CD Up Close and Personal [PA] (CD 392356),
back to browsing

Up Close and Personal [PA]


  • 1. Heart and Soul (Interlude) - (interlude)
    2. New York, New York - (featuring Prodigy/DJ Clue?)
    3. Every Little Girl - (featuring The Product G&B)
    4. Coast 2 Coast - (featuring Wyclef Jean)
    5. Ladies & Gents - (featuring Snoop Dogg)
    6. Gutter 2 the Fancy Ish - (featuring Busta Rhymes)
    7. Back from Cuba (Interlude) - (interlude)
    8. Live at Jimmy's - (featuring Big Pun/Cuban Link/Domingo & Sunkiss)
    9. Silly N***az - (interlude, featuring Uneek)
    10. No Playaz - (featuring Lil' Mo/Tony Sunshine)
    11. Breathe - (featuring Mary J. Blige/India)
    12. Live From the Streets - (featuring Jadakiss/Styles/Beanie Sigel/Kool G Rap/Brett)
    13. Go!! (M********a)
    14. Thug Love - (featuring Fat Joe/Layzie Bone)
    15. Mi Amor - (featuring Jay-Z)
    16. Ladies Fight (Interlude) - (interlude)
    17. Dem Thangz
    18. Coast 2 Coast - (Remix, Suavemente remix, featuring Wyclef Jean)
    Read More...
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 62366

  • Credits
    Producer
    EngineerHernn Santiago; Troy Hightower

    This is a Hyper CD which contains regular audio tracks and provides a link to the artist's website with the help of a web browser.
    Personnel includes: Angie Martinez, Mary J. Blige, Jay-Z, Q-Tip, Snoop Dogg, Prodigy, Wyclef, Jadakiss, Lil' Mo, Beanie Sigel, Fat Joe, Big Pun, Lazy Bone, Cuban Link, Busta Rhymes, Tony Sunshine, La India.
    Producers include: Rockwilder, Knowbody, Domingo Visible, JT, Armageddon.
    This is a Hyper CD which contains regular audio tracks and provides a link to the artist's website with the help of a web browser.
    Personnel includes: Angie Martinez, Mary J. Blige, Jay-Z, Q-Tip, Snoop Dogg, Prodigy, Wyclef, Jadakiss, Lil' Mo, Beanie Sigel, Fat Joe, Big Pun, Lazy Bone, Cuban Link, Busta Rhymes, Tony Sunshine, La India.
    Producers include: Rockwilder, Knowbody, Domingo Visible, JT, Armageddon.
    Personnel: Angie Martinez (vocals); Domingo, Fat Joe, Keva, Jadakiss, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Prodigy , Q-Tip, SunKiss, Tony Sunshine, Wyclef Jean, Busta Rhymes (vocals); Van Gibbs (guitar); Salaam Remi (keyboards, drums, percussion).
    Audio Mixer: Troy Hightower.
    Recording information: Playpen Recording Studios.
    It doesn't hurt to have friends like Wyclef Jean, Snoop Dogg, and Mary J. Blige. But Angie Martinez stands her ground when rapping alongside mega-rap stars like these on her debut album, Up Close and Personal (Elektra Records). The Hot 97 FM DJ is no stranger to the scene; she's been fraternizing with hip-hop and rap stars and establishing friendships with many of them, including the artists that appear on the album. Martinez shines on tracks like "Gutter to tha Fancy Ish," on which she flaunts her quick-tongued rap technique and a tough-girl attitude while alternating verses with none other than Busta Rhymes. Speaking about hangin' with her girls, Martinez lays the truth down on the line when she says, "Underestimate me is to not know me/analyze every situation/and I rise to any occasion." On the funky, bass-driven track "New York, New York," Martinez raps with Prodigy and DJ Clue. The album features mostly heavy, bass-driven rap tracks, but Martinez's playfulness trickles in through a pair of brief interludes -- recordings of phone conversations with her rapper pals. Martinez then slips smoothly into hip-hop mode with the laid-back track "No Playaz," which showcases Martinez's singing ability and some backup verse from rappers Lil' Mo and Sunshine. "Live at Jimmy's" is by far the most energetic and fun song on the album. Mary J. Blige and La India come on board for the rap track "Breathe," which could double as a pop tune with its breathy chorus and melodic beats. And Martinez proves that she's no lightweight on the fast-paced, aggressive track "Go!" On her first time around, Martinez has delivered a well-rounded album that features solid raps, Latin grooves, and a few lighter, melodic tunes. In between rapping with some of rap and hip-hop's heaviest hitters, Martinez slips in a mention of HBO's Sex and the City on one of the songs. Now, there's a girl you gotta respect. ~ Kerry L. Smith

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (7/01, p.112) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Production is minimal, with her spitfire rhymes firmly in the foreground....Quick-witted and compelling, Martinez's narratives go with the swing..."
    Q (7/01, p.112) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Production is minimal, with her spitfire rhymes firmly in the foreground....Quick-witted and compelling, Martinez's narratives go with the swing..."
0 Stars 0 average rating
In Stock -- Item Ships for FREE
Our price $13.64
Add to wishlist

What viewers like you said...

Have you listened to this album? Be the first to write a review

Also suggested for you...

  • buy now for

    $11.71

    CD
  • buy now for

    $12.56

    CD
  • buy now for

    $7.25

    CD
  • buy now for

    $13.92

    CD