Kimberly: People I Used to Know

Kimberly: People I Used to Know

by K. Michelle


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In 2017, as ever, it was wise to neither cross nor discredit Kimberly Michelle Pate. Early into wide-ranging fourth album Kimberly: The People I Used to Know, she authoritatively raps "Salute me, lil' bitch, I'm the general." Shortly after that, in the knocking/booming "Kim K" -- one of the 11 songs she co-wrote -- she notes "I date a black man named Idris/You say I'm ghetto, 'He trippin'," before sending off her detractors with "I let God handle you hoes." On "Fuck Your Man," termed an interlude despite its proper song length, she fronts an acoustic jazz trio -- of course -- to taunt a woman with a mix of vulgarity and grace, and saves the coldest lines for the end. Pate also has numbers like "Rounds" and "Birthday" that crush all the similarly woozy and sinuous slow jams on commercial radio. Atlantic might not allow her to record a wholly contemporary country album, but now there's a sturdy EP's worth of countrified material that can be drawn from her output. She asks "how to do it like James Brown", references Gil Scott-Heron, and raises her middle finger in "God, Love, Sex, and Drugs," yet the proud, low-key anthem is almost as Alan Jackson as it is Millie Jackson. Pate has another album remaining on her major-label contract, not that it prevents her from addressing a lack of compensation in another interlude: "For this industry, I no longer want to live/By the time you hear this, I'm already dead." She has too much on her mind -- and has such an imaginative and proficient way of getting it all out -- to truly bail.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/08/2017
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678659751
catalogNumber: 564097
Rank: 109441

Album Credits

Performance Credits

K. Michelle   Primary Artist,Vocals
Louis Biancaniello   Keyboards
Carmen Reece   Background Vocals
Phil Cornish   Keyboards
Chuck Harmony   Organ,Synthesizer
Johnny Blk   Guitar
Annika von Grey   Violin
Lindsay Gilbert   Background Vocals
Philip "Hardwork" Constable   Bass,Keyboards
Roark Bailey   Guitar
Shalyah Fearing   Background Vocals
Clinton C. Peacock   Piano
Victor Ekpo   Strings,Violin

Technical Credits

Willie Smith   Composer
Louis Biancaniello   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Eric Hudson   Composer
Goldie   Composer
Robert Kelly   Composer
Shawn Carter   Composer
JFK   Composer
Kelly Clarkson   Composer
Kevin Kadish   Composer
Lil Ronnie   Producer,Instrumentation
Ken Lewis   Composer
Brent Kolatalo   Composer
Chris Brown   Composer
Chris Soper   Engineer
Carmen Reece   Composer
Katalyst   Producer
Phil Cornish   Composer,Instrumentation
Chuck Harmony   Composer,Programming
Courtney Dwight   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Daniel Bryant   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Eric "Cire" Crawford   Composer,Vocal Producer
Sonyae Elise   Composer
Jeremih   Composer
Priscilla Renea   Composer
Mike Piazza   Engineer
Hitmaka   Composer,Producer
Bianca Atterberry   Composer
Ronnie "Lil Ronnie" Jackson   Composer,Executive Producer
Stuart Schenk   Engineer
Douglas Gibbs   Composer
Justin Lay   Composer,Producer
Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins   Composer,Producer
Safaree Samuels   Composer
Micah Powell   Composer
Davy Nathan   Composer,Producer
Charles Hinshaw   Composer
Matt Champlin   Engineer
Rob Gold   Art Manager
Darhyl "DJ" Camper   Composer,Producer
Yung Ladd   Producer
Ralph Johnson   Composer
Jeremiah Bethea   Composer
Lindsay Gilbert   Composer,Vocal Producer
Kimberly Pate   Composer
Philip "Hardwork" Constable   Composer,Producer
Sam Sumser   Composer
Uforo Ebong   Composer
Roark Bailey   Engineer
Drew Love   Composer
Odis Flores   Composer
Philip Lynah   Engineer
Midian Mathers   Composer
Gabrielle "Goldie" Nowee   Composer
Alex Vickery   Composer
Deante' Hitchcock   Composer
Sauce Miyagi   Engineer
Clinton C. Peacock   Instrumentation
Lakeisha Jessica Phillips   Cover Art
Jordan Etterlane   Composer
Eric Sire   Vocal Producer
Christine Kern   Engineer
Virgil Jamal Buchanan   Composer
Bryan Anzel   Engineer,Vocal Engineer

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