Hot & Wet

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Hot & Wet
Studio album by 112
Released December 9, 2003
(Release history)
Recorded 2002–2003
Genre R&B
Length 68:44
Label Bad Boy, Def Soul
Producer Sean Combs (executive)
Daron Jones, Stevie J., Anthony Dent, Saint Denson, Andre Harris & Vidal Davis
112 chronology
Part III
(2001)
Hot & Wet
(2003)
Pleasure & Pain
(2005)
Singles from Hot & Wet
  1. "Na Na Na Na"
    Released: July 22, 2003
  2. "Hot & Wet"
    Released: September 22, 2003
  3. "Right Here for U"
    Released: January 2, 2004
  4. "Give It to Me"
    Released: April 13, 2004

Hot & Wet is the fourth studio album by R&B group 112. The album followed the successful Part III album (which featured the hit single "Peaches & Cream"), with the club tracks "Na Na Na Na" and "Hot & Wet" which was produced by Stevie J. It was also their first album not exclusively associated with Bad Boy Records, signalling the groups' eventual departure from the label in 2004.

Background[edit]

In 2002 the group members, having matured both personally and professionally, came to the realisation that a split with the Bad Boy label was necessary due to the lack of interest.[1] In search of greater creative control, 112 left Bad Boy Records in February 2002 and signed with Def Jam in July on their Def Soul-imprint, insisting that the breakup was amicable. They reiterated this no-hard-feelings attitude by going to Daddy's House to record a debut album for Def Jam. Disagreements remained over ownership rights to the 112 catalog of songs, and this album - the Def Jam debut disc was waylaid as a result, while negotiations ensued between Lyor Cohen of Def Jam and Bad Boy owner Combs. With both sides ultimately in agreement, Hot & Wet would eventually appear in November 2003.

Release and promotion[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • The first single, "Na Na Na Na" was released on July 22, 2003 and features dance hall legend, Super Cat.
  • The second single, "Hot & Wet" was released on September 22, 2003 and features rapper, Ludacris.
  • The third single, "Right Here for U" charted at number 74 on the R&B chart on January 2, 2004. The song was released as a digital download only.
  • The fourth and last single, Give It to Me" was released on April 13, 2004.

Reception[edit]

Commercial[edit]

In 2004 the album charted on the Billboard 200 and peaked at number four on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. The album however failed to make any noticeable impression on the charts.

Critical[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[3]

