are, for the most part, focused and intelligent pieces that look to break stereotypes instead of dispel them, they're also the kind of thing that fans of these guest artists have heard before (very literally in the case of André 3000's track, "Chronomentrophobia," which was included, minus the Cornel West interlude, on 2006's Idlewild), and so people who will buy and listen to this album are probably already well aware of what the professor is talking about. Musically, too, while it starts off strongly enough, it soon slips into smooth R&B that's not particularly original or interesting. So though Never Forget: A Journey of Revelations may be trying to give hip-hop the makeover it needs and deserves, it misses the mark, misses the audience it truly needs to address, and so its actual effectiveness is very much in question.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/21/2007
  • Label: Hidden Beach
  • UPC: 894096001269
  • Catalog Number: 44
  • Sales rank: 14,499

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bushonomics (3:30)
  2. 2 America (400 Years) - Lucky Witherspoon (4:32)
  3. 3 Still Here - Paul Woodruff (4:50)
  4. 4 Dear Mr. Man (4:08)
  5. 5 911 (3:14)
  6. 6 The -N- Word - Tavis Smiley (12:07)
  7. 7 Welcome 2 the Chi - Neo Abyss (4:13)
  8. 8 Mr. President (4:36)
  9. 9 Keep'in It P.I. - Lucky Witherspoon (6:14)
  10. 10 Chronomentrophobia - André 3000 (2:41)
  11. 11 What Time It Is (3:17)
  12. 12 Soul Sista - Darryl Moore (5:05)
  13. 13 America (400 Years) (Reprise) (1:37)
  14. 14 Everything Gone Be Alright (7:26)
  15. 15 Man Gonna Getcha (5:05)
  16. 16 What a Matter Of - Lenny Williams (4:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dr. Cornel West Primary Artist, Vocals, Rap, Spoken Word
Gerald LeVert Vocals
Prince Vocals
Lenny Williams Vocals
Maceo Parker Horn
Willie "Wee Willie" Wayne Vocals, Rap
Derek Allen Guitar, Piano, Background Vocals
John Blackwell Drums
Chuckii Booker Vocals, Background Vocals
Preston Crump Bass
Sheila E. Shaker
Dave Hollister Vocals, Background Vocals
KRS-One Vocals, Background Vocals, Rap
Kevin Kendricks Keyboards
Eric Smith Bass
Dino Soldo Horn
Renato Neto fender rhodes
Malik Yusef Vocals, Rap
Rhonda Smith Bass
Talib Kweli Vocals, Rap
M1 Vocals, Background Vocals, Rap
André 3000 Vocals
The Ambassador Vocals, Rap
Joe Archie Keyboards
Doey Rock Vocals
Darryl Moore Vocals
Vernal Blake Guitar, Drums
Michael Eric Dyson Vocals
Sene Goss Vocals
IRIZ Vocals, Rap
Neo Abyss Vocals, Rap
Tavis Smiley Vocals
Tavis Cornel West Vocals
Lucky Witherspoon Vocals, Background Vocals, Rap
Paul Woodruff Vocals
Technical Credits
Prince Producer, Instrumentation
Derek Allen Producer, Instrumentation
Randy Bowland Producer
Mike Daily Vocal Producer
John Frye Engineer
Steve McKeever Executive Producer, Art Direction
Dave Repace Producer
Pete Tokar Engineer
M15 Composer
L. Stuart Young Engineer
Allen Warren Executive Producer
Bruce Walker Art Direction
Jill Scott Producer
Brian "Bee" Porter Engineer
Killer Mike Composer
Dr. Cornel West Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Clifton West Composer, Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
Mike Dailey Producer, Executive Producer
André 3000 Programming
John Holmes Engineer
Chris Carmouche Engineer
Adam Blackstone Producer
George "Spanky" McCurdy Producer
Derrick "D.O.A." Allen Vocal Producer
Lyzel Williams Art Direction
Kori Anders Engineer
James Auwarter Engineer
Superstar Dave Dar Engineer
Pamela Robinson Art Direction
Irizarry Composer
Doey Rock Composer
Eric D. Wortham II Producer
Saleem Asad Programming, Producer, Engineer, Contributor, Instrumentation
Vernal Blake Programming, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
LaShon Watkins Engineer
"Nephew" Cornel West Producer
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