Benzino ‎– Redemption

Elektra ‎– 62827-2
CD, Album

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1 Stayin 4Eva
Backing Vocals – FamilMixed By – Paul LogusProducer – That Nigga MoelWritten-By – A. Perry
2 Call My Name
Featuring – JadakissMixed By – Kevin CrouseProducer – L.E.S.Written-By – J. Phillips*, L. Lewis*
3 Rock The Party
Featuring – Mario WinansMixed By – Paul LogusProducer – Mario WinansWritten-By – M. Winans*, M. Jones*
4 Would You
Featuring – Lisa Raye, Mario WinansMixed By – Paul LogusProducer – Mario Winans
5 Make You Wanna Holla
Mixed By – Paul LogusProducer – Hangmen 3
6 Neva Shuvin'
Featuring – M3 (3), Wyclef*Mixed By – Glen MarcheseProducer – Hangmen 3
7 Gangsta's Touch
Featuring – Black Child, Caddillac TahMixed By – Paul LogusProducer – Hangmen 3
8 Redemption (Rosary)
Featuring – Fatal Hussein*, Kid JaviMixed By – Brian StanleyProducer – Tone Capone
9 X-Tra Hot
Featuring – Daz Dillinger, Jewel*Mixed By – Tim NittsProducer – L.T. Hutton
10 I Remember
Featuring – Mario WinansMixed By – Paul LogusProducer – Hangmen 3
11 Get It On
Mixed By – Rich Keller*Producer – Mario Winans, Paul "Little Bo Peezy" Hemphill, Sean "Inferno" Dunnigan
12 44 Cal Killa
Featuring – M3 (3), Scarface (3)Mixed By – Kevin CrouseProducer – Poke And Tone
13 Hoola Hoop
Mixed By – Paul LogusProducer – Gary "Gizzo" Smith
14 Different Kind Of Lady
Backing Vocals – LovherMixed By – Paul LogusProducer – Hangmen 3
15 Pull Your Skirt Up
Mixed By – Dylan ElyProducer – Tone Capone
16 Rock The Party (Young Heff Remix)
Featuring – Lil' Kim, Mario Winans, Petey PabloMixed By – Dylan ElyProducer – Mario Winans
17 Untitled Hidden Track



Track #1 contains a sample of "Blue Sky and Silver Bird" by Lamont Dozier.
Track #5 contains samples from "Tear It Down" by Blue Magic.
Track #7 contains elements from "Aalach Tiomouni" by Khaled.
Track #10 contains elements from "Maybe It's Love This Time" by The Stylistics.
Track #14 contains elements of "She's Lonely" written by W.l Withers.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
7559-62827-2 Benzino Redemption(CD, Album) Elektra 7559-62827-2 Europe 2003 Sell This Version
62828-2 Benzino Redemption(CD, Album, Enh, Promo) Elektra 62828-2 US 2003 Sell This Version


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June 15, 2010
edited over 8 years ago

After Boston rapper Benzino's album "the Benzino Project" went aluminum in 2001 and the star himself got into a lot of bullshit after using hiphop magazine the Source for self-promotion, which he was able to do because he is homies with the magazine's then-owner Dave Mays, he got dropped from Motown records.

In 2003 he was however soon signed to another major label. This time it was Elektra records. Soon he was recording his sophomore album "Redemption" which sounds like it was modelled after the succes story of 2003: 50 Cent's "Get Rich or Die Tryin'". This album has the exact same mix of club bangers, street tales, songs for the ladies and most notably a diss song aimed towards an established artist. Unlike 50's war against Ja, which succesfully got Curtis Jeffrey's spot as the king of crossover thugs, 'Zino's crusade against Eminem blew up in his face. It's not hard to see why when listening to "Pull Your Skirt Up", a ridiculously bad song that neither sets a threatning mood nor makes any sense.

That is however the absolute worst song on the album. There are half a dozen of good songs on this disc. On "Staying 4ever" ,the opening song, Ray manages to carry a song by himself which I thought unthinkable when I heard "the Benzino project". His flow and lyrics have become better since that album and he now actually sounds worthy of his own album.

Off course in terms of talent he still isn't anywhere near Jadakiss, Hussein Fatal, Daz and Scarface (some of the other rappers featured on this album) or Eminem but then again how many rappers are?

The production on here is solid but not as great as on his debut. The people who produced the vast majority of that disc and gave it a very nice mid '90s east-coast feel, the Hangmen 3, only do a few songs. The people who Ray hired for the rest of "Redemption" are clearly going for crossover appeal. Zino hired Bad Boy records R&B-singer/producer Mario Winans whose beats are best described as cheap Neptunes rip-offs. The best example is the lead single "Rock the Party". The results aren't awful but there also aren't any classics on this.

The Trackmasters' contribution "44 Cal Killa" which features Scarface is actually quite brilliant. The acoustic guitar on this sounds sinister rather than festive and 'Face once again proves why he, rather than T.I., is the king of the South.

There are some genre-fusing attempts on this with varying results. "Gangsta's Touch" recycles a raï (north-African popular music) song to great effect.
"Hoola Hoop" however has a lame pseudo-dancehall feel that clearly aims for the Sean Paul demographic.

Another good song is "Never Shuvin'" which features singing and rapping by Wyclef Jean. This is a good example of what the entire album is like. Benzo's contributions are solid but unspectacular and things only get really interesting when one of the superstar guests step in. Depending on the guests and beats this ranges from godawful to good. As a whole this is a better than average pop-rap album by 2003 standards.

You could do a lot worse than buying this album and it's probably very easy to come by cheap via Amazon, E-bay or a second hand cd-store. But your life is still worth living if you never get to hear this.

Chances are you never did get to hear this since nobody fucking bought it and soon Benz was looking once again for a record deal. This was all due to Eminem's vastly superior replies to the disses and again controversy about unfairly positive reviews in the Source. This time 'Zino took the magazine's credibility with him, down the toilet which is why I decided to check this out in the first place. At least the music isn't as loathesome as the actions of it's star performer...

Rating: 6 outta 10
Best tracks: "Stayin' 4eva", "Call My Name", "Gangsta's Touch", "Neva Shuvin'", "44 Cal. Killa"