Ghetto Classics

Ghetto Classics

by JaheimJaheim


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Jaheim's viewpoints on music haven't changed a bit since he debuted in 2000, and fans of intelligent R&B should be praising that fact. With a raft of excellent productions from KayGee (Naughty by Nature) and others, plus a focus on celebrating love and family with well-written songs, he's remained free to craft albums full of rich harmonies and his excellent vocals (he's one of the few modern vocalists who knows exactly how far he should go with melisma). Ghetto Classics may boast nothing as ambitious as 2002's "Fabulous" (a Top 20 hit and an artistic breakthrough, all in one), and it may amp up the rapper collaborations in search of hits (Jadakiss and Styles P have appearances), but overall very little distracts from the qualities that have made him the most durable talent in commercial yet traditional R&B music. Opener "The Chosen One" is an immediate standout, a bumping love song that finds Jaheim floating serenely over one of KayGee's best productions (based on Willie Hutch's "I Choose You"). He and Jadakiss trade off on the single "Everytime I Think About Her," and the combination of smooth and rough sounds perfect. The final three songs ditch the samples for straight R&B, and while the absence is missed, it represents an intriguing direction for Jaheim in the future. Classic R&B may seem like just a memory to some, but with artists like Heather Headley and Jaheim in action, it doesn't have to be about the past. [Ghetto Classics is also available in a clean version.]

Product Details

Release Date: 02/14/2006
Label: Warner Records
UPC: 0093624993629
catalogNumber: 49936
Rank: 65830

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jaheim   Primary Artist,Vocals
Jadakiss   Rap
Eritza Laues   Vocals
Styles P   Rap

Technical Credits

Kay-Gee's   Audio Production
Bernard Belle   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Thom Bell   Composer
William "Poogie" Hart   Composer
Cliff Lighty   Composer
Darren Lighty   Composer,Producer
J.C. Phillips   Composer
Sylvia Robinson   Composer
James Roach   Tracking Assistant
Terence "Tramp Baby" Abney   Composer,Producer
Balewa Muhammad   Composer,Producer
Melvin Lewis   Composer
Roosevelt Harrell   Composer
Desiree Diggs   Groomer
Jaheim Hoagland   Composer
"You Can Ask" Giz   Arranger,Engineer
Bink   Audio Production
Wesley Hogges   Composer,Producer
Eddie F.   Producer
Wayne Allison   Engineer
Vadim Chislov   Tracking Assistant
Conrad Golding   Engineer
Eritza Laues   Composer
Harry Jordan   Composer
Keir Gist   Composer
Kam Houff   Engineer
Denise A. Williams   Marketing
Niki Benjamin   Marketing
Jane Morledge   Art Direction
Craig Baylis   Marketing
Rob Herra   Engineer
Larry Roberts   Composer
Eric Williams   Composer,Producer
Scott Storch   Composer,Producer,Audio Production

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