A Hustlaz Story

A Hustlaz Story

by KeAnthonyKeAnthony


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Nashville native KeAnthony Dillard spent eight years imprisoned for being found guilty of aggravated robbery. Now he is signed to Reprise, a major-label R&B singer aligned with collaborators like the undervalued Tank, the Underdogs, and Mike City. Nothing could possibly detail his turnaround more than "Forever My Homie," a somber narrative about a deep relationship that went sour when his childhood friend turned him in to the police. It's powerful and personalized enough to remain his calling card for years to come, but it's only one of many bright spots on this debut. Depending on the track, KeAnthony's voice can sometimes recall Dave Hollister and Aaron Hall, singers with virile and slightly gritty voices who have been able to display vulnerabilities when the material has called for it. At the same time, he fits squarely within the territory of newer contemporaries like Raheem DeVaughn and Donell Jones, two younger singers who can deliver modern soul that is neither heavy in references to the past nor obvious and gimmicky in an obvious play for the pop chart. Each line on the album sounds honest, from the heart, whether he's striving to satisfy his woman emotionally, admitting his faults, or looking to the past with the eyes of a realist. While the opener, "Down Girl," is a fairly energetic and effective opener, KeAnthony's exceptional skills become increasingly apparent as the tempos wind down. If there is any case to be made for the slow jam being alive and well again, it's in "Call Me," a burning ballad that falls somewhere between the Isley Brothers' "Between the Sheets" and Tony! Toni! Toné!'s "Whatever You Want." It may not be an outright classic like those two songs, and it is more about feel than hooks, but it's pretty remarkable.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/05/2008
Label: Reprise / Wea
UPC: 0093624995258
catalogNumber: 204988
Rank: 143450

Album Credits

Performance Credits

KeAnthony   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Tony Martin   Executive Producer
Damon Thomas   Composer
Mike City   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Naim Ali   Executive Producer
Harvey Mason   Composer
Dave Deberry   Composer,Producer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Kenny Dickerson   Composer
Kenneth Smith   Composer
Tank   Audio Production
Kenny Flav   Producer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Lenio Purry   Composer,Producer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Dabling Harward   Engineer
Chris Spilfogel   Engineer
Antonio Dixon   Composer
Aaron Renner   Engineer
Neil Jones   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Cassandra Ware   Marketing
KeAnthony   Audio Production
KeAnthony Dillard   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Kenny Dred   Engineer
Jasper Howard   Executive Producer
Cents   Audio Production
Underdogs   Producer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Scott Storch   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Steve Russell   Composer,Producer,Audio Production,Instrumentation

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