Dru Hill (album)

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Dru Hill
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Studio album by Dru Hill
ReleasedNovember 19, 1996
GenreR&B, hip hop soul
Length59:29
LabelIsland
ProducerHiriam Hicks (exec.), Andre Bell, Stanley Brown, Terence Dudley, A. Islam Haqq, Hitman, Benjamin Love, Nokio the N-Tity, Darryl Pearson, Daryl Simmons, Allen "Grip" Smith, Keith Sweat, Tim Dawg, Janice Upchurch
Dru Hill chronology
Dru Hill
(1996)
Enter the Dru
(1998)
Singles from Dru Hill
  1. "Tell Me"
    Released: August 20, 1996
  2. "In My Bed"
    Released: December 12, 1996
  3. "Never Make a Promise"
    Released: July 28, 1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars link
Robert Christgau(dud) link
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars [1]

Dru Hill is the self-titled debut studio album from American R&B group Dru Hill, released November 19, 1996 on Island Records. The album featured four singles "Tell Me", "In My Bed", "Never Make a Promise" and "5 Steps". All of the singles had music videos released. The album also features the So So Def remix of "In My Bed", which features Jermaine Dupri and Da Brat, as a bonus track, which also had a music video released.

The album peaked at number twenty-three on the Billboard 200 chart. By June 1997 it was certified platinum in sales by the RIAA, after sales exceeding 1,000,000 copies in the United States.

Overview[edit]

Most of the songs on the album are performed by Sisqó, Jazz and Woody. Sisqó sings solo on the tracks "In My Bed", "Love's Train" and "Share My World", Jazz sings solo on "Never Make a Promise" and Woody sings solo on "April Showers". Nokio has no solos and is featured on "Satisfied" & "All Alone" which all of the members perform on both.

Release and reception[edit]

The album peaked at twenty-three on the U.S. Billboard 200 and reached the fifth spot on the R&B Albums chart.[2] The album was certified gold in February 1997 and platinum by June of the same year.[3] Rob Theakston of Allmusic called the album "an impressive debut and a razor-sharp clue of the great things to come."[4]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Anthem"Janice Upchurch; Andre BellStanley Brown, Janice Upchurch, Andre Bell1:00
2."Nothing to Prove"Tim Patterson; Terence Dudley; F. Rovira; M. EllisTim Dawg, Terence Dudley4:06
3."Tell Me"Stanley Brown; Myron; Alex CantrallStanley Brown, Benjamin Love4:13
4."Do U Believe?"Tim Patterson; Terence DudleyTim Dawg, Terence Dudley4:12
5."Whatever U Want"Stanley Brown; Mark Andrews; Larry Anthony; Myron; Saeida HallStanley Brown3:58
6."Satisfied"Nate "Phenomenal" Clemons; Tamir Ruffin; Mark Andrews; James GreenThe Clemons Brothers, Nokio the N-Tity4:44
7."April Showers"James Green; Larry Anthony; Tamir RuffinA. Haqq Islam, Nokio The N-Tity3:34
8."All Alone"Tamir Ruffin; James Green; Mark Andrews; Larry Anthony; Gregory JonesA. Haqq Islam, Nokio The N-Tity3:35
9."Never Make a Promise"Daryl SimmonsDaryl Simmons5:27
10."So Special"Tamir Ruffin; Darryl Pearson; James Green; Larry Anthony; Mark AndrewsDarryl Pearson, A. Haqq Islam, Nokio The N-Tity5:24
11."In My Bed"Raphael Brown; Ralph Stacy; Daryl SimmonsDaryl Simmons4:45
12."Love's Train"Michael Cooper; Felton PilateKeith Sweat, Allen Smith4:20
13."Share My World"Keith Sweat; Bobby Crawford; Jerome LaneKeith Sweat4:28
14."5 Steps"Tamir Ruffin; James Green; Wendi MillerStanley Brown, Nokio The N-Tity5:43
15."In My Bed (So So Def Mix)" (featuring Jermaine Dupri & Da Brat) Jermaine Dupri4:02

Chart history[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1996)[2] Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 23
U.S. Top Heatseekers 2
U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 5

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions[5]
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 U.S. Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks U.S. Rhythmic Top 40
1996 "Tell Me" 18 5 20
"In My Bed" 4 1 4
1997 "Never Make a Promise" 7 3 1 23
"5 Steps" 7 - - 22

"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Personnel[edit]

Information taken from Allmusic.[6]

  • assistant engineering – Jim Carliana, Chris Habeck, Kevin Lively, Steven Rhodes, Brian Thomas, Bernasky Wall, Won B., Luke Yeager
  • assistant mixing – Steve Jones, Mike Rew, Gordon Rice, Paul Smith
  • associate production – A. Islam Haqq, Ralph Stacy
  • bass – Ronnie Garrett, Lance Hiesman, Zachary Scott, Nate Clemons
  • drum programming – Michael Aharon, Big Mike Clemons, Daryl Simmons, Allen "Grip" Smith
  • drums – Nathaniel Townsley
  • engineering – Won Allen, Mike Anzel, Brian Frye, Larry Gold, Karl Heilbron, David Kennedy, Thom "TK" Kidd, Chris Lighty, Alex Nesmith, Jon Smeltz, Mike Tarsia
  • executive production – Hiriam Hicks
  • grooming – William Marshall
  • guitar – Fred Campbell
  • keyboard programming – Bobby Crawford, Allen "Grip" Smith
  • keyboards – Stanley Brown, Kim Jordan, Benjamin Love, Daryl Simmons, Allen "Grip" Smith
  • mastering – Chris Gehringer
  • mixing – John Anthony, Chris Barnett, Russell Elevado, Jon Gass, Gerhard Joost, Darryl Pearson, Mike Tarsia
  • multi-instruments – Nate "Phenomenal" Clemons, Ralph Stacy
  • overdubs – Anthony Duino, Russell Elevado
  • percussion – Spike
  • photography – Guzman (Constance Hansen & Russell Peacock)
  • production – Andre Bell, Stanley Brown, Terence Dudley, A. Islam Haqq, Benjamin Love, Nokio the N-Tity, Tim Dawg, Darryl Pearson, Daryl Simmons, Allen "Grip" Smith, Keith Sweat, Janice Upchurch
  • production coordination – Ivy Skoff
  • programming – Tom Salta
  • rapping – Triip
  • string arranging – Michael Aharon
  • stylist – Nadia Bartos
  • vocal arranging – Darryl Pearson, Sisqó
  • vocals (background) – James "Woody" Green

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 260. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  2. ^ a b "allmusic ((( Dru Hill > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-02-03.
  3. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - February 3, 2011 : Search Results - Dru Hill". RIAA. Retrieved 2011-02-03.
  4. ^ Theakston, Rob. "allmusic ((( Dru Hill > Review )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-02-03.
  5. ^ "allmusic ((( Dru Hill > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-02-03.
  6. ^ "allmusic ((( Dru Hill > Credits )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-02-03.

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