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Hood Hop

  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 749888

  • Credits
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    This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
    Personnel: J-Kwon, St. Lunatics, Eboni Eyes, Big B, Jermaine Duri, Sadiyyah (rap vocals); Bryan Michael Cox (various instruments).
    Producers: The Trackboyz, Jermaine Dupri, LROC, Bryan Michael Cox.
    Recorded at Trackboyz, Florrisant, Maryland; The Record Plant, Los Angeles, California; South Side, ZAC Digital, Stankonia Studios, Atlanta, Georgia.
    This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
    Personnel: J-Kwon, St. Lunatics, Eboni Eyes, Big B, Jermaine Dupri, Sadiyyah (rap vocals); Bryan Michael Cox (various instruments).
    Producers: The Trackboyz, Jermaine Dupri, LROC, Bryan Michael Cox.
    Recorded at Trackboyz, Florrisant, Maryland; The Record Plant, Los Angeles, California; South Side, ZAC Digital, Stankonia Studios, Atlanta, Georgia.
    J-Kwon opens the track "Welcome to tha Hood" with the declaration "I ain't tryin' to change hip-hop." That may be true, but the 17-year-old rapper certainly knows how to start a party; with a crackling drawl uniquely his own, he connects right out of the box with the infectious top-10 crossover smash "Tipsy." That track unquestionably owes a considerable debt to the swirling production of the Trackboyz, but it's J-Kwon's unusual perspective and boundless energy that propels the club hit.
    While many rappers can claim street cred, J-Kwon actually lived on the streets since he was 12 years old, a hustler's existence that permeates his debut record, HOOD HOP. The title track, "U Ain't Gotta Like Me," and the aforementioned "Welcome to tha Hood" display rapid-fire wit, fierce bravado, and a certain wisdom beyond his years, as he chronicles an alluring yet randomly violent world. The St. Louis native also reveals a knack for slurred, sinister dance-rap as evidenced on "Show Your Ass." A potent introduction to the promising rapper, HOOD HOP is payoff for J-Kwon's hard-lived early days.

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (p.116) - 3 stars out of 5 - "With a flow somewhere between the nasal twang of Jay-Z and Nelly, he excels at club bangers."
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