The Id (album)

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The Id
Macy Gray - The Id.png
Studio album by Macy Gray
Released September 17, 2001 (2001-09-17)
Studio
Genre
Length 56:25
Label Epic
Producer
Macy Gray chronology
On How Life Is
(1999)On How Life Is1999
The Id
(2001)
The Trouble with Being Myself
(2003)The Trouble with Being Myself2003
Singles from The Id
  1. "Sweet Baby"
    Released: September 3, 2001
  2. "Sexual Revolution"
    Released: November 26, 2001
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic71/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
Blender4/5 stars[3]
Chicago Sun-Times4/4 stars[4]
Entertainment WeeklyB[5]
The Guardian4/5 stars[6]
Los Angeles Times3.5/4 stars[7]
NME5/10[8]
Q3/5 stars[9]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[10]
Spin8/10[11]

The Id is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter Macy Gray, released on September 17, 2001 by Epic Records. The album was not as commercially successful as its predecessor, On How Life Is, in the United States, where it debuted at number eleven on the Billboard 200 with 93,000 copies sold in its first week.[12] As of January 2004, it had sold 593,000 copies in the US.[13] Nevertheless, The Id outpeaked On How Life Is in several European countries, reaching the top position in the United Kingdom and Denmark.

The Tom Morello mix of "My Nutmeg Phantasy" was included on the soundtrack to the 2002 film Spider-Man, and "Relating to a Psychopath" was featured in the 2002 Disney Channel Original Movie Cadet Kelly.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicProducer(s)Length
1."Relating to a Psychopath"Macy Gray
  • Swann
  • Gray
4:48
2."Boo"Gray
  • Swann
  • Gray
4:25
3."Sexual Revolution"Gray
  • Ruzumna
  • Wilder
  • Swann
  • Swann
  • Gray
4:45
4."Hey Young World Part 2" (featuring Slick Rick)Ricky WaltersWalters
4:03
5."Sweet Baby" (featuring Erykah Badu)GrayJoe Solo
  • Swann
  • Gray
3:49
6."Harry"GrayGray
  • Swann
  • Gray
3:10
7."Gimme All Your Lovin' or I Will Kill You"Gray
  • Swann
  • Gray
4:45
8."Don't Come Around" (featuring Sunshine Anderson)GrayRuzumna
4:37
9."My Nutmeg Phantasy" (featuring Angie Stone and Mos Def)
  • Swann
  • Gray
4:55
10."Freak Like Me"Gray
  • Swann
  • Gray
3:38
11."Oblivion"GrayBrian Lester
  • Swann
  • Gray
2:49
12."Forgiveness"Gray
  • Swann
  • Gray
5:17
13."Blowin' Up Your Speakers" 
  • Gray
  • Swann
  • Swann
  • Gray
1:07
14."Shed" (hidden track)Gray
  • Gray
  • Swann
  • Ruzumna
  • Swann
  • Gray
4:17

Notes

Sample credits

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of The Id.[14]

