A decade after resorting to starting her own label to release her work, Teena Marie discovered newfound -- or, more likely, regenerated -- respect for her legacy and wound up with a deal on Southern rap label Cash Money (distributed by Universal). Most of La Doña was in the can before the label snapped her up, but not before Cash Money's own Mannie Fresh could contribute some co-production work. Even so, this is a Teena Marie record in every respect, with none of her personality compromised. The average artist who reappears long after his or her most-popular years tends to fail miserably at staying current -- hell, rewind 14 years to the stunted hip-hop elements of Marie's own Ivory -- but she skillfully avoids that trap here. She's in excellent voice, as confident as ever, and most of the material she's working with stands proudly next to her best work. One trap Marie couldn't help but fall down, however, is the curse of the seemingly bottomless album. Equal to the length of two of her '80s albums, it undeniably falls prey to the CD-age trend of cramming as much as possible onto a disc. And La Doña would most definitely have a greater impact if it were knocked down to 40 minutes or so. This issue excepted, Marie's return is nothing short of welcomed. Gerald LeVert, MC Lyte, Common, Baby, and -- of course -- Rick James stop by for support, but none of them are truly needed.
Performance CreditsTeena Marie Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Lady Levi Rap
Val Young Background Vocals
James Allen Guitar,Keyboards
Kimberly Brewer Background Vocals
Bridgette Bryant Background Vocals
Kevin Dorsey Background Vocals
Tyrone Griffen Horn Section
Doug Grigsby Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Phillip Ingram Background Vocals
Brian Kilgore Percussion
Frank McComb Keyboards
Greg Moore Guitar
Christopher Troy Keyboards
Pamela Williams Keyboards,Saxophone
Wali Ali Guitar
Morris O'Connor Guitar
Cameron Stone Strings
Gerald Spikes Horn Section
Leaveil Degree Background Vocals
Michael Norfleet Keyboards
Steve Baxter Horn Section
Dede O'Neal Background Vocals
Michael Herring Guitar
Troy Mason Voice Box
Lynne Thigpen Background Vocals
Fausto Cuevas Percussion
Brian "Baby" Williams Rap
Verline Beard Background Vocals
Darryl Finesee Background Vocals
Tracy Hazzard Background Vocals
Antonio Sol Background Vocals
David Starks Guitar
Mads Tollin Strings
Alia Rose Background Vocals
Technical CreditsMC Lyte Composer
Rick James Composer
Teena Marie Composer,Producer,drum programming
James Allen Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements,drum programming
Mannie Fresh Producer
Doug Grigsby Composer,Producer,drum programming
Pamela Williams Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements,drum programming
Brian "Baby" Williams Executive Producer
Ronald Williams Executive Producer
Byron Thomas Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have always loved Teena Marie since I first heard "I'm Just A Sucker For Your Love" w/Rick James. This cd just shows that she only gets better as the years go by and you cannot say that about too many artists. If you were to listen to "Starchild" or "Robbery" she sounds exactly the way she did so this cd definately shows that she is not outdated,played out, and can definately meet up to current times. Her voice blends perfectly. I hope she wins a grammy finally.
I'M SORRY I DID NOT BUY THE CD WHEN IT FIRST CAME OUT. I CAN'T STOP PLAYING "I'M ON FIRE" AND "MY BODY'S HUNGRY". THESE TWO SONGS ARE RIGHT UP THERE WITH "OUT ON A LIMB, DEAR LOVER, CASANOVA BROWN". TEENA CAN REALLY MAKE YOU FEEL THE MUSIC. SHE IS A TRUE ARTIST IN EVERY SINCE. KEEP IT COMING TEENA.
This CD was well worth the wait. Teena Marie is simply magnificant and she has proven herself again to be the queen "b". I would rate this the best CD of the year and being a true Teena Marie fan I'm so glad she's back!
This is one of her best, if not the best CD by Lady T. Everysong is great. If you like her voice, you will love this CD. She keeps it real, yet up todate. I have always been a fan, now we have some new music from lady T. GREAT, GREAT,,,AND it's a full CD!
From the classy sassy cover photos to such romantic seductive songs as "I'm On Fire", "Honey Call", and "My Body's Hungry", LADONA offers ample proof that you can be sexy with class. Old school influences are on display on such songs as "Still In Love" (Al Green), "Baby I'm Your Fiend" (Roy Ayers), and "Black Rain" (mid 70s Dee Dee Bridgewater). On the romantic "A Rose By Any Other Name", Marie and Gerald Levert get down to the business of "sanging", while guest appearances by Rick James, De De O'Neal, and Alia Rose (Teena's daughter) enhance the album without overpowering Lady Tee. In fact, the guests honor Lady Tee by putting in their contribution, before stepping back and letting her do her thing. The only stumbles on this album is the loud reggae-flavored "Recyle Hate To Love" and the sloppy hip-hop track "The Mackin' Game" featuring rappers Medusa and MC Lyte. The latter track is weak not because of the rappers, but the overall production of the song.
Teena has disappered for a while,, But she is Back And better than ever. Her soulful voice is as refreshing as ever.. Teena is the Definition of What Great music was and should be .. THE BOMB!
Teena Marie has made a major comeback with her new CD titled LaDona. I can't seem to put this CD down. Cuts 2-6 are truly outstanding and I highly recommend this CD.
Lady T is back in full effect. Stepped out a minute but she's back to the game without missing a beat. Just goes to show you quality lasts forever. She is now and always will be one of my favorites. Her range is incredible and her pipes still sound fantastic. Thank you Lady Tee, your fans really missed you. She is an OG for sure. She is not just a great singer, but a great stylist. The girl can saaaaang.