Tha Connect

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Tha Connect
Tha Connect.jpg
Studio album by Willy Northpole
Released June 23, 2009
Recorded 2007–2009
Genre Hip hop
Length 48:57
Label Disturbing tha Peace, Def Jam
Producer Christopher Bridges (exec.), Chaka Zulu (exec.), Khaled Khaled (exec.), Jeff Dixon (exec.), Nard & B, Wonka, Jelly Roll, Khao, Black Elvis, Tha Bizness, Reefa, Bangladesh, L.T. Moe
Willy Northpole chronology
Tha Connect
Singles from Tha Connect
  1. "Hood Dreamer"
    Released: March 27, 2009
  2. "Body Marked Up"
    Released: April 28, 2009
  3. "#1 Side Chick"
    Released: July 1, 2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
HipHopDX 3/5 stars[2]
The Smoking Section 2.5/5 stars[3] 3/5 stars[4]

Tha Connect is the debut studio album by American rapper Willy Northpole. It was released on June 23, 2009. The album's first single was "Body Marked Up" and second "#1 Side Chick" featuring Bobby Valentino. The album features guest appearances from Ne-Yo, B.o.B, and Bobby Valentino. The album's first week sales were 8,000. As of October 18, 2009 the album has 20,000 record sales.


The album concept is the connecting hip hop listeners to a new state, Arizona. The album was in the works for several years and was originally slated for a release of Winter 2008, but a conflict with fellow member of DTP Ludacris set the album back to June 2, 2009. Later the album was pushed to June 23, 2009. The album had 50 songs that were slimmed down to 12 songs, taking nearly 6 months. The album had several big hits that were "Too Big" for his first album.


The album promotion was set up to be big with commercials during the BET Awards and billboards of the album but once the death of Michael Jackson all the promotion was dropped and the buzz for the album was gone.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro" Khao 2:56
2. "Hood Shit" M. Rell 3:07
3. "The Story" Reefa 3:28
4. "How Hard (Skit)"   1:46
5. "Body Marked Up" Wonka 4:01
6. "Hood Dreamer" (featuring B.o.B) Nard & B 4:38
7. "Feeling Alright" Tha Bizness 3:12
8. "Ghetto Tour Guide (Skit)" araabMUZIK 0:23
9. "Ghetto Tour Guide"
10. "#1 Side Chick" (featuring Bobby V)
  • Khao
  • Marc Coleman
11. "Vegas Lights" L.T. Moe 4:08
12. "The Life" (featuring Ne-Yo) Blac Elvis 3:47
13. "Dear Lord" Reefa 2:39
14. "At Salt's Grave (Skit)"   1:30
15. "Heaven"
16. "Get Up, Get Down (iTunes Bonus Track)"
  • Bangladesh
  • Chase N. Cashe

Music videos[edit]

  • Hood Dreamer - (April 13, 2009)
  • Body Marked Up - (May 9, 2009)
  • Ghetto Tour Guide - (May 11, 2009)
  • 1 Side Chick - (July 1, 2009)

Sample credits[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak positions
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[5] 47
U.S. Billboard Top Rap Albums[6]