The Slickness

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The Slickness
The Slickness (Prince Po album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 5, 2004 (2004-07-05)
GenreHip hop
Length45:56
LabelLex Records
ProducerJel, Madlib, Danger Mouse, Richard X, J-Zone, Prince Po
Prince Po chronology
The Slickness
(2004)
Prettyblack
(2006)
Singles from The Slickness
  1. "Hold Dat"
    Released: 2004
  2. "Bump Bump"
    Released: 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Dusted Magazinefavorable[2]
Exclaim!favorable[3]
HipHopDX7.5/10[4]
The Irish Times4/5 stars[5]
MusicOMHfavorable[6]
The Observer4/5 stars[7]
Pitchfork7.9/10[8]
Stylus MagazineC+[9]
XLR8Rfavorable[10]

The Slickness is the first solo studio album by Prince Po, one half of American hip hop duo Organized Konfusion. It was released on Lex Records in 2004. Production was handled by Jel, Madlib, Danger Mouse, Richard X, J-Zone, and Prince Po himself. It peaked at number 53 on the CMJ Top 200 chart.[11]

Critical reception[edit]

David Jeffries of AllMusic gave the album 3.5 stars out of 5, calling it "a victory for all involved."[1] He said: "It's rough and rugged, real and approachable, and you'll have to make plenty of room on your mixtapes for all the highlights within."[1] Jamin Warren of Pitchfork gave the album a 7.9 out of 10, saying: "Despite a handful of occasional blunders, Po helms an excellent release."[8]

DJ Anna of XLR8R said, "Madlib, Danger Mouse and J-Zone create the background for Po's mesmerizing delivery here, and each track drips with heart and soul as a classic voice collaborates with the best of today's talent."[10] Dom Passantino of Stylus Magazine gave the album a grade of "C+", saying: "You just can't help but wonder what it'd be like if he put everything of himself into it."[9]

A single from the album, "Hold Dat," received a favorable review from DJ Shadow.[12] Writing for The New York Times, DJ Shadow said: "Underground rap is finally emerging from its own conservatism and embracing the present, evidenced by the adventurous production on this single from Richard X."[12]

CMJ New Music Monthly placed the album at number 19 on the "20 for 04" list.[13] Tom Dunmore of The Guardian placed it at number 7 on the "Most Beautiful Sleeves of 2004" list.[14]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."Hello"Jel2:16
2."Too Much"Madlib2:55
3."Love Thang"Danger Mouse3:24
4."Hold Dat" (featuring Jemini the Gifted One and Rell)Richard X4:08
5."It's Goin' Down" (featuring Stone)J-Zone2:59
6."Social Distortion" (featuring MF Doom)Danger Mouse3:08
7."The Slickness"Madlib2:53
8."Grown Ass Man"Prince Po3:58
9."Bump Bump" (featuring Raekwon)Madlib3:23
10."Meet Me at the Bar" (featuring J-Ro and J-Zone)J-Zone5:09
11."Fall Back" (featuring Jemini the Gifted One and Cairo)Danger Mouse4:45
12."Be Easy"Prince Po3:44
13."Hold Dat (Club Remix)" (CD bonus track; featuring Jemini the Gifted One and Rell)Richard X3:17

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Jeffries, David. "The Slickness - Prince Po". AllMusic. Retrieved April 15, 2015.
  2. ^ Ho, Brian (September 20, 2004). "Prince Po - The Slickness". Dusted Magazine. Archived from the original on June 11, 2012. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
  3. ^ Cowie, Del F. (August 1, 2004). "Prince Po: The Slickness". Exclaim!. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
  4. ^ J-23 (July 19, 2004). "Prince Po - The Slickness". HipHopDX. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  5. ^ Carroll, Jim (July 30, 2004). "Hip-Hop". The Irish Times. Retrieved June 27, 2018.
  6. ^ Welsh, David (July 5, 2004). "Prince Po – The Slickness". MusicOMH. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
  7. ^ Jamieson, Ruth (July 18, 2004). "Prince Po: The Slickness". The Observer. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
  8. ^ a b Warren, Jamin (August 17, 2004). "Prince Po: The Slickness". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
  9. ^ a b Passantino, Dom (August 6, 2004). "Prince Po - The Slickness". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
  10. ^ a b DJ Anna (July 20, 2004). "Prince Po - The Slickness". XLR8R. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
  11. ^ "CMJ Top 200". CMJ New Music Report (878): 9. August 23, 2004.
  12. ^ a b DJ Shadow (June 13, 2004). "Music: Playlist; The Roots Get a Case of the Mumbles". The New York Times. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  13. ^ "20 for 04". CMJ New Music Monthly (129): 31. 2004.
  14. ^ Dunmore, Tom (December 17, 2004). "The most beautiful sleeves of 2004". The Guardian. Retrieved April 25, 2016.

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