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Smith,Will ~ Born To Reign

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Even though his last CD, Willennium, failed to sell as well as 1997's Big Willie Style, Smith's G-rated ladies (and family) man persona is infectious, even when he's coasting a bit on his well-earned rep. Such is the case on this exuberant but somewhat pedestrian CD. Smith gives it his all on cuts like the hip-shaking "Block Party" and the jittery "Gotta Go Home," but the slickly produced tales of good times and wicked women are way too familiar. Luckily, Smith stretches a bit with the heavy dose of R&B delivered by his vocal protégé Tra-Knox and on the rock-injected single (and promo tool for the film Men in Black II) "Black Suits Comin' (Nod Ya Head)." The stinging guitars give Smith an excuse to strut, and the ensuing bravado gives him an edge he often lacks. --Amy Linden

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 25, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000067O2U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,100 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Misty W on December 8, 2003
Format: Audio CD
First let me say that ANY album with a full length photo of Will on the front gets my vote for aesthetics from the outset! Second, why do all these rap lovers insist that Will has lost his edge because he refuses to cuss and talk dirty and plan cop killings and gang wars? This album is fabulous ~ and PLEASE don't say I am not a "real" rap fan because I am. It's just so hard to find any "real" rap anymore that is clean enough for me to care about it! This disc covers that criteria and still delivers great rhymes, sexy monogamy rap (and that IS what's really sexy about this guy - whoever heard of a rap star that loves home and hearth and wife and kids?). Finally, this CD also delivers fun fun fun on cuts like, Nod Ya Head! Life is good for Will and what's wrong with that...he makes me happy just looking at him (I meeeean...JUST LOOK AT HIM...) and when I play his music, all the better. He's a neat guy, a family man, great looking, talented actor and even more talented rapper. Don't let the gangstas get to you Will...you keep it real and we'll keep buying it! Yeah, us "real" rap lovers love this CD!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Movie Dude on August 29, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I think this album is good, but Will seems to have matured even more than his past G-rated albums. He totally killed some of these song by adding Tra-Knox to them. They stop the rap part of Will Smith. Gettin Jiggy With It, Miami, Will2k didn't have boy band backround singers in the backround. How the beat Goes, I can't Stop, and Black Party were good at first but when Tra-Knox started it's slow singing i lost interest. Will does an excellent job concidering he was working with Tra-Knox, but if he chose them to sing with then it is his fault this album isn't selling. Will please go back to Miami, Getting Jiggy With It, and the whole BIG WILLIE STYLE album again! Good luck Will!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JCB Project on July 27, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Fans of Will Smith, like myself, will notice that this album has a unique new style that hasn't been fully seen in his previous albums. While he clearly re-invented his music when he came back as Will Smith with the hit album "Big Willie Style," followed by "Willennium" from his days as Fresh Prince, "Born to Reign" also had evolved from those two albums.
This album, although not nearly as hyped as the others, didn't disappoint. I was fully impressed with the lineup of songs. The new style I talk about is a bit richer in lyrics than past albums, and has more groove to the tunes.
While I have enjoyed all of Will Smith's albums, the most enjoyable aspect of them is to see the transition of the music as he moves through life. His music matures as he has. I like the fact that he doesn't feel the need to act like a large portion of the rap industry does when they talk about their lives in very superficial manners. Hey, Will talks about his wife and kids - even including them in the album. That takes guts, and it deserves my respect for him placing his fam first.
"Born to Reign" is a great album which I would highly recommend. While I still think "Big Willie Style" is Will Smith's finest album, the tracks from "Born to Reign" will be playing in my boombox for quite a while. I gave it 4/5 stars... leaving 5/5 to only a few select best of the best albums.
Will - you did a great job again, please keep up the good work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W3 on July 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Seeing how Columbia Records screwed Will over with this album, I can safely call Born To Reign his most underrated solo album 2 date. It's sad 2 see such a great album being pushed by the lead single...a movie track.

Anyways, on 2 the album itself. Born To Reign is an album that shines in the Summertime, and grows on u throughout the year. Most of the trax are very laid back and breezy. The album also introduces the R&B trio Tra-Knox.

1. Born To Reign - The intro 2 the album. On this aggressive track, Will discusses life, destiny, and our messed up society in general. 'States have been altered by liquor by weed, and then hate gets exhalted as art falls 2 greed'

2. Act Like You Know - If there would ever be a proper single 4 this album, this would be one of the trax I'd choose. Hot production, 'radio-friendly', and the Fresh Prince takes it back with his signature story-telling rap.

3. I Can't Stop - Will brings in a bit of spanish~flava 2 this party joint. Aggressive, good 4 the clubs.

4. Jaden's Interlude - Funny interlude with Jaden. (Will's son) Leads into '1,000 Kisses'.

5. 1,000 Kisses - Smooth + breezy fast paced love track with Will + Jada teaming up. The video 4 this track made it out, but didn't get pushed at all. Personally, I only saw it on t.v. 2 or 3 times. Kinda sad when u see Nelly and G-Unit getting 10 times the airplay.

6. Willow Is A Player - Will actually sing-raps on this track...haha. Kinda like Kanye West's 'Spaceship'. Anyways, he's talking about his daughter Willow. NOT his wife Jada. (U'd be surprised how many people get that confused)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Xoandre on July 1, 2002
Format: Audio CD
WOW this is the best work from Will Smith since Gettin Jiggy With It!
Born To Reign is a collection of songs and moments from the life and soul of Will Smith. He introduces his new crew, Tra-Knox, who add a flavor to complement Will's incredible range and style. Together they nail many great rythyms and Will is at the top of his game as he performs meaningful and powerful songs.
Jada, Will's wife, has her moment on the album and Will's entire family is involved it seems as Jaden's Interlude is a moment with their son, Jaden, in the studio while rehearsing and recording. It shows the very strong way that this man and woman are raising their children to be responsible and well-disciplined people. I respect that.
Will is great. This is a keeper for anyone who wants wholesome yet very entertaining songs. PARENTS: this is the RAP album people from every age group will love. But it is more than a RAP album. It is Will Smith, plain straight talking powerhouse Will. The loveable Independence Day / Men In Black / Fresh Prince Will.
The man has grown from Parent's Just Don't Understand to the Parent he himself has become and now understands both sides of the coin. Listen to Momma Knows and you will see all that he has become. What a dynamic moment as we all grow with the man who, in my mind, is the King for a whole new millenium.
Take a listen and definately get this one because it is fun and intelligent. This is it! Will did it again! More power to ya, WILL!
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