Third Power (album)

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Third Power
Studio album by DJ Drama
Released October 11, 2011 (2011-10-11)
Recorded 2010–2011
Genre Hip hop
Label E1, Aphilliates, Powerhouse Productions
Producer Drumma Boy, Lex Luger, Jim Jonsin, Don Cannon, Boi-1da, Terrace Martin, Cardiak, Akon, Mike Dean, Lil Lody, Mike WiLL Made It, V2 The Hitman, Dawty Music, Young Yonny, Nard & B, A-Traxx, Giorgio Tuinfort, Squat
DJ Drama chronology
Gangsta Grillz: The Album (Vol. 2)
(2009)
Third Power
(2011)
Quality Street Music
(2012)
Singles from Third Power
  1. "Oh My"
    Released: May 13, 2011 (2011-05-13)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
HipHopDX 3.5/5 stars[2]
XXL 3/5 stars[3]

Third Power is the third studio album by American hip hop artist DJ Drama, released on October 11, 2011.[4] It marks his first album not to be released in the Gangsta Grillz series, after his previous two studio albums Gangsta Grillz: The Album (2007) and Gangsta Grillz: The Album (Vol. 2) (2009). Featured guests on the album include Fabolous, Wiz Khalifa, Roscoe Dash, Freddie Gibbs, Young Jeezy, Wale, J. Cole, Chris Brown, Pusha T, French Montana, Crooked I, B.o.B, Gucci Mane, Ya Boy, Akon, Trey Songz, and Big Sean among others.

Background[edit]

Initially, the album was set to be titled Gangsta Grillz: The Album (Vol. 3), continuing the sequential titles of his previous two releases: however, in an interview at the BET Awards on July 8, 2011, he revealed that he had changed the album's title to Third Power. In a press release, DJ Drama spoke about how he felt the album was his best to date: he felt it was his "biggest and best yet" and that it represents three generations of hip-hop: "the music I came up on, the movements that I was a part of, and a whole new generation of Hip-Hop that is changing the face of music". The album leaked October 8, 2011.

Singles[edit]

The album's lead single, "Oh My", was released as a digital download on June 17, 2011.[5] The song features guest appearances from American hip-hop artists Fabolous, Wiz Khalifa and Roscoe Dash, and features production from record producer Drumma Boy. The song debuted at number one-hundred on the Billboard Hot 100 on the week ending August 6, 2011,[6] becoming DJ Drama's first appearance on the chart, and also peaked at number nineteen on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and number twelve on the Hot Rap Songs charts in the United States, also becoming his highest peaking song on both of these charts. It has since peaked at #95 on the Hot 100. The official remix to "Oh My" features Trey Songz, 2 Chainz, & Big Sean. On September 13, 2011 it was revealed "Never See You Again" featuring Wale & Talia Coles would be the album's second single.[7] However, "Ain't No Way Around It" featuring Future was released instead, and it peaked at #98 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. After the release of Third Power, "Undercover" featuring Chris Brown and J. Cole debuted at #15 on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Oh My" (featuring Fabolous, Roscoe Dash & Wiz Khalifa) Tyree Simmons, Christopher Gholson, John Jackson, Jeffery Johnson, Jr., Cameron Thomaz Drumma Boy 4:23
2. "Rough" (featuring Young Jeezy & Freddie Gibbs) Simmons, Jay Jenkins, Fredrick Tipton, Antoine Kearney Lil' Lody 3:17
3. "Lay Low" (featuring Young Chris, Meek Mill & Freeway) Simmons, Christopher Ries, Robert Williams, Leslie Pridgen Cardiak 4:42
4. "Ain't No Way Around It" (featuring Future) Simmons, Michael Williams II, Nayvadius Willburn Mike WiLL Made It 3:25
5. "Undercover" (featuring Chris Brown & J. Cole) Simmons, Christopher Brown, Jermaine Cole V12 The Hitman 3:50
6. "Everything that Glitters" (featuring Pusha T & French Montana) Simmons, Terrence Thornton, Karim Kharbouch A-Traxx 3:29
7. "Me & My Money" (featuring Gucci Mane) Simmons, Radric Davis, Gholson Drumma Boy 4:11
8. "Never See You Again" (featuring Talia Coles & Wale) Simmons, Talia Coles, Olubowale Akintimehin Dawty Music 4:18
9. "Self Made" (featuring Red Café & Yo Gotti) Simmons, Jermaine Denny, Mario Mims, Ronald Ferebee, Jr. Young Yonny 3:14
10. "Take My City" (featuring B.o.B & Crooked I) Simmons, Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr., Dominick Wickliffe, Bernard 'Nard' Rosser, Brandon 'B' Rackley Nard & B 4:08
11. "Lock Down" (with Ya Boy featuring Akon) William Crawford, Aliaune Thiam Akon, Giorgio Tuinfort 4:37
12. "Oh My (Remix)" (featuring Trey Songz, 2 Chainz & Big Sean) Simmons, Gholson, Tremaine Neverson, Tauheed Epps, Sean Anderson Drumma Boy 4:59
13. "Hand of God[n 1]" (with Maino) Simmons, Jermaine Coleman Squat 4:31
Notes
  1. ^ Best Buy/iTunes bonus track
Sample Credits
  • "Never See You Again", contains a sample of "Take Me to the Mardi Gras" as performed by Bob James as well as "Never See You Again" as performed by Talia Coles featuring KO Stiggity.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 42
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 7
U.S. Billboard Top Rap Albums 6
U.S. Billboard Independent Albums 7

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