Self Portrait (Lalah Hathaway album)

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Self Portrait
Studio album by Lalah Hathaway
Released June 3, 2008
Recorded 2007-2008
Genre R&B, soul, neo soul
Length 57:21
Label Stax
Producer Lalah Hathaway, Rex Rideout, Kenneth Crouch, Paula Gallitano, Terrace Martin, Manuel Hugas, Wiboud Burkens, Anthony Jeffries
Lalah Hathaway chronology
Outrun The Sky
(2004)
Self Portrait
(2008)
Where It All Begins
(2011)

Self Portrait is the fourth overall album from singer Lalah Hathaway. The title and release date of the album were announced in Hathaway's official MySpace page in March 2008.[1]

Reviews[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Amazon 4.5/5 stars[3]

According to Bebo.com, the album will feature additional production contributions from Rex Rideout who was responsible for Hathaway's most recent #1 single, a 2004 cover of Luther Vandross' "Forever, For Always, For Love." Other producers include Paula Gallitano, Kenneth Crouch, and Terrace Martin. Martin notably worked on Snoop Dogg's Ego Trippin' album. Self Portrait also features contributions from singer/songwriters Sandra St. Victor (who performed with Hathaway on the Daughters of Soul tour), and underground soul singer Rahsaan Patterson.[4]

...this is the first record that I’ve ever worked on from start to finish including developing the concept, styling, the sequence and selection of the songs, the musicians, the producers, the marketing, the way it sounds—everything. That’s why I call it Self-Portrait because it’s my fifth album but it feels like my first.

—Lalah Hathaway [5]

Singles[edit]

The midtempo lead single "Let Go" produced by Rideout impact radio stations on April 21, 2008. The single, co-produced by Hathaway, also features Rahsaan Patterson on background vocals.[6] The album's second single "That Was Then" was released in late 2008. The song debut at #105 on the Hot R&B charts.

Promotion[edit]

After the release of Self Portrait, Hathaway went on tour, which began in July 2009.[7] In January 2009, Hathaway appeared on BETJ in an interview and performing before an audience.

Track listing[2][8][edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Let Go"   Lalah Hathaway, Rahsaan Patterson, Rex Rideout Rex Rideout 4:06
2. "Breathe"   Hathaway, Rideout, Michael Ripoll Rex Rideout 5:04
3. "On Your Own"   Hathaway, Patterson, Rideout Rex Rideout 6:39
4. "For Always"   Hathaway, Rideout Rex Rideout 4:23
5. "That Was Then"   Hathaway, Rideout, Sandra St. Victor Rex Rideout 5:09
6. "Learning to Swim"   Hathaway Paula Gallitano 4:39
7. "1 Mile (Rap by Andre Edwards)"   Andre Edwards, Hathaway, Terrace Martin, Marlon Williams Terrace Martin 4:28
8. "Little Girl"   Hathaway, Patterson, Rideout, St. Victor Rex Rideout 4:22
9. "What Goes Around"   Paula Gallitano, Hathaway Paula Gallitano 5:39
10. "Naked Truth (Duet with Rahsaan Patterson)"   Kenneth Crouch, Hathaway, St. Victor Kenneth Crouch 4:10
11. "UDO"   Craig Brockman, Hathaway, Martin, Mosley, Williams Terrace Martin 3:36
12. "Tragic Inevitability"   Wiboud Burkens, Hathaway, Manuel Hugas Wiboud Burkens 5:04
Total length:
57:21
iTunes Store bonus track
No. Title Length
13. "Let Go (Video)"    

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