Nivea

Nivea

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Back in the '80s -- when rap was the new kid on the block -- there were plenty of urban contemporary stations and R&B singers who wanted nothing to do with hip-hop. But times have changed, and these days rap and urban contemporary are joined at the hip. Just as an electric blues/classic soul mixture works well at a blues festival, an urban station might play See more details below

Overview

Back in the '80s -- when rap was the new kid on the block -- there were plenty of urban contemporary stations and R&B singers who wanted nothing to do with hip-hop. But times have changed, and these days rap and urban contemporary are joined at the hip. Just as an electric blues/classic soul mixture works well at a blues festival, an urban station might play Destiny's Child one minute and Jay-Z the next. Nivea's self-titled debut album is a perfect example of how hip-hop-drenched R&B has become; from the production to the lyrics, this CD frequently underscores hip-hop's influence on modern R&B. Nivea doesn't get heavily into the neo-soul trend à la Mary J. Blige, Jaguar Wright, Alicia Keyes, or Jill Scott, although one does hear some '70s sweet soul influence on the slow jam "Laundromat" (which R. Kelly wrote and produced). Nivea is much more girlish than the neo-soul divas, which isn't to say that her material lacks bite. In fact, Nivea provides a likable blend of girlishness and grit on catchy, hip-hop-minded offerings like "Ya Ya Ya" (another Kelly contribution) and the single "Don't Mess With My Man" (which was produced by Bryan-Michael Cox). Nivea can be teen-friendly, although not in a bubblegum way; in Nivea's case, teen-friendly doesn't mean teen pop. Like a lot of younger urban contemporary artists who record for major labels, Nivea works with different producers and songwriters on different songs -- and of course, she is at their mercy. Most of them serve her well, especially Kelly and Cox. There are, however, a few weak tracks. But if Nivea's debut is slightly uneven, it still has more ups than downs and is -- thanks to the more on-the-ball producers and writers -- worth the price of admission.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/04/2009
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886974850021
catalogNumber:
748500

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Tracks

  1. Still in Love
  2. Ya Ya Ya
  3. Don't Mess With My Man
  4. The One for Me
  5. Laundromat
  6. You Don't Even Know
  7. Run Away
  8. Just in Case
  9. No Doubt
  10. Never Had a Girl Like Me
  11. Have Mercy
  12. Don't Mess With the Radio
  13. 25 Reasons
  14. Don't Mess With My Man

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nivea   Primary Artist
Donnie Lyle   Guitar
C.L. Smooth   Background Vocals
Charles Pettaway   Guitar
Malachy Robinson   Guitar
Sleepy Brown   Bass

Technical Credits

R. Kelly   Arranger,Producer
Ted Bishop   Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Leslie Brathwaite   Producer,Engineer
Organized Noize   Programming,Producer
Bernasky Wall   Engineer
Ryan Freeland   Engineer
Abel Garibaldi   Programming,Engineer
Paul Poli   Producer
Patrick Viala   Engineer
Swift C   Producer,drum programming
Andy Gallas   Programming,Engineer
Ian Mereness   Programming,Engineer
Arnold Wolfe   Engineer
Nivea Hamilton   Executive Producer
Brian Stanley   Engineer
Bryan-Michael Cox   Producer,Remixing
Rowie Nameri   Engineer
Adonis Stropshire   Engineer
Azuolas Sinkevicius   Engineer
Mark "Exit" Goodchild   Engineer

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Nivea 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nivea album isn't being advertised right.It's one of the best albums I've heard in a while. If it was advertised like Ashanti's it would be triple platinum right know. Now you know she has a get cd when there is only two song I don't like. I listen to her every day. I would advise you to do the same,so go out and get Nivea today. It's worth every peeny. Nivea has just gain one more fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
LAUNDROMAT.....I AGREE WITH THE FIRST NOTATION, THIS LADY NEEDS MORE PUBLICITY AND TRUTHFULLY I BELIEVE SHE SINGS WAY BETTER THAN SOME OF THESE ARTIST WHO ARE ON THE RADIO.........J. LO.....WHY?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nivea did her thang with this cd and does not get the credit she deserves. She is hip and has soul a lot like Lil Mo. Nivea gets mad props for 25 reasons, laundromat and hopefully she'll get the publicity she deserves on her next album.