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Album Review

Omarion, coming off a number one album, and Bow Wow, coming off a Top Ten album — both of which were released in late December 2006 and varied drastically in quality, with O's 21 wailing all over The Price of Fame, teamed up for a December 2007 release, Face Off. Being a collaborative album between a singer and a rapper, comparisons to R. Kelly and Jay-Z's Best of Both Worlds and Unfinished Business are bound to be drawn. It's better than both of those releases, which isn't saying much at all, but it can be sensed throughout that O and Bow Wow, who have come up together, had a lot of fun goofing off and bouncing ideas off one another — as opposed to the R. Kelly/Jay-Z affairs, in which those two giants were basically going through the motions. That said, not many of Face Off's tracks are bound to be considered among either artist's best work. In stretches, it's perfectly entertaining, yet most of it goes in one ear and out the other, not leaving much in the memory. Exceptions include "He Ain't Gotta Know," co-written and produced by T-Pain (with none of T-Pain's polarizing tics in place), and a couple of the lighter Omarion showcases, like "Girlfriend" and "Can't Get Tired of Me." The lousiest of the bunch is the "Going Back to Cali" knock-off "Hey Baby (Jump Off)," a low point that might actually have more in common with the Fat Boys' "Wipe Out." It'll probably be the album's biggest hit.

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Bow Wow & Omarion-Face Off

Fresh off the Scream Tour, R&B & Rap heartthrobs, Omarion & Bow Wow decide to collaborate for an album. With Face Off, the two combine their skills, looks and publicity to create frenzy for all females, here is how the album faired. Face Off: A fitting intro, Nitti's signature "It's A Nitti beat" isn't there, but the production is intensity building, with rock guitars setting the stage. The balance here is the only problem, it seems that Bow takes the stage more than Omarion, with more verses than one Omarion verse. Solid intro. 3.5/5 Hood Star: Scott Storch's synthesized sounds fill this pop banger, with an atmospheric sound of lights, camera, and action. O & Bow trade on the hook, lyrically it was decent, Omarion's singing wasn't bad, however the beat doesn't suite him particularly well. Overall a decent single, that is more superstar than hood, when you think about how they were both child stars. Decent single, that is a typical pop record. 3.5/5 Girlfriend: Piano laced by JD, the production fits perfectly with their styles. Omarion smoothly croons to the ladies and Bow spits game, both bragging about their girlfriend. Good single that is more of their tried and true formula, it works as the lead single. 4/5 Hey Bay (Jump Off): Clock ticking beat, as the production eventually picks up and Omario's singing works nicely here, but Bow's hook is a little weak. Lyrically Bow's verse wasn't too great, the production didn't help so much, it eventually gets better when O sings, but there are some annoying and unnecessary DJ scratches that sound totally out of place. Decent. 2.5/5 He Ain't Gotta Know: Decent beat, Omarion's hook is nicely done, as Bow spits some decent lyrics. The track isn't bad, mellow and smooth, with both artists doing what they do best, talk to the ladies. 3.5/5 Bachelor Pad: Synth heavy club banging production courtesy of Timabaland, its no wonder why this track sounds so radio ready. Omarion's blending with the production works very well, as Bow spits double time and has some catchy lines as well. 4/5 Listen: Lil Ronnie's typical piano laced production containes some frenzied and overbusy strings that take away from a decent track. The track sounds a little lackluster, because of the production. 3/5 Can't Get Tired Of Me: There is only so much you can talk about with the ladies and the ideas seem to run low, as this track is nice and all but the topic is a little weak. 3/5 Number Ones: You get to hear O spits some bars with spurts of singing, as Bow stays on top the beat nicely. The spanish hook could go and it is evident of their intentions to perform this on tour as on the hook they say "everybody on the left-scream, everybody on the right-scream". Decent track. 3/5 Baby Girl: The Neptunes smooth uptempo beat backs up an Omarion track, as Bow takes the backseat. Its a nice track that works. 3.5/5 Take Off Your Clothes: As Bow says in the beginning, "I ain't no pup anymore", he sure isn't, evident in the much more adult lyricism. "Drop them panties, drop them lower, hop on top like a real girl suppose to, you need assistance, let me take that bra off ya shoulder" and constant sayings of "get naked" from both Bow & O, show much more adult content. Decent. 3/5 Another Girl: Jonsin's synth and spacy club banger has Bow admitting, "I really wanna undress ya" as this banger is decent. Omarion continues to croon and Bow spits his catchy game to the ladies. Average ender. 3/5 Lights, Camera, Action: Slow rolling cut that has playful flutes, as Omarion croons and Bow spits, the track was decent. 3.5 Well, what you get is what you get. Bow & O are two pop oriented artists, O isn't extremely soulful, more of a pop R&B star, and Bow is more of a pop rapper than real hardcore. Considering the majority of the album is directed towards the ladies, they stay with what works and come up with a decent 12 track collab. You can obviously see that both enjoyed doing this album, as Bow's flow seems a lot more laid back and fun, O singing and spitting, pushing boundaries from your typical Omarion. The content is much more adult, with some swearing and a lot of references to getting the ladies to take it off, rather than their child like cuteness. For club joints "Bachelor Pad" shines due to Timbo's strong production, "Another Girl" is a decent attempt at a club banger, and "Hood Star" is an atmospheric feel good track. "Face Off" starts things off nicely, "Girlfriend" is O, Bow & JD firing on all cylinders, producing a solid ladies track. "Can't Get Tired Of Me" suffers from lack of ideas, "Hey Baby (Jump Off)" is a weak club attempt that has some irritating DJ scratches, and "Take Your Off Your Clothes" is a mediocre track that features some adult content but is smoothened out. The album is mediocre yet enjoyable, with some decent tracks of both artists doing what they do best, talking about ladies. It isn't too memorable, but should satisfy all the teen and young females, or anybody that went to the Scream Tour. Otherwise save your money for better R&B and the stream of good hip hop coming out. Rating 7 out of 10

A Gift for the Fans

Bow Wow and Omarion team up to bring a fresh type of music. It will please both rap and r&b fans and even can share common threads between the two. A song that pumps me up is Hood Star, but there is so much more to this album. Even their single, "Girlfriend" is not being staled about by radio play which I see is something good. The two exchange vibes, such as some of Omarion's themes are carried out in Bow Wow's style, and some of Bow Wow's themes are carried out through Omarion. This cd was well worth it, and makes a great addition to the library.

They are a match

Hey Bow Wow has allways had it. and with Omarion they are unstoppable. This whole cd is off the hook. so buy it. its insane.


Born: March 9, 1987 in Reynoldsburg, OH

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

At only age 13, Bow Wow made his rap debut on Beware of Dog (2000), a double-platinum Top Ten hit, and though he struggled to rival such breakout success in the years that followed, he persevered impressively, maturing as an artist (as well as a man) and releasing a series of albums that met varying degrees of commercial success. In addition to his music career, Bow Wow also found regular work in Hollywood, beginning with Like Mike (2002), a star vehicle for which he recorded a soundtrack. Successive...
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