Self Portrait (Lalah Hathaway album)

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Self Portrait
Lalah self-portrait.jpg
Studio album by Lalah Hathaway
Released June 3, 2008
Recorded 2007-2008
Genre R&B, soul, neo soul
Length 57:21
Label Stax
Producer Lalah Hathaway, Rex Rideout, Kenneth Crouch, Paula Gallitano, Terrace Martin, Manuel Hugas, Wiboud Burkens, Anthony Jeffries
Lalah Hathaway chronology
Outrun The Sky
(2004)Outrun The Sky2004
Self Portrait
Where It All Begins
(2011)Where It All Begins2011

Self Portrait is the fourth overall album from singer Lalah Hathaway. The title and release date of the album were announced in Hathaway's official MySpace page in March 2008.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]
Amazon4.5/5 stars[3]

According to, the album will feature additional production contributions from Rex Rideout who was responsible for Hathaway's most recent #1 single, a 2004 cover of Luther Vandross' "Forever, For Always, For Love." Other producers include Paula Gallitano, Kenneth Crouch, and Terrace Martin. Martin notably worked on Snoop Dogg's Ego Trippin' album. Self Portrait also features contributions from singer/songwriters Sandra St. Victor (who performed with Hathaway on the Daughters of Soul tour), and underground soul singer Rahsaan Patterson.[4]


The midtempo lead single "Let Go" produced by Rideout impact radio stations on April 21, 2008. The single, co-produced by Hathaway, also features Rahsaan Patterson on background vocals.[6] The album's second single "That Was Then" was released in late 2008. The song debut at #105 on the Hot R&B charts.


After the release of Self Portrait, Hathaway went on tour, which began in July 2009.[7] In January 2009, Hathaway appeared on BETJ in an interview and performing before an audience.

Track listing[2][8][edit]

1."Let Go"Lalah Hathaway, Rahsaan Patterson, Rex RideoutRex Rideout4:06
2."Breathe"Hathaway, Rideout, Michael RipollRex Rideout5:04
3."On Your Own"Hathaway, Patterson, RideoutRex Rideout6:39
4."For Always"Hathaway, RideoutRex Rideout4:23
5."That Was Then"Hathaway, Rideout, Sandra St. VictorRex Rideout5:09
6."Learning to Swim"HathawayPaula Gallitano4:39
7."1 Mile (Rap by Andre Edwards)"Andre Edwards, Hathaway, Terrace Martin, Marlon WilliamsTerrace Martin4:28
8."Little Girl"Hathaway, Patterson, Rideout, St. VictorRex Rideout4:22
9."What Goes Around"Paula Gallitano, HathawayPaula Gallitano5:39
10."Naked Truth (Duet with Rahsaan Patterson)"Kenneth Crouch, Hathaway, St. VictorKenneth Crouch4:10
11."UDO"Craig Brockman, Hathaway, Martin, Mosley, WilliamsTerrace Martin3:36
12."Tragic Inevitability"Wiboud Burkens, Hathaway, Manuel HugasWiboud Burkens5:04
Total length:57:21
iTunes Store bonus track
13."Let Go (Video)" 


  1. ^ Lalah Hathaway Official MySpace page
  2. ^ a b Allmusic review
  3. ^ Amazon review
  4. ^ "Lalah Hathaway". Bebo.
  5. ^ Byrd, Kenya N. "Lalah Hathway: Voice of Conviction. The sultry soulstress reflects on her new album, legendary father and secret obsession". Essence Magazine.
  6. ^ "Lalah Hathaway Stretches Her Musical Canvas With Her Stax Records Debut "Self Portrait"". Concord Music Group. March 28, 2008.
  7. ^ Lalah Hathaway introduces LalahTV and New Tour Dates Archived 2008-12-01 at the Wayback Machine. Hip Online News July 2, 2008
  8. ^ "Lalah Hathaway – Self Portrait". Discogs. Retrieved May 10, 2012.