  • Macy Gray – vocals (tracks 1–12, 14); production (all tracks); backing vocals (tracks 1, 2); vocal arrangement (tracks 1–4, 6, 8–11); executive production
  • Stephanie Alexander – backing vocals (tracks 1–3, 6, 8, 11)
  • Sunshine Anderson – guest vocals (track 8)
  • Issiah Avila – drums (track 3); additional drums (track 6)
  • Erykah Badu – guest vocals, vocal arrangement (track 5)
  • Marina Bambino – percussion (tracks 1, 3, 5); backing vocals (tracks 1, 8)
  • Steve Baxter – backing vocals (track 3); trombone (tracks 3, 7–9)
  • Dawn Beckman – backing vocals (tracks 1, 3, 6–11); skit (track 7); vocal arrangement (track 10)
  • Printz Board – backing vocals (track 3); horn arrangement (tracks 3, 7–9); trumpet (tracks 3, 7–9, 12, 13)
  • Dustin Boyer – guitar (track 6)
  • Tim Carmon – organ (track 6)
  • Ricky Chao – second engineer
  • Davey Chegwidden – percussion (tracks 1, 6)
  • Jeff Chestek – additional engineering
  • Keefus CianciaFarfisa (track 5); Moog, synthesizer (track 7); whirly (tracks 7, 9); Kurzweil (track 9)
  • Marc Cross – backing vocals (track 9)
  • Ronesha Davis – children's choir (track 4)
  • Brian J. Durack – pipe organ (track 11)
  • Mike Elizondo – bass (tracks 2, 3, 8, 10–13)
  • Paloma Elsesser – children's choir (track 4)
  • Fannie Franklin – backing vocals (tracks 6, 7, 9, 11)
  • John Frusciante – guitar (track 5)
  • Phil Gitomer – additional engineering, second engineer
  • Jay Goin – mix assistance, second engineer
  • Jim Goodwin – additional Pro Tools
  • Herb Graham, Jr. – additional drums (tracks 4, 6)
  • Lili Haydn – string arrangement, strings (track 3)
  • Aanisah Hinds – children's choir (track 4)
  • Mel Hinds – children's choir (track 4)
  • Hooshik – art direction, design
  • Victor Indrizzo – drums (tracks 1, 2, 5, 9–13); additional drums (track 6)
  • Shawki Jibri – children's choir (track 4)
  • Darren Johnson – Rhodes (track 5)
  • Kaya Tafari Joseph – children's choir (track 4)
  • Steve Kadison – mastering assistance
  • Kiilu Grand – co-production (track 4); turntables (tracks 4, 6, 9, 12, 13)
  • Anthony Kilhoffer – mix assistance
  • Gabby Lang – sitar (track 9)
  • Tim LeBlanc – additional engineering, mix assistance
  • Jinsoo Lim – guitar (tracks 1, 3, 4, 9, 10)
  • Jane Lopez – backing vocals (track 3)
  • Maconochie Photography – photography
  • Arik Marshall – guitar (tracks 2, 3, 6, 7, 12); lead guitar (track 13)
  • Lonnie "Meganut" Marshall – bass (track 9)
  • Sean McClintock – additional engineering, second engineer
  • Vlado Meller – mastering
  • Mike Melnick – additional engineering
  • Mos Def – guest vocals (track 9)
  • Dion Murdock – additional drums (track 9)
  • Darice Murphy – children's choir (track 4)
  • John Myers – additional engineering
  • Allissa Myhowich – mix assistance
  • Helmut Newton – photography
  • Audra Cunningham Nishita – backing vocals (tracks 6, 7, 9, 11); skit (track 7)
  • Rose Noone – A&R
  • Adam Olmstead – additional engineering
  • Tim "Izo" Orindgreff – backing vocals (track 3); saxophone (tracks 3, 7, 9); clarinet (tracks 6, 9); flute (tracks 7, 8)
  • Adam Owett – executive creative director
  • Billy Preston – organ (tracks 5, 8, 9); claves (track 9)
  • Zac Rae – Stylophone (track 1); Casio (tracks 1, 2); Chamberlin (tracks 1, 2, 4–7, 12, 13); Rhodes (track 2); guitar (track 4); piano (tracks 4, 5, 9, 10, 12, 13); organ (track 6); Moog (track 9); synthesizer, whirly (track 10); clarinet, orchestration, Wurlitzer (tracks 12, 13)
  • Tom Ralls – trombone (tracks 12, 13)
  • Robert Read – mix assistance
  • Rick Rubin – vocal arrangement (track 5); executive production
  • Kristian Russell – illustration
  • Thom Russo – additional engineering, Pro Tools engineering (all tracks); additional mixing, backing vocals (track 11)
  • Jeremy Ruzumna – claves, tack piano (track 1); Moog (tracks 1, 3); organ (tracks 1, 5–7, 10, 12, 13); piano (tracks 4, 8, 10); skit, synthesizer (track 7); whirly (track 9)
  • Raphael Saadiq – co-production, guitar, string arrangement (track 8)
  • Sunnie Shawn – children's choir (track 4)
  • Slick Rick – guest vocals (track 4)
  • Sy Smith – backing vocals (tracks 1–3, 6–9); vocal arrangement (track 7)
  • Angie Stone – guest vocals (track 9)
  • Darryl Swann – engineering, production, programming (all tracks); guitar (tracks 1, 7, 9); vocal arrangement (tracks 2–4, 6, 8, 9, 11); acoustic guitar (tracks 2, 10, 12, 13); string arrangement (track 4); skit (track 7); backing vocals (tracks 9, 11); percussion (tracks 12, 13)
  • Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson – percussion (tracks 3, 4, 6–13); additional production, mixing (track 4); drums (tracks 4, 6, 8)
  • Charles Veal, Jr. – string arrangement (tracks 5, 8)
  • Rich Veltrop – mix assistance
  • Frank Walker – percussion (tracks 6, 10–13)
  • Lejon Walker – backing vocals (tracks 2, 9)
  • Tracy Wannamoe – bass clarinet (tracks 12, 13)
  • Neil Ward – second engineer
  • Dave Way – mixing
  • Latina Webb – backing vocals (track 2)
  • Dave Wilder – bass (tracks 1, 4–7)
  • Pamela Williams – backing vocals (tracks 7, 9)
  • James Wooten – organ (track 8)
  • Ericka Yancey – backing vocals (tracks 1, 3)
  • Kristof Zizka – second engineer

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[44] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[45] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[46] Gold 7,500^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[47] Gold 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[48] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[49] Gold 593,000[13]

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Ref.
Germany September 17, 2001 Sony [50]
United States September 18, 2001 Epic [51]
Japan September 19, 2001 Sony [52]

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