The Return of the Magnificent [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Andre Barnes
There's no denying DJ Jazzy Jeff's indelible impact on hip-hop -- he earned rap's first-ever Grammy award and sold over 5.5 million records in the U.S. alongside the Fresh Prince. Years removed from his heyday, Jeff has since faded from the mainstream but has continued carving out his own solo career, releasing a number of mixtapes and solo projects and becoming a prominent R&B
eo-soul producer. The Return of the Magnificent, the follow-up to 2002's The Magnificent, is vindicating proof that Jeff is more than a mere relic of hip-hop's golden era, and marks his first official release in five years. For the occasion, he enlists a range ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andre Barnes
There's no denying DJ Jazzy Jeff's indelible impact on hip-hop -- he earned rap's first-ever Grammy award and sold over 5.5 million records in the U.S. alongside the Fresh Prince. Years removed from his heyday, Jeff has since faded from the mainstream but has continued carving out his own solo career, releasing a number of mixtapes and solo projects and becoming a prominent R&B
eo-soul producer. The Return of the Magnificent, the follow-up to 2002's The Magnificent, is vindicating proof that Jeff is more than a mere relic of hip-hop's golden era, and marks his first official release in five years. For the occasion, he enlists a range of hip-hop heavyweights household names like Big Daddy Kane and Method Man, underground mainstays J-Live and Jean Grae, and hometown talents Eshon Burgundy and Peedi Peedi to cover vocal duties. While guest artists are at the fore, Jeff interjects plenty of hip-hop breaks, and scratches and adorns each track with a sprawling palette of sonic tapestries, heavily embedded in jazz "Practice" borrows from Donald Byrd's famed and frequently sampled "Think Twice", '70s soul "My Soul Ain't for Sale" beautifully incorporates Bobby Caldwell's cut "What You Won't Do for Love" with Raheem DeVaughn's vocal harmonies, and '60s funk "Jeff N Fess" loops an insistent sample of James Brown's "Bring It Up". The Return is, at its core, a hip-hop album, but Jeff acclimates to R&B tracks as well -- much like on The Magnificent -- employing singer Raheem DeVaughn on the melodic "My Soul Ain't for Sale," and Chinah Blac for the sensual "Touch Me wit Ur Hands," though, Chinah Blac's hushed vocals feel like a deficient substitute for an emcee's flow over the song's possessive rhythm and its infectious, sampled loop of Floetry's "Say Yes." The album rounds out with a fun rehash of the DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince hit "Brand New Funk," featuring rapper Peedi Peedi of State Property fame in place of Will Smith. The conclusion connects Jeff's past with his present, encapsulating his evolution over time as a producer and DJ, and marking The Return a cohesive, definitive body of work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/8/2007
  • Label: Rapster
  • UPC: 730003906824
  • Catalog Number: 68
  • Sales rank: 2,375

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hip Hop - Twone Gabz (6:11)
  2. 2 Let Me Hear U Clap (3:15)
  3. 3 Run That Back - Eshon Burgundy (3:57)
  4. 4 The Definition - Kelly Spencer (3:51)
  5. 5 Touch Me Wit Ur Handz - Chinah Blac (6:16)
  6. 6 Jeff N Fess - Rhymefest (4:18)
  7. 7 Practice (4:10)
  8. 8 Supa Jean - Jean Grae (5:40)
  9. 9 The Garden (3:57)
  10. 10 She Was So Flyy (4:00)
  11. 11 Hold It Down (5:24)
  12. 12 All I Know (4:08)
  13. 13 Go See the Doctor 2K7 - Twone Gabz (7:41)
  14. 14 My Soul Ain't for Sale - Raheem DeVaughn (5:08)
  15. 15 Come On - Dave Ghetto (5:30)
  16. 16 Brand New Funk 2K7 - Peedi Peedi (4:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
DJ Jazzy Jeff Primary Artist
Herb Middleton Bass, Keyboards
Adam Blackstone Bass
Pete Kuzma Bass
Ray Ray Guitar
Technical Credits
Antonio Hairston Composer
Herb Middleton Composer
Jeff Townes Composer, Producer
Antonio Hardy Composer
Kelvin Mercer Composer
Raheem DeVaughn Composer
Thomas McCallion Art Direction
Shawn Joseph Mastering
George Glass Engineer
David "Snake" Reynolds Composer
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