The Nine Yards

The Nine Yards

by Paperboy

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The Nine Yards

In the late '80s and early '90s, rap invaded the pop music world to the point where many rappers were considered mere pop artists. As a result, the genre produced an abundance of one-hit wonders who failed to reconnect with either rap or pop audiences after their moment of glory. Along with artists like Young MC, Candyman, Domino, and Positive K, Paperboy's rap ambitions were eclipsed by an impossibly catchy hit single. After streamlining the title of Zapp's oft-sampled R&B classic "Do Wa Ditty (Blow That Thing)" to the more radio-friendly "Ditty," Paperboy embellished Roger Troutman's surefire hook with a fluid, playful rap that drops names ranging from Jody Watley to BeBe and CeCe Winans. The song's crossover appeal is clinched once Paperboy segues effortlessly from the rapped verses to a chorus made irresistible by his sweet singing voice. That pop sensibility is precisely what discredited him in hardcore hip-hop circles, yet Paperboy was also unable to make lightning strike twice on the pop charts. The instructively titled "Bumpin' (Adaptation of Humpin')" attempted to ride the Gap Band to follow-up success, but by then the latest flavor had captured the public's attention, and Paperboy was yesterday's news. Predictably, nothing on The Nine Yards impresses like "Ditty" but, since the full-length CD often appears in cutout bins, it might be a better bargain than the single. [Nine Yards was also released in a "clean" edition, containing no profanities or vulgarities.]

Product Details

Release Date: 01/26/1993
UPC: 0016235101122
catalogNumber: 351011

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paperboy   Primary Artist
Angela Dauphiney   Background Vocals
Dave Cochrane   Bass,Flute,Guitar,Sao Mot Lo

Technical Credits

Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Paperboy   Arranger
Aaron Clark   Executive Producer
Gary Ellis   Engineer
John Ferguson   Executive Producer
Desmond Divine Houston   Remixing
Rhythm D.   Arranger,Producer
Larry Troutman   Composer
Cam Wilson   Composer
David Weldon   Composer
Michael Miller   Cover Photo
Dave Cochrane   Engineer
Jenniene Leclercq   Art Direction
Jenniene Leclerq   Art Direction
Roger Troutman   Composer
R. Wilson   Composer
Dave Ferguson   Executive Producer
Mitchell Johnson   Composer
Aaron Clark   Composer
Dave Ferguson   Composer
John Ferguson   Composer

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