- Released: August 21, 2001
- Label: Watertower Music
- 1.Hate the Playa
- 2.First Time
- 3.Ain't No Need
- 4.Clap Your Hands Pt. 1
- 6.Beautiful (You Are)
- 7.Clap Your Hands Pt. 2
- 8.First of All
IMx: Jerome "Romeo" Jones, Kelton "L.D.B." Kessee, Marques "Batman" Houston
Additional personnel includes: Mila J. (rap vocals); Wayne Reed, Eric Jackson (acoustic guitar); Lew Laing (keyboards, drums).
Producers include: Storm, Chris Stokes, Marc Gordon, Armando Colon, Lew Laing.
Engineers include: Susan Herndon, T. Scott, Dorian Johnson.
Personnel: Eric D. Jackson (acoustic guitar); Lew Laing (keyboards, drums).
Audio Mixers: Kevin "KD" Davis; Jan Fairchild.
Recording information: Madhouse; The Mix Room; The TracKen Place.
This trio of young R&B singers might depend on the appeal of their smooth, sensual vocal style to the female population for a great deal of their success, but that's not the whole story. IMX isn't a group of egotistical braggarts, but a thoughtful, sensitive crew with a penchant for sentimentality that walks hand in hand with their mack daddy aspirations. It's hard to picture many of IMX's peers pausing their pursuit of sexual conquest to nostalgically (in fact, downright winsomely) recall their first carnal experiences the way IMX does on "First Time" for example. On such percolating tracks as "Hate the Playa" and "Ain't No Need," the group's hip-hop influences come out in the form of visceral, angular synth riffs and energetic rhythms. As the romantic ballad "Beautiful (You Are)" shows, though, IMX is fully capable of excelling at the classic R&B slow jam.