Jaheim switches from Warner Bros. to Atlantic after 2006's number one Ghetto Classics, and it's business as usual for the singer. He continues to surround himself with a complementary roster of fellow songwriters and producers, including associates old (KayGee, Wesley Hogges, Darren Lighty, Eric Williams, Balewa Muhammad) and new (R. Kelly, Babyface, Ivan Barias, Carvin Haggins). Like an overwhelming percentage of Jaheim's first three albums, there's nothing flashy about The Makings of a Man. It's built-to-last R&B with a foot in the past and another in the present, his tough-yet-smooth Teddy Pendergrass-meets-Luther Vandross voice in full effect. Particularly bright spots include "Hush" (the R. Kelly collaboration, where Jaheim feels conflicted over sleeping with his best friend's woman), the Force M.D.'s-sampling "Have You Ever" (a frank check-yourself number, despite its wistfulness), and pretty much every other track that incorporates a soul classic, whether it's Bobby Womack's "If You Think You're Lonely Now" ("Lonely") or Atlantic Starr's "Let's Get Closer" ("I've Changed," featuring Keyshia Cole).
Performance CreditsJaheim Primary Artist
Babyface Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Greg Landfair Guitar
Jaheim Hoagland Vocals,Background Vocals
Rodney East Keyboards
Keyshia Cole Guest Appearance
Technical CreditsR. Kelly Arranger
Kenny Gamble Composer
Leon Huff Composer
Terry Lewis Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Cliff Lighty Arranger,Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
Darren Lighty Arranger,Producer
Patrick Moten Composer
Phil Hamilton Programming
Stanley Wallace Engineer
Paul Boutin Engineer
Sandra Sully Composer
Abel Garibaldi Engineer
Balewa Muhammad Composer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
Jaheim Hoagland Arranger,Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
Ian Mereness Programming,Engineer
Wesley Hogges Composer,Producer
Rob Herrera Engineer
Ivan "Orthodox" Barias Composer,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Carvin "Ransum" Haggins Composer,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Producer
Greg Gigendad Burke Art Direction
Keir Gist Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Keyshia Cole Composer
Daniel Farris Composer
Joi L. Pitts Marketing
Eric Williams Composer,Vocal Producer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Makings of a Man based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
This album is truly over due and I love it. Jaheim is one of my favorite male artist and he is an orginal.
This album is truly awesome, His voice is magic. Go get it!
I love this cd, this is truly his best thus far......His voice is amazing...He is one of my favorite r&b singers......
I think this is Jaheim's best work. "Never" the newest wedding track. Life of a Thug is one of my favorite tracks on this cd. Lot's of old school stuff. I can't stop listening to it. His collaboration with Keyshia Cole is really good too. This is a must have.
not too many cd's out now you can enjoy from 1 til the end this one is the only cd this year that is awesome