Dru World Order

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Dru World Order
Druworld-order-cover-2000.jpg
Studio album by Dru Hill
ReleasedNovember 26, 2002
RecordedOctober 2001 - August 2002
GenreR&B, soul
Length55:36
LabelDef Soul
0063377
ProducerNokio the N-Tity (also executive)
Dru Hill (also co-executive)
Kevin Liles (executive)
Kenneth Crear (co-executive)
Tina Davis (co-executive)
Jaha Johnson (co-executive)
Daryl Pearson
The Featherstones/Kidrow Productions
Kwamé
Bryan Michael Cox
PAJAM
Sean "Mocca" Banks
Nocko
Warryn Campbell
Dru Hill chronology
Enter the Dru
(1998)
Dru World Order
(2002)
InDRUpendence Day
(2010)
Singles from Dru World Order
  1. "I Should Be..."
    Released: December 23, 2002
  2. "I Love You"
    Released: January 14, 2003
  3. "No Doubt"
    Released: April 1, 2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[2]

Dru World Order is the third studio album by American R&B group Dru Hill, released in late 2002 (see 2002 in music) on Def Jam Recordings' Def Soul imprint. Four years had passed between this release and the group's previous album, Enter the Dru, during which time the quartet imploded, yet later reformed. Beginning with this release, Dru Hill became a quintet, with fifth member Scola (Rufus Waller) added to the original lineup of Sisqó, Jazz, Nokio, and Woody. This was the first and only time that Dru Hill was featured as five members. The album released three singles "I Should Be...", "I Love You" and "No Doubt". Two of the singles had music videos released. This is the group's last album for the entire Def Jam roster and they were released from their contract within a year due to poor album sales for this album and Sisqó's second album, which caused the group to go on a second hiatus.

Background[edit]

Following the release of Enter the Dru's final single, "You Are Everything", in Summer 1999, Dru Hill was reduced to a trio when Woody left the act to become a gospel singer. During this period, the group's label, Island Records, was merged with Def Jam, and Dru Hill was reassigned to Def Jam's new R&B imprint, Def Soul. The new label renegotiated the group's contracts and successfully returned Woody to the fold. The intended plan was for each member to record a solo album, and then regroup in a year to record Dru World Order. However, lead singer Sisqó's solo album, Unleash the Dragon, was a notable success, selling, at four million copies, twice as much as Enter the Dru. The other three members' solo projects were pushed back as Sisqó singles such as "Thong Song" and "Incomplete" became Top 5 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. When the group reformed in November 2000, it imploded, and Dru Hill was placed on an indefinite hiatus.

One completed recording from the aborted fall 2000 sessions, "Without You", was included on Sisqó's second solo album, Return of Dragon. Unlike Unleash the Dragon, Return of Dragon was not a success. After the group members reunited at the funeral of Woody's mother, Dru Hill made plans to reform.[3] Woody, who had released his solo gospel album on Kirk Franklin's Gospocentric Records in spring 2002, agreed to the reunion, as did Jazz. Dru Hill also hired Rufus "Ruscola" Waller, a local artist from their hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, as a fifth member.

Overview[edit]

Initially, Def Soul was not sold on a Dru Hill reunion, given the long period of time since the group's last release, and the relative failure of Sisqó's second solo album. The group won the label over with "I Should Be...", a song written by a teenaged local R&B act from Baltimore called "Everidae"(The Featherstones) along with Jeriel Askew.[4]

The new five-man Dru Hill lineup set about recording Dru World Order in October 2001, with Nokio taking creative control of the project.[5] Most of the songs on the LP are produced, co-produced, and/or co-written by Nokio, who also offers two solo compositions: "She Said" and "Men Always Regret". Sisqó, Scola, Jazz, and Woody also co-write and/or co-produce several of the tracks on the album. Outside producers on Dru World Order include Jermaine Dupri associate Bryan Michael Cox, rapper Kwamé, Warryn Campbell, Darryl Pearson, and others.

