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Born To Reign

Will SmithAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Born To Reign (Album Version) [Clean]Will Smith 1:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Act Like You Know (Album Version) [Clean]Will Smith 4:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. I Can't Stop (Album Version) [Clean]Will Smith 4:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Jaden's Interlude (Album Version) [Clean]Will Smith0:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. 1,000 Kisses (Album Version) [Clean]Will Smith Featuring Jada 4:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Willow Is A Player (Album Version) [Clean]Will Smith 3:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Black Suits Comin' (Nod Ya Head) (Album Version) [Clean]Will Smith Introducing Tr‚-Knox;Tr‚-Knox 4:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. How Da Beat Goes (Album Version) [Clean]Will Smith 4:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Block Party (Album Version) [Clean]Will Smith 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Give Me Tonite (Album Version) [Clean]Will Smith 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. I Gotta Go Home (Album Version) [Clean]Will Smith 4:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Maybe (Album Version) [Clean]Will Smith 4:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Nod Ya Head (The Remix) (Album Version) [Clean]Will Smith Featuring Christina Vidal And Introducing Tr‚-Knox 3:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Momma Knows (Album Version) [Clean]Will Smith 3:57$0.99  Buy MP3 


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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 (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,229 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

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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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Smith,Will ~ Born To Reign

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but Not Great 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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Will still reigns...and its kidsafe too! GREAT CD December 8, 2003
By Misty W
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of Will's Greatest March 9, 2005
By Sean G
Format:Audio CD
Will Smith has really done it all on this album. With a bunch of singles, this seems to be one of the greatest. The beats all seem to flow together and Will blends some of his older style with alot of the new. Some beats are quick and catchy and others like momma knows turn it down. The lyrical content is really great and Will's songs actually have a higher meaning than alot of the other Rap out on the market. This cd is a must have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not His Best But Okay February 15, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I am a Will Smith fan so I expected a lot from this album. I was a bit disappointed when I first heard it but after a while some tracks started to grow on me. He's flow is a bit slow on this particular album but the lyrics are just okay. My favorite track on the album is the Nod Ya Head remix. The original is wack! Other favorite songs are "Block Party","How Da Beat Goes On" and "1000 Kisses". Tra-Knox on every song is a bit annoying but they can sing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old School Meets New School December 20, 2004
By JP
Format:Audio CD
This is the most overlooked album of 2002. In my opinion, this is Will Smith's most creative album. Born To Reigh is a nice breath of fresh air compared to most of today's hip hop. It's a clean, positive and party type album.

Standout tracks:

Born To Reign

Act Like You Know

How The Beat Goes On

Block Party

Give Me Tonight

I would give it 4 stars because of some filler tracks (such as 1,000 Kisses and Maybe) but I'm giving it 5 for the sake of keeping old school hip hop alive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By W3
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A New Style for Big Willie 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great CD that must be in your music collection!!
Amazing, simply amazing!
Will Smith is so great, good sonds and beats in all of the songs, my favorite one is Gimme Tonite!!!!
Published 6 months ago by Ricardo Noť Vega GuzmŠn
4.0 out of 5 stars alright
top three

1. act like you know

2. how da beat goes

3. born to reign
Published on March 12, 2006
4.0 out of 5 stars Will's worst album still a solid effort
This might be considered Will's worst album to a lot of people but there's still standout tracks like "How Da Beat Goes", "Give Me Tonite", and "Block Party" which were steps ahead... Read more
Published on February 14, 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars Will's REign
I remember this album when I was 15. This album was the hit of the summer. This album is the spectacular and soulful sound of Will boldly achieving his own musical destiny. Read more
Published on May 20, 2005 by D-Lord
3.0 out of 5 stars One half good, one half mediocre
This is not one of Will Smith's best albums, solo or with Jazzy Jeff. While I like Black Suits Comin, 1000 Kisses and How Da Beat Goes (which samples Newcleus' Jam On It from... Read more
Published on March 30, 2005 by Preston
5.0 out of 5 stars Will Smith The Greatest
I just got one question why are most of you people hatin' on Will sayin' he can't rap. Y'all just mad cuz he don't swear. Will Smith is the coolest rapper out there. Read more
Published on February 25, 2005 by Masta Playa
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing
This album was a huge dissapointment. I am a Will Smith fan, but more so a Fresh Prince fan, so maybe I was looking to much for the good old days of humor and stories I could... Read more
Published on December 3, 2004 by N Self
5.0 out of 5 stars He wuz born to reign.
Will is da man. I luv this album from Born To Reign to Momma Knows. So will you. This is like a party music to me, because I just start bouncin' everytime I play this album. Read more
Published on November 14, 2004 by C-no
4.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
Not a single bad song on this CD. If u like any kind of rap, u should love this one. His best CD yet. Black Suits Comin is by far the best, but they're all good. Read more
Published on September 11, 2004 by B. Kosciusko
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