Raymond V Raymond [Deluxe Edition]

Raymond V Raymond [Deluxe Edition]

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The making of Usher's sixth studio album was inevitably affected by the end of his marriage and its aftershocks. "Papers," the early buzz single for Raymond V Raymond, bears the closest relation to the turbulence he experienced. He pours himself into that song more than any other on the set, and breakup lyrics don't get much more specific than "You don't think I know what's up, but sweetheart that's what ruined us" or "I done damn near lost my mama." The song was awarded the top spot on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart. Many of the songs on the album have to be taken on their own, stripped of context; otherwise, determining what applies to Usher's real and fantasy lives can be problematic. The album's catchiest uptempo song, "Lil Freak," featuring Nicki Minaj, effectively swipes the synthesizer line from "Living for the City" -- a classic containing Stevie Wonder's most angered social commentary -- for the sake of Usher's lesbian tryst. Otherwise, the slow jams and the few moments when Usher sounds as if he's having actual fun win out. Two of the best happen to be collaborations with Jam and Lewis and the Avila Brothers. "Mars vs Venus," a very slow jam, soars, while "Pro Lover" is a breezy, casual number filled with sweet dub accents. [The deluxe edition, issued a five months after the standard edition, adds a second disc. Dubbed Versus, it contains eight new songs, two of which -- "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love" and "Hot Tottie" -- were on the R&B chart at the its time of release. Versus was also released individually.]

Product Details

Release Date: 08/24/2010
Label: La Face
UPC: 0886977653322
catalogNumber: 776533

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Usher   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Bobby Ross Avila   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Strings,Drums,Keyboards,Clavinet,Vocoder,fender rhodes,Hammond B3
Charlie Bisharat   Strings
Jimmy Jam   Piano,Strings
Danny Morris   Keyboards
Evan Wilson   Strings
Mark Pitts   Chant
Benny Blanco   Drums,Keyboards
Lamar Edwards   Keyboards
Jim Jonsin   Keyboards
Dru Castro   Harp
Dwayne Nesmith   Keyboards
Lauren Evans   Background Vocals
Songa Lee   Strings
Sheléa Frazier   Background Vocals
Timothy Bloom   Background Vocals
Iz   Synthesizer,Percussion,scratching,Strings,Drums
Tocarra Hamilton   Vocals
Rico Love   Vocals
Joel Pargman   Strings
Hot Sauce   Keyboards
Christine Wu   Strings,Leader
Frank Romano   Guitar
Lisa D. Dandlinger   Strings
Jennifer L. Heilig   Strings
Tommy Parket   Background Vocals
Solomon Dykes   Background Vocals
Romika Faniel   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jermaine Jackson   Composer
Benny Mardones   Composer
Leon Russell   Composer
Marc Benno   Composer
Robert Tepper   Composer
Bobby Ross Avila   Composer,Sound Effects
Jermaine Dupri   Composer,Producer
Jimmy Jam   Producer
Terry Lewis   Composer,Producer
Danny Morris   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
James Harris   Composer
Mark Pitts   Executive Producer
Max Martin   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Vernon Mungo   Engineer
Usher Raymond   Composer,Executive Producer
James Scheffer   Composer
Benny Blanco   Programming
Shawn Carter   Composer
will.i.am   Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
John Horesco   Engineer
Johnta Austin   Composer
Emily Wright   Engineer
Jamal Jones   Composer
Stereotypes   Vocal Producer
Bryan-Michael Cox   Composer,Producer
Matt Marrin   Engineer
Rob Skipworth   Engineer
Jim Jonsin   Programming,Producer
Heather Bright   Composer
Lisa Rydell   Art Direction
Dwayne Nesmith   Composer,Programming,Producer
Daniel Morris   Composer
James Lackey   Composer,Producer
Sean Garrett   Composer,Producer
Alec Newell   Engineer
Avila Brothers   Producer
Iz   Sound Effects,Vocal Scratches
Rico Love   Composer,Producer,Vocal Producer
Miles Walker   Engineer
Tremaine "Six7" Williams   Engineer
Danja   Producer
Burna   Vocal Engineer
Runners   Producer
Zaytoven   Producer
Matt Taylor   Art Direction
Savan Kotecha   Composer
Ester Dean   Composer
Andrew Harr   Composer
Shellback   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Aubry "Big Juice" Delaine   Engineer
Shawn Porter   Groomer
Jeremy "J Boogs" Levin   Remix Production Coordinator
Sam Holland   Engineer
Jeremy Reeves   Composer
Ray Romulus   Composer
Elvis "Blac Elvis" Williams   Composer,Producer
Jonathan Yip   Composer
Christopher Bridges   Composer
Juan Najera   Composer
Ryon Lovett   Composer
James Wisner   Engineer
Ebo Taylor   Composer
Josh Mosser   Engineer
Clifford Harris   Composer
Nate Hills   Composer
Xavier Dotson   Composer
Bernard Freeman   Composer
Armando C. Perez   Composer
Frank Romano   Composer
Jeremy Stevenson   Composer,Engineer
Shondrae "Mr. Bangladesh" Crawford   Producer
Polow da Don   Producer
Paul Dawson   Composer
Jay Stevenson   Engineer
Algernod Washington   Composer
Rob Marks   Engineer
Issiah J. Avila   Composer
Shondrae Crawford   Composer
A.J. Parhm   Composer
Onika Maraj   Composer
Jonetta Patton   Artist Development
Christopher Gholson   Composer,Programming,Producer
Aubry Delaine   Composer
Alonzo Mathis   Composer
Alexander "Prettyboifresh" Parhm   Composer,Producer
Keith Thomas   Composer
Jonnetta Patton   Artist Development
Marcella Araica   Composer,Producer,Engineer
William Adams   Composer,Lyricist
Ian Cross   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Miguel Pimentel   Composer

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Raymond V. Raymond 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Sheena-Baby More than 1 year ago
This is the only album that can get with his Confessions album. If you are a true Usher fan, make sure you cop this. You will not be disappointed, especially if you wanna dance.
NONOTME More than 1 year ago
Come on Usher. We havent waited this long for you to bring us a new cd and hsve it sound like this. The best songs on this disk are the ones that we've already heard on the radio. Wow. Really dissapointed.
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DarkLotusICP4life More than 1 year ago
this cd stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MSGIRL41 More than 1 year ago
I have found 7 songs on this CD that I like. That is a good thing!!!!
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