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Nigga Please
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Tracks

1. Recognize

2. I Can't Wait

3. Cold Blooded

4. Got Your Money

5. Rollin

6. Getting High

7. You Don't Want To F***K With Me

8. N***A Please

9. Dirt Dog

10. I Want P***Y

11. Good Morning Heartache

12. All In Together Now

Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Ol' Dirty Bastard, 12 O'Clock LA the Darkman, Shorty Shit Stain PA, Kelis, Chris Rock (vocals); Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo (various instruments); Dominique Maybank (guitar, bass); Big Baby (horns); Mike "Suga" Allen (drums).
  • Producers: RZA, Irv Gotti, Flava Hood's Big Baby, The Neptunes.
  • Engineers include: Brian Stanley, Pat Viala, Kevin Thomas.
  • Personnel: Ol' Dirty Bastard, 12 O'Clock LA the Darkman, Shorty Shit Stain PA, Kelis, Chris Rock (vocals); Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo (various instruments); Dominique Maybank (guitar, bass); Big Baby (horns); Mike "Suga" Allen (drums).
  • Producers: RZA, Irv Gotti, Flava Hood's Big Baby, The Neptunes.
  • Engineers include: Brian Stanley, Pat Viala, Kevin Thomas.
  • Ol' Dirty Bastard, perhaps the most well-known member of Staten Island's Wu-Tang Clan, returns with the first Wu masterpiece since Wu-Tang's 1997 double-LP WU-TANG FOREVER. Whether singing, albeit slightly off-key, on the bluesy "Good Morning Heartache" or randomly shouting-out on "I Can't Wait," ODB bounces between personas and genres like a schizophrenic clown. The results, while not quite as cohesive as some efforts by his peers, are still some of the most rewarding.
  • Although many expected a more polished product after recent guest appearances on hits such as Pras' "Ghetto Superstar" and Mariah Carey's "Fantasy," ODB sets the record straight on the first track, "Recognize," with the statement "This ain't no commercial song." The producers, including Wu leader RZA and Irv Gotti, feed ODB's subterranean sound with kinetic tracks that sample unsuspected nuggets of funk such as the "Theme From T.J. Hooker." Even though ODB occasionally can confuse the listener by attacking white rappers on one song then claiming to both black and white on the next, these contradictions are the foundation of his style. He is both madman and jester, simultaneously the most scary and beloved of the Wu Tang Clan. N***A PLEASE, like ODB, is unpredictable from start to finish.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (10/14/99, pp.119,127) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...the ultimate guilty pleasure. This is African-American nihilism at its most resolute and shamelessly hilarious....hysterical and mad-brilliant..."

Rolling Stone (10/14/99, pp.119,127) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...the ultimate guilty pleasure. This is African-American nihilism at its most resolute and shamelessly hilarious....hysterical and mad-brilliant..."

Spin (11/99, pp.184-5) - 8 out of 10 - "...[a] dazzling, daffy album....ODB works hard to invite you into his head. It's a strange place..."

Spin (11/99, pp.184-5) - 8 out of 10 - "...[a] dazzling, daffy album....ODB works hard to invite you into his head. It's a strange place..."

Entertainment Weekly (9/17/99, pp.77-8) - "...agreeably funky in a Stax/Volt kind of way....it sounds as if [O.D.B.] stumbled in off the street and began ranting about whatever popped into his mind....[NIGGA PLEASE] is a fascinating snapshot of a deeply conflicted man..." - Rating: C+

Entertainment Weekly (9/17/99, pp.77-8) - "...agreeably funky in a Stax/Volt kind of way....it sounds as if [O.D.B.] stumbled in off the street and began ranting about whatever popped into his mind....[NIGGA PLEASE] is a fascinating snapshot of a deeply conflicted man..." - Rating: C+

Alternative Press (1/00, p.96) - 3 out of 5 - "...the individual tracks are greater than the sum of it's parts. Ol' Dirty is a twisted seer who speaks in metaphors and isn't afraid to let his mind state hang out in the air."

Alternative Press (1/00, p.96) - 3 out of 5 - "...the individual tracks are greater than the sum of it's parts. Ol' Dirty is a twisted seer who speaks in metaphors and isn't afraid to let his mind state hang out in the air."

The Wire (10/01, p.48) - "...The mood here is desperate, as Ol' Dirty breaks down in front of the mic..."

CMJ (1/10/00, p.22) - Included in CMJ's "Beat Box '99 Top 5" - "...ODB howls like the ghetto Captain Beefheart with a serious God complex. Possibly the strangest rap album ever made..."

CMJ (1/10/00, p.22) - Included in CMJ's "Beat Box '99 Top 5" - "...ODB howls like the ghetto Captain Beefheart with a serious God complex. Possibly the strangest rap album ever made..."

Vibe (11/99, pp.185-6) - "...NIGGA PLEASE, is the biggest, baddest, best record of the year, maybe of the past few years - a biblical storm set to funk beats....Not since Ozzy Osbourne's heyday has a musical artist done evil so well....as touching at times as it is offensive at others..."

Vibe (11/99, pp.185-6) - "...NIGGA PLEASE, is the biggest, baddest, best record of the year, maybe of the past few years - a biblical storm set to funk beats....Not since Ozzy Osbourne's heyday has a musical artist done evil so well....as touching at times as it is offensive at others..."

The Source (11/99, pp.213-4) - 4 mics out of 5 - "...a solid, non-formulaic, hip-hop album with major label push....Like his quasi-namesake [Jesus] from a couple of thousand years back, he's willing to sacrifice his life for this...Either that or the nigga 'is' crazy."

The Source (11/99, pp.213-4) - 4 mics out of 5 - "...a solid, non-formulaic, hip-hop album with major label push....Like his quasi-namesake [Jesus] from a couple of thousand years back, he's willing to sacrifice his life for this...Either that or the nigga 'is' crazy."

Rap Pages (12/99, pp.149-50) - "...Ol' Dirty is one long interlude intertwined with the actual songs....ODB is one of a kind - you just can't hate him or hate on him." - Rating: C

Rap Pages (12/99, pp.149-50) - "...Ol' Dirty is one long interlude intertwined with the actual songs....ODB is one of a kind - you just can't hate him or hate on him." - Rating: C
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