Lost and Found (Will Smith album)

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Lost and Found
Studio album by Will Smith
Released March 29, 2005 (2005-03-29)
Recorded 2003-2005
Genre Hip hop
Length 70:56
Label Interscope
Producer "Co-P!", DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Twinz, Eleet Beats, Robbie C, Freshmen, G-One, Hotrunner "TL", Troy Johnson, Kwamé "K1 Mil", Polow da Don, Omarr Rambert, Park Jin-Young, Jae Staxx
Will Smith chronology
Greatest Hits
(2002)
Lost & Found
(2005)
Singles from Lost and Found
  1. "Switch"
    Released: February 15, 2005
  2. "Party Starter"
    Released: August 2, 2005
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (50/100) [1]
Review scores
Source Rating
411mania (7.5/10) [2]
Allmusic 3/5 stars [3]
BBC 3/5 stars[4]
Entertainment.ie 3/5 stars[5]
Entertainment Weekly B+ [6]
The Guardian 2/5 stars [7]
The Independent 4/5 stars[8]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[9]
RapReviews (8.0/10) [10]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention) [11]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars [12]
USA Today 2/4 stars [13]

Lost and Found is the fourth and most recent studio album released by Will Smith. The album released in March 2005, spawning the singles "Switch" and "Party Starter". Lost and Found was certified Gold by the RIAA on July 6, 2005.

Background[edit]

The album is Smith's first to be released on Interscope Records after several releases with Columbia. Guest artists on the album include Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris and long-time partner DJ Jazzy Jeff. The title comes from how Smith felt he was "lost" since he's put rap primarily on hold to do films, and "found" because he's back again. The album cover features Smith with a street sign saying West Philly & Hollywood in reference to his Philadelphia roots and current Hollywood life as a superstar.

Song information[edit]

The album is consistent in its critiques of the perceived state of hip hop, and has gained some notoriety due to the track "Mr. Niceguy", in which Smith takes slight shots at those who have criticized him in the past, namely Wendy Williams, Larry Elder, and Eminem. The first track "Here He Comes" features Will rapping about his return to rap & versatility, sampling the classic Spider-Man theme song from the 1960s cartoon. Other tracks include "If U Can't Dance (Slide)" which includes the "Women equate dance with sex" line that appears in Smith's movie Hitch, along with "Loretta", a song about a real life stalker, and "Ms. Holy Roller", which deals with Smith's view that extremist Christians are just as bad as the extremists who committed the terrorist bombings of 911, as well as aspects of his own faith and his ex-wife's conversion to Christianity. Both the title track & "I Wish I Made That Swagga" deal with Smith commenting on current hip-hop. "I Wish I Made That Swagga" is really two short songs, with the first half talking about critiques of Smith not being "black enough" and black radio not playing his music, despite high record sales. It references recent rap hits including Jay-Z's "Dirt Off Your Shoulder", Terror Squad's "Lean Back", Snoop Dogg's "Drop It Like It's Hot" as well as Smith's own 1991 hit "Summertime" from his DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince days. The second half talks about Smith's return to rap. In "Lost & Found", Smith speaks about how he doesn't do the standard "sex, drugs and violence" songs as found in popular gangsta rap and the similarities and stereotypes of current hip-hop. The track "Tell Me Why" is one of Smith's most emotional and dark tracks. It tells about senseless violence, about how love is unable to defeat hate on this earth. "Tell Me Why" was originally planned to be the second single from the album, but the producers of "Party Starter" had already started mixing a new version for the song for single release.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Here He Comes"   W. Smith, T. Johnson, J. Townes, R. Harris, D. Webster 2:19
2. "Party Starter"   W. Smith, C. Bridges, J. Jones 4:09
3. "Switch"   W. Smith, K. Holland, L. Bennett 3:16
4. "Mr. Niceguy"   W. Smith, T. Johnson 2:21
5. "Ms. Holy Roller"   W. Smith, T. Johnson, A. Pinto, E. Cortes 3:39
6. "Lost & Found"   W. Smith, T. Johnson, R. Jackson, D. Lewis 4:15
7. "Tell Me Why" (featuring Mary J. Blige) W. Smith, A. Wyche, T. Johnson 4:28
8. "I Wish I Made That Swagga"   W. Smith, T. Johnson, R. Jackson, O. Rambert, L. Bennett, J.Y. Park "The Asian Soul" 4:15
9. "Pump Ya Brakes" (featuring Snoop Dogg) W. Smith, O. Rambert, C. Broadus, L. Bennett, T. Johnson, R. Jackson 3:34
10. "If U Can't Dance (Slide)" (featuring Nicole Scherzinger from The Pussycat Dolls) W. Smith, T. Johnson 4:02
11. "Could U Love Me"   W. Smith, G. Archie 2:50
12. "Loretta"   W. Smith, T. Johnson 4:55
13. "Wave Em Off"   W. Smith, O. Rambert, L. Bennett, R. Grant, R. Grant, E. Ellington 3:30
14. "Scary Story"   W. Smith, T. Lovelace, E. Gold, E. Okon 3:39
15. "Switch" (R&B Remix) (featuring Robin Thicke) (UK and European Bonus Track) W. Smith, K. Holland, L. Bennett 3:47
16. "Coming to the Stage" (UK and European Bonus Track) W. Smith, M. Edwards, T. Lovelace 4:20
17. "We Won't" ((featuring DJ Kool) (UK Bonus Track)) W. Smith, K. Holland 3:45
18. "Switch" (Reggae Mix) (featuring Elephant Man) (UK Hidden Track) W. Smith, K. Holland, L. Bennett 3:50
19. "Chosen One" (Japanese Bonus Track) W. Smith, K. Holland, W. Griffen 3:11
Total length:
70:56

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
Canadian Albums Chart 8
U.S. Billboard 200 6
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lost And Found Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  2. ^ "Music - Will Smith – Lost And Found Review". 411mania.com. 2005-03-31. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ "CBBC Newsround | Reviews | Album review: Will Smith - Lost And Found". BBC News. 2005-04-21. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  5. ^ "Music Review | Will Smith - Lost and Found". entertainment.ie. 2005-04-11. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  6. ^ Tom Sinclair (2005-04-15). "Lost and Found Review | Music Reviews and News". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  7. ^ Dorian Lynskey (2005-03-25). "CD: Will Smith, Lost and Found | Music". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  8. ^ The Independent (London) http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/reviews/album-will-smith-529802.html |url= missing title (help). 
  9. ^ Schiller, Mike (2005-04-22). "Will Smith: Lost and Found". PopMatters. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  10. ^ Steve "Flash" Juon (2005-03-29). "Feature for March 29, 2005 - Will Smith's "Lost and Found"". Rapreviews.com. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  11. ^ "CG: will smith". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  12. ^ Christian Hoard (2005-04-21). "Rolling Stone : Will Smith: Lost And Found : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-02-16. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  13. ^ Edna Gundersen (2005-04-13). "Mariah rebounds, Garbage is sweet, Will Smith gets lost". USA Today. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 

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