Self Explanatory

Self Explanatory

by I-20



It's been a lengthy ramp running up to I-20's first solo album. Having made considerable splashes on Ludacris' "Move Bitch" and the remix of Houston's "I Like That" (as well as a handful of underground cuts), the Decatur, GA-based MC steps out with a solo record around the same time as fellow Disturbing tha Peace member Shawnna. Compared to the records from most of his Southern contemporaries, Self Explanatory is nearly a relentlessly dark and menacing affair. Even the most lighthearted cuts on the disc, like the properly titled Salaam Remi production "Fightin' in the Club" and the improperly titled Lil Jon production "Break Bread" ("Break Necks," more like), are most likely to be heard at the type of party that sends you to the hospital. It doesn't hurt that 20 has one of the deepest, most imposing voices around. Resembling the sound of a prank caller who has disguised his voice by slowing it down and then speeding it back up to normal human tempo, it's instantly memorable and doesn't seem the least bit gimmicky. Though he's an above average lyricist, it's this quality that he'll be remembered for. Containing all the guest appearances and producers you'd expect from a Southern rap record in 2004, Self Explanatory isn't going to catapult I-20 to a Ludacris level of popularity, but it's strong enough to make the MC's fellow DTP members proud.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/05/2004
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0724358211405
catalogNumber: 82114

Album Credits

Performance Credits

I-20   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Rich Nice   Bass,Background Vocals
Robert Aaron   Keyboards
David Anthony   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Puff Johnson   Vocals
Salaam Remi   Background Vocals
Groove Junkees   Organ,Bass,Piano,Strings,Electric Guitar,fender rhodes
Hot Runner   Vocals
Kandis Carlisle   Vocals
Millenium Bachelor   Vocals
Thrilla   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Rich Nice   Arranger,Programming,Producer
C.P. Love   Composer
David Anthony   Programming
Jerry Cohen   Composer
P.L. Johnson   Composer
Gene McFadden   Composer
Dale Ramsey   Engineer
Salaam Remi   Producer,Instrumentation
Gavin Taylor   Art Direction
Gordon Williams   Engineer
Mike "Hitman" Wilson   Engineer
G.C. Green   Composer
Craig Love   Arranger,Producer,Instrumentation
Ski   Producer
Ralph Cacciurri   Engineer
S. Thomas   Composer
DJ Paul   Producer,Engineer
A. Lee   Composer
A. Wilson   Composer
Juicy J   Producer,Engineer
Jayson Dyer   Producer
Groove Junkees   Producer
Alex Reverberi   Engineer
Ludacris   Executive Producer
Chaka Zulu   Executive Producer
Hot Runner   Producer
Red Spyda   Producer,Instrumentation
Heatmakerz   Producer
Joseph Simmons   Composer
Mike Foster   Engineer
Joe Traxx   Producer
Steve Fisher   Engineer

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