Somethin' 'Bout Kreay

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Somethin' 'Bout Kreay
Studio album by Kreayshawn
Released September 14, 2012
Recorded 2011–2012
Genre
Length 44:10
Label Columbia
Producer Jean Baptiste (exec.), Free School, Jonas Jeberg, DJ Two Stacks, Diplo, Kid Cudi, Tai, Boys Noize, Adeptus
Kreayshawn chronology
Young, Rich & Flashy
(2012)
Somethin' 'Bout Kreay
(2012)
Singles from Somethin' 'Bout Kreay
  1. "Gucci Gucci"
    Released: June 14, 2011 (2011-06-14)
  2. "Breakfast (Syrup)"
    Released: May 22, 2012 (2012-05-22)
  3. "Go Hard (La.La.La)"
    Released: July 24, 2012 (2012-07-24)

Somethin' 'Bout Kreay is the debut studio album by American hip hop recording artist Kreayshawn, released for digital download on September 14, 2012[4] and as a Hot Topic-exclusive CD[5] under Columbia Records in the United States. It was released on CD elsewhere on September 25, 2012.[6] The album features guest appearances from Chippy Nonstop, V-Nasty, Sissy Nobby, Kid Cudi and 2 Chainz, while the production was handled mainly by Free School, Jonas Jeberg and DJ Two Stacks, among others.

Somethin' 'Bout Kreay received very mixed reviews from music critics. Apart from the singles, which received positive reviews while Gucci Gucci was even critically acclaimed, most of the other tracks were criticized and panned by critics.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 42/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[7]
Punknews.org 4.5/5 stars[8]
NME 5/10 stars[9]
Tone Deaf 7.5/10[10]
Alter The Press 5/5 stars[11]
Pitchfork 3/10[12]
Spin 3/10[13]

Somethin' 'Bout Kreay received very mixed reviews. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 42, based on 14 reviews, which indicates "generally average reviews". Uncut referred to this term saying "Thanks to her Valley Girl charisma and omnivorous sexual gaze she mostly succeeds." Uncut gave also a positive review with 6 of 10 rating.[2] Rolling Stone extolled the long player, too, by giving it also a 3 of 5 points rating and furthermore telling "The Oakland MC's debut explores her skill at giving hormonally bonkers post-Odd Future shock rap a bratty, ashtray-Madonna spin."[2]

On the other side Carrie Battan of Pitchfork rated the album only 3 out of 10 points and explained "Somethin' Bout Kreay could very well be her first and last."[14] At large the production was praised receiving mostly critically acclaim and the fun factor on the record was commended while the lyrics were criticized generally. So NME appealed to them by a 5 of 10 stars rating, saying "Over 13 tracks, though, Kreay's 'thing' wears waaay thin."[2] A negative review came from Under The Radar who said "It's a pop album of awful pop music."[2]

Commercial performance[edit]

Somethin' 'Bout Kreay debuted at number 112 on the Billboard 200 in its first week of release,[15] selling 3,900 copies.[16] The physical copy of the album was only sold at Hot Topic, a fact that's probably linked with its poor commercial success.[17] Kreayshawn joked about its weak sales on her Instagram several times.[18][19]

Track listing[edit]

Track listing confirmed on Amazon.[4] Writing and production credits taken from the album booklet.

