Unleashed

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From the sound of his more mature third disc, Bow Wow no longer wants to be a Toys "R" Us kid. Although the 16-year-old dropped the "Lil' " from his rap moniker after his silver-screen debut in 2002's surprise hit Like Mike, on Unleashed Bow Wow reinforces his desire to break free from his squeaky-clean, adolescent image with booming beats and reflective lyrics such as "I step to a new day, a new age, and a new page" "I'll Move On," featuring R&B heartthrob Mario. And while he may not be down with Jermaine Dupri's So So Def camp anymore, Atlanta producer Jazze Pha does a fine job providing the teen rapper with a consistently danceable sound sure to keep the...
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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
From the sound of his more mature third disc, Bow Wow no longer wants to be a Toys "R" Us kid. Although the 16-year-old dropped the "Lil' " from his rap moniker after his silver-screen debut in 2002's surprise hit Like Mike, on Unleashed Bow Wow reinforces his desire to break free from his squeaky-clean, adolescent image with booming beats and reflective lyrics such as "I step to a new day, a new age, and a new page" "I'll Move On," featuring R&B heartthrob Mario. And while he may not be down with Jermaine Dupri's So So Def camp anymore, Atlanta producer Jazze Pha does a fine job providing the teen rapper with a consistently danceable sound sure to keep the young 'uns shaking their tail feathers on several tracks, including the bass-heavy "I Can't Lose" and the jiggy lead single, "Let's Get Down," featuring Cash Money's Baby. Also helping Bow Wow pull off his street-credible makeover are the omnipresent Neptunes -- who lend their beat wizardry to the aforementioned "I'll Move On" and the old-school rap reminiscent "The Don, The Dutch" -- and Swizz Beatz, who puts his frenetic stamp on "Get It Poppin'." Despite being in a rush to grow up, Bow Wow is still a proud mama's boy, and he pays tribute to his "best friend" on the poignant "To My Mama," featuring Mary J. Blige sound-alike Amerie. That track proves that while Bow Wow wants to be Unleashed, this pup never strays far from home.
All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
A lot more changed for Bow Wow between his second and third albums Doggy Bag and Unleashed, respectively than his name. The formerly "lil" rapper starred in a Hollywood film, Like Mike 2002, and changed labels, leaving behind the hitmaking expertise of Jermaine Dupri and So So Def Records for the free-range pastures of Columbia Records. Moreover, the teenage rapper's voice changed noticeably and he decided to project a more grown-up attitude. He also changed his musical style -- while Doggy Bag had been a grab bag of pop-rap interpolations appropriating everything from New Edition to the Cars, Unleashed lets loose esteemed contemporary rap producers like Swizz Beatz, Jazzy Pha, and Lil Jon. The result is unsurprisingly a very contemporary-sounding album, for better or worse. Bow Wow certainly no longer sounds like the pop-rapper that he began as, now that he's rapping alongside Baby from the Big Tymers on "Let's Get Down" and spitting tough game over DMX-worthy Ruff Ryder beats on "Get It Poppin'." But that candy-coated pop-ness was what had made Bow Wow so novel in the first place -- "Bounce Wit Me" certainly wouldn't have sounded as fun as it did without a kid rapping it, nor would "Take Ya Home" have sounded so adorable had a thug-pimp rapped it. That's the dilemma faced by Bow Wow and company on Unleashed: retain the kid-rap novelty which can only be done for so long or succumb to genre which is inevitable. Curiously, Unleashed wants to have it both ways. The gratuitous sex, drugs, violence, and profanity that characterize most popular rap is largely absent, yet so are the "lil" aspects that made Bow Wow so darn cute in the first place. So, what you get are songs like "Let's Get Down," which is kid-code for "Let's Get It On," and songs like "Hey Little Momma," which is a PG-rated version of Cam'ron's similarly themed yet far more explicit hit from the year before, "Hey Ma." For sure, Unleashed is a transitional album for Bow Wow, yet it's a satisfying one -- and an interesting one at that, as you get to hear the superstar teen carefully walk the fine line between teen pop à la the Jackson 5 and the streets à la 50 Cent.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/19/2003
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998710320
  • Catalog Number: 87103

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Get It Poppin' (3:28)
  2. 2 Let's Get Down - Baby (4:41)
  3. 3 Eighteen (4:50)
  4. 4 Follow Me (3:53)
  5. 5 My Baby (5:03)
  6. 6 The Don, The Dutch (3:57)
  7. 7 The Movement (3:56)
  8. 8 I Can't Lose (4:02)
  9. 9 Hey Little Momma (3:38)
  10. 10 I Got Ya'll (3:17)
  11. 11 I'll Move On (4:06)
  12. 12 To My Mama - Amerie (5:17)
  13. 13 [Untitled Hidden Track] (0:09)
  14. 14 [Untitled Hidden Track] (0:10)
  15. 15 [Untitled Hidden Track] (0:06)
  16. 16 I'm Back (3:48)
  17. 17 [Untitled Hidden Track]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bow Wow Primary Artist
Charles Pettaway Guitar
Tameka "Tiny" Cottle Background Vocals
Toya McKinney Background Vocals
Technical Credits
John Frye Engineer
J.C. Phillips Composer
Brian Stanley Engineer
Mike "Hitman" Wilson Engineer
Kris Feldman Art Direction
Jazze Pha Producer
Jonathon "Lil' Jon" Smith Producer
Josh Butler Engineer
R. Harrell Composer
Swizz Beatz Producer
Bink Programming, Producer
C. Harris Composer
Andrew Coleman Engineer
Bow Wow Executive Producer
R.L. Griffin Composer
Frank Carbonari Graphic Design
Kasseem Dean Composer
Shilla Benning Groomer
Bam Bowser Producer
Ryan Bowser Producer
Teresa Caldwell Executive Producer, Groomer
Derek Delay Engineer
Steve Fisher Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My Baby

    Hey this is Yaneth and i love Bow Wow he is like the best Rap singer i just love him so much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unleashed

    I can't believe people bought this c.d. he can't write songs. He doesn't even stay on the subject of his songs. Kids don't waste your money on this garbage. He need J.D. to write his rhyme.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    He nees help

    Bow Wow needs to become a better lycrist before he ven thinks about putting out anothe c.d. good lck on your next effort because one of your fans was not pleased.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BowsAtlgirl

    I love bowwow and the song i like the most is My baby

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    He's Matured

    Bow Wow as he likes to be referred to now has matured from the pint-size rapper backed by Jermaine Dupri on his third album the songs are more mature...he speaks of love of females, himself, his family, and his sucess in the industry...its safe to say this record is the making of a staying power for the young rapper in the game i look forward to his next effort

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding

    This CD is a must have!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hott

    i copped the disc and its hotter than ever

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unleashed

    This cd proves why bow wow can't write songs and how his ghostwriters cant write songs he needs hang up his mic and let the true mcs like me have our glory. If anyone doesn't believe me about this album go to a store that lets you listen to it before you buy it

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