Back of My Lac'
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|Back of My Lac'|
|Studio album by J. Holiday|
|Released||October 2, 2007|
|Recorded||2006–2007; Studio 13 (Washington D.C.), Signature Sound Studio, Music Line Studio, Triangle Sound Studio, The Red Room, J. Que's Crib, Phonix Ave Studio, DARP Studios (Atlanta, Georgia), The Gin House, (Hollywood, California), Dark Child Studios (Pleasantville, New Jersey)|
|Genre||R&B, hip hop|
|Label||Music Line, Capitol|
|Producer||Los Da Mystro, Darkchild, The-Dream, The Platinum Brothers, Donnie Scantz, Travis Cherry, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Sean Garrett, Oak|
|J. Holiday chronology|
|Deluxe edition cover|
|Singles from Back of My Lac'|
The album was supported by two singles, along with one promotional single, which have been released from the album. "Be with Me" was released on October 31, 2006, as a promotional track, "Bed" and "Suffocate" were released as singles June 19, 2007 and October 2, 2007, respectively.
Upon its release, Back of My Lac' received generally mixed reviews from music critics. The album debuted at number 5 on the US Billboard 200, selling 105,000 copies in its first week. The album was nominated for Best Contemporary R&B Album at the 51st Grammy Awards, but lost to Mary J. Blige's Growing Pains.
Originally meant to be released by the end of 2006, however it was pushed back to early 2007 and then pushed to its final release of October 2. J. Holiday has spoken about the track "City Boy" featuring 8 Ball & MJG as the only collaboration on the album and the D.C. anthem, the song is featured on the album only as a bonus track. J. Holiday worked with Ne-Yo on three songs between December 2005 and January 2006 that did not make the album
The album's lead single, "Be with Me", was released on October 31, 2006. The song was produced by Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins. The song did not fare well commercially, failing to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 and has since peaked at #83 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
The third single, "Suffocate" was released on October 2, 2007, the song has peaked at #2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart and #18 on the Billboard Hot 100. The video for the single was shot in Paris, France and debuted on BET's 106 & Park on November 7, 2007.
"Come Here" was released as a single but was ultimately canceled.
Upon its release. The album was met with generally mixed reviews from music critics. Christian Hoard of Rolling Stone said Holiday turns out brash, hook-centric R&B that complements silky singing with some fine beats: The bumping "Ghetto" underpins Holiday's insistent sermon on underclass misery with Santana guitar, congas and lite funk, and "Thug Commandments" is an ultrawarm thing with an ace chorus and D'Angelo-worthy falsettos. Then there's the single "Bed" (as in, "I'm-a put you to"), a sex jam so gleefully horny, and hooky, that it ends up charming. So it's too bad that Back of My Lac sinks into slow, sexy tedium: Bland love odes like "Be With Me" sound like they came from the same assembly-line mill that turned out T-Pain's lesser cuts, which is pretty lesser. By Track Twelve, Holiday's praising a hottie who's got "the body of a call girl." How's that for running short on good ideas? CD Universe giving it a 5 out of 5, and Andy Kellman of Allmusic said "Holiday also likes to sing about getting high and drunk, quite possibly far too much for those who don't indulge. While some of the come-ons are problematic as well".
About.com, reviewed the album favorably, saying: "It's rare that young artist puts out such a well-rounded album, one that young men can totally relate to and that young women will be swept off their feet by, but Back of My Lac', is just such an album. It's charming, gritty, sensual, original and most of all-real. Ladies and gentlemen, J. Holiday has arrived. And he definitely is that dude."
Fan reviews remain highly favorable for the album, praising its overall consistency and well roundness. "Fatal", "Bed","Thank You" and "Suffocate" have been frequently referenced as favorites.
