Uncut - 11/01, p.1023.5 stars out of 5
- "...Her knack for emotional theatre remains just as potent as any other....Unusually engaging..."
This version contains a P. Diddy/Mario Winans remix of the song, "No More Drama."
Personnel includes: Mary J. Blige (vocals); Eve, P. Diddy, Pharrell Williams, Lenny Kravitz, Marshane Smith, Ja Rule, Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliot.
Producers include: Bryan Peguero, Chucky Thompson, Dame Grease, Dr. Dre, Floyd Howard.
"He Think I Don't Know" won the 2003 Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
Personnel: Mary J. Blige (vocals, background vocals); Ja Rule (vocals, rap vocals); Eve, Pharrell Williams (vocals); Common, Marshane Smith (rap vocals); John DuBois, Ell Lishinski, Mark Whitfield, Mike Scott (guitar); Lenny Kravitz (electric guitar); James "Big Jim" Wright (organ, background vocals); Eric Lorde, Camara Kambon (keyboards); J. Garfield, Mario Winans, Gerald Isaac (programming); Alexander Richbourg (drum programming); Jewelynn Green, David Hurst, LaTonia Wright Hughes, Montina Cooper, Tara Geter-Tillman, David Hughes , Lou Perez, Missy Elliott, Terri Robinson (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Mr. Leslie Braithwaite; Paul Loggins; Dr. Dre; Edwin "Eddie Ed" Ramos; Charles "Prince Charles" Alexander ; Yuri Zwadluk; Ken "Duro" Ifill; Mary J. Blige; Angela Piva; Serban Ghenea; Steve Hodge; Tony Maserati ; Bruce Miller.
Audio Remixers: Hitman; Mario Winans; Sean "Puffy" Combs.
Recording information: Capricorn One Sound Studios, Bpt, CT; Chung King House Of MEtal, New York, NY; Crack House Studios, New York, NY; Cue Recording Studio, Falls Church, VA; Daddy's House, New York, NY; East Coast Flavor Recording Studio, Washington DC; Flyte Tyme studios, Edina, MN; Marvins Room, Los Angeles, CA; Mixed Impressions, New York, NY; Quad Recording Studio, New York, NY; Record One, Los Angeles, CA; Right Track Studio, New York, NY; Roxy Records, Miama, FL; Sony Music Studio, New York, NY; The Bomb Shelter Recording Studios; The Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: Rod Spicer.
Arranger: Gerald Isaac.
From P Diddy to Lenny Kravitz, a plethora of producers and guest stars graces this updated, remix-added version of Mary J. Blige's 2001 NO MORE DRAMA, a situation usually signaling a dearth of creativity on behalf of the featured artist. Fortunately that's not the case here. Blige is fully in control, from a lyrical reworking of the '70s Al Green classic "Simply Beautiful" entitled "PMS," which could well become an anthem for women suffering from those disabling symptoms, to the Dr. Dre-produced "Family Affair," in which this classic R&B singer self-confidently modernizes her image for the J-Lo generation.
"He Think I Don't Know" is vintage Blige, her roots firmly in late-'70s deep soul, while the autobiographical "Where I've Been" features Eve paying homage to a woman who's struggled through poverty and drug addiction and come out the other side a stronger person. This is a masterful effort that finds Mary J. Blige successfully updating her sound while retaining the musical depth that got her where she is today.