Darkside, Vol. 1

The Darkside, Vol. 1

by Fat Joe
     
 
Longtime fans, and maybe even casual listeners, might have felt they were already well aware of Fat Joe's dark side, especially on his early work and the Jealous Ones Envy trilogy of albums. Surprise -- he's got even more hate in his heart, as The Darkside, Vol. 1 amps the anger, spraying machine-gun style across the

Overview

Longtime fans, and maybe even casual listeners, might have felt they were already well aware of Fat Joe's dark side, especially on his early work and the Jealous Ones Envy trilogy of albums. Surprise -- he's got even more hate in his heart, as The Darkside, Vol. 1 amps the anger, spraying machine-gun style across the world of hip-hop so recklessly you'd expect he'd never be offered another collaboration or guest shot. Still, if you're on his side, it's well worth it at this point, something known to Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, Clipse, Cam'ron, and even R. Kelly, who all make worthy contributions to this satisfying effort. The beef king can still draw the top-notch producers too, with names like Cool & Dre, DJ Premier, and Scoop DeVille helping here, but it's the reliable Just Blaze who takes the prize with the '70s-flavored funk beat he lays on "I Am Crack," a number where Joe's bold enough to claim "If it wasn't for me, there would be no Carter, as if King Weezy himself wasn't showing up eight tracks later. He's still gunning at 50 Cent ("We can throw the biggest party when Curtis die") and is happy to point out which macho rappers "sit down to pee," but instead of sounding uninspired on topics he's visited, revisited, and then some, he sounds on fire, as if this were his grand debut. Whether it works or not depends on whether you're in the love him or the hate him camp, but no compromise is just what his fans signed up for in the first place. The Darkside, Vol. 1 is a mean beast of an album that will surely make Joe's army re-enlist for Vol. 2.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/27/2010
Label:
Koch Records
UPC:
0099923210122
catalogNumber:
2101
Rank:
255073

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fat Joe   Primary Artist
David Cabrera   Bass Guitar
Kevin Casey   Keyboards
Eddie "Krack Keys" Montilla   Keyboards
Delvin Alexander   Keyboards
Alina Cordoves   Tambourine
DJ Excess   scratching
Jennifer Hill Rodriquez   Tambourine

Technical Credits

Davitt Sigerson   Composer
R. Kelly   Composer
DJ Premier   Producer
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Leon Huff   Composer
Carlton Ridenhour   Composer
Norman Lee Rogers   Composer
William Drayton   Composer
Deborah Mannis-Gardner   Sample Clearance
Omar Credle   Composer
Abel Garibaldi   Engineer
J. Smith   Producer
Ian Mereness   Engineer
Infamous   Producer
Scram Jones   Producer
Jeff Meeks   Engineer
Marleny Dominguez   Label Direction
Dre   Producer,Executive Producer,Instrumentation
Gina Victoria   Engineer
Cool   Producer,Executive Producer,Instrumentation
Scoop DeVille   Producer
Raw Uncut   Producer
Laurent "Slick" Cohen   Additional Production
I.L.O.   Additional Production
Andrew Kelley   Art Direction
Streetrunner   Producer
Robert Thiele   Composer
Anthony Best   Composer
Ronnie E. Broomfield   Composer
Kevin Zulueta   Engineer
Shawnte Crespo   Marketing
Marcello Valenzano   Engineer
Dope Boyz   Producer,Instrumentation
Zeferiah   Producer,Executive Producer
Felix "Flex Ts" Caberra   Management
Macho TS   Executive Producer
James Horton McKinley   Composer
Richard Heronymus   Composer
Jimmy Vann   Composer
Allison Gardner   Sample Clearance
Terrance Dixon   Composer

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