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Jaheim-The Makings Of A Man

After getting the number one spot with Ghetto Classics, Jaheim is back with The Makings Of A Man in time for the holiday season. New label, its back business, as Jaheim delivers. Voice Of R&B: Jazzy and smooth, Ja delivers silky smoothness all over, letting all the other R&B cats know he is the "voice of R&B". Its a nice intro that definitely sets the tone for the rest of the album. 3.5/5 Hush: R. Kelly assists Jaheim here, as Ja reminisces about his friends girl and their affair. He feel guilt and tells his lady, they can keep it on the "hush". Its a soothing midtempo, that is relaxing. 3.5/5 Have You Ever: Has a great vibe to it, the mood is feel good, as Jaheim's backup singers add a lot to this track. Piano keys softly play a lovely tune, as Jaheim handles the track nicely. A good track here that has crossover potential, to a broader audience, just because of the vibe and beauty of it. 4/5 Lonely: Ja updates Bobby Womack's "If You Think You're Lonely Now" with "Lonely", doing it nicely. Smooth and relaxing, as the track rides nicely off a strong hook. 4/5 Life Of A Thug: Nice midtempo here, Ja talks about his past and how he's lived the life of a thug. From "never knew my dad, only memories, a picture in a frame, passed away when I was two" to his youthful troubles of juvenile, court and criminal acts. Its a nice soulful reflection on the past, that works well. 3.5/5 Just Don't Have A Clue: Synth brings you in, as pianos, light strings and dramatic heavy strings combine for a great production here. The hook is where the track really shines, as it contains a similar mood to "Have You Ever" having a great impact on you. Bright spot here. 4/5 She Ain't You: With a nice backing sample and backup singing, Jaheim speaks about how no other chick is like his. He shows his love and its a relaxing track that while not a stand out track, mellow and soulful. 3.5/5 Never: Lead single, backing piano is smooth as this beautiful ballad strolls along nicely. The track is just nice, with simplistic production, it allows Jaheim to sing out and use his golden voice. Great track. 4.5/5 I've Changed: Fellow R&B songstress Keyshia Cole, joins Jaheim for a sexy duet. Light keyboards back the two, as Cole's airy and light hook, eventually turn into a great back and forth effect, about verse two. The chemistry isn't bad, Ja tries his best, even if the track isn't his style. He expands here on this uptempo duet and it turns out, not bad. 3.5/5 