Raymond V Raymond [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The making of Usher's sixth studio album was inevitably affected by the end of his marriage and its aftershocks. "Papers," the early buzz single for Raymond V Raymond, bears the closest relation to the turbulence he experienced. He pours himself into that song more than any other on the set, and breakup lyrics don't get much more specific than "You don't think I know what's up, but sweetheart that's what ruined us" or "I done damn near lost my mama." The song was awarded the top spot on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart. Many of the songs on the album have to be taken on their own, stripped of context; otherwise, determining what applies to Usher's real and fantasy lives can be ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The making of Usher's sixth studio album was inevitably affected by the end of his marriage and its aftershocks. "Papers," the early buzz single for Raymond V Raymond, bears the closest relation to the turbulence he experienced. He pours himself into that song more than any other on the set, and breakup lyrics don't get much more specific than "You don't think I know what's up, but sweetheart that's what ruined us" or "I done damn near lost my mama." The song was awarded the top spot on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart. Many of the songs on the album have to be taken on their own, stripped of context; otherwise, determining what applies to Usher's real and fantasy lives can be problematic. The album's catchiest uptempo song, "Lil Freak," featuring Nicki Minaj, effectively swipes the synthesizer line from "Living for the City" -- a classic containing Stevie Wonder's most angered social commentary -- for the sake of Usher's lesbian tryst. Otherwise, the slow jams and the few moments when Usher sounds as if he's having actual fun win out. Two of the best happen to be collaborations with Jam and Lewis and the Avila Brothers. "Mars vs Venus," a very slow jam, soars, while "Pro Lover" is a breezy, casual number filled with sweet dub accents. [The deluxe edition, issued a five months after the standard edition, adds a second disc. Dubbed Versus, it contains eight new songs, two of which -- "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love" and "Hot Tottie" -- were on the R&B chart at the its time of release. Versus was also released individually.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/2010
  • Label: La Face
  • UPC: 886977653322
  • Catalog Number: 776533
  • Sales rank: 90,910

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Monstar (5:01)
  2. 2 Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home) (3:44)
  3. 3 There Goes My Baby (4:41)
  4. 4 Lil Freak - Nicki Minaj (3:54)
  5. 5 She Don't Know - Ludacris (4:03)
  6. 6 Omg - will.i.am (4:29)
  7. 7 Mars Vs Venus (4:22)
  8. 8 Pro Lover (5:02)
  9. 9 Foolin' Around (4:11)
  10. 10 Papers (4:21)
  11. 11 So Many Girls (4:36)
  12. 12 Guilty - T.I. (3:44)
  13. 13 Okay (3:15)
  14. 14 Making Love (Into the Night) (3:36)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Love 'Em All (3:48)
  2. 2 DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love - Pitbull (3:40)
  3. 3 Hot Tottie - Jay-Z (4:59)
  4. 4 Lay You Down (4:03)
  5. 5 Lingerie (4:13)
  6. 6 Get in My Car - Bun B (4:09)
  7. 7 Somebody to Love - Justin Bieber (3:28)
  8. 8 Stranger - Bun B (4:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Usher Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Bobby Ross Avila Organ, Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Strings, Drums, Keyboards, Clavinet, Vocoder, fender rhodes, Hammond B3
Charlie Bisharat Strings
Jimmy Jam Piano, Strings
Danny Morris Keyboards
Evan Wilson Strings
Mark Pitts Chant
Lamar Edwards Keyboards
Jim Jonsin Keyboards
Dru Castro Harp
Dwayne Nesmith Keyboards
Lauren Evans Background Vocals
Songa Lee Strings
Sheléa Frazier Background Vocals
Timothy Bloom Background Vocals
Iz Synthesizer, Percussion, scratching, Strings, Drums
Tocarra Hamilton Vocals
Rico Love Vocals
Joel Pargman Strings
Benny Blanco Drums, Keyboards
Hot Sauce Keyboards
Christine Wu Strings, Leader
Frank Romano Guitar
Lisa D. Dandlinger Strings
Jennifer L. Heilig Strings
Tommy Parket Background Vocals
Solomon Dykes Background Vocals
Romika Faniel Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Jermaine Jackson Composer
Benny Mardones Composer
Leon Russell Composer
Marc Benno Composer
Robert Tepper Composer
Bobby Ross Avila Composer, Sound Effects
Jermaine Dupri Composer, Producer
Jimmy Jam Producer
Terry Lewis Composer, Producer
Danny Morris Composer
Stevie Wonder Composer
James Harris Composer
Tom Coyne Mastering
Mark Pitts Executive Producer
Max Martin Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Vernon Mungo Engineer
Usher Raymond Composer, Executive Producer
James Scheffer Composer
Shawn Carter Composer
will.i.am Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
John Horesco IV Engineer
Johnta Austin Composer
Will Adams Composer, Lyricist
Emily Wright Engineer
Jamal Jones Composer
The Stereotypes Vocal Producer
Bryan-Michael Cox Composer, Producer
Matt Marrin Engineer
Rob Skipworth Engineer
Jim Jonsin Programming, Producer
Heather Bright Composer
Lisa Rydell Art Direction
Dwayne Nesmith Composer, Programming, Producer
Daniel Morris Composer
James Lackey Composer, Producer
Sean Garrett Composer, Producer
Alec Newell Engineer
Iz Sound Effects, Vocal Scratches
Rico Love Composer, Producer, Vocal Producer
Miles Walker Engineer
Tremaine "Six7" Williams Engineer
Danja Producer
Al Burna Vocal Engineer
The Runners Producer
Zaytoven Producer
Matt Taylor Art Direction
Christopher "Drumma Boy" Gholson Composer, Programming, Producer
Benny Blanco Programming
Savan Kotecha Composer
Andrew Harr Composer
Shellback Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Aubry "Big Juice" Delaine Engineer
Shawn Porter Groomer
Jeremy "J Boogs" Levin Remix Production Coordinator
Sam Holland Engineer
Jeremy Reeves Composer
Ray Romulus Composer
Elvis "Blac Elvis" Williams Composer, Producer
Jonathan Yip Composer
Christopher Bridges Composer
Juan Najera Composer
Ryon Lovett Composer
James Wisner Engineer
Ebo Taylor Composer
Josh Mosser Engineer
Clifford Harris Composer
The Avila Brothers Producer
Bernard Freeman Composer
Armando C. Perez Composer
Frank Romano Composer
Nathaniel Hills Composer
Jeremy Stevenson Composer, Engineer
Shondrae "Mr. Bangladesh" Crawford Producer
Esther Dean Composer
Polow da Don Producer
Paul Dawson Composer
Jay Stevenson Engineer
Algernod Washington Composer
Rob Marks Engineer
Issiah J. Avila Composer
Shondrae Crawford Composer
A.J. Parhm Jr. Composer
Onika Maraj Composer
Jonetta Patton Artist Development
Miguel Jontel Pimentel Composer
Christopher Gholson Composer
Aubry Delaine Composer
Alonzo Mathis Composer
Alexander "Prettyboifresh" Parhm Jr. Composer, Producer
Keith Thomas Composer
Jonnetta Patton Artist Development
Xavier Doton Composer
Marcella Araica Composer, Producer, Engineer
Ian Cross Engineer, Vocal Engineer
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  • Posted December 14, 2010

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    the worst album ever made in music history!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    the worst album ever made in music history!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted October 16, 2010

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    usher at his worst!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this cd stinks from the very begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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