Block Music

Block Music

by Shawnna

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Block Music

Shawnna's debut album, 2004's Worth tha Weight, had been such a long time coming that you'd think the Chicago MC would've pretty much shot her load with it. The album did well, since it was set up as little more than a spin-off from Ludacris' Disturbing tha Peace camp. It peaked at number 22. Block Music, her second album, immediately follows "Gettin' Some," a highlight from the second Disturbing tha Peace album, and it improves upon Worth tha Weight in every regard. It's tougher, crazier, more sensitive, more insightful, and ultimately more Shawnna. While she affirms her Chicago roots throughout the album, she might as well be considered a fully naturalized Southern MC. The album's first several tracks do this in fine form. The opening "Can't Do It Like Me" destroys D4L's "Betcha Can't Do It Like Me" (but note the lack of snaps) and sets the tone for what follows. Over synths set to stun that alternately punch and drone, and beats that boom, Shawnna proves to be one of the fiercest and most flexible MCs around, whether she's associated with the South or the Midwest. She switches between personas both intimidating ("Block Music") and cute ("Damn"), and she operates equally effectively whether in double time or cruise control. Though these tracks feature Field Mob's Smoke, Pharrell, Lil Wayne, and 8 Ball & MJG, Shawnna remains the main attraction. The second half isn't short on highlights, either. On "Can't Break Me," featuring her father -- blues legend Buddy Guy -- she's on her best behavior, offering a strong if sobering anthem to her fellow single mothers: "My baby asked me why his daddy don't love him yet/I swear to God it's like a bullet going through my chest." And this is hardly the token track where she brings some serious grit; both "Chicago" and "In the Chi" blend geographic pride with deep introspection, and "Ghetto Fairy Tales" is as hard-edged as anything from her any of her fellow Windy City dwellers. With a surprising level of depth and a more complementary set of productions, Block Music makes Worth tha Weight -- a decent album in its own right -- seem like a clumsy warm-up. Ironically, the track featuring mentor Ludacris and Bobby V. is without doubt the worst thing on it. [A clean version of the album was also released.]

Product Details

Release Date: 06/27/2006
Label: Def Jam
UPC: 0602498579886
catalogNumber: 000691002

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shawnna   Primary Artist
Fred Hampton   Guest Appearance
Shareefa   Track Performer
Yung Berg   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Rich Nice   Arranger,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
Jeff Dixon   Executive Producer
S. Jordan   Composer
Todd Shaw   Composer
C. Thompson   Composer
M.J. Bradley   Composer
Jeff Lane   Engineer
Craig Bauer   Engineer
Justice   Producer
Doug Joswick   Package Production
Ralph Cacciurri   Engineer
Carl Thompson   Producer
C.J. Ward   Composer
Brian Garten   Engineer
Adam Hill   Engineer
Tia Johnson   Art Direction
Andrew Coleman   Engineer
Chaka Zulu   Executive Producer
Bojan Dugich   Engineer
Shawnna   Arranger
Morgan Garcia   Engineer
Alec Newell   Engineer
Tai Linzie   Photo Coordination
John "JFK" Phipps   Engineer
Rob Caiaffa   Marketing
100% Pure   Producer
B Cruccial   Producer
Big French   Engineer
Shawnaé Corbett   Marketing
Tony Dinero   Producer
DJ Geno   Studio Coordinator
Brian Joseph Gaynor   Engineer
T.C. Love   Producer
Greg "G Ball" Meijors   Engineer
Staybent Krunk A-Delic   Producer
Track Kingz   Arranger
Yung Bosses   Producer
Dwayne Carter   Composer

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