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Format: CD
Sku: 60621549
UPC: 044006337326
UPC 14: 00044006337326
Release Date: 12/16/2003
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Roca-A-Fella Get Low Respect It ~ Memphis Bleek
2. Everything Is A Go - (featuring Jay-Z) ~ Memphis Bleek
3. Round Here - (featuring Trick Daddy/T.I.) ~ Memphis Bleek
4. Just Blaze, Bleek & Free - (featuring Freeway) ~ Memphis Bleek
5. We Ballin' - (featuring Proof/Young Chris) ~ Memphis Bleek
6. Hypnotic - (featuring Jay-Z/Beanie Sigel) ~ Memphis Bleek
7. I Wanna Love U - (featuring Donell Jones) ~ Memphis Bleek
8. War ~ Memphis Bleek
9. My Life - (featuring Latif) ~ Memphis Bleek
10. Need Me In Your Life - (featuring Nate Dogg) ~ Memphis Bleek
11. Murda Murda - (featuring Jay-Z/Beanie Sigel) ~ Memphis Bleek
12. Hell No ~ Memphis Bleek
13. Hood Musik - (featuring M.O.P.) ~ Memphis Bleek
14. Understand Me Still - (featuring Rell) ~ Memphis Bleek
15. Do It All Again - (featuring Geda K/Lil Cease/Rell) ~ Memphis Bleek
16. 1,2 Y'ALL - (featuring Jay-Z/Lil' Cease/Geda K) ~ Memphis Bleek
17. R.O.C. ~ Memphis Bleek
 
After a three year hiatus from the rap game rife with personal struggle, Roc-A-FellaÞs golden boy has truly 'come of age.' At the tender age of twenty-five, Memphis Bleek - the first artist ever signed to the ROC and long known as Jay-Z's hand-picked prodigy - has already known success to the tune of two certified gold albums, 1999's Coming Of Age and 2000's The Understanding. With M.A.D.E., Bleek is back and ready to take his career to the next level with what is easily the most diverse, most personal, and strongest album of his already accomplished career. M-Easy's had plenty of reason to make it personal. While filming the third video for The Understanding in the fall of 2000, Bleek received word that his older brother Dre was involved in a near-fatal motorcycle accident in Miami. The young MC rushed to his brother's side, and put a halt to promoting his album and recording it's follow-up. "I realized I could do all the ballin' in the world, and that's cool, but it's really about family," Bleek recently told XXL Magazine. But Bleek would discover that that concept extended to his Roc-A-Fella family as well. In order to begin recording M.A.D.E. the ROCÞs head engineer Young Guru moved the entire operation, including super-producers Just Blaze and Kanye West, down to Miami to facilitate recording Bleek's album as he cared for his brother.

The resulting record shows a mature, multi-faceted Bleek, whose range of lyrical subject matter has expanded by leaps and bounds. Packed with club-bangers and radio hits fans have come to expect from the Memph-man, the album includes the Just Blaze-produced first single "Everything's A Go" and introspective tracks like "My Life" and "Understand Me Still." Another outstanding track on M.A.D.E.,, "Hypnotic," finds Bleek, Jay-Z and Beanie Sigel in a cipher, trading sixteen's over a slow, funk-heavy groove thick with incense and blunt-smoke. "Give you the pen, the book, the word, the truth, the sight, the mind / I put it down, you call it a rhyme. I call it a sign / I predict the unpredictable. Heaven is invisible, but hell isnÞt physical" Bleek spits over flutes and heavy bass.

Elsewhere, Donell Jones croons on "P.Y.T." and Trick Daddy brings his unique rhyme style to another Just Blaze banger , "Round Here." But make no mistake about it, Bleek is the star of this show. After three years away from the game, Roc-A-Fella's golden boy is back, and once again ready to elevate the game.

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel includes: Memphis Bleek, Freeway, Young Chris, Proof, Trick Daddy, Jay-Z, Donell Jones, Beanie Sigel, Latif, Nate Dogg, M.O.P., Rell, Lil, Cease, Geda K.
Muze PNote Producers include: Just Blaze, Kanye West, T.T., E Bass, Art & Life.
Muze PNote Recorded at Baseline Studios, New York, New York.
Muze PNote From the Scorsese-like voiceover intro referencing Memphis Bleek mentor Jay-Z's retirement from music and Bleek's initiation as a "made" Roc-A-Fella, this follow-up to 2000's UNDERSTANDING feels like the attempted anointing of a successor to the Godfather. Whether Bleek can fill Jay's shoes is a matter for conjecture, but on this showing he's got the chops and the ideas to make a respectable attempt. M.A.D.E. builds on the foundations of Bleek's previous two albums and shows increasing confidence on cuts such as the insistent "Everything's a Go" and the snaky "Murda Murda," with its hushed, urgent lyric. On this showing though, one thing's clear--Memphis Bleek is a rapper who's not about to desert his roots, no matter how big his future might be.

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Jay-Z
Muze Guest Artist M.O.P.
Muze Guest Artist Nate Dogg
Muze Guest Artist Trick Daddy
Muze Guest Artist Beanie Sigel
Muze Guest Artist Donell Jones
Muze Guest Artist T.I.
Muze Guest Artist Freeway
Muze Guest Artist Proof
Muze Guest Artist Young Chris
Muze Guest Artist Latif
Muze Guest Artist Rell
Muze Guest Artist Geda K
Muze Guest Artist Lil' Cease

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Streets Is Watching
Muze Music Compilations Chyna Doll (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Professional (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 2-Hard Knock Life (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Belly (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Reasonable Doubt (Explicit Version) (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Reasonable Doubt (Clean Version)
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 3-Life & Times Of S.Carte (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Truth (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Dynasty-Roc La Familia 2000 (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Venni Vetti Vecci (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Reason (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Come Home With Me (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Blueprint 2: The Gift And The Curse (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Kamikaze (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Brother From Another
Muze Music Compilations Brother From Another (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Rompe Discotekas(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Def Jam Recordings: 25th Anniversary Box Set
Muze Music Compilations Monumental(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Blueprint (Collector's Edition)(Bonus Tracks)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Backstage Mixtape (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Unfinished Business (Clean)

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 12/16/2003
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2003
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 0000322
Music Label Name Label : Roc-A-Fella (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00044006337326

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Memphis Bleek
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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