Ron Artest

My World

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Many would expect that a rap album from a man who destroyed a TV camera at Madison Square Garden and sparked the infamous brawl at the Detroit Pistons-Indiana Pacers game to be nothing but hard-to-the-core beats and rhymes, and nobody would dispute his credibility, either. But, NBA bad boy Ron Artest serves a diverse plate of club tracks and slick productions on his solo debut, My World. Upon first listen, it might only sound like a bunch of dance filler -- and a lot of it is -- but Artest's flow does have some agility, especially shown on tracks where he can exchange the microphone with guest rappers like Mike Jones and Capone on "Get Low" or Juvenile on "Cash Money." He also is not reticent to get personal or offer social commentary ("No Good"). Instead of just reveling in his ball player image, he wants to explain himself, his actions, and his thoughts. Although one can appreciate the sincerity, it's difficult to digest his less-than-able rhymes, not to mention the occasionally bland production throughout the LP. For example, the political message of "No Good" is handicapped by its sloppy delivery and the uttering of too many bars without enough recognizably rhyming words. "Fever" bares an embarrassing resemblance to the infectious, Rich Harrison-produced "Crazy in Love" by Beyoncé, but it would probably work better for the baller if the resemblance were much closer. These club tracks, however, seem to be his strong suit -- relatively, that is -- and where he is the most comfortable. Artest gives a well-rounded feel for his musical palate and himself as a person, but his abilities still need to step up a notch in order to avoid the inevitable assumptions that come with a basketball player trying his hand at rapping.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
feat: Diddy
2 3:34 SpotifyAmazon
3 3:22 SpotifyAmazon
feat: Juvenile
3:54 SpotifyAmazon
feat: Challace / Knotie
4:17 SpotifyAmazon
feat: Challace / Big Kap
3:48 SpotifyAmazon
7 3:33 SpotifyAmazon
8 3:10 SpotifyAmazon
0:45 SpotifyAmazon
10 4:58 SpotifyAmazon
11 3:41 SpotifyAmazon
0:50 SpotifyAmazon
feat: Ruc / S-2006
4:28 SpotifyAmazon
3:06 SpotifyAmazon
feat: Braska / Destino / Sostre
3:24 SpotifyAmazon
16 3:59 SpotifyAmazon
feat: Elton Brand
3:16 SpotifyAmazon
feat: Nature
4:40 SpotifyAmazon
19 3:23 SpotifyAmazon
20 3:58 Amazon
21 6:10 SpotifyAmazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
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