Personnel: Cris Rock; Vernon Reid (guitar); Gary Schreiner (organ); Mario Joyner, Shari Headley, Juicy Fruit Jenkins, Mo-Like, Freedom Williams, Lance Crouther, Tracy Morgan, Charo Elektra, Jim Bruer, Mary Wong, Judy Gold, Oran "Juice" Jones, That Nigga Neron.
Producers include: Prince Paul, Don Newkirk.
Engineers include: Kenny Oritz, Wess Naprstek, Scott Harding.
Recorded at Quad Studios, New York, New York in October and November 1996; GLC Studios, New York, New York in December 1996; and live at The Tacoma Theatre, Washington, D.C. in May 1996.
ROLL WITH THE NEW won the 1998 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Comedy Album.
Personnel: Vernon Reid (guitar); Gary Schreiner (organ).
Audio Mixer: Scott Harding.
Recording information: GLC Studios, NY (10/1996-12/1996); Greene Street Studios, NY (10/1996-12/1996); Quad Studios, NY (10/1996-12/1996); Tacoma Theatre, Washington DC (10/1996-12/1996).
Photographer: Alison Dyer.
Arrangers: Don Newkirk; Prince Paul.
In the time-honored tradition of Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor, Chris Rock's ROLL WITH THE NEW uses spicy language to address topics of race, relationships and black culture. Taken from a live performance recorded at Washington D.C.'s Takoma Theater in May 1996 and used for the HBO special "Bring The Pain," Rock's routines are interspersed with newly recorded sketches. De La Soul producer Prince Paul was at the helm for these and his influence stands out in "Press Conference," a bit in which O.J. Simpson and Ike Turner answer questions with samples from classic rap songs a la Dickie Goodman's 1975 hit "Mr. Jaws."
Rock's rapier wit and hilarious impressions of various characters are aided by assorted pranksters including Mario Joyner, Dave Chappelle and Judy Gold. Equally funny are the musical parodies featuring such musicians as Oran "Juice" Jones, Vernon Reid and Freedom Williams.
Entertainment Weekly (4/18/97, p.68) - "...though he tends to bury astute social commentary beneath a string of expletives, when Rock hits his mark, it's with keen precision." - Rating: B
The Source (5/97, p.140) - "...Chris Rock is the KRS-One of comedy, a five mic funnyman who just needs the right A-list producer in his corner..."