From Where???

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From Where???
Studio album by Mad Skillz
Released February 13, 1996
Recorded 1995
Genre Hip Hop
Length 61:49
Label Big Beat Records
Producer Jay Dee
The Beatnuts
Buckwild
Nick Wiz
Large Professor
DJ Clark Kent
Shawn J. Period
EZ Elpee
Mad Skillz chronology
From Where???
(1996)
I Ain't Mad No More
(2002)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

From Where??? is the debut album by underground Hip Hop artist Mad Skillz, now known as Skillz. The album was praised for its strong lyrical content and production, however, suffered from low sales due to two other major hip-hop albums that were released on the same day, 2Pac's All Eyez on Me and The Fugees' The Score. Producers for the album included Jay Dee, The Beatnuts, Buckwild, Large Professor, and DJ Clark Kent. The singles "The Nod Factor" and "Move Ya Body" received moderate radio and video airplay.[2] The album is currently out of print and is considered a collector's item by many fans because of its rarity.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Producer Performer
1 "From Where??? [Intro]" Mad Skillz *Interlude*
2 "It's Goin' Down" Jay Dee Mad Skillz
3 "The Nod Factor" The Beatnuts Mad Skillz
4 "VA in the House" Buckwild Mad Skillz
5 "Tongues of the Next Shit" Mad Skillz
Diallo
Mad Skillz, Kalonji The Immortal
6 "Doin' Time in the Cypha" Buckwild Mad Skillz
7 "Tip of the Tongue" Nick Wiz Mad Skillz
8 "Extra Abstract Skillz" Large Professor Mad Skillz, Large Professor, Q-Tip
9 "WMAD [Interlude]" *Interlude*
10 "Get Your Groove On" Buckwild Mad Skillz
11 "The Jam" Jay Dee Mad Skillz
12 "Move Ya Body" DJ Clark Kent Mad Skillz
13 "Street Rules" Shawn J. Period Mad Skillz
14 "All In It" Shawn J. Period Mad Skillz
15 "Unseen World" EZ Elpee Mad Skillz, Lonnie B, Kalonji The
Immortal, Dr. Mynbenda, Lil' Roc,
Javon The Medieval
16 "Inherit the World" Shawn J. Period Mad Skillz

Samples used[edit]

  • "Get Your Groove On" contains a sample of "Summer Madness" by Kool & The Gang (from the 1974 album "Light of Worlds").
  • "The Nod Factor" contains a sample of "Superman Lover" by Johnny "Guitar" Watson (from the 1976 album "Ain't That a Bitch").
  • "Extra Abstract Skillz" contains a sample of "Song Sung Long" by Carla Bley (from the 1977 album "Dinner Music").
  • "Unseen World" contains samples of "Ode to Billy Joe" by Lou Donaldson (from the 1968 album "Mr. Shing a Ling") & "Brown Ballad" by Quincy Jones (from the 1973 album "You've Got it Bad Girl").
  • "Street Rules" contains a sample of "Modaji" by Dave Grusin (from the 1977 album "One of a Kind").
  • "Doin' Time in the Cypha" contains a sample of "Come into Knowledge" by R.A.M.P. (from the 1977 album "Come into My Knowledge").
  • "VA In The House" contains a sample of "Fly with the Wings of Love" by Joe Sample (from the 1978 album "Rainbow Seeker").
  • "It's Goin' Down" contains a sample of "Boa Palavra" by Sérgio Mendes (from the 1968 album "Sérgio Mendes' Favorite Things").
  • "The Jam" contains a sample of "Canto de Ossanha" by Dorothy Ashby (from the 1969 album "Dorothy's Harp").
  • "Move Ya Body" contains a sample of "I'm Only Human" by Jeffrey Osborne (from the 1991 album "Only Human"), "Dreams" by The Notorious B.I.G. (single 1993) and "Shook Ones (Part II)" by Mobb Deep (from the 1995 album "The Infamous")[3]

Album chart positions[edit]

Year Album Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums Top Heatseekers
1996 From Where??? #154 #18 #5

Singles chart positions[edit]

Year Song Chart positions
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales
1995 "The Nod Factor" - #76 #26 #16
1996 "Move Ya Body" - #85 #27 #8

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