Unleash the Dragon

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Unleash the Dragon
Sisqo unleash the dragon.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 30, 1999
RecordedMarch–October 1999
StudioMetalworks Studios
(Mississauga, Ontario)
GenreR&B, hip hop
Length51:03
LabelDef Soul
ProducerTim & Bob, Warryn Campbell, Al West, Baby Dave, Nokio the N-Tity, One Up Entertainment, The Co-Stars, Shep Crawford, Dru Hill, Dutch, N8 & Kiehl
Sisqó chronology
Unleash the Dragon
(1999)
Return of Dragon
(2001)
Singles from Unleash the Dragon
  1. "Got to Get It"
    Released: November 2, 1999
  2. "Thong Song"
    Released: February 15, 2000
  3. "Incomplete"
    Released: July 25, 2000
  4. "Unleash the Dragon"
    Released: September 18, 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Muzik4/5 stars[2]
Q4/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau(choice cut)[4]
Rolling Stone(mixed)[5]
The Source(favorable)[6]

Unleash the Dragon is the debut solo studio album by American R&B singer Sisqó of Dru Hill, released on November 30, 1999 on Def Soul. Sisqó recorded the album during Dru Hill's hiatus. It includes the hit songs "Got to Get It", "Incomplete", and "Thong Song". First, Sisqo had been a lead singer of the group Dru Hill, releasing two multi-platinum albums to date: Dru Hill (1996) and Enter the Dru (1998). In 2003, the album was certified sextuple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipping six million copies in North America.[7]

The album also garnered Sisqó two American Music Award nominations for Favorite Soul/R&B Album and Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist. In addition he received three nominations including Best New Artist and Best R&B Album at the 43rd Grammy Awards in 2001.

Track listing[edit]

Information is taken from the album liner notes and Discogs.com[8] except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Unleash the Dragon" (featuring Beanie Sigel)
(Rap Vocals performed by Beanie Sigel)
(Vocals spoken, sung & arranged by Sisqó)
Mark "Sisqó" Andrews; Dwight "Beanie Sigel" Grant; One Up EntertainmentSisqó (Vocals),
One Up Entertainment (Music),
Rich Shelton (of One Up Entertainment), Loren Hill (of One Up Entertainment),
Kevin Veney (of One Up Entertainment)
3:53
2."Got to Get It" (featuring Make It Hot)
(Vocals arranged by Sisqó)
(Vocals performed by Make It Hot & Sisqó)
Mark Andrews; Al West; Marquis Collins; James TravisSisqó
(Music & Vocals),
Al West (Music)
2:54
3."Is Love Enough" (featuring LovHer)
(Vocals arranged by Sisqo)
(Background Vocals performed by LovHer & Sisqó)
(Lead Vocals performed by Sisqó & Chinky Brown Eyes)
Mark Andrews; Warryn Campbell; Donald "DeVante Swing" DeGrate; Raymond E. Jones; Robert JonesWarryn Campbell (Music),
Sisqó (Vocals)
4:33
4."2nite (Interlude)"Tamir "Nokio The N-Tity" RuffinTamir "Nokio The N-Tity" Ruffin1:21
5."How Can I Love U 2nite" (Vocals performed & arranged by Sisqó)Tamir Ruffin; Phil Weatherspoon; Case WoodardNokio The N-Tity (Music),
Phil Weatherspoon (Co.),
Sisqó (Vocals)
5:08
6."Your Love Is Incredible" (Vocals performed & arranged by Sisqó)
(All Instruments played by The Co-Stars)
Mark Andrews; Vito Colapietro; Neely Dinkins; Noah PorterThe Co-Stars (Instruments),
Neely Dinkins
(of The Co-Stars), Vito Colapietro
(of The Co-Stars), Sisqó (Vocals)
4:10
7."So Sexual" (Lead Vocals performed by Sisqó)
(Vocals arranged by Sisqó)
(Music arranged by Kiehl Owens, N8 & Babyface)
(Background Vocals performed by Sisqó, Babyface & N8)
(Drum Machine: Kiehl Owens)
(Keyboards: N8)
(All Other Instruments played by Babyface)
Mark Andrews; Nathan "N8" Walton; Kiehl Owens; Tavia Ivey; Kenneth "Babyface" EdmondsN8 & Kiehl (Instruments),
Sisqó
(Vocals & Additional Instruments)
3:58
8."Thong Song" (Vocals performed & arranged by Sisqó)
(Violin sample replayed by Bruce Dukov)
Mark Andrews; Tim Kelley; Bob Robinson; Robi "Draco" Rosa; Desmond ChildTim & Bob (Music), Sisqó
(Music & Vocals)
4:16
9."Incomplete" (Lead Vocals performed by Sisqó)
(Vocals arranged by Sisqó)
(Music arranged by Montell Jordan)
(Background Vocals performed by Shae Jones)
Montell Jordan; Anthony "Shep" CrawfordAnthony "Shep" Crawford (Music), Sisqó (Vocals)4:34
10."Addicted" (Lead Vocals performed by Sisqó)
(Background Vocals performed by Marthea "Butter" Jackson)
Mark Andrews, Al WestSisqó, Al West4:48
11."Dru World Order (Interlude)"Mark Andrews; Tamir Ruffin; James "Woody" Green; Larry "Jazz" AnthonySisqó, Al West1:20
12."Enchantment Passing Through" (performed by Dru Hill)
(Vocals arranged by Sisqó & Jazz)
(Baby Grand Piano: Nate Morring)
(Keyboards: Baby Dave & Jae Dea)
(Bass played by Jae Dea)
(Drums & Percussion: Jarod B.)
Elton John; Tim RiceDru Hill5:43
13."You Are Everything (Remix)" (performed by Dru Hill featuring Ja Rule)
(Vocals arranged by Sisqó)
(Rap Vocals performed by Nokio & Ja Rule)
Mark Andrews; Rick CousinSisqó, Dutch4:16

