Just Tryin' Ta Live (Explicit Version) CD (2005)

Artist: Devin The Dude

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Label Virgin Records
SKU 60566494
UPC 034744200327
UPC 14 00034744200327
Format CD
Release Date 3/1/2005
Author Devin The Dude
Compilation Appearance Sweet James Jones Stories (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Let The Truth Be Told (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Love Potion 5(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Gates Mixed Plate(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Welcome 2 Texas Official Mixtape(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Tm 103
Compilation Appearance Tm 103 Hustlerz Ambition(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Krit Wuz Here(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance 25Th Anniversary(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance TRILL OG THE EPILOUGE(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance 5 CLASSIC ALBUMS:SNOOP DOGG(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Cold Turkey
Compilation Appearance My Homies Part 2
Compilation Appearance CADILLACTICA(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Cadillactica
Compilation Appearance CADILLACTICA(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Hustler's Catalog
Compilation Appearance Greatest Story Never Told(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Naked Soul Of Sweet Jones(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Tm 103(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Heart Of A Champion(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance State Vs Radric Davis
Compilation Appearance Revenueretrievin:overtime Shift(Explicit Version)
Associated Artist/Work Coughee Brothaz
Artist Influence Geto Boys
Artist Influence OutKast
Artist Influence Parliament
Artist Influence Slick Rick
Artist Influence Snoop Dogg
Artist Influence Too $hort
Artist Influence Ultramagnetic MC's
Artist Contemporary 8Ball and MJG
Artist Contemporary Andr? 3000
Artist Contemporary Big Mello
Artist Contemporary Cool Breeze
Artist Contemporary Fatal
Artist Contemporary Gangsta Boo
Artist Contemporary Geto Boys
Artist Contemporary Goodie Mob
Artist Contemporary Jake the Flake
Artist Contemporary Master P
Artist Contemporary MJG
Artist Contemporary Nas
Artist Contemporary Noreaga
Artist Contemporary OutKast
Artist Contemporary Silkk the Shocker
Artist Contemporary Snoop Dogg
Artist Contemporary Witchdoctor
Artist Follower CunninLynguists
Artist Follower Danny Brown
Artist Follower Paul Wall (Rap)
Artist Follower Rocko
Artist Follower Slim Thug
Artist Follower The Saturday Knights
Artist Follower Yelawolf
Technical Info
Producer DJ Premier; Luster Baker; Mike Dean; Raphael Saadiq; T-Mix; Tony Mason; Michael "5000" Watts
CatalogID 42003
Lable Name Virgin
Released 08/27/2002
Original Release 2002
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00034744200327
Musical Guests
Raphael Saadiq
ODD Squad
Pooh Bear
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: Devin The Dude, Kzibit, Nas, 000 Squad, Pooh Bear.
Procducers include: Domo, Dr. Dre, Mike Dean, Devin, Blind.
Audio Mixer: Mike Dean .
Recording information: Coughee Pot Studio, Houston, TX; Enterprise studios, Burbank, CA; Hippie House Studios, Houston, TX; Larrabee Studio, Hollywood, CA; Record One, Sherman Oaks, CA.
Photographer: Dexter Browne.
On JUST TRYIN' TA LIVE, Devin the Dude presents himself as a streetwise hip-hop artist who's got enough pop smarts to make his music accessible to the general public, but enough credibility to keep things on the real side. Though JUST TRYIN' TA LIVE is laced with infectious production touches, crips, hard-hitting beats, and visceral synth hooks, the main attraction, quite rightly, is Devin's rhyming skills. Without belaboring his points, he manages to get them across with a minimum of fuss and a maximum of skill.
Artist Overview
While his true genius may ever be obscured in a haze of smoke, Devin the Dude is the highwayman of hip-hop blissfully living outside of the bling universe; he's a rap rebel and outlaw by being neither rebel nor outlaw. Like another famous dude, Devin merely abides. A storytelling rapper in the vein of Slick Rick, the witty, self-deprecating Houston MC emerged in the early-1990s, delighting in his own mellow rhymes about faithful cars and faithless women. While he swiftly built a reputation among his peers, and guested on hits by Snoop Dogg, De La Soul, and others, his releases were few and far between; however, he hit a groove in the late-`00s as a wider swath of hip-hop fans began to whiff of his talent.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (3/6/03, p.71) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...[Devin] spins melodic, mellow gold out of hood essentials..."
Vibe (p.75) - "[Devin is a] master at mining everyday life for humor and heartbreak..."
Disc 1
1 Zeldar
2 It's A Shame - (featuring Pooh Bear)
3 R & B
4 Lacville 79
5 I-Hi
6 Who's That Man, Moma
7 Some Of Em - (featuring Xzibit/Nas)
8 Go Somewhere
9 Whatever
10 Would Ya?
11 Doobie Ashtray
12 Just A Man - (featuring Raphael Saadiq)
13 Fa Sho - (featuring ODD Squad)
15 Tough Love
16 Just Tryin' Ta Live - (featuring ODD Squad)

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