God's Favorite (Explicit Version) CD (2002)

Artist: N.O.R.E.

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If it was a sense of affirmation that N.O.R.E. needed to kick start the second leg of his career, then that's just what he got. With the support of hip-hop's most successful label, N.O.R.E. confidently embarked on his new 16-track long player. Recorded in just six weeks, Grimey...God's Favorite is a return to the organized noise of '98s brilliant N.O.R.E.. "This was the most focused I've ever been," N.O.R.E. says, having recorded the entire album in New York, the first time since his '96 CNN debut opus The War Report. "When I went to Miami I was at the strip clubs. I lost focus. This time I stayed in NY, in the depths of hell. I literally had to sleep out in the hood, leave my ATM card at home, and get Grimey." N.O.R.E.'s self-initiated purge of luxury paid off. Blending the abrasively sonic creations of such familiar producers as EZ Elpee, SPK, Kyze, Swizz Beats and the Neptunes, fused with N.O.R.E.'s brand of runaway-train enthusiasm and infectious non-sequitors, Grimey...God's Favorite is every bit the jagged edge roller coaster ride you've come to expect from the commanding Queens emcee.


Label Uni/island
SKU 60510194
UPC 731458650225
UPC 14 00731458650225
Format CD
Release Date 6/25/2002
Author N.O.R.E.
Technical Info
Engineer Milwaukee Buck; Andrew Coleman; Carlos Bedoya; Patrick "Plain Pat" Reynolds; Adam Gazzola; Tara Lacarna; Joe Quinde; K-YZE; Larry Phillabaum; Brian Garten
CatalogID 5865022
Lable Name Def Jam (USA)
Released 06/25/2002
Original Release 2002
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 76m : 35s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00731458650225
Musical Guests
Ja Rule
Busta Rhymes
Fat Joe
Mike Kyser
Tyson Beckford
Gold Oro
Troy Outlaw
Heather Hunter
Final Chapter
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: N.O.R.E., Capone, Cam'Ron, Fat Joe, Cassidy, Chinky,
Mualiny, Final Chapter, Complexions, Mashonda, Gold, Ja Rule, Akinyele, Kia DWNLZY (rap vocals); Kelis (vocals); Nas, Ice T, Nelly, Tyson Beckford (spoken vocals); Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo (various instruments); SPK (keyboards, bass).
Producers include: Kyze, The Neptunes, Swizz Beatz, EZ Elpee, Irv Gotti.
Personnel includes: N.O.R.E., DWNLZY, Musaliny-N-Maze, Gold, Troy Outlaw,
Akinyele, Ja Rule, Capone, Complexions, Cam'Ron, Fat Joe, Cassidy, Busta Rhymes, Chinky (rap vocals); Kelis (vocals); Nas, Ice-T, Mike Kyser, Nelly, Tyson Beckford (spoken vocals); Pharrell Williams, Kyze, Chad Hugo (various instruments); SPK (keyboards, bass); L.E.S. (programming).
Producers include: The Neptunes, Swizz Beatz, Irv Gotti, EZ Elpee, SPK.
Personnel: Latricia Thompson (vocals).
Audio Mixers: Glen Marchese; Milwaukee Buck; Ken "Supa Engineer" Duro; Joe Quinde; Larry Phillabaum; Patrick Viala; Serban Ghenea.
Recording information: Crackhouse Studios, New York, NY; Master Sound Recording Studio, Virgina Beach, VA; Quad Studios, New York, NY; Right Track Studios, New York, NY; Sony Studios, New York, NY; South Beach Studios, Miami, FL; South Coast Recorders, Friendswood, TX; The Room Lab, Hackensack, NJ; The Room Lab, Queens, NY; Troposphere Studios, NJ.
Photographer: Jonathan Mannion.
Arrangers: Pharrell Williams; Chad Hugo .
It's interesting that Victor (N.O.R.E.) Santiago commences this bangin' collection of thug rap with an apology for his last effort. He was unfocused, understandably, with the loss to jail time of his partner in the erstwhile Capone-n-Noreagea duo Kiam "Capone" Holley. But he rapidly shows he's going to set matters to rights with a swift one-two punch to gangsta rapper pretenders in "Nothin'," and a freewheeling track called "Grimey" that's one of the most commercial cuts on offer here. GOD'S FAVORITE finds N.O.R.E. back on top of his game in a wide-ranging set that encompasses hard-core gangsta rap and a lift from Cyndi Lauper's "Time after Time."
The album is prefaced by a collection of skit phone calls from Santiago's peers including Nelly, Ice T, and Nas, all paying their respects to this lifer's return to form in the street-life stakes. He shows their respect is justified again and again on cuts such as "Mr. CEO," a skewering of big money in the music biz, and "Live My Life" which features an appearance from the inimitably throaty Ja Rule. But ultimately it's in the regretful, angry "Black Clouds" that we get a true glimpse into the rapper's tortured soul.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (8/8/02, p.82) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...The king of the ignorant non sequitur is only as good as the producers who fill in the spaces between his disjointed phrases. On that level...NORE is nothing short of genius..."
Spin (8/02, p.116) - 6 out of 10- "...N.O.R.E is pumping on all cylinders, his music can induce even library-card-carrying citizens to wild out like card-carrying members of the Lox fan club....On GOD'S FAVORITE, the producers are certainly pouring the good stuff..."
Vibe (1/02, p.124) - 3 discs out of 5 - "...Bangs hard with frenzied energy..."
NME (Magazine) (7/20/02, p.44) - 7 out of 10 - "...He has one trick up his sleeve...and it's a good 'un. There are few vocalists who compliment production dons The Neptunes quite as forcefully as NORE..."
Disc 1
1 Hit Me Slime - (featuring Nas/Ice-T/Mike Kyser/Nelly/Tyson Beckford)
2 God Favorite
3 Nothin'
4 Grimey
5 Nahmeanuheard - (featuring DWNLZY)
6 Mr. CEO - (featuring Musaliny-N-Maze/Gold Oro/Troy Outlaw)
7 Big D - (featuring Akinyele/Heather Hunter/Kia)
8 Live My Life - (featuring Ja Rule)
9 Full Mode
10 Love Ya Moms - (featuring Capone/Musaliny-N-Maze/Gold Oro/Complexions)
11 Head Bussa
12 Wanna Be Like Him - (featuring Mashonda)
13 Black Clouds - (featuring Complexions)
14 Banned From Another Club - (featuring Final Chapter)
15 Now I Pray - (featuring Musaliny)
16 Consider This - (featuring Kelis)
17 Nahmeanuheard - (remix, featuring Capone/Cam'Ron/Fat Joe/Cassidy)
18 Holla Back Slime - (featuring Busta Rhymes/Jadakiss)
19 Life Of A, The (Gangsta) - (featuring Capone/Chinky)
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