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Spawned by the album title hit single, featuring Ludacris, which was the #1 "most added" and the fastest growing song in the Rhythm format, Unpredictable has quickly become the most anticipated album release at the close of this year. Includes, "Unpredictable," "VIP," "Do What it Do," and more!
Dru Castro; Orlando Rashid; Vernon Mungo; Franny "Franchise" Graham; Kamel Abdo; Marc Stephen Lee; Marcella Araica; Paul Boutin; Bruce Buechner
Tank; Sean Garrett; Jamie Foxx; Mateo Laboriel; Breyon Prescotti; Daron Jones; Face; Charile "CSUN" Bereal; Practice Team; Harold Lilly; Ron Feemster; James "Polow Da Don" Jones; Mike City; NO I.D.; Timbaland; Big D; Warryn Campbell; Jim Jonsin; Face; Tan
Number of Discs
61m : 41s
Mary J. Blige
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Jamie Foxx (sound effects); Jamie Foxx (vocals); Mary J. Blige (vocals); Common, Kanye West, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, The Game , Twista (rap vocals); Charile "CSUN" Bereal (guitar); Face (acoustic guitar, percussion); Tim Pierce (acoustic guitar); Joel Pargman, Timothy Loo, Ilana Setapen, Movement Orchestra (strings); Rob Lewis (piano); Warryn Campbell (programming); Mateo Laboriel (drum programming).
Audio Mixers: John Frye; Manny Marroquin; Orlando Rashid; Jimmy Douglas; Jimmy Douglass; Ralph Patlan; Serban Ghenea; Bruce Buechner.
Recording information: Audiovision Studios, Miami, FL; Brandon's Way Recording, Los Angeles, CA; Circle House Studios, Miami, FL; DPS Studios, Atlanta, GA; FoxxHole Remote Recordings; FoxxHole Studios, Tarzana, CA; Hit Factory Criteria, Miami, FL; Sony Studios, New York, NY; Unsung STudios, Sherman Oaks, CA; Zac Digital, Atlanta, GA.
Photographer: Ben Watts.
Unknown Contributor Role: Stephen Siravo Jr.
Arranger: Daron Jones.
Jamie Foxx's second release as a solo artist is his first since his Oscar-winning portrayal of Ray Charles in the 2004 film RAY. It is natural, then, that UNPREDICTABLE would be a much higher-profile affair than 1994's PEEP THIS. The production credits include top-currency names like Timbaland and Sean Garrett. And guest stars? Forget about it. Common, Ludacris, Twista, Snoop Dogg, and Mary J. Blige, just to name a few, make appearances and help boost Foxx's credibility as one of the most popular kids on the block.
Foxx's music falls firmly into the category of sultry, hip-hop-inflected R&B a la R. Kelly. And like Kels, Foxx too has a penchant for bedroom themes, as UNPREDICTABLE pulses with the rhythm of sex. His study of Ray Charles's bluesy, elastic vocal style holds him in good stead, though: Foxx has an authoritative delivery on both uptempo grooves ("Warm Bed") and slinky slow jams ("VIP"). While not exactly groundbreaking, the album--with its superior production, excellent guest spots, and Foxx's impressive performances--still comes off a winner.
A major star on television, the big screen, and radio, Jamie Foxx started out as a comedian and went through years of escalating recognition before winning an Oscar for his portrayal of Ray Charles in "Ray". Though a 1994 album was something of an underground hit, he didn't really break out as a singer until his guest appearance on Kanye West's "Slow Jamz." The song helped set the stage for his second album, released through J Records at the very end of 2005 -- Unpredictable reached number one and eventually went platinum. ~ Andy Kellman