A New Breed of Female

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A New Breed of Female
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 9, 1997 (1997-09-09)
Recorded1996–97
StudioPrivate Island Trax (Los Angeles, CA)
GenreHip hop
Length51:08
Label
Producer
Brina chronology
A New Breed of Female
(1997)
Diamond in the Rough
(2000)
Singles from A New Breed of Female
  1. "Ballers Flossin"
    Released: 1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]

A New Breed of Female is the only studio album by American hip hop group II Tru. It was released on September 9, 1997 via Mo Thugs/Relativity Records. Recording sessions took place at Private Island Trax in Los Angeles. Production was primarily handled by Archie Blaine, as well as Krayzie Bone, who served as executive producer together with Layzie Bone. It features guest appearances from fellow Mo Thugs members Ken Dawg, Tombstone and Sin of the Graveyard Shift, Flesh-n-Bone, Layzie Bone and Krayzie Bone.

The album failed to live up to the expectations provided by the success of the platinum-selling Family Scriptures. It peaked at number 194 on the Billboard 200, dropping off the chart after only one week, and number 49 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, dropping off after four weeks.

Along with a single, a music video was released for "Ballers Flossin", though it failed to make it to the Billboard charts. The album is currently unavailable on iTunes and Tidal.

Background[edit]

Composed of female rappers Belinda "Jhaz" Wallace and Cabrina "Brina" Wilson, II Tru were discovered by fellow Cleveland natives Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, who in turn invited the duo to join their newly formed collective, Mo Thugs Family. They made their debut on Mo Thugs' first album Family Scriptures, appearing on three songs. After the success of the album, Mo Thugs founders Krayzie Bone and Layzie Bone gave both II Tru and the Poetic Hustla'z a chance to record an album. A New Breed of Female was the first studio album released from the Mo Thugs collective when it was released on September 9, 1997.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."New Breed of Female" (Acapella)  0:59
2."New Breed of Female"
  • Belinda Wallace
  • Cabrina Wilson
  • Archie Blaine
Archie Blaine4:41
3."Are You Ready" (Skit)  0:22
4."Are You Ready"
  • Wallace
  • Wilson
  • Blaine
Archie Blaine4:16
5."Ballers Flossin"
  • Wallace
  • Wilson
  • Blaine
Archie Blaine5:04
6."Shyste"
  • Wallace
  • Wilson
  • Blaine
Archie Blaine4:18
7."Promises" (Skit)  0:47
8."Promises"
  • Wallace
  • Wilson
  • Blaine
Archie Blaine4:43
9."So High" (featuring Layzie Bone and Krayzie Bone)Krayzie Bone4:30
10."I Got Yo Back" (featuring Tombstone and Sin)
  • Wallace
  • Wilson
  • Paul O'Neil
  • Blaine
Archie Blaine4:39
11."Back Door"
  • Wallace
  • Wilson
  • Blaine
Archie Blaine4:10
12."Two Hits and Pass" (featuring Tombstone, Sin, Ken Dawg and Flesh-n-Bone)
  • Wallace
  • Wilson
  • O'Neil
  • Actavius Mills
  • Kendon Anthony
  • Stanley Howse
  • Blaine
Archie Blaine3:39
13."Summer Time" (featuring Ken Dawg)
  • Wallace
  • Wilson
  • Anthony
  • Henderson
Krayzie Bone3:22
14."Before I Die"
  • Wallace
  • Wilson
  • Blaine
Archie Blaine1:52
15."Mothers Reminisce"
  • Wallace
  • Wilson
  • Blaine
Archie Blaine3:46
Total length:51:08

Personnel[edit]

  • Belinda "Jhaz" Wallace – main artist
  • Cabrina "Brina" Wilson – main artist
  • Anthony "Krayzie Bone" Henderson – featured artist (track 9), producer (tracks: 9, 13), executive producer
  • Steven "Layzie Bone" Howse – featured artist (track 9), executive producer
  • Paul "Tombstone" O'Neil – featured artist (tracks: 10, 12)
  • Actavius "Sin" Mills – featured artist (tracks: 10, 12)
  • Kendon "Ken Dawg" Anthony – featured artist (tracks: 12, 13)
  • Stanley "Flesh-n-Bone" Howse – featured artist (track 12)
  • Romeo Antonio – bass (tracks: 4, 8, 10, 13, 15), guitars (tracks: 4, 8, 13, 15)
  • Jimmy Zavala – saxophone (tracks: 5, 15), flute (tracks: 10, 15)
  • Hayes Branham – backing vocals (track 5)
  • Mike Smooth – bass & guitar (track 6)
  • Phat Vocals – chorus (track 13)
  • Earl Wagner – backing vocals (track 15)
  • Archie Blaine – producer (tracks: 2, 4-6, 8, 10-12, 14, 15)
  • Jeff Shirley – recording, mixing
  • Rod Mendoza – assistant recording
  • Steve Durkee – assistant mixing
  • David Bett – art direction
  • Randy Ronquillo – design
  • Peter Dokus – photography
  • Steve Lobel – A&R

Charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[2] 194
US Top R&B Albums (Billboard)[3] 49
US Top Heatseekers (Billboard)[4] 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A New Breed of Female - II Tru | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved February 6, 2021.
  2. ^ "Billboard 200 Chart: Week of October 18, 1997". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2021.
  3. ^ "Top R&B Albums". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. October 18, 1997. p. 27. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved February 6, 2021.
  4. ^ "Top Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. October 18, 1997. p. 25. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved February 6, 2021.

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