Kimberly: The People I Used to Know

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Kimberly: The People I Used to Know
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Studio album by K. Michelle
Released December 8, 2017
Recorded 2016–2017
Genre
Length 62:59
Label Atlantic
K. Michelle chronology
More Issues Than Vogue
(2016)More Issues Than Vogue2016
Kimberly: The People I Used to Know
(2017)
Singles from Kimberly: The People I Used to Know
  1. "Birthday"
    Released: September 8, 2017
  2. "Either Way"
    Released: September 15, 2017
  3. "Make This Song Cry"
    Released: October 6, 2017
  4. "Crazy Like You"
    Released: August 12, 2018

Kimberly: The People I Used to Know is the fourth studio album by American R&B singer K. Michelle, released on December 8, 2017, through Atlantic Records.[1] The album was preceded by the release of the singles "Birthday", "Either Way", "Make This Song Cry" and "Crazy Like You".

Background and release[edit]

"It's a record that is very, very vibey. The direction of the album is actually, I actually am talking about a lot of people -- not bashing them, but speaking on some people who have been influential in my life, whether it was for the good or the bad."

— K. Michelle talking about her fourth studio album.[2]

On December 21, 2016, K. Michelle announced that her fourth album would be released in 2017 via Twitter with an acronym "TCE".[3] During the final season of her reality show "K. Michelle: My Life, the singer revealed a song titled "Heaven",[4] calling the song "one of my most personal records on my new album".[5][6] On September 8, 2017, in an interview with Billboard, the album's title was revealed "Kimberly: The People I Used to Know".[2] On October 13, 2017, the album cover, track list and release date was revealed.[7]

Singles[edit]

"Birthday" was released as the album's lead single on September 8, 2017.[8] "Either Way" featuring American singer Chris Brown was released as the album's second single on September 15, 2017.[9] The song debuted at number 19 on the US Billboard R&B Digital Song Sales chart for the week beginning October 7, 2017.[10] "Make This Song Cry" was released as the album's third single on October 6, 2017.[11] "Crazy Like You" was released as the album's fourth single on August 12, 2018.[12]

Critical Response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[13]
Pitchfork7.0/10[14]
Newsday3/4 stars[15]
Renowned for Sound4/5 stars[16]

On AllMusic, Andy Kellman gave the album four stars out of five, stating that"she has too much on her mind - and has such an imaginative and proficient way of getting it all out - to truly bail."[13] Glenn Gamboa from Newsday wrote that "It’s a shoot-from-the-hip style given to hits and misses, but when K. Michelle connects, she hits hard."[15]

Pitchfork's Alfred Soto graded it 7 points out of 10, commenting that "KIMBERLY: The People I Used to Know may lack a thumper like"V.S.O.P." or a slow jam as urgent as "Drake Would Love Me," still her greatest performance, but it continues a remarkable four-album streak."[14] Rachael Scarsbrook of Renowned for sound gave the album 4 stars out of 5, wrote that "There is enough differentiation to maintain intrigue even if the album is some 20+ tracks long. K Michelle is never one to mince her words, and she’s certainly not going to be changing that any time soon.[16]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal and Allmusic.

Kimberly: The People I Used to Know — Standard edition[1]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Welcome to the People I Used to Know"Kimberly Pate 0:32
2."Alert"
DJ Camper2:18
3."God, Love, Sex and Drugs"
Bongo ByTheWay3:52
4."Make This Song Cry"
Lil' Ronnie3:27
5."Crazy Like You"
  • Pate
  • Jackson
  • Bethea
  • Eric Crawford
  • Daniel Bryant
  • Deante Hitchcock
  • Lil' Ronnie
  • Bryant
  • Eric Cire
3:44
6."Kim K"
  • Pate
  • Camper, Jr.
  • Micah Powell
  • Jordan Etterlane
DJ Camper2:33
7."Takes Two" (featuring Jeremih)
3:24
8."Rounds"
  • Brent Kolatalo
  • Ken Lewis
  • Charles Hinshaw
  • Willie Smith, Sr.
  • Katalyst
  • Bangallure[a]
3:25
9."Either Way" (featuring Chris Brown)
  • Lil' Ronnie
  • Bryant
  • Eric Cire
4:14
10."Birthday"
  • Hitmaka
  • Yung Ladd
  • Rock Boy Beats
4:01
11."Fuck Your Man" (Interlude)
  • Pate
  • Jackson
  • Bryant
  • Crawford
  • Bethea
  • Lil' Ronnie
  • Clintunez
  • Bryant
3:41
12."No Not You"
  • Bianca Atterberry
  • Pate
  • Jackson
  • Cornish
Lil' Ronnie3:50
13."Giving Up on Love"
  • Alex Vickery
  • Midian Mathers
Louis Biancaniello3:20
14."Help Me Grow" (Interlude)  0:28
15."Heaven"
  • Philip Constable
  • Lindsay Gilbert
  • DJ Hardwerk
  • Mavelle
3:56
16."Run Don't Walk"Chuck Harmony3:48
17."Industry Suicide" (Interlude)  0:32
18."Talk to God"
  • Pate
  • Jackson
  • Courtney Dwight
  • Hinshaw
  • Crawford
  • Bryant
  • Bethea
  • Lil' Ronnie
  • BLAQSMURPH
  • Eric Cire
  • Bryant[b]
4:27
19."Brain on Love"
  • Hudson
  • Kadish[a]
3:27
20."Woman of My Word"
2:53
21."Outro" (performed by Princess Nokia)  1:07
Total length:62:59