No. Title Writer(s) Producer Length
1. "Blasé Blasé"   Natassia Zolot, Jean Baptiste, Ryan Buendia, Jonas Jeberg, Michael McHenry, Darryl McDaniels, Jason Mizell, Joseph Simmons, Lawrence Smith, Russell Simons Free School, Jonas Jeberg 3:21
2. "Ch00k Ch00k Tare" (featuring Chippy Nonstop) Zolot, Baptiste, Buendia, Jeberg, McHenry, Madhu Nanda Free School, Jonas Jeberg 2:52
3. "Gucci Gucci"   Zolot, Anthony Negrete, Michael Weiner DJ Two Stacks 3:07
4. "Summertime" (featuring V-Nasty) Zolot, Vanessa Reece, Weiner DJ Two Stacks 4:02
5. "Left Ey3"   Zolot, Weiner, Negrete DJ Two Stacks 3:21
6. "Like It or Love It" (featuring Kid Cudi) Zolot, Baptiste, Buendia, Jeberg, McHenry, Scott Mescudi Kid Cudi, Free School, Jonas Jeberg 3:21
7. "K234ys0nixz"   Zolot, Baptiste, Buendia, Jeberg, McHenry, Dania Birks, Juana Burns, Juanita Lee, Kim Nazel, Fatimah Shaheed Free School, Jonas Jeberg (co.) 2:41
8. "Bff (Bestfriend)"   Zolot, Baptiste, Buendia, Jeberg, McHenry Free School, Jonas Jeberg 2:55
9. "Twerkin!!!" (featuring Diplo & Sissy Nobby) Zolot, Thomas Wesley Pentz, Baptiste, Buendia, Terelle Gallo, Tai Jason, Jeberg, McHenry Diplo, Tai, Free School, Jonas Jeberg (co.) 4:07
10. "Breakfast (Syrup)" (featuring 2 Chainz) Zolot, Baptiste, Buendia, Tauheed Epps, Jeberg, McHenry Free School, Jonas Jeberg 2:49
11. "Go Hard (La.La.La)"   Zolot, Baptiste, Buendia, Moritz Friedrich, Jeberg, McHenry, Alexander Ridha Boys Noize, Free School, Moritz Friedrich, Jonas Jeberg 3:38
12. "The Ruler"   Zolot, Baptiste, Buendia, Jeberg, McHenry, Ridha Boys Noize, Free School, Jonas Jeberg 3:35
13. "Luv Haus"   Zolot, Baptiste, Buendia, Jeberg, McHenry Free School, Jonas Jeberg 4:21
Total length:
44:10

Charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200[22] 112
U.S. Top Heatseekers[23] 2
U.S. Rap Albums[24] 16
U.S. R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[25] 19

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Somethin' 'Bout Kreay - Kreayshawn : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards AllMusic
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Somethin' 'Bout Kreay Reviews". Metacritic. 2012-11-30. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  3. ^ http://beatroute.ca/2012/12/03/kreayshawn/
  4. ^ a b Amazon.com: Somethin 'Bout Kreay [Explicit]: Amazon.com
  5. ^ Kreayshawn, ‘Somethin 'Bout Kreay’ Spin
  6. ^ Amazon.com: Somethin Bout Kreay Amazon.com
  7. ^ Somethin 'Bout Kreay | Album Reviews Rolling Stone
  8. ^ Kreayshawn - Somethin' 'Bout Kreay' PunkNews
  9. ^ NME Album Reviews - Kreayshawn - 'Somethin 'bout Kreay' NME.com
  10. ^ Somethin 'Bout Kreay Tone Deaf
  11. ^ ATP! Album Review: Kreayshawn - Somethin 'Bout Kreay Alter The Press
  12. ^ Kreayshawn: Somethin 'Bout Kreay | Album Reviews Pitchfork
  13. ^ Kreayshawn, 'Somethin 'Bout Kreay'
  14. ^ "Kreayshawn: Somethin 'Bout Kreay | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2012-09-21. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  15. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/306077/kreayshawn/chart?f=305
  16. ^ http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.21300/title.hip-hop-album-sales-the-week-ending-9-23-2012
  17. ^ http://blogs.laweekly.com/westcoastsound/2012/09/kreayshawn_worst_selling_somethin_bout_kreay_jesse_camp.php
  18. ^ http://instagram.com/p/WPr4_yQqZS/
  19. ^ http://instagram.com/p/eQLm1zQqQP/
  20. ^ "iTunes - ミュージック - Kreayshawn「Somethin' 'Bout Kreay」". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  21. ^ "Twitter / KREAYSHAWN: Rare Japan edition SBK with". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  22. ^ "Kreayshawn Album & Song Chart History: Billboard 200" Billboard. Prometheus Global Media
  23. ^ "Kreayshawn Album & Song Chart History: Top Heatseekers" Billboard. Prometheus Global Media
  24. ^ "Kreayshawn Album & Song Chart History: Rap Albums" Billboard. Prometheus Global Media
  25. ^ "Kreayshawn Album & Song Chart History: R&B/Hip-Hop Albums" Billboard. Prometheus Global Media