Now Or Never(Explicit Version) CD (2005)

Artist: Tela

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Label Rap-A-Lot/fontana
SKU 64005340
UPC 075596858526
UPC 14 00075596858526
Format CD
Release Date 10/25/2005
Author Tela
Compilation Appearance Da Good Da Bad & Da Ugly (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Thugged Out-Albulation (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Greatest Hits (Bonus Tracks) (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance My Homies (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Pimpalation (Limited Edition) (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance 25Th Anniversary(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance We Are The South (greatest Hits)(Explicit Version)
Technical Info
CatalogID 68585
Lable Name Rap-A-Lot/Wea
Released 2005
Original Release 1998
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 74m : 56s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00075596858526
Musical Guests
Too $hort
Jazze Pha
The Hoodlumz
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Tela, Stephanie Bolton, Mike Butler, Yamonika Carter, Stephen Foster, Sandra Hasselburg, Kelly Hurt, Max Julien, Marcus McRee, Jazze Pha, Dwayne Smith, Kirk Smothers, Zachary Wallace (vocals); J. Christopher Arrison, Mike Butler, Eric Gales, Anthony "Tony" Gentry, Neal Jones, Frank Ray Jr., Eric Lewis, Yvette Preyer, Frank Ray, The Hoodlumz, Too Short, Do Or Die, Big Zach.
Producers include: Tela, Jazze Pha, Sam Sneed, BJB, D.J. Jus Borne.
Engineers: Nil Jones, Kevin Haywood, Micah Harrison.
Recorded at House Of Blues, Memphis, Tennessee and Hippie House, Houston, Texas.
This is an example of the Southern Rap "screwed" mix style.
Tela's NOW OR NEVER is distinguished by the sophistication of it's production and the advanced conceptualism at work throughout its smoothly-flowing 20 (!) cuts. The range of musical styles drawn on for the tracks is remarkable; everything from funk and R&B to pop and even classical music is employed here. There's a grandness to the themes here, which raise the typical gangsta concerns to an almost mythical level. This grandiose approach doesn't mean that there's any immediacy or viscerality sacrificed on NOW OR NEVER, though--it resonates like the most street-credible hop-hop. Listening to what will surely be viewed as Tela's masterwork, the listener is transported into an almost cinematic experience; think of NOW OR NEVER as the greatest hip-hop film you never saw.
Professional Reviews
The Source (11/98, p.196) - 3 Mics (out of 5) - "...Packed with nine chapters of misogynist beats and rhymes, NOW OR NEVER is a musical guide to pimpin''s pretty solid..."
Disc 1
1 Right Now
2 Too Slick - (interlude)
3 Make A Million - (featuring Scarface/The Hoodlumz)
4 Skit
5 Fallen Soldier
6 Still Man - (featuring Too Short)
7 Now Or Never
8 Bring Em Out
9 B.I.G.P.I.M.P.S.I.S.I. - (interlude)
10 These Ho. - (featuring Jazze Pha)
11 Why U
12 Money & The Power
13 Table Dance
14 Caesar Knight
Product Attributes
Artist Tela
Music Format Compact Disc

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