My Crew My Dawgs CD (2001)

Artist: T.O.K.

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Label Vp
SKU 60503099
UPC 054645163224
UPC 14 00054645163224
Format CD
Release Date 10/23/2001
Author T.O.K.
Technical Info
CatalogID VPCD 1632
Lable Name VP Records
Released 10/29/2001
Original Release 2001
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 56m : 19s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00054645163224
Musical Guests
Bounty Killer
Shabba Ranks
Album Notes and Credits
Contains an untitled hidden track after "Alone".
T.O.K.: Craig 'Craigy T' Thompson, Alex McCalla, Roshan 'Baby C' Clarke, Xavier 'Flexx' Davidson (vocals).
Additional personnel includes: Bounty Killer, Shabba Ranks (rap vocals).
Producers include: Richard Browne, Tony "CD" Kelly, Jeremy Harding,
Dave Kelly, Shams.
Personnel: Craig Thompson, Shabba Ranks (vocals).
Photographer: Anders Jones.
There's no doubt that the members of T.O.K. spent a lot of their formative years watching MTV, and from it they took in a lot of R&B and hip-hop. Adding that to dancehall, they've produced one of the most effective (and commercial) crossovers yet to emerge, a fairly seamless blend. "Money 2 Burn," for example, draws from mid-period Prince as well as East Coast hip-hop and Shaggy for a glorious weekend anthem, while "The Way U Do the Thing U Do" takes them back to their a capella roots -- albeit in slightly ragged fashion -- on the Smokey Robinson classic. But while this album covers a number of their big Jamaican hits, including "Eagles Cry" (Prince's influence again), "You Ah Murder," and "Man Ah Bad Man," they all pale when stood next to "Chi-Chi Man," the biggest Jamaican hit of 2000 and 2001. While its inspiration comes from a Christmas carol ("Do You Hear What I Hear?"), the scope and presentation are almost operatic, with a suitably spacious production to do justice to the idea. But this is a band with plenty of ambition who has barely started. They can sing (check "I Believe"), they can rap, and they've got the dancehall presence. This could be the beginning of real U.S. success. Watch out for the great version of "Somebody's Watching Me" as hidden bonus track, with fun '80s vocoder effects. ~ Chris Nickson
Professional Reviews
Mojo (Publisher) (8/02, p.78) - Included in Mojo's 50 Greatest Reggae Albums - "...A ragga boy band, who suggest the logical way forward for modern reggae..."
Disc 1
1 Prophesy - (Intro)
2 Man Ah Badman - (featuring Bounty Killer)
3 Chi Chi Man
4 Gimmi Di Music - (featuring Shabba Ranks)
5 Way U Do The Things U Do, The - (Accapella Interlude)
6 Money 2 Burn
7 Mona Lisa - (2002 Stylee)
8 All Day
9 Ghetto Youths Anthem - (Interlude)
10 Keep It Blazing
11 Eagles Cry
12 Gun Shy
13 You Ah Murder
14 On The Radio
15 Watch And Protect - (Interlude)
16 I Believe
17 Shake Yuh Bam Bam
18 Saturday
19 Alone
20 Untitled - (hidden track)

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