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Redemption, Vol. 4

The Redemption, Vol. 4

by Ruff Ryders
     
 

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Surprise! The fourth volume of Ruff Ryders' something-for-everyone, multi-genre, everybody-Ruff Ryder-and-their-brother series is uneven, but hardly as uneven as usual. The collective/production team has dropped the Ryde or Die title for this one, going instead with Redemption. Maybe it's a reference to the collective's three-year absence from the scene,

Overview

Surprise! The fourth volume of Ruff Ryders' something-for-everyone, multi-genre, everybody-Ruff Ryder-and-their-brother series is uneven, but hardly as uneven as usual. The collective/production team has dropped the Ryde or Die title for this one, going instead with Redemption. Maybe it's a reference to the collective's three-year absence from the scene, a long time when you consider the first three volumes all came out within a year of each other. With more than their fair share of highlights, the first three volumes built a momentum other series couldn't, but take three years off in hip-hop and you might as well start at zero. Utilizing new blood and new genres, Redemption sort of does start at square one, but familiar names like DMX and Swizz Beatz bring reminders of the Double-R in their heyday, as does the urgent spirit and shoulder-rockin' beats. DMX and Jadakiss give "Get Wild" their best, but it's newcomer Flashy who breathes new life into the collective. The Ryders will go twice as far betting on Flashy than they did betting on Jin, "Stay Down" being the proof. As he's proved before, Akon can't go wrong when he plays it plaintive, but Flashy is the one to make the track come alive. His poignant discussion of the urban struggle should appeal to the most discerning backpacker, and it balances the album's numerous reckless moments. Reggae ("Ghetto Children") and reggaeton ("Dame Reggaeton") flavors broaden the sounds nicely, but the Lil Jon copping on "What They Want" sounds like a desperate and forced play for the Dirty South audience. It's the only whack track on the otherwise tight album, and if that ain't enough, there's some drama to talk about too. G-Unit/Aftermath associate Green Lantern handles "Keep the Gunz Cocked," and while it's not his greatest beat ever, that someone from 50 Cent and Tony Yayo's posse is on a rival's record should give the message boards plenty to discuss. The rest of the record gives you plenty to ride to, slide to, and pump your fist to, so much so you won't even notice superstar and Ruff Ryders regular Eve is MIA.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2008
Label:
Penalty Records
UPC:
0827133402323
catalogNumber:
4023

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Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ruff Ryders   Primary Artist
Bernard Grobman   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
DeRock   Vocals
J-Hood   Track Performer
Aja Smith   Vocals
Gypsy Lisette   Vocals
Kartoon   Track Performer
Snypah   Track Performer
Scarlett   Track Performer
Garnet Walters   Keyboards
Cross   Track Performer
Da Rock   Vocals

Technical Credits

SPK   Producer
K-Yze   Producer
Bernard Grobman   Producer
J.F.T. Hood   Composer
L.V.   Producer
J.C. Phillips   Composer
Steve Skinner   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
T. Smith   Composer
Scott Spencer Storch   Composer,Producer
D. Drew   Composer
Elite   Arranger,Producer
Jesús Hernández   Engineer
Chris Theis   Engineer
Deborah Mannis-Gardner   Sample Clearance
Neville Livingston   Composer
Arnie Roman   Producer
A. Smith   Composer
Swizz Beatz   Producer
Sean C.   Producer
Jellyroll   Producer
T. Franklin   Composer
Jay "Icepick" Jackson   Executive Producer
Akon   Producer,Engineer
Kasseem Dean   Composer
Conrad Golding   Engineer
Dragan "Chach" Cacinovic   Engineer
Craig Brodhead   Executive Producer
Darrin "Dee" Dean   Executive Producer
Joaquin "Waah" Dean   Executive Producer
Keisha Gibbs   Marketing
S. Martin   Composer
Jennifer Showalter   Sample Clearance
Randy "Okre Boy" Williams   Engineer
Paul Janitas   Engineer
Alex Ortiz   Engineer
Almighty Aziz   Producer
Kevin "Aziz" Bullock   Engineer
Notty   Producer
Shizz   Producer
Antonio "Big Tone" Simmons   Producer
Alvin "Pop" Singleton   Engineer
Supa Mario   Engineer
Lynne Timmes   Composer
Alex Ortiz   Engineer
A. Simmons   Composer
A. Roman   Composer
A. Parrino   Composer
A. Haim   Composer
A. Cintron   Composer
T. Franklin   Composer
L. Lunnon   Composer
D. Styles   Composer
Devine   Producer
L. Coppin   Composer
R. Rodriguez   Composer
V. Santiago   Composer
S. Jacobs   Composer
J. Phillips   Composer
T. Gates   Composer
Supa Mario   Engineer
S. Martin   Composer
M. Smalls   Composer
E. Simmons   Composer
B. Grobman   Composer
B. Reese   Composer
Qaadir Atkinson   Composer
Shandell Green   Composer

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