Me Phi Me ‎– One

RCA ‎– 07863 61036-2
CD, Album

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1 Intro: A Call To Arms (The Step) 1:54
2 The Credo 1:20
3 Sad New Day
Producer – Richie Rich Simmons*
4 Poetic Moment I: The Dream 0:37
5 Dream Of You 3:56
6 Not My Brotha
Producer – Timmy Drayton
7 Keep It Goin' 3:57
8 Poetic Moment II: The Streets 0:54
9 Black Sunshine
Vocals – DJ Pure Ruff Stuff
10 ...And I Believe (The Credo)
Vocals – Ladysmith Black Mambazo
11 Pu' Sho Hands 2Getha 3:52
12 Poetic Moment III: The Light 0:31
13 Road To Life 4:24
14 It AIn't The Way It Was 4:59
15 (Think...) Where Are You Going?
Vocals – Michael Franks
16 A Return To Arms: In Closing 0:41

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Tracks 7 & 14 sample James Brown's "The Payback"; track 10 samples Djivan Gasparyan's "A Cool Wind Is Blowing" and Ladysmith Black Mambazo's "Amaphiko Okundiza (Wings To Fly)"; track 11 samples Sly & The Family Stone's "Sing A Simple Song".

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  • Barcode: 0 7863-61036-2 4

Other Versions (5 of 8) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
PD90679 Me Phi Me One(CD, Album) RCA, BMG PD90679 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
74321 12437-4 Me Phi Me One(Cass, Album) RCA 74321 12437-4 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
MPM01 Me Phi Me One(CD, Promo) RCA MPM01 US 1992 Sell This Version
74321 12437-2 Me Phi Me One(CD, Album) RCA 74321 12437-2 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
07863-61036-4 Me Phi Me One(Cass, Album) RCA 07863-61036-4 US 1992 Sell This Version


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March 24, 2010

Me Phi Me, a one-man band, occupies roughly the same pop-infused, early '90s alternative rap space as P.M. Dawn, but his music is less dreamily introspective and more oriented toward promoting positive messages. Musically, the album One isn't bad, in fact it's quite well-produced and is full of memorable choruses. It seemed to have everything going for it, fitting the mood of its era almost perfectly. It's just that there really was never much of a market for somewhat narcissistic, good-advice pop songs with acoustic guitar, rapped vocals, and sung choruses - even during the post-Three Feet High and Rising push by major labels to sign acts that would have the crossover (suburban/white/college radio) appeal as De La Soul. Perhaps it was too pretty, too mild a form of rap-based expression for the tastes of the day. The rap style is straightforward and closer to speaking than shouting - about as far from Chuck D. or Ice Cube as you can get. It's an album I never listen to, except when I consider getting rid of it. Then I put it on and end up listening to the whole thing and liking it. Back onto the shelf it goes!