Unlike the previous Dru Hill releases, Dru World Order shows a conscious attempt to share the lead vocal duties among its members on each song, rather than present Sisqó as the main lead singer. Much of the album features Sisqó, Scola, Jazz, and periodically Woody sharing the lead vocals, with spoken interludes and overdubs by Nokio, and irregular ad-libs from Woody. Nokio sings lead on his compositions "She Said" and "Men Always Regret", while Jazz performs "Never Stop Loving You" by himself. "My Angel" is a solo dedication by Woody to his mother, who died the previous year. Guest performers on the album are limited to a guest rap by Kwamé on "No Doubt", ad-lib vocals from Chinky of LovHer on "She Said" with Eritza Laues performing the vocal duties on the chorus, and a guest rap from Def Jam artist N.O.R.E. on "On Me". Def Soul labelmate Case and recording artist TQ receive co-writing credits on "Xstacey Jones".

"I Should Be" peaked at number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart in the United States, and number six on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. Its follow-up, "I Love You", was less successful, peaking at number 77 pop and number 21 R&B spring 2003. The album itself peaked at number 21 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, and at number 2 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart seeling 122,000 copies in its first week.[6] The album was certified gold by the riaa for shipments in excess of 500,000 copies.[7]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Love/Hate"Tamir Ruffin; Darryl Pearson; Darrell AdamsNokio the N-Tity, Darryl Pearson1:38
2."Xstacey Jones"Tamir Ruffin; Case Woodard; Terrance Quaites; Darryl PearsonNokio The N-Tity,
Darryl Pearson (Additional)
4:36
3."I Should Be..."Justin Featherstone; Alonzo Joyner; Jeriel Askew; Matthew Featherstone; Christopher FeatherstoneThe Featherstones, Roundtable/Kidrow Productions, Sisqó (Additional)4:57
4."If I Could"Tamara Savage; Bryan-Michael Cox; Mark Andrews; Rufus Waller; Gregory CurtisBryan-Michael Cox,
Nokio The N-Tity (Co.)
4:13
5."No Doubt"Mark Andrews; Tamir Ruffin; Kwamé HollandK-1 Million (aka Kwamé)3:48
6."On Me" (featuring N.O.R.E.)Mark Andrews; Tamir Ruffin; Rufus Waller; Victor SantiagoNokio The N-Tity, Sisqó3:29
7."Old Love"James MossPAJAM3:40
8."She Said" (featuring Chinky of LovHer)Tamir RuffinNokio The N-Tity4:18
9."I Do (Millions)"Sean Banks; Marvin WinansSean "Moccaa" Banks,
Nokio The N-Tity (Co.)
3:44
10."I Love You"Tamir Ruffin; Mark Andrews; Rufus Waller; Dennis MooreheadNocko, Nokio The N-Tity5:13
11."Never Stop Loving You"Larry Anthony; Wirlie Morris; Alan FloydWirlie Morris, Alan Floyd, Jazz Dru-Daddy4:41
12."Men Always Regret"Tamir RuffinNokio The N-Tity4:10
13."My Angel/How Could You"Warryn Campbell; Mark Andrews; James GreenWarryn Campbell7:19
  • 1 "I Do (Millions)" interpolates the composition "Millions", written by Marvin Winans.

Personnel[edit]

Unless Otherwise Indicated, information is taken from Liner Notes and Discogs.com[8]