The album debuted on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart at number 5, selling 105,000 copies in its first week. It debuted at #1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. The album debuted in the Top 20 R&B/Hip Hop albums in Canada and charted within the Top 100 albums in Canada. It became a Top 10 R&B/Hip Hop album in the UK and a Top 40 UK album entry peaking at #32. In the U.S it also made it to #8 on the Tastemakers chart and #5 on the Top Digital Albums and Billboard Comprehensive Albums Chart.
|Back of My Lac' - Standard version|
|1.||"Back of My Lac"||Naham Grymes, Quincy Lowe William Robinson, Marvin Tarpin, William DeVaughn||Quincy Lowe||4:49|
|2.||"Ghetto"||Grymes, Donnie Scantz, S. Thomas||Donnie Scantz||4:11|
|3.||"Thug Commandments"||The Co-Stars||3:29|
|4.||"Bed"||Carlos McKinney, Terius Nash||The-Dream & Los Da Mystro||4:35|
|5.||"Betcha Never Had"||Sean Garrett, W. Felder||Sean Garrett & Oak||3:01|
|6.||"Laa Laa"||A. Gibbs, M. Chesser, Grymes, Nash||The Platinum Brothers||4:31|
|7.||"Come Here"||The Platinum Brothers, co-produced by Travis Cherry||3:30|
|8.||"Be with Me"||Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins||3:58|
|9.||"Suffocate"||Christopher 'Tricky' Stewart||3:40|
|10.||"Fatal"||Paul, Smith, P. Smith, E. Nori||Korran Paul & Gil Smith||5:16|
|11.||"Without You"||Rodney Jerkins, Grymes, Shropshire, Mitchah Williams, Burt Bacharach, Hal David||Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, Mitchah "G.Code" Williams||3:47|
|12.||"Pimp In Me"||Jasper Carmon||Jasper Cameron||4:25|
|13.||"Thank You"||Adonis Shropshire, E. Vixon||Adonis Shropshire||4:23|
|Back of My Lac' - Deluxe edition (bonus tracks)|
|15.||"Sooner You Get to Love"||Donnie Scantz||3:56|
|16.||"I Know Love"||The Platinum Brothers, written by Wellington||3:49|
|17.||"When You Get Home"||The Platinum Brothers, co-produced by Travis Cherry||3:52|
|Back of My Lac' - International Bonus Track|
|15.||"City Boy" (featuring 8Ball & MJG)||J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League||3:42|
|Back of My Lac' - Japan Bonus Track|
|15.||"Good for Each Other"||J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League||3:33|
|Back of My Lac' - Brazil Bonus Track|
|15.||"Bed (Haji & Emanuel Remix)"||The-Dream & Los Da Mystro||4:35|
|UK Albums (OCC)||32|
|US Billboard 200||5|
|US Digital Albums (Billboard)||5|
|US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)||1|
|US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)||8|
|United States||October 2, 2007||Standard Edition||CD, digital download||Music Line, Capitol|
|February 5, 2008||Deluxe Edition|
Sales and certifications
|UK Album Sales||-||25,000|
- Video: J. Holiday - Suffocate Pop-Junkie.com (November 7, 2007). Accessed November 7, 2007.
- About.com review
- Allmusic review
- The Guardian review
- Rolling Stone review
- Stylus review
- Katie Hasty, "Springsteen Is Boss Of Album Chart With 'Magic'", Billboard.com, October 10, 2007.
- "J Holiday | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart
- "J. Holiday – Chart history" Billboard 200 for J. Holiday.
- "J. Holiday – Chart history" Billboard Digital Albums for J. Holiday. Retrieved February 2015.
- "J. Holiday – Chart history" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for J. Holiday.
- "J. Holiday – Chart history" Billboard Top Tastemaker Albums for J. Holiday.
- "Back of My Lac' by J. Holiday". iTunes Store (US). Apple. Retrieved September 12, 2014.
- J. Holiday's Official Site
- J. Holiday's Myspace Page
- J. Holiday Fan Site
- J. Holiday Live Rooftop Show
- J. Holiday Releases Third Single "Suffocate"
- Back Of My 'Lac Cover, Tracklisting, and Chocolate City MixTape
- Exclusive Interview with J. Holiday
- J. Holiday - Suffocate Video
- Video Stills of Suffocate Video
- City Boy - Unreleased Track