Maleria Brown of The Stallion Online reviewed, "Pleasure and Pain" is one of the best albums I've heard this year. It contains a variety of musical styles, and it's by a group that's made great music in the past. This album is definitely worth giving a try. One twelve is known for creating romantic music, but in their latest album they delve into territory beyond just the romance in a relationship such as feelings of betrayal and regret. The group is also popular for their wonderful ballads, but in "Pleasure and Pain" they experiment with different styles; although, for the most part they stick with the tried and true."[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Medley" (Steven Jordan) 2:32
2. "It's Goin' Down 2Nite (featuring T.I.)" (Michael Keith, Quinnes Parker, Marvin Scandrick, Daron Jones, Clifford Harris) 4:42
3. "Hot & Wet (featuring Ludacris)" (Michael Keith, Quinnes Parker, Marvin Scandrick, Daron Jones, Steven Jordan, Sean Combs, Christopher Bridges) 3:41
4. "Unbelievable" (Michael Keith, Quinnes Parker, Marvin Scandrick, Daron Jones, Sean Combs) 4:17
5. "Everyday" (Michael Keith, Quinnes Parker, Marvin Scandrick, Daron Jones, R. Hankerson, The Isley Brothers, William DeVaughn) 4:29
6. "I Belong To You (interlude)" (Michael Keith, Quinnes Parker, Marvin Scandrick, Daron Jones) 1:23
7. "Right Here For U" (Michael Keith, Quinnes Parker, Marvin Scandrick, Daron Jones, Steven Jordan, Sean Combs, Donald DeGrate, Roger Troutman, Terry Troutman) 5:13
8. "All My Love" (Michael Keith, Quinnes Parker, Marvin Scandrick, Daron Jones) 4:41
9. "You Said" (Michael Keith, Quinnes Parker, Marvin Scandrick, Daron Jones) 4:16
10. "Knock U Down (interlude)" (Jason Boyd, Steven Jordan) 1:46
11. "Knock U Down" (Jason Boyd, Steven Jordan) 4:21
12. "Hot & Wet (remix) (featuring Ludacris & Chingy)" (Michael Keith, Quinnes Parker, Marvin Scandrick, Daron Jones, Steve Jordan, Sean Combs, Kenton Nix) 4:15
13. "Na Na Na Na (featuring Super Cat)" (Michael Keith, Quinnes Parker, Marvin Scandrick, Daron Jones, William Maragh) 3:40
14. "Give It To Me" (Michael Keith, Quinnes Parker, Marvin Scandrick, Daron Jones, Anthony Dent, K. Hatcher, Jason Boyd, Herb Alpert, Andy Armer, Randy Badazz, George Clinton, Rashawnna Guy, Philippé Wynne) 3:58
15. "Slip Away" (Michael Keith, Quinnes Parker, Marvin Scandrick, Daron Jones) 4:37
16. "Say Yes" (Michael Keith, Quinnes Parker, Marvin Scandrick, Daron Jones, Adonis Shropshire) 4:01
17. "Man's World" (Michael Keith, Quinnes Parker, Marvin Scandrick, Daron Jones) 5:03
18. "Na Na Na Na (reggae remix)* (featuring Spragga Benz, Lady Saw, Buccaneer & Damian Marley)" (Michael Keith, Quinnes Parker, Marvin Scandrick, Daron Jones) 4:30

(*) indicates bonus track

Personnel[edit]

  • Chris Athens — mastering
  • Leesa Brunson — A&R assistance
  • Jonathan "Chronic Face" Burke — vocal engineer
  • Isaac Carree — vocals
  • Dru Castro — engineer
  • Da Twelveexecutive producer
  • Tina Davis — A&R
  • Vidal Davis — producer
  • Dent — multi instruments, producer
  • Stephen Dent — producer, engineer, instrumentation
  • Diddy — producer, executive producer
  • Emery Dobyns — engineer
  • Steve Fisher — assistant
  • Marcus T. Grant — executive producer
  • Andre Harris — producer
  • Stevie J. — producer, overdubs, compilation
  • Jahaun Johnson — A&R
  • Daron Jones — multi instruments, producer, instrumentation
  • Jonathan Jordan — engineer
  • Victoria Jordan — art direction
  • Terese Joseph — recording director
  • Jonathan Kaslow — A&R, artist coordination
  • Rich Keller — engineer, mixing
  • Daniel Levitt — photography
  • Paul Logus — engineer, mixing
  • Carlton Lynn — engineer
  • Manny Marroquin — mixing, vocal mixing
  • Vernon Mungo — engineer, mixing
  • Rob Paustian — engineer, mixing
  • Tara Podolsky — A&R
  • Saint Denson — producer
  • Keith Slattery — engineer
  • Spi — multi instruments, producer, instrumentation
  • Brian Stanley — engineer
  • Christopher Stern — creative director
  • Rabeka Tuinei — assistant
  • Kevin Wales — producer
  • Eric Weissman — sample clearance

Charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 200[5] 22
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[5] 4

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United States December 9, 2003 Bad Boy, Def Soul CD -

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reid, Shaheem (2003-05-06). "112 Team Up With Sean Paul, Hope To Work With Ghostface Killah - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  2. ^ Kellman, Andy (2003-09-23). "Hot & Wet - 112 : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  3. ^ Caramanica, Jon (2003-10-23). "112: Hot & Wet : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-12-10. Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ a b "Hot & Wet > Charts & Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-02-22.