Track notes

Sample credits

  • "Make This Song Cry" contains an interpolation of Jay-Z' "Song Cry", written by Shawn Carter, Douglas Gibbs, Randolph Johnson and Justin Smith.[17]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[18] 56
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[19] 10

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref
United States December 8, 2017 Digital download, CD Atlantic Records [1]
Canada [20]
United Kingdom December 10, 2017 [21]
Spain [22]
France [23]
Germany [24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "iTunes – Music – KIMBERLY: The People I Used to Know by K. Michelle". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "K. Michelle On New Album 'Kimberly: The People I Used to Know,' R. Kelly Allegations and Surrogacy With Fiance". Billboard. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  3. ^ ""Album #4 in 2017! #TCE" - K. Michelle on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  4. ^ "K. Michelle: My Life - Season 3, Ep. 7 - Love Is On The Air - Full Episode". VH1. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  5. ^ ""Heaven" is one of my most personal records on my new album. I can't wait to share it in full with all of you! - K. Michelle on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  6. ^ ""Heaven" is exactly where I am right now. So glad I could share a snippet with you all last night on #KMichelle: My Life! ❤️ Album #4 is coming VERY soon". Facebook. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  7. ^ "K. Michelle Reveals Album Cover, Track listing and Release Date for 'Kimberly: The People I Used To Know'". The Grape Juice. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Birthday - Single by K. Michelle on Apple Music". Apple Music (U.S. Store). Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Either Way (feat. Chris Brown) - Single by K. Michelle on Apple Music". Apple Music (U.S. Store). Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  10. ^ "Billboard Chart Search for K. Michelle Either Way". Billboard. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Make This Song Cry - Single by K. Michelle on Apple Music". Apple Music (U.S. Store). Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  12. ^ "Crazy Like You - Single by K. Michelle on Apple Music". Apple Music (U.S. store). Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  13. ^ a b Kellman, Andy, "AllMusic Review: Kimberly: People I Used to Know - K. Michelle", AllMusic, retrieved August 15, 2018
  14. ^ a b Soto, Alfred (December 8, 2017), "K. Michelle:KIMBERLY:The People I Used to Know Album Review", Pitchfork, retrieved August 15, 2018
  15. ^ a b Gamboa, Glenn (December 6, 2017), "'Kimberly: The People I Used to Know' review: K. Michelle speaks her mind", Newsday, retrieved August 15, 2018
  16. ^ a b Scarsbrook, Rachael (December 24, 2017), "ALBUM REVIEW: K MICHELLE – KIMBERLY: THE PEOPLE I USED TO KNOW", Renowned for Sound, retrieved August 15, 2018
  17. ^ "K. Michelle's 'Make This Song Cry' Sample of Jay-Z's 'Song Cry'". WhoSampled. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  18. ^ "K Michelle Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  19. ^ "K Michelle Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  20. ^ "KIMBERLY: The People I Used to Know on Apple Music". Apple Music (Canada Store). Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  21. ^ "KIMBERLY: The People I Used to Know by K. Michelle on Apple Music". Apple Music (UK Store). Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  22. ^ "KIMBERLY: The People I Used to Know on Apple Music". Apple Music (Spain Store). Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  23. ^ "KIMBERLY: The People I Used to Know on Apple Music". Apple Music (France Store). Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  24. ^ "KIMBERLY: The People I Used to Know on Apple Music". Apple Music (German Store). Retrieved 17 October 2017.