All About J

All About J

by Lil' J


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All About J

Arriving quickly on the heels of Lil' Bow Wow's and Lil' Romeo's commercial success in the rap game, Lil' J couldn't help but appear as an imitator. It happened when Kris Kross first broke through and had been happening for decades in the pop world -- with one teen success comes a wave of imitators. Yet it's a disservice to call Lil' J an imitator, even if that's ultimately what he is in the eyes of the public and his record label. The kid has skills. That's the bottom line and what you'll realize if you actually give his debut album a chance. He may be barely a teen but he sure can rap, and while his subject matter usually sticks to juvenilia, that's partly the beauty of it. If the rap game is short on anything, it's innocence and good-hearted fun. This is exactly what Lil' J brings to the table, particularly on songs like the lead single "It's the Weekend." What makes All About J even better, however, is the plethora of talented producers. You get Clark Kent and L.E.S. representing N.Y.C., Jermaine Dupri representing the Southern sound, and L.T. Hutton bringing a little West Coast flavor to the album -- essentially the sort of variety Lil' J needs if he hopes to cross over from coast to coast and everywhere in between. Of course, with any teen rapper, you really can't expect too much lyrical virtuosity or much naughtiness -- two of rap's best qualities -- but the innocence is a nice change of pace. So even if Lil' J isn't quite on par with Lil' Bow Wow and even if he can't help but seem to be riding on Bow Wow's coattails, Lil' J is definitely worth investigating if you enjoy the Will Smith-style of PG-rated rap.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/02/2002
Label: Hollywood Records
UPC: 0720616232229
catalogNumber: 162322
Rank: 274566

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lil' J   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Keith Stewart   Vocals
Livio Harris   Background Vocals,Voices
Ricky Bell   Track Performer
Jelly Roll   Vocals,Background Vocals,Multi Instruments
Tracy Carter   Keyboards
L.T. Hutton   Background Vocals,Multi Instruments
Rob Kaspar   Keyboards
Beau Dozier   Vocals,Background Vocals
Debra Dobkins   Percussion
Kandi   Vocals
Dakari   Vocals
Shan   Vocals
Grecco Buratto   Guitar
Daniel Parra   Vocals
DJ Nasty   scratching
Tehran Bailey   Vocals,Background Vocals
Lermelle Cooper   Background Vocals
Johnathan Drew   Background Vocals
Christopher Gonzalez   Vocals
Savan Himmelman   Background Vocals
Sarah Houghton   Background Vocals
Lil Bitt   Vocals
Rachel Lucasey   Vocals
Sammy McQuire   Background Vocals
Lionel Randolph   Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Dave Aron   Programming
Joe Davi   Engineer
Lorita DeLaCerna   Administration
Jermaine Dupri   Producer
Brian Frye   Engineer
Vaughn Halyard   Producer,Executive Producer
Livio Harris   Producer,Executive Producer,Concept
LaMarquis Mark Jefferson   Producer
Clark Kent   Producer
Jelly Roll   Producer,Vocal Producer
Van Arden   Engineer
Tim Nitz   Engineer
L.E.S.   Producer,Pro-Tools
L.T. Hutton   Programming,Producer
Rob Kaspar   Programming,Producer
Beau Dozier   Programming,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Wassim Zreik   Engineer
Rob Worthington   Engineer
Oscar Melendez   Pro-Tools
Ken Huffnagle   Engineer
Gregory Muntana Gilmer   Art Direction
Michael Woodrum   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Dakari   Producer
David "Profound" Kelly   Pro-Tools
Deacon   Producer,Engineer
Jim Goodwin   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Phillip "Nut" Howard   Producer
Aaron "Echo" Levi   Producer
Toni Lucero   Administration
Jordan Nims   Engineer
Nyabingi   Pro-Tools
Mackery "Mak" Pacius   Engineer
Ken "Supa Engineer" Duro   Pro-Tools

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All About J 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a decent first time record. He's got some talent but I am soooo tired of artist using LIL' in front of their name. That is so tired and that is one thing I would not want someone calling me if I was a guy.