MTV's drama-filled second season of Making the Band put rap impresario P. Diddy in charge of minting a new hip-hop group and kept viewers riveted as the live-in recording process devolved into frequent fisticuffs. With the release of their debut, however, Da Band's blood, sweat, and tears have paid off. Not only are the chosen six -- Babs, Young City (a.k.a. Chopper), Freddrick, Dylan, Sara, and Ness -- more fun to watch than the original Making the Band product, O-Town, but they're more interesting to listen to. With a gangsta stance that'll fool none of the millions who watched the show, Da Band -- anchored by Ness's Scarface-reminiscent and Fred's Scooby Doo-meets-Trick Daddy rap styles -- shine on several tracks, including the Harlem Shakeable "Bad Boy This, Bad Boy That" and the Wyclef-produced "Do You Know," which borrows its hook from Diana Ross's Mahogany theme and spotlights the rude-boy rhymes of Dylan. Thug rapstress Babs and the group's lone singer, Sara, do their thing on the hard-hittin' "Hold Me Down" and the R&B-flavored "Go Steady," respectively. And last, but certainly not least, lovable troublemaker Chopper gets a solo turn to spit his Cash Moneyesque rhymes over the droning percussive beat of "Chopped Up." The group's only misstep is on the silly, overtly sexual "Tonight." Overall, Da Band show enough talent to make Diddy proud. Not only are they Too Hot for T.V. -- soon they'll be burning up the airwaves as well.
Performance CreditsDa Band Primary Artist,Track Performer
Mary Brown Vocals
Tony Dofat Keyboards,Multi Instruments
Stevie J. Multi Instruments
Harve Pierre Strings,Multi Instruments
Emery Dobyns Vocals
Nisan Multi Instruments
D Nat Keyboards
Technical CreditsS. Barnes Composer
Mary Brown Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
Tony Dofat Composer,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Producer
Rich Keller Engineer
Michael Masser Composer
Craig Brockman Producer
R. Davies Composer
Wyclef Jean Producer
Sean "Puffy" Combs Producer,Executive Producer
Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Producer
Stevie J. Producer
Jerry Wonder Producer
Harve Pierre Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Producer
Alexis Seton Engineer
Emery Dobyns Engineer
Curtis Smith Contributor
D Nat Programming,Producer
Alexander "Spanador" Mosley Producer
Steven Jordan Composer
Rodney Hill Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
UNBELIVABLE!!!! this ablbum 1 one of the best albums ive heard all year! A great mixture of each of the members personalities, and talent in this album. Fred with his Raspy Gangsta Style, Babs with her very New York Style, Young City with his semi city-country, Dylan with his Reggea style,E-Ness, the captain with his Toned down Philly style, and last but not least...Ms. Sara Stokes with her soulful Mid-west Swing. I loved all the tracks especially "Hold me Down", and "Why"..... They Really proved themselves with Album, BUT i wasnt really feeling Young City's solo track! I LOVED IT! BAD BOY FOR LIFE!
In the beginning, the show was good and they made history working with P. Diddy...But now they have gotten to used to the fame and think they can run the show....NOT...if you dont know I'm here to tell you the band is NO LONGER...
i was kinda leary bout the album when i first started listenin to it, but the more i listen to it, the more i love it. when diddy kept sayin they could make history wit this group, i thought he was just sayin that for tv, bu i guess he wasnt lyin. just about every song is hot. chopper got a lot more skills than i thought, and dylon straight killed a couple tracks. fred's flow is a lot nastier than i thought, and ness is soundin like he been in the booth for years or somethin. and bks baby girl babs did her thing. these kids, as they get older, gotta pretty bright future in the rap game.
I THINK DA BAND IS PROMISING. THEY ALL HAVE A CERTAIN UNIQUNESS. THEIR STYLE FLOWS AND THE BEATS ARE BANGIN. ANOTHER P. DIDDY EXCLUSIVE!
awesome cd.... all the songs are good..a couple sharp notes here and there..but hey! you try and sing Like Sarah and see what happens... IM SO SAD THIS BAND BROKE UP!!! THEY WERE SO HOT!!!
This feels a like an incomplete album. The choice of trying to fit in nearly every member on every track wasn't a smart move because it doesn't give the individual members enough time to shine. Songs like "Stick Up" and "Chopped Up" were great oppertunities for Fred,Ness and Chopper to show what they can do."Tonight", "Why" and "Do you know" are among the best and showcasing the talent of the members individually and as a group. Another complaint is that Dylan is used as mostly as an intro guy and on some of the hooks. Decent album overall...
10 ALL THE WAY