Fantasia (Fantasia Barrino album)

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Studio album by Fantasia Barrino
Released December 12, 2006
Recorded 2006
Genre R&B, soul, funk
Label J, 19
Producer Babyface, Bryan Michael Cox, Danja, Dre & Vidal, Missy Elliott, Kwamé, Harold Lilly, Midi Mafia, Tone Mason, Swizz Beatz, Sean Garrett
Fantasia Barrino chronology
Free Yourself
Back to Me
Singles from Fantasia
  1. "Hood Boy"
    Released: November 25, 2006
  2. "When I See U"
    Released: April 17, 2007
  3. "Only One U"
    Released: June 29, 2007

Fantasia is the self-titled second studio album by American recording artist Fantasia Barrino, released by J Records on December 12, 2006.

In its first week of sales, Fantasia entered the U.S. Billboard 200 chart at number nineteen, with 133,000 discs sold.[1] In June 2007, Fantasia was certified Gold by the RIAA for shipments of 500,000 copies.[2]


Missy Elliott returned as one of the writers on the album, joining Big Boi of Outkast and Diane Warren as contributors. Production duo Midi Mafia, best known for their 50 Cent hit "21 Questions", also contributed five tracks to the project.[3]

The beat for "Baby Makin' Hips" was created by Don Cheegro and Dirty Harry, new producers working under the guidance of Dre & Vidal, producers of Ludacris' song "War with God". Her second single "When I See U" peaked at number thirty-two on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number-one for eight weeks on the Urban charts. The music video for When I See U was shot by Lenny Bass on March 26, in Brooklyn.[citation needed]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars link
Entertainment Weekly B+ link
PopMatters (7/10) link
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars link at the Wayback Machine (archived October 13, 2007)
Slant 3/5 stars link
Stylus Magazine B+ link

Critical response to Fantasia was largely positive, as reviewers praised her vocals and charisma as well as the album's production; she drew multiple comparisons to Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner and Patti LaBelle.[4][5][6] Rolling Stone magazine said the album "expands her range, adds some attitude and comes up with some genuine R&B gems."[4] Allmusic found it "a bolder, better album than Free Yourself," adding that it "breaks Barrino free of her American Idol persona, giving her a sound and style that she can build a career upon."[6] said that "Fantasia is a solid second effort, made above average by that gem of a voice."[7] Many critics also commented that the album's decidedly R&B nature (which translates to a reduced audience) was inevitable due to the lack of crossover success from Barrino's debut.[5][6] Thomas Inskeep with Stylus magazine praised Fantasia's "rather astounding, multi-octave...voice, capable of the smoothest singing but also heavy on the grit," while at the same time lamenting that she will never be "America’s pop star...She’s too black." He then declared, "Fantasia wasn't meant to be America's pop star, anyway."[5] Sal Cinquemani with Slant Magazine said that "Fantasia's sophomore effort isn't exactly her Breakaway [Kelly Clarkson's hugely successful second album], but it's certainly a more unified artistic statement than 2004's Free Yourself."[8]

On December 6, 2007, Fantasia garnered three 50th Annual Grammy Award nominations: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “When I See U”, Best Contemporary R&B Album for Fantasia, and Best R&B Song for "When I See U".

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Hood Boy" (featuring Big Boi) Johnta Austin, Frank DeVol, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Anthony McIntyre, Antwan Patton Tone Mason 3:34
2. "When I See U"   Sam Watters, Louis Biancaniello, Kevin Risto, Waynne Nugent, Janet Sewell, Erika Nuri Midi Mafia, Mzmeriq 3:37
3. "I Nominate U"   Vidal Davis, Andre Harris, Balewa Muhammad, Candice Nelson Dre & Vidal 4:34
4. "Baby Makin' Hips"   Davis, Vidal, Muhammed, Nelson Dre & Vidal, Dirty Harry, Don Cheegio[a] 3:21
5. "Not the Way I Do"   Sean Garrett Kwamé, Sean Garrett[a] 3:35
6. "Only One U"   Bryan-Michael Cox, Thabiso "Tab" Nkhereanye, The Clutch, Ezekiel Lewis, Muhammad, Nelson Bryan-Michael Cox 4:00
7. "I Feel Beautiful"   Diane Warren Babyface 3:33
8. "I'm Not That Type"   Missy Elliott Missy Elliott, Cainon Lamb[a] 4:07
9. "Uneligible"   Muhammad, Nelson Danja 3:00
10. "Two Weeks Notice"   Craig Brockman, Corte Ellis, Elliott Missy Elliott, Craig Brockman[a] 4:42
11. "Surround U"   Denzil Miller, Kurt Walker, Kasseem Dean, Lawrence Smith, Makeba Riddick Swizz Beatz 3:19
12. "Bore Me (Yawn)"   Muhammad, Nelon Danja 2:55
13. "Sunshine"   Harold Lilly Harold Lilly, Cainon Lamb[a] 3:47
14. "Bump What Your Friends Say" (featuring Missy Elliott) Elliott, Phillip Lees Missy Elliott, Phil Lees, Soul Diggaz[a] 4:44
  • ^[a] Indicates a co-producer
Sample credits


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
US Billboard 200 19
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard) 3

Unreleased tracks[edit]


  1. ^ Jonathan Cohen, "Young Jeezy, Hicks Enter Atop The Billboard 200",, December 20, 2006.
  2. ^ RIAA
  3. ^ Fantasia First Listen – AOL Music
  4. ^ a b Serpick, Evan (December 7, 2006). "Fantasia" Retrieved October 22, 2007
  5. ^ a b c Inskeep, Thomas (2007-01-02). "Fantasia" Retrieved October 22, 2007
  6. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2006). "Fantasia" Retrieved October 22, 2007
  7. ^ Joseph, Mike (January 5, 2007). "Fantasia" Retrieved October 22, 2007
  8. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (2006). "Fantasia" Retrieved October 22, 2007

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