Unleashed (Hurricane Chris album)

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Unleashed
Hurricane-chris-unleashed.jpg
Studio album by Hurricane Chris
Released December 21, 2009
Recorded 2008–09
Genre Hip hop
Length 33:27
Label
Producer
Hurricane Chris chronology
51/50 Ratchet
(2007)
Unleashed
(2009)
TBA
(TBA)
Singles from Unleashed
  1. "Halle Berry (She's Fine)"
    Released: April 15, 2009
  2. "Headboard"
    Released: September 4, 2009

Unleashed is the second studio album by American rapper Hurricane Chris. It was released on December 21, 2009, by Polo Grounds Music and J Records. Recording sessions took place from 2008 to 2009, with production by Play-N-Skillz, Shawty Redd and Fiend, among others. The album was supported by two singles: "Halle Berry (She's Fine)" featuring Superstarr, and "Headboard" featuring Mario and Plies, which both of these singles did not have success on the music charts.

Upon its release, the album received mixed or average reviews from critics.[1][2][3] The album peaked at number 46 on the US R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and number 20 on the US Top Rap Albums charts, respectively.

Singles[edit]

The album's lead single, called "Halle Berry (She's Fine)", was released on April 15, 2009. The song features guest vocals from a fellow local rapper Superstarr; whom latter serves its production alongside with the duo Play-N-Skillz and Q Smith on this track.

The album's second and final single, called "Headboard" was released on September 4, 2009. The song features guest vocals from American R&B singer-songwriter Mario and fellow American rapper Plies, with production by The Inkredibles.

Reception[edit]

Commercial performance[edit]

In the United States, Unleashed peaked at number 46 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums,[4] and number 20 on the Top Rap Albums charts.[4] It did not chart internationally.

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (54/100)[5]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[6]
New York Times (unfavorable)[7]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[8]
RapReviews 7/10 stars[9]

Unleashed received mixed or average reviews from music critics.[5] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 54, based on 4 reviews, which indicates "mixed or average reviews".[5] David Jeffries of Allmusic gave the album three out of five stars.[6] The New York Times' Jon Caramanica gave an unfavorable review.[7] Rolling Stone gave the album two out of five stars.[8] Steve Juon of RapReviews.com gave the highest rated review, seven out of ten stars.[9]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "I'm Back" Shawty Redd 2:58
2. "Beat It Out the Frame"
  • Dooley
  • Earl Williams
Phunk Dawg 3:16
3. "Halle Berry (She's Fine)" (featuring Superstarr)
  • Dooley
  • Jamaal Parker
4:41
4. "Coke Bottle" (featuring Mouse)
  • Jeremy Allen
  • Dooley
Mouse 4:14
5. "Headboard" (featuring Mario and Plies) The Inkredibles 3:57
6. "Last Call" (featuring Bobby Valentino)
Rodnae 4:39
7. "I Want It" (featuring Fiend)
Fiend 3:51
8. "Secret Lover" (featuring Cherish)
Don Vito 4:02
9. "No Worries" (featuring Beenie Man)
  • Don Vito
  • Blade
4:04
10. "Hot Like Lava"
  • Dooley
  • Raphael Johnson
Johnson 2:47

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Unleashed adapted from Allmusic.[10]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
US R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[4] 46
US Top Rap Albums (Billboard)[4] 20

References[edit]

  1. ^ "iTunes - Music - Halle Berry (She's Fine) [feat. Superstarr] - Single by Hurricane Chris". Itunes.apple.com. 2009-04-15. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  2. ^ "Hurricane Chris - Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-07-26. 
  3. ^ "iTunes - Music - Headboard (feat. Mario & Plies) by Hurricane Chris". Itunes.apple.com. 2009-09-04. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Hurricane Chris - Chart History: Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-07-26. 
  5. ^ a b c "Unreleased Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 21, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Jeffries, David. Unleashed at AllMusic
  7. ^ a b "New CDs". The New York Times. December 28, 2009. 
  8. ^ a b "Rolling Stone Music | Album Reviews". Rollingstone.com. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  9. ^ a b "Feature for January 12, 2010 - Hurricane Chris' "Unleashed"". Rapreviews.com. 2010-01-12. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  10. ^ "Unleashed - Hurricane Chris". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-10-14.