We the Best

We the Best

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by DJ Khaled
     
 

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Arriving a year -- almost to the day -- after his superior Listennn: The Album, DJ Khaled's sophomore effort, We the Best, is a mixed bag. On the plus side there are the singles and highlights, all of them infectious, grand, and inspired. Leadoff single "We Takin' Over" is a star-studded, Akon-anchored anthem with swagger to burn,See more details below

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Arriving a year -- almost to the day -- after his superior Listennn: The Album, DJ Khaled's sophomore effort, We the Best, is a mixed bag. On the plus side there are the singles and highlights, all of them infectious, grand, and inspired. Leadoff single "We Takin' Over" is a star-studded, Akon-anchored anthem with swagger to burn, while "Brown Paper Bag" twists a grand sample of Yvonne Elliman's "If I Can't Have You" into a soulful tale of fast money. On the latter, Jeezy, Weezy (Lil Wayne), and Rick Ross add up to that rumored all-star edition of Boyz N da Hood that never happened, and if that isn't enough to draw the hip-hop regulars in, hearing the Game, Jadakiss, and Trick Daddy all on the same track, "I'm from the Ghetto," certainly will. Last of the must-haves is "B**** I'm from Dade County" with Khaled, Trick Daddy, and production team the Diaz Brothers in fine pro-Florida form. Besides the Diaz Brothers, Cool & Dre, the Runners, Danja, and Caine Beats produce tracks while Khaled only helms two: the "Intro" (which barely counts) and "Before the Solution," with Beanie Siegel once again covering his iffy relationships with Jay-Z and Dame Dash. Beanie has covered this drama much better elsewhere, up to and including his guest shot on Listennn, but the other tracks that miss aren't as disappointing; they're just fair. Khaled doesn't help much by doing his usual "Listennnnnn!" and "I represent the ghetto!" shouts over songs he has little or no connection with, and while the man has said this effort isn't about his production skills but rather music he loves, it seems like all the more reason to stay out of the way. Maybe it's an effort to ease the geographical jumps -- from Florida to the Cleveland-repping Bone Thugs and on to "New York" -- or a way to keep the momentum rolling on this up-and-down effort. Instead, it just points out these shortcomings when they could have been less noticeable. Much more frustrating than a failure, We the Best earns a slight thumbs up if you think of it as a disjointed soundtrack or four-hit mixtape.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/12/2007
Label:
Koch Records
UPC:
0099923422921
catalogNumber:
4229
Rank:
65416

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Performance Credits

DJ Khaled   Primary Artist,Rap
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony   Rap
Eddie Montilla   Piano
Leroy Barbie Romans   Keyboards
Fat Joe   Rap
Birdman   Rap
Dré   Rap
Paul Wall   Rap
Trina   Rap
Ja Rule   Rap
Beanie Sigel   Rap
Jadakiss   Rap
Lil Wayne   Rap
Trick Daddy   Rap
Bun B   Rap
Juelz Santana   Rap
T.I.   Rap
Akon   Rap
Thomas "T" Hatcher   Bass Guitar
Young Jeezy   Rap
Game   Rap
T-Pain   Rap
C-Ride   Rap
Rick Ross   Rap
Pooh Bear   Rap
Brisco   Rap
Plies   Rap
K Foxx   Rap
Flo Rida   Rap

Technical Credits

Dré   Audio Production
Abel Garibaldi   Programming,Engineer
Ian Mereness   Pro-Tools
John Franck   Video Producer
Diaz Brothers   Audio Production
Cool   Audio Production
Cool & Dre   Instrumentation
Robert "Big Briz" Brisbane   Engineer
DJ Khaled   Audio Production
Regena Ratcliffe   Print Production
Danja   Audio Production
Jeff Edwards   Engineer
Runners   Audio Production
Douglas Sadler   Engineer
Andrew Kelley   Art Direction
Caine Beats   Audio Production

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