A Jagged Era

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A Jagged Era
Jagged Edge - A Jagged Era (1997).jpg
Studio album by Jagged Edge
Released October 21, 1997
Recorded 1996–97
Genre R&B, hip hop soul
Label So So Def/Columbia
Producer Jermaine Dupri, Manuel Seal
Jagged Edge chronology
A Jagged Era
J.E. Heartbreak
Singles from A Jagged Era
  1. "The Way That You Talk"
    Released: August 2, 1997
  2. "I Gotta Be"
    Released: February 7, 1998
  3. "Slow Motion"
    Released: 1998
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A Jagged Era is the debut album by American R&B group Jagged Edge, which was released on October 21, 1997 (see 1997 in music). The album peaked at a disappointing #104 on the Billboard 200, while it peaked at #19 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and #1 on Billboard's Heatseekers Chart. Originally, the album was due to release the album in December that year.

Despite its disappointing peak, the album was moderately successful with sales of over 500,000 copies in the United States, earning a Gold certification by the RIAA. For the year 2009, the album was the best-selling album in cassette format.[1]


Three singles from the album were released: "The Way That You Talk", "I Gotta Be" and "Slow Motion".

"The Way That You Talk" was the first single from the album. The single peaked at a moderate #34 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, while becoming their first single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #65 on the chart.

"I Gotta Be", the second single from the album, performed better on the charts, peaking at #11 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart and #23 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the first Top 40 single. "I Gotta Be" had two videos shot for the song, one in 1997 and One in 1998 which featured Jagged Edge with members of Destiny's Child, with Kelly Rowland in the first shot, LeToya Luckett in the second shot, LaTavia Roberson in third and Beyoncé Knowles in the final shot before Jagged Edge takes over the rest of the video.

Track listing[edit]

Title Time
1. "Slow Motion" 3:42
2. "Addicted to Your Love" 3:15
3. "I Gotta Be" 3:35
4. "Wednesday Lover" 4:31
5. "Funny How" 5:11
6. "The Way That You Talk" (featuring Da Brat & Jermaine Dupri) 3:38
7. "The Rest of Our Lives" 5:35
8. "I'll Be Right There" (featuring Busta Rhymes) 3:45
9. "Ready & Willing" 4:58
10. "Ain't No Stoppin'" 3:53


  1. ^ Hogan, Marc (2010-02-22). "This Is Not a Mixtape". Pitchfork. Retrieved 13 August 2011.