Sample credits

Chart and singles history[edit]

Title Information
"Got to Get It"
  • Def Soul single 562465, November 2, 1999
  • Music video directed by Hype Williams
"Thong Song"
"Incomplete"
  • Def Soul single 572644, July 25, 2000
  • Music video directed by Chris Robinson
"Unleash the Dragon"
  • Def Soul single, September 18, 2000 [3]
Album Charts Chart (1999-2000) Peak
position
Unleash the Dragon U.S. Billboard 200 2
Unleash the Dragon U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 2
Singles Chart Chart (1999-2000) Peak
position
"Got to Get It" U.S. Billboard Hot 100 39
"Got to Get It" U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 12
"Thong Song" U.S. Billboard Hot 100 3
"Thong Song" U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 2
"Incomplete" U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
"Incomplete" U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 1

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP)[13] Gold 119,900[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Allmusic review".
  2. ^ "Muzik review".
  3. ^ "Q Magazine review".
  4. ^ "Robert Christgau review".
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "The Source review".
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ Sisqó. "Unleash The Dragon (CD, Album)". Def Soul/Dragon Records. 1999. https://www.discogs.com/Sisqo-Unleash-The-Dragon/release/619979
  9. ^ "Unleash the Dragon" Sample of "Hail Mary". WhoSampled.com. http://www.whosampled.com/sample/222585/Sisqó-Beanie-Sigel-Unleash-the-Dragon-Makaveli-Kastro-Prince-Ital-Joe-Young-Noble-Hail-Mary/
  10. ^ "Thong Song" Sample of "Eleanor Rigby". WhoSampled.com. http://www.whosampled.com/sample/41975/Sisqó-Thong-Song-Wes-Montgomery-Eleanor-Rigby/
  11. ^ Sisqó & Dru Hill Cover of Adam Pascal & Heather Headley's "Enchantment Passing Through". WhoSampled.com. http://www.whosampled.com/cover/135365/Sisqó-Dru-Hill-Enchantment-Passing-Through-Adam-Pascal-Heather-Headley-Enchantment-Passing-Through/
  12. ^ "Les Albums Or". infodisc.fr. SNEP. Archived from the original on 2011-10-18. Retrieved 2011-08-31.
  13. ^ "French album certifications – Sisqo – Unleash the Dragon" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.