Wanted (Bow Wow album)

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Wanted
Studio album by Bow Wow
Released July 12, 2005 (2005-07-12)
Recorded 2004–2005
Genre Hip hop
Length 47:09
Label Columbia
Producer Jermaine Dupri, LRoc, Bryan Michael Cox, Swizz Beatz, No I.D.
Bow Wow chronology
Unleashed
(2003)
Wanted
(2005)
The Price of Fame
(2006)
Singles from Beware of Dog
  1. "Let Me Hold You"
    Released: March 11, 2005
  2. "Like You"
    Released: August 6, 2005
  3. "Fresh Azimiz"
    Released: January 5, 2006

Wanted is the fourth studio album by American rapper Bow Wow. It was released by Columbia Records on July 12, 2005. The album debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 chart, with nearly 120,000 copies sold in the first week released.[1] Months later the album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipping over a million copies.[2] Clean versions of "Fresh Azimiz" and "Let Me Hold You" were recorded. This was Bow Wow's first album to contain uncensored profanity, albeit only in the form of the word "nigga".

Wanted received mixed reviews from music critics. The album spawned three successful singles, "Let Me Hold You" featuring R&B singer Omarion, "Like You" featuring R&B singer Ciara, and "Fresh Azimiz" featuring rappers J-Kwon and Jermaine Dupri. The others videos released were "Big Dreams", "Fresh Azimiz" (Remix) featuring Mike Jones, and "Caviar" featuring rapper Snoop Dogg. As of October 2006, the album has sold 956,000 copies in the US.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly (mixed)[5]
People 2.5/4 stars[6]
RapReviews (4.5/10)[7]
USA Today 2.5/4 stars[8]
Vibe 2.5/5 stars[9]

The album received mixed reviews from music critics. Steve Jones of USA Today found some change in Bow Wow and his music, concluding with "This album doesn't break any new ground but marks the coming of age of a likable artist."[8] David Jeffries of AllMusic praised Bow Wow for his charisma throughout the album, despite its B-level beats and that its marketing towards a teen demographic. He concluded with "At the very least, it's an interesting way to develop a child star into an adult star, and a hook-filled one at that."[4] Angie Romero of Vibe highlighted the two singles off the album but found everything else to be lackluster, saying "The rest of Wanted finds him struggling to carve his niche as a grown rapper minus the Bow Wow bounce.[9] Matt Jost of RapReviews gave a negative review, criticizing the generic production from Jermaine Dupri and finding Bow Wow to be unspectacular in the material given to him. He concluded by saying, "With "Wanted," he's still 'in transition', chances for a turnaround are still intact, but the way things are looking Bow Wow is speeding down a dead-end street."[7]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Do You"   Jaron Alston, Jermaine Dupri, James Phillips LRoc Jermaine Dupri, LRoc* 3:32
2. "Big Dreams"   Dupri, Shawntae Harris, Phillips Jermaine Dupri, LRoc* 3:34
3. "Let Me Hold You" (featuring Omarion) Dupri, Brenda Russell, Ernest Wilson No I.D., Jermaine Dupri* 4:10
4. "Fresh Azimiz" (featuring Jermaine Dupri & J-Kwon) Dupri, Phillips, Jermaine Dupri, LRoc* 4:32
5. "Caviar" (featuring Snoop Dogg) Alston, Calvin Broadus, Dupri, Phillips Jermaine Dupri, LRoc* 3:44
6. "Like You" (featuring Ciara) Alston, Johntá Austin, Ricky Bell, Dupri, Ralph Tresvant Bryan-Michael Cox, Jermaine Dupri* 3:27
7. "B.O.W."   Shad Moss, Alston, Ronnie Jackson Bow Wow 3:35
8. "Go"   B. Cox, Dupri, McKinley Jackson, Robert Simpson, Melvin Steals, Howard Thompson Bryan-Michael Cox, Jermaine Dupri* 4:24
9. "Do What It Do" (featuring Jermaine Dupri) Dupri, Phillips Jermaine Dupri, LRoc* 3:06
10. "Is That You (P.Y.T.)"   Dupri, James Ingram, Quincy Jones, Phillips Jermaine Dupri, LRoc* 3:57
11. "Mo Money" (featuring T. Waters) Dupri, Phillips, Anthony Waters Jermaine Dupri, LRoc* 9:08
  • (*) Denotes co-producer.
Notes
  • Track 8, "Go", featured uncredited vocals by Jermaine Dupri.
  • Track 10, "Is That You (P.Y.T.)", featured additional vocals by Johntá Austin.
Sample credits
  • "Let Me Hold You", samples "If Only for One Night" performed by Luther Vandross, originally performed by Brenda Russell, and written by Brenda Russell.
  • "Like You", samples "I'm Leaving You Again" performed by New Edition, and written by Ricky Bell and Ralph Tresvant.
  • "Go" samples "Treat 'em Right" performed by Chubb Rock, and written McKinley Jackson, Robert Simpson, Melvin Steals and Howard Thompson.
  • "Is That You (P.Y.T.)" samples "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" performed by Michael Jackson, and written by James Ingram and Quincy Jones.

