Lil' Romeo (album)

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Lil' Romeo
Lilromeo.jpg
Studio album by Lil' Romeo
Released July 3, 2001
Recorded 2000–2001
Genre Hip hop, pop rap
Length 59:23
Label No Limit, Soulja Music, Priority
Producer Master P (exec.)
Carlos Stephens(exec.) Sean "Barney" Thomas
Lil' Romeo chronology
Lil' Romeo
(2001)
Game Time
(2002)
Singles from Lil' Romeo
  1. "My Baby"
    Released: April 13, 2001
  2. "The Girlies"
    Released: 2002

Lil' Romeo is the self-titled debut studio album by American rapper, Lil' Romeo. It was released July 3, 2001 on No Limit Records, Soulja Music and Priority Records. The album has feature productions by Master P, Carlos Stephens and Sean "Barney" Thomas, the album also has guest appearances by Freequan, Silkk the Shocker, Lil' Zane, Allusion, Little D, 6 Piece and Afficial.

The album garnered mixed reviews from music critics. It spawned two singles: "My Baby" and "The Girlies". The album debuted at number 6 on the Billboard 200 and was certified gold by the RIAA.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)[2]
HipHopDX 2/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[4]

The album received a mixed reception from music critics. Jason Birchmeier of AllMusic praised the album for its "great pop-rap productions" and credited Master P for providing hooks that grabbed your attention.[1] Music critic Robert Christgau gave the album a two-star honorable mention, indicating a "likable effort consumers attuned to its overriding aesthetic or individual vision may well enjoy."[2] Kathryn McGuire of Rolling Stone commented on how the album was like a creation that Master P made in between his various business projects.[4] HipHopDX criticized the album for its repetitive material in the songs and Romeo's flow for being "lackluster and underdeveloped."[3]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album proved to be a huge success, peaking at number 6 on the Billboard 200 and number 5 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, selling about 200,000 copies the first week[5] and spawned the hit single "My Baby", which made it to number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. It was certified gold by the RIAA selling over 500,000 on March 4, 2002.[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro"   Lil' Romeo Myke Diesel 0:38
2. "Little Star" (featuring Allusion) Lil' Romeo Myke Diesel 4:00
3. "My Baby"   Freddie Perren, Alphonzo Mizell, Berry Gordy, Dennis Lussier Myke Diesel, Carlos Stephens, Master P 3:41
4. "The Girlies"   Master P, Lil' Romeo, P.K., Dwight Meyers, Marlon Williams, Joseph Modeliste, Leo Noeentelli, Arthur Neville, George Porter Sean Barney Thomas 3:15
5. "That's Kool (Remix)" (featuring Silkk the Shocker & Little D) Lil' Romeo, Silkk the Shocker, Kurtis Walker, Darren Robinson, Damon Wimbley, Mark Morales Myke Diesel 3:57
6. "Somebody's In Love" (featuring Freequan) Lil' Romeo Myke Diesel 3:11
7. "Make You Dance" (featuring Lil' Zane & Afficial) Chip Taylor, Harry W. Casey, Richard Finch Myke Diesel 3:55
8. "My First (Remix)" (featuring 6 Piece) Master P, Lil' Romeo, Maurice Starr Anthony President, Branz Dimilo 4:04
9. "I Want to Be Like You"   Lil' Romeo, Master P Myke Diesel 3:09
10. "Little Soldiers Need Love Too"   Lil' Romeo, Ricky Walters, Eric Sadler, James Boxley, Naheim Johnson, Martin Sunderland Myke Diesel, Master P 3:14
11. "Your ABC's"   Master P, Lil' Romeo Myke Diesel, Carlos Stephens 2:36
12. "When I Get Grown"   Lil' Romeo, Master P, P.K., Gip Noble, Cecil Womack, Linda Womack, Ahmad Lewis, Stefan Gordy Sean Barney Thomas 3:10
13. "Remember"   Lil' Romeo Myke Diesel 3:16
14. "Where They At" (featuring Master P) Master P, Lil' Romeo Myke Diesel 3:19
15. "Game" (featuring Afficial) Lil' Romeo, Afficial Carlos Stephens 3:30
16. "Don't Want To"   Lil' Romeo Myke Diesel 3:31
17. "What"   Lil' Romeo, Master P, Slay Sean, Eve Jeffer, Michael Gomez, Kasseem Dean Myke Diesel 3:30
18. "Take My Pain Away"   Lil' Romeo, Lil' Zane, Giorgio Moroder, Tom Whitlock Carlos Stephens 3:29
Sample credits

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from the Lil' Romeo liner notes.[8]

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
positions
US Billboard 200[9] 6
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[10] 5

Singles[edit]

My Baby

Chart (2001) Peak
positions
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 3
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[12] 1
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[13] 1
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[14] 12

The Girlies

Chart (2001) Peak
positions
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[12] 35

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Birchmeier, Jason. "Lil' Romeo - Lil' Romeo". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved January 26, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "CG: Lil' Romeo". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved May 28, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b DX Staff (July 18, 2001). "Lil' Romeo - Lil' Romeo". HipHopDX. Cheri Media Group. Retrieved April 15, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b McGuire, Kathryn (August 16, 2001). "Romeo: Lil' Romeo". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Archived from the original on June 19, 2008. Retrieved September 21, 2007. 
  5. ^ Martens, Todd (July 12, 2001). "D12 Leapfrogs Keys, Returns To No.1". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 14, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  7. ^ "Lil' Romeo's My Baby sample of The Jackson 5's I Want You Back". WhoSampled. Retrieved April 15, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g Lil' Romeo (booklet). Lil' Romeo. Priority. 2001. 
  9. ^ "Lil' Romeo – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Lil' Romeo. Retrieved April 15, 2015.
  10. ^ "Lil' Romeo – Chart history" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Lil' Romeo. Retrieved April 15, 2015.
  11. ^ "Lil' Romeo – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Lil' Romeo. Retrieved April 15, 2015.
  12. ^ a b "Lil' Romeo – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Lil' Romeo. Retrieved April 15, 2015.
  13. ^ "Lil' Romeo – Chart history" Billboard Hot Rap Songs for Lil' Romeo. Retrieved April 15, 2015.
  14. ^ "Lil' Romeo – Chart history" Billboard Rhythmic Songs for Lil' Romeo. Retrieved April 15, 2015.