Struggle Love

Struggle Love

by Jaheim

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Overview

Struggle Love

Jaheim's time with Atlantic was basically as productive as his earlier Warner Bros. phase. For both labels, he released three albums. All six went Top Ten R&B. Despite commercial radio's increased marginalization of soul-rooted R&B, not one of the releases contained a stylistic concession. Album seven, released on the singer's reactivated Julia's Dream label (named in honor of his mother) through Primary Wave/BMG Rights Management, adds to the uniform discography. Jaheim does switch it up by employing a mostly new set of producers and musicians for support, and they duly serve up a fresh-sounding mix of songs based in traditional R&B. On "Songs to Have Sex To," he acknowledges his inspirations more explicitly than before, citing "Teddy P., Luther V." first among a list of classic balladeers, like a less silly but still humorous update of Twista, Jamie Foxx, and Kanye West's "Slow Jams." The album also continues Jaheim's tradition of referencing classic R&B ballads. This time, it's the Deele's "Two Occasions," embellished with a generous rhythmic bump to complement a yearning (well, thirsting) vocal. As much as the pure sound of his voice remains roughly 65-percent Vandross, 35-percent Pendergrass, the singer's flow is still his own, as his ability to deliver an explicit line without the slightest smirk. The way he completes a couplet that begins with "Let's cuddle to a flick" confirms that there should be a term defined as "Rewinding a Jaheim recording to confirm what he sang, only to conclude 'Of course that's what Jaheim sang.'" Those who can't stomach the foolishness nonetheless get some prime ballads resulting in no split sides, including the sparkling "If Someone Asks" and the nearly rending likes of "Something Tells Me" and "Back in My Arms." [Struggle Love was also released in a clean version.]

Product Details

Release Date: 03/18/2016
Label: Bmg Rights Managemen
UPC: 4050538195484
catalogNumber: 538195484
Rank: 83956

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jaheim   Primary Artist
Kevin Owens   Vocals
Stan Wallace   Keyboards
Bobby Sparks   Keyboards
April Owens   Background Vocals
Stacey McGee   Bass Guitar
Curtis Smith   Keyboards
Rick Tate   Saxophone,Vocoder,EWI
Dominique Thomas   Percussion
Todd Schefflin   Saxophone
Kaleef Hills   Keyboards

Technical Credits

James Smith   Composer
Troy Taylor   Composer
Stan Wallace   Composer,Engineer
David Guppy   Composer
Babyface   Composer
Balewa Muhammad   Composer,Executive Producer
Wesley Hodges   Composer,drum programming
Jaheim Hoagland   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer
Charles Amos   Composer,Producer
Dominick Lamb   Composer
Vidal Davis   Producer
Nottz   Producer
Alice Russell   Composer
Eritza Laues   Composer
Cedric Solomon   Composer,Producer
Sylvester Jordan   Composer
Candice Nelson   Composer
Toby Davis   Composer,Producer
Isaac Hayes III "Ike Dirty"   Composer
John McGee   Composer
Askia Fountain   Composer
Ronald Ferebee   Composer
Shanell Irving   Composer
Sidney Johnson   Composer
Sheldon Ellerby   Composer,Producer
Vincent Thomas   Composer
Ricky Rutland   Composer,Producer
Julius Rivera   Composer
Tenille Johnson   Composer
Clifton Lighty   Composer
Shaunice Lasha Jones   Composer
Cannon Mapp   Composer
Stanley Bristol   Composer
Avery Segers   Composer
Perry L. Mapp   Composer
Orlando Williamson   Composer
Nicolas D. Lambert   Composer
Xavier Dellotto Fairley   Composer,Producer
Andre Bass   Composer
Michael Simmonds   Composer
Kaleef Hills   Engineer
Alexander "Agor" Cowan   Composer

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