The Essence Music Festival, Vol. 4: The Collection

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Since this collection of live performances from the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans is presented by the Music World label and executive produced by company head Mathew Knowles, it's no surprise that it features Knowles' daughters, the superstar Beyoncé ("Single Ladies") and the developing artist Solange ("T.O.N.Y."). Those singers represent contemporary R&B and hip-hop, but the featured performers also include some vintage names from R&B's past dating back a couple of decades, and the mixture of current and veteran artists suggests a continuity in the music's history. Thus, a current rapper like Kanye West ("Good Life") is followed by an old-school one ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Since this collection of live performances from the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans is presented by the Music World label and executive produced by company head Mathew Knowles, it's no surprise that it features Knowles' daughters, the superstar Beyoncé ("Single Ladies") and the developing artist Solange ("T.O.N.Y."). Those singers represent contemporary R&B and hip-hop, but the featured performers also include some vintage names from R&B's past dating back a couple of decades, and the mixture of current and veteran artists suggests a continuity in the music's history. Thus, a current rapper like Kanye West ("Good Life") is followed by an old-school one like LL Cool J ("Doin' It"), and the stars also include Tina Marie (who declares, "Let's go back to 1984!" to introduce "Lovergirl") and Janet Jackson ("Love Will Never Do [Without You]"). It's appropriate that the closer is Mary J. Blige ("Be Without You"), who may be a current artist, but also possesses a soulful voice and traditional approach that could come from almost any point in the history of R&B. The performances sometimes fade out rather than climax, and the sound quality can be rudimentary at times, but the album presents a good cross-section of a broad swath of R&B music featuring some of its most prominent practitioners.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/28/2011
  • Label: Music World
  • UPC: 879645002812
  • Catalog Number: 5281
  • Sales rank: 195,270

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Single Ladies - Beyoncé
  2. 2 Good Life - Kanye West
  3. 3 Doin' It - LL Cool J
  4. 4 American Boy - Estelle
  5. 5 Lovergirl - Teena Marie
  6. 6 Southern Girl - Frankie Beverly
  7. 7 Love That Girl - Raphael Saadiq
  8. 8 Woman - Raheem DeVaughn
  9. 9 There Goes My Baby - Charlie Wilson
  10. 10 Love Will Never Do (Without You) - Janet Jackson
  11. 11 T.O.N.Y. - Solange
  12. 12 If I Have My Way - Chrisette Michele
  13. 13 S.E.X. - Lyfe Jennings
  14. 14 Be Without You - Mary J. Blige
Disc 2
  1. 1 [Bonus Material]
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
James Ingram Composer
Grace Jones Composer
Quincy Jones Composer
Frankie Beverly Composer
Mary J. Blige Composer
Terry Lewis Composer
Daryl Simmons Composer
Raphael Saadiq Composer
Rashad Smith Composer
Carl Thompson Composer
Clarence Allen Composer
David Lee Stewart Composer
Aldrin Davis Composer
Beyoncé Knowles Composer
will.i.am Composer
Mathew Knowles Executive Producer
Kanye West Composer
Johnta Austin Composer
Calvin Richardson Composer
Bryan-Michael Cox Composer
James Todd Smith Composer
Raheem DeVaughn Composer
John Stephens Composer
Jack Splash Composer
T-Pain Composer
Bobby Ozuna Composer
Caleb Speir Composer
Kyonte Vincent Composer
Jerry Callender Composer
Kweli Washington Composer
T. Callaway Composer
Estelle Swaray Composer
James Harris Composer
Thaddis Harrell Composer
Keith Harris Composer
Gregg John Pagani Composer
Kenneth Ray Copeland Composer
Michelle Ebanks Executive Producer
Marvin Eugene Smith Composer
Jerry Williams Art Direction
Joshua Lopez Composer
Christopher Stewart Composer
Terius Nash Composer
LeShaun Toureau Composer
Isaac Wright Composer
Christine Brockert Composer
Chrisette Michele Payne Composer
Chester Jermain Jennings Composer
Charlotte Sandford Producer
Jason Lamont Perry Composer
Dawn M. Baskerville Executive Editing
Micahel Dean Composer
Kevin Lamont Randolph Composer
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