Wanted Reloaded (dual disc)[edit]

The CD side of the disc contains the original 11 tracks.

DVD side
  1. "Do You [Enhanced Stereo] [DVD]"
  2. "Big Dreams [Enhanced Stereo] [DVD]"
  3. "Let Me Hold You [Enhanced Stereo] [DVD]"
  4. "Fresh Azimiz [Enhanced Stereo] [DVD]"
  5. "Caviar [Enhanced Stereo] [DVD]"
  6. "Like You [Enhanced Stereo] [DVD]
  7. "B.O.W. [Enhanced Stereo] [DVD]"
  8. "Go [Enhanced Stereo] [DVD]"
  9. "Do What It Do [Enhanced Stereo] [DVD]"
  10. "Is That You (P.Y.T.) [Enhanced Stereo] [DVD]"
  11. "Mo Money [Enhanced Stereo] [DVD]"
  12. "Like You (Behind-The-Scenes Footage) [DVD]"
  13. "Let Me Hold You (Direct Your Own Video) [DVD]"
  14. "Let Me Hold You [DVD] [Music Video]"
  15. "Like You Music Video [DVD] [Music Video]"
  16. "Bow Wow's Biggest Fans [DVD]"

Bonus DVD

  1. "Big Dreams (The Movie) [DVD]"
  2. "Caviar [DVD] [Multimedia Track]"

Charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[10] 3
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[11] 3
US Top Rap Albums (Billboard)[12] 1

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from the Wanted liner notes.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harris, Chris (2005-07-20). "R. Kelly Fights Off Slim Thug And Bow Wow To Hold #1 - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. Viacom. Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  2. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  3. ^ "Bow Wow Pouring Heart Out On New Album". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2006-10-24. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  4. ^ a b Jeffries, David. "Bow Wow - Wanted". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2011-08-11. 
  5. ^ Fiore, Raymond (2005-07-18). "Wanted Review". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved 2012-11-22. 
  6. ^ "Picks and Pans Review: Brad Paisley". People. Time Inc. 2005-08-22. Retrieved 2013-07-02. 
  7. ^ a b Jost, Matt (2005-08-23). "Bow Wow :: Wanted :: Columbia/Sony BMG Music Entertainment". RapReviews. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  8. ^ a b Jones, Steve (2005-07-11). "Bow Wow inspires; Nelson misfires". USA Today. Gannett Company. Retrieved 2013-07-02. 
  9. ^ a b Spin Media (September 2005). Vibe 13. Spin Media. p. 236. ISSN 1070-4701. Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Bow Wow Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Bow Wow.
  11. ^ "Bow Wow Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Bow Wow.
  12. ^ "Bow Wow Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top Rap Albums for Bow Wow.
  13. ^ Wanted (liner notes). Bow Wow. Columbia. 2005.