Priceless (Birdman album)

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Priceless
Studio album by Birdman
Released November 23, 2009
Recorded 2006-2009
Genre Hip hop
Length 52:17
Label Cash Money, Universal Motown
Producer Birdman, Slim, Lil Wayne (exec.)
I.N.F.O., Timbaland, Oddz N Endz, Drumma Boy, T-Minus, T-Pain, DJ Infamous, Boi-1da, Kevin Rudolf.
Birdman chronology
5 ★ Stunna
(2007)
Pricele$$
(2009)
Bigga Than Life
(2013)
Singles from Pricele$$
  1. "Always Strapped"
    Released: March 17, 2009
  2. "Written on Her"
    Released: June 23, 2009
  3. "Southside"
    Released: August 18, 2009
  4. "Money to Blow"
    Released: September 8, 2009
  5. "4 My Town (Play Ball)"
    Released: November 23, 2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
HipHopDX 2.5/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[3]
The Smoking Section 3/5 stars[4]

Priceless (stylized as Pricele$$[5]), is the fourth studio album by American rapper Birdman. The album was released on November 23, 2009.[6] Producers included I.N.F.O., Oddz N Endz, Timbaland, Drumma Boy, T-Minus, and Infamous.

Singles[edit]

The first, and second most successful single off the album was "Always Strapped" featuring Lil Wayne. The remix was used for the video, and album featuring Mack Maine. The second single was "Written on Her" featuring Jay Sean, which in December 2009 significantly also became Birdman's first release in the UK.[7] The third, and most successful single of Birdman's career as a lead artist peaking at number twenty-six on the Billboard Hot 100 was "Money to Blow", featuring Drake, and Lil Wayne. The fourth single from the album was "4 My Town (Play Ball)", also featuring Drake, and Lil Wayne.

Chart performance[edit]

The album debuted on the Billboard 200 chart at number thirty-three, selling 34,000 copies in its first week. It's his lowest charting album to date. The album has currently sold over 380,000 copies as of March 4, 2010.[8]

Reviews[edit]

William E. Ketchum III of HipHopDX.com said that Birdman constructs a disc full of capable singles but not because of his own skills on the mic but his producers and his guest stars. Calling the album an album that's much more tolerable than Birdman detractors would expect or like to admit. He talked down to Birdman's rapping saying that "unlike other materialistic rhymers, Birdman doesn't have any redeeming qualities; he doesn't have the charisma of Lil Wayne, he doesn’t have the dry wit and wordplay of Fabolous, and he lacks the larger-than-life persona of Rick Ross. He furthly states that the uninventive rhymes and the unvarying subject matter take their toll. In conclusion he stated that Birdman may not know how to rap well, but by leading a team of capable emcees and beatmakers around him, he knows how to make music. And in this industry, that sixth sense of knowing what goes where is, well, priceless.[9]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro"   Bryan Williams, Tyler Williams T-Minus 1:48
2. "Been About Money"   Williams, J. Christopher I.N.F.O. 4:12
3. "Money to Blow" (featuring Drake & Lil Wayne) Williams, Aubrey Graham, Dwayne Carter, Christopher Gholson Drumma Boy 4:19
4. "Money Machine"   Williams, Howard Metoyer X-Fyle 3:21
5. "Pricele$$" (featuring Lil Wayne) Williams, Carter, Timothy Mosley Timbaland 5:33
6. "Bring It Back" (featuring Lil Wayne) Williams, Carter, Marco Rodriguez-Diaz Infamous 4:22
7. "Nightclub"   Williams, Metoyer X-Fyle 4:36
8. "4 My Town (Play Ball)" (featuring Drake & Lil Wayne) Williams, Graham, Carter, Matthew Samuels Boi-1da 4:21
9. "Hustle" (featuring Lil Wayne & Gudda Gudda) Williams, Robert Cobbs Andrew "Drew" Correa 4:23
10. "Shinin'" (featuring T-Pain) Williams, Faheem Najm T-Pain 3:31
11. "Mo Milly" (featuring Drake & Bun B) Williams, Samuels, Bernard Freeman, Graham Boi-1da 4:12
12. "I Want It All" (featuring Kevin Rudolf & Lil Wayne) Williams, Kevin Rudolf, J. Kasher Kevin Rudolf 3:16
13. "Always Strapped" (Remix) (featuring Lil Wayne & Mack Maine) Williams, Carter, Cobbs, Jermaine Preyan Mr. Beatz 4:34

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 29
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 6
U.S. Billboard Top Rap Albums 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Priceless Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 22 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "'Priceless Review". HipHopDX. Retrieved 22 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Priceless Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 22 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Priceless Review". DJBooth.net. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Pricele$$: Birdman: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2010-03-16. 
  6. ^ Overstock.com (2009-11-24). "BirdMan - Priceless [PA] [11/23] *". Overstock.com. Retrieved 2010-03-16. 
  7. ^ Birdman interview by Pete Lewis, 'Blues & Soul' December 2009
  8. ^ Kaufman, Gil (2009-12-02). "Susan Boyle Beats Adam Lambert, Rihanna For Billboard #1 - News Story | Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV News". Mtv.com. Retrieved 2010-03-16. 
  9. ^ Ketchum, William E. (2009-11-27). "Birdman - Pricele$$ | Read Hip Hop Reviews, Rap Reviews & Hip Hop Album Reviews". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2012-03-05.