If Tomorrow Comes(Explicit Version) CD (2009)

Artist: Maino

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Product Overview


Label Atlantic/q Records
SKU 209996452
UPC 075678988318
UPC 14 00075678988318
Format CD
Release Date 6/30/2009
Author Maino
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Technical Info
Engineer Nick Nastasi; Andrew Wright; Vaughn Beck
Producer James Rosser; Teraike "Chris Styles" Crawford; Lenwood Reed; Wesley "G.Q. Beats" Brown Jr.; Steve Kang Cruz; Charlemagne; Just Blaze; Justice League; Swizz Beatz
CatalogID 512968
Lable Name Atlantic (Label)
Released 06/30/2009
Original Release 2008
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00075678988318
Musical Guests
Push Montana
Trey Songz
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Jimmy Starnes, Eritza Laues, Push! Montana, Dawne M. Hill (vocals); Just Blaze (keyboards); Josh Gannet (bass guitar).
Audio Mixers: Ryan West; Andrew Wright ; "You Can Ask" Giz; Fabian Marasciullo.
Recording information: Baseline Recording Studios II, New York, NY; Fight Klub Music Group LLC, New York, NY; Grind House Studios, New York, NY; Integrated Studios, New York, NY.
Photographer: Michael Schreiber.
Bed-Stuy rapper Maino spent nearly a decade behind bars before he launched his rap career. Thanks to numerous appearances on mixtapes, the "Maino Is the Future" tagline started appearing about 2004, just one year after his release. Switching labels, scrapping a finished album, and not releasing his official debut for five years brought this "future" into doubt, but it was really just a case of the stars aligning because IF TOMORROW COMES is a killer way to start a career. Over an especially good Swizz Beatz production, he identifies himself as different right from the start, declaring it's better to give than receive on the opening "Million Bucks." Feeling good about the success of others isn't common in gangster rap, but Maino is hardcore all the way and will later offer "I contemplate, they ain't never hear you screams with a pillow to your face" on "Kill You." IF TOMORROW COMES believably lives in both of these worlds because it is a concept album that follows Maino from crack addict parents to prison and on to parole where he's determined not to fail. He speaks to the soul-crushing joylessness of prison and what an important role pride plays in his life, and how much that differs from the average rapper's ide-a of respect. Lighter moments appear along the way with the infectious and snide "Hi Hater" and the T-Pain-produced victory number "All the Above" keeping the album from becoming too heavy. After all that time in prison, Maino has few answers but he has a plan, and it happens to be a righteous plan.
Artist Overview
Brooklyn rapper Maino learned to rap so that he could deal with boredom and isolation while imprisoned. After about ten years, he was released and set up an imprint called Hustle Hard. He enjoyed airplay on New York City's Hot 97's and made several mixtape appearances. "Rumors" and "Take It Like a Man" got his name buzzing; Universal signed him in 2005. The deal eventually fell through, but Atlantic picked him up in 2007, and the MC issued the street single "My Life Is Like a Movie" that year. Another track, "Hi Hater," surfaced the following year, prefacing his major-label debut, 2008's If Tomorrow Comes.... ~ Cyril Cordor
Professional Reviews
XXL (Magazine Publisher) (pp.88-89) - "[S]ongs like the album-closing 'Celebrate'...and the Just Blaze-helmed 'All the Above,' with T-Pain, display the rapper's appreciation for his current position, as well as for his previous hard-knock life."
Disc 1
1 Million Bucks
2 Scene 1: If Tomorrow Comes...
3 Back to Life - (featuring Push! Montana)
4 Remember My Name
5 Gangsta - (featuring B.G.)
6 Scene 2: The Meeting
7 All The Above - (featuring T-Pain)
8 Here Comes Trouble
9 Scene 3: Hating
10 Hi Hater
11 Let's Make a Movie
12 Kill You
13 Scene 4: Contemplating
14 Runaway Slave
15 Soldier
16 Hood Love - (featuring Trey Songz)
17 Floating
18 Scene 5: The Phone Call
19 Celebrate
Product Attributes
Artist Maino
Label Atlantic/q Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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