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Point of No Return

Shareefa

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Album Review

"I'll Be Around," from Ludacris' second Disturbing tha Peace compilation, showcased Shareefa as a scrappy, rough-and-tumble version of Mary J. Blige: "Prissy chicks don't want me in the place," "I might punch a silly chick in the face," etc. One of the highlights from a disc that had two sizable hits, that song — as well as an appearance on Shawnna's Block Music — effectively set up Shareefa's first album, also released on Ludacris' Def Jam-affiliated boutique label. DTP has already dubbed Point of No Return a soul classic, and though that's a longshot marketing gimmick to say the least, the album is certainly good enough to ping the radars of open-minded R&B fans who might otherwise ignore anything cosigned by a popular rapper. Shareefa's clearly under the influence of Blige, from the balance of laid-back seducers and shirt-clutching dramatics, to the choice of producers — Chucky Thompson (My Life, Mary, No More Drama) and Rodney Jerkins (Share My World, The Breakthrough) combine for eight tracks, and they're both in rare form. Shareefa's a bit rough around the edges; she strains when she reaches all the way back, but she possesses a genuine gutsiness that's in short supply in modern R&B. At a couple points, you might even wince and think she has nothing on Blige, but the woman has a lot of fight and determination, and she's emotive whether her backdrops thump or float. Seven or eight of these songs should never hit anyone's recycle bin. If there's one track that stands above them all, it's the Adida and KQ-produced "Phony," a glistening takedown of a backstabbing and ungrateful friend: "Shoulda left her then, learned my lesson now/Shoulda known your ass was kinda foul/Can't believe my ears, can't believe my eyes/The whole friendship was a goddamn lie." [A clean version of the album was also released.]

Customer Reviews

This Is a Musical Success.

This is a great album. It's r&b with a hip hop essence.

DTP of Soul

This woman is raw. She is the light through these sugarcoated R&B. I love this album and I knew she had it in her. You think she was rough with her songs until you hear songs like Fevah (He Don't Know), "Eye Wonder", etc. It shows she not always rough with it. She is the truth and people can relate. I can relate to "No One Said" with things going on in my life. This is def. worth your money. I would've recommend that you buy two copy. I don't know what but Ludacris has the best R&B Singers (Bobby V. and Shareefa). Ludacris can pick the best people.

i luv it

this ablum is a good freshmen can't wait for the next one to come out cause i will get any one that loves hip-hop and R&B will love this

Biography

Born: 1984 in East Orange, NJ

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Referred to as "the soul of Disturbing tha Peace," gritty vocalist Shareefa spent the first 14 years of her life in New Jersey before relocating to Charlotte, NC. There, she became involved with a crew of car thieves, was eventually caught, and wound up serving jail time. After that, she began to focus on music; she came to the attention of Teddy Riley (Guy, Blackstreet), who was the first significant person in the music industry to provide her with guidance. Ludacris snapped her up for his Def Jam-affiliated...
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