Units in the City

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Units in the City
Shawty Lo - Units in the City.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 26, 2008
Recorded2007-2008
Venue2610 Bankhead Hwy
StudioD4L
GenreHip hop, Gangsta rap
Length51:00
LabelWarner Bros./Asylum/D4L
ProducerBalis Beats, Born Immaculate, DJ Montay, Bankhead DJ Pooh, DJ Toomp, Marquezzz
Singles from Units in the City
  1. "Dey Know"
    Released: December 4, 2007
  2. "Dunn Dunn"
    Released: February 12, 2008
  3. "Foolish"
    Released: June 17, 2008

Units in the City is the debut and only studio album by American hip hop recording artist Shawty Lo. It was released on February 26, 2008, by Warner Bros. Records, Asylum Records and D4L Records. The album features guest appearances from Phace Baity, Gucci Mane and G-Child,40cal,Frontstreet and Braski with the production, which was provided by Balis Beats, DJ Montay and Bankhead DJ Pooh, among others.

The album was supported by three singles: "Dey Know", "Dunn Dunn" and "Foolish". Units in the City received negative reviews from critics, who found its production derivative and lyrical content devoid of mature topics.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
DJBooth1.5/5 stars[2]
HipHopDX1/5 stars[3]
RapReviews1/10[4]

The album received overwhelming negative reviews from music critics who despised the southern production and Shawty Lo's lyrical content. Steve 'Flash' Juon of RapReviews criticized the album for showcasing Lo's average delivery for simple subject matters, concluding that, "The production and lyrics here are so awful I'm actually longing for Soulja Boy's album."[4] Nathan Slavik of DJBooth criticized Lo for aping other rappers' style and using them to tell the same cliché hip-hop stories, saying that, "There’s just no way around it, Units In The City is a horrible album. Period."[2] Athorton of HipHopDX also criticized Lo for lacking a distinct delivery and trying to sound like T.I. and Jeezy, saying that "we certainly don't need another new rapper trying to remake their paths."[3] David Jeffries of AllMusic was the sole positive review for the album, commenting on Lo's flow feeling limited but said that it complimented the numerous hip-hop story tracks and few deviations into mature subject matter, all while combining both snap and trap music saying that "ith some fun wordplay and the talent to hire all the right people for production and guest appearances, he's created the best album."[1]

Track listing[edit]

# Title Producer(s) Featured guest(s) Time
1 "100,000" Bankhead DJ Pooh, Born Immaculate 3:39
2 "Dey Know" Born Immaculate, Balis Beats 3:15
3 "Dunn Dunn" Born Immaculate, Bankhead DJ Pooh 3:17
4 "Foolish" Born Immaculate, DJ Montay 3:53
5 "Let's Get It" Born Immaculate, Bankhead DJ Pooh DG Yola 4:15
6 "Feels Good to Be Here" Born Immaculate, Bankhead DJ Pooh 3:34
7 "Ain't Tellin' You" Jeremy Prather, Born Immaculate Phace Baity 2:58
8 "Cut the Check" Bankhead DJ Pooh, Born Immaculate Lil Mark & Braski 3:26
9 "GA Lotto" Bankhead DJ Pooh, Born Immaculate, Dinesh 3:10
10 "That's Shawty Lo" M. Armour Jr., Born Immaculate 3:32
11 "Easily I Approach" Born Immaculate, P. Lowther 3:19
12 "Live My Life" Shawty Lo & J. Jefferies Born Immaculate, Kool Ace 2:46
13 "Got 'Em 4 The Lo" Born Immaculate & Shawty Lo Gucci Mane & Stuntman 3:22
14 "Count on Me" Born Immaculate, Balis Beats Miss T 3:18
15 "We Gon Ride" Bankhead DJ Pooh, Born Immaculate Mook B, G-Child, Stuntman, Lil Mark & 40 3:16

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jeffries, David. "Units in the City - Shawty Lo". AllMusic. Retrieved August 9, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Slavik, Nathan (February 28, 2008). "Shawty Lo - Units In The City". DJBooth. Archived from the original on December 12, 2010. Retrieved August 9, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Athorton (March 3, 2008). "Shawty Lo - Units In The City". HipHopDX. Cheri Media Group. Retrieved August 9, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Juon, Steve 'Flash' (March 4, 2008). "Shawty Lo :: Units in the City :: Asylum/D4L Records". RapReviews. Retrieved August 9, 2011.
  5. ^ "Shawty Lo Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  6. ^ "Shawty Lo Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  7. ^ "Shawty Lo Chart History (Top Rap Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  8. ^ "Year-End Charts: R&B/Hip-Hop Albums - 2008". Billboard. Archived from the original on June 13, 2015. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  9. ^ "Year-End Charts: Rap Albums - 2008". Billboard. Archived from the original on July 5, 2015. Retrieved May 8, 2015.