  • Lead and background vocals – Sisqó (Mark Andrews), Jazz (Larry Anthony), Nokio (Tamir Ruffin), Scola (Rufus Waller), and Woody (James Green)
  • Guest vocals – Chinky of LovHer (Lead & Background on track 8), Kwamé (track 5), N.O.R.E. (6)
  • Additional background vocals – Darrell "Dezo" Adams (track 1), Jessica Rivera (6), J. Moss (7), Eritza Laues (8), Jazz Dru-Daddy (11)
  • Vocal arrangements – Nokio (track 8), Jazz, Phil Weatherspoon (8), Alan Floyd
  • Vocal production – Bryan Michael Cox, Tamara Savage, Sisqó
  • Bass Guitar – Darryl Pearson (track 8)
  • Guitars – Darryl Pearson (track 2), Billy "Spaceman" Patterson (Lead on 8)
  • Piano, Organ, Drums – Nocko (track 12)
  • Keyboards – Jeriel "Baby J" Askew, Nathan "Boy Genius" Mooring, Darryl Pearson (track 2), Kenya "Fame Flames" Miller, Kwamé, Wirlie Morris, Nocko
  • Drum Machine – Jeriel "Baby J" Askew, Nathan "Boy Genius" Mooring, Darryl Pearson, Kenya "Fame Flames" Miller, Kwamé, Wirlie Morris
  • Music Programming - Jeriel "Baby J" Askew (Instruments on track 3), Nocko (tracks 8, 12)
  • Multiple Instruments - Nathan "Boy Genius" Mooring (track 3), Kwamé Holland (5), Wirlie Morris (11)
  • String arrangements and conducting – Benjamin Wright (tracks 2, 10), Clare Fischer (8)
  • Arranging – Guy Roche, Sisqó
  • Strings – Assa Drori (Violin on track 8), Antoly Rosinsky (Violin on 8), Elizabeth Wilson (Violin on 8), Igor Kiskatch (Violin on 8), Amy Hershberger (Violin on 8), Julie Rogers (Violin on 8), Jerry Epstein (Viola on 8), John Hayhurst (Viola on 8), Cecilia Tsan (Cello on 8), Richard Treat (Cello on 8), Arni Egilsson (Double Bass on 8)
  • Recording engineers – Serban Ghenea (tracks 1-2, 8), John Gordon (1-3, 5-6, 8, 10, 12-13), John Hanes (Additional Pro-Tools on 1-2, 6, 8-12), Jan Fairchild (2, 5, 13, Strings on 2 & 10, Vocals on 7), Reggie Dozier (3), Chris Young, Eric "Ebo" Butler (5), Ann Mincieli, Tom Soares (6, 8), Kevin Blott (Instruments on 7), PAJAM (Instruments on 7), Pat Viala (8), Larry Mah (8), Greg Smith (9), Nocko (12, Vocals & Other Instruments on 10), Robert "Tkae" Mendez
  • Audio Mixing – Serban Ghenea (tracks 1-2, 8-12), Manny Marroquin (3, 5, 7, 13), Tim Roberts (1-2, 6, 8-12), Stephen George (5), Rabeka Tunei (7)
  • Production Coordinator – Sandra Campbell ("My Angel/How Could You")
  • Mastering – Chris Gehringer
  • A&R direction – Nokio, Sisqó, Jaha Johnson
  • A&R manager – Leesa D. Brunson
  • A&R coordinator – Tara Podolsky
  • Recording administration – Terese Joseph
  • Product consultant – Delroy Morgan
  • Art direction and design – Akisia Grigsby, Robert Sims
  • Photography – Anthony Mandler
  • Stylist – April Roomet

Chart and singles history[edit]

Title Information
"I Should Be..."
  • Def Soul single 63865, September 2002
  • Music video directed by Chris Robinson
"No Doubt"
  • Def Soul single 63769, January 14, 2003
"I Love You"
  • Def Soul single 30511, April 1, 2003
  • Music video directed by Chris Robinson
Name Chart (2002) Peak
position
Dru World Order U.S. Billboard 200 21
U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 2
"I Should Be..." U.S. Billboard Hot 100 25
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Singles 6
"No Doubt" U.S. Hot R&B Singles 39
"I Love You" U.S. Billboard Hot 100 77
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Singles 27

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Rolling Stone review". Archived from the original on August 21, 2008. Retrieved 2012-10-25.
  3. ^ Reid, Shaheem (Aug 15, 2002). "Dru Hill Getting Ready to Make Girls Scream Again". MTV.com. Retrieved from http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1428390/11211997/dru_hill.jhtml#/news/articles/1457037/08142002/dru_hill.jhtml on November 5, 2006.
  4. ^ Danois, Erica Blount (Jan. 8, 2003). "The family that plays together...". Baltimore City Paper. Retrieved from "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-06-19. Retrieved 2006-11-05. on November 5, 2006.
  5. ^ Reid, Shaheem. "Dru Hill Gettign Ready to Make Girls Scream Again."
  6. ^ "Twain Remains 'Up' Top On Billboard Chart". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-02-14.
  7. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 2012-02-14.
  8. ^ Dru Hill. "Dru World Order". Def Soul. 2002. https://www.discogs.com/Dru-Hill-Dru-World-Order/release/1717315