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King Tee: IV Life

Album Reviews:

The Source (4/95, p.80) - 3.5 Stars - Dope - "...[King Tee]'s right on point when he describes this brand of funk as `some ol' bouncy hip-hop that wobbles like a wino'..."

Option (9-10/95, pp.116-117) - "...every time you think King Tee is going to make KING TEE IV LIFE easy to dismiss, he turns around and kicks your ass musically..."

Rap Pages (12/94, p.29) - 7 - "...Brimming with tasty hooks, laid-back lyricals and tight, versatile production pulled together by a string of reputable East and West Coast producers, KING TEE IV LIFE scores one more for the West Coast..."

Album Notes

Personnel: King Tee (vocals), D.J. Pooh, Rashad, E. Swift, Xzibit, M.C. Breeze, Nikke Nicole.

Producers: D.J. Broadway, Mark Sparks (track 1); D.J. Pooh, Rashad, King Tee (track 2); King Tee, D.J. Broadway (tracks 3-4, 6, 11-12); T.R. Funk Ignitor, Big Moe X (track 5); Thayad, D.J. Broadway (track 7); Da' Mic Profesah (track 8); Nikke Nicole (track 9); S.L.J., Grandmixer D.S.T. (track 10).

Engineers: Mark Nathan, D.J. Broadway (tracks 1, 6); Jean "The Man In The Mix" Marie Horvat, D.J. Broadway (tracks 2, 7-8, 10-11); Dave Rideau (track 3); Dave Rideau, Mark Nathan (tracks 4, 12); Joe Quinde (tracks 5, 9).

Recorded at Funk Shack, Pasadena, California; Studio 56, Hollywood, California; Pacifique Recording, North Hollywood, California; Platinum Island, New York.

All songs co-written by King Tee. Samples include "Hot Sex" (as performed by A Tribe Called Quest), "The Look Of Love" (as performed by Carmen McRae), "Cherish" (as performed by The Four Tops) and "Threnody For Sharon Tate" (as performed by Freddie Hubbard).

King Tee has many things to be thanked for, from his humorous yet often very serious music to his early support of the now legendary Alkaholiks crew. IV Life has many a classic track for you to ride to in your car, like "Super Nigga," "Down Ass Loc," or the obvious "Let's Go Dippin." This album is more with the times than his past work, but the King still maintains that slow methodical delivery he's been known for. While it may not reach the respect levels that his previous albums had among his fans, this is definitely one of his better albums. ~ Brad Mills


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