Throughout the nearly three-year interval separating Still Writing within my Diary: second Entry from the predecessor, nobody quite understood what can come of Petey Pablo. He’d emerge from the gate in 2001 and among the year’s most memorable summer time anthems, “Raise Up.” That Timbaland production made Pablo a weekend celebrity, before the discharge of his debut album, Diary of the Sinner: first Entry. Which maybe it was — the album did not spin off any sizable follow-up singles and fizzled rapidly once “Raise Up” faded away by wintertime. It did not help, either, that Pablo made very couple of guest appearances after that. Then when Jive finally scheduled his sophomore album, Still Writing within my Diary, for christmas of 2002 — after which pressed back the discharge date indefinitely — the New York rapper’s future did not look so vibrant. Jive finally did release the album in spring 2004, however, and also the wait was ultimately useful, for Still Writing within my Diary is really a strong album that banished the main one-hit question albatross which had hovered over Pablo since his breakout success 3 years earlier. The 70-minute album jumps served by front-loaded highlights (the sexually explicit lead single, “Freek-A-Leek”), hits its stride having a relatively daring midsection (some out-there Timbaland productions), and it is capped served by a 3-song finale of earnestness (“Roll Off,” “Be Country,” “He Spoke in my experienceInch). Most of the highlights have been outsourced to pick hitmakers: Mannie Fresh (“Have You Miss Me”), Lil Jon (“Jam Y’All,” “Freek-A-Leek,” “U Do Not Want Dat”), Timbaland (“Jump On Dis Motorcycle,” “Break Me Off”), and Kanye (“I Swear”). The rest of the album is less hit-songy although not always less appealing — the less commercial the song, usually the more sincere its lyrical content and also the more unique its production.
Pablo even creates a couple of tracks themself (“Let us Roc,” “Stick Them Up”). second Entry overall is really a surefooted advance from Pablo’s very first time-round and really should elevate the promising rapper towards the status he deserves — one of the South’s leading MCs, that’s, commercially in addition to artistically. [Jive released a clear edition with selectively edited explicit content.]
Born: September 10, 1979 in Greenville, NC
Years Active: ’90s, ’00s, ’10s
Instead of taking the subterranean route like the majority of Southern rappers, Petey Pablo required the direct route in to the rap game: he went straight to the peak. Though couple of understood much about him, Pablo all of a sudden broke at the end of 2001, and not simply within the South but everywhere — MTV rotated his video and concrete radio championed his debut single. That single, “Raise Up,” required the U.S. by storm, entering Billboard’s Top 30 pop singles and Top R&B singles, as well as the endless days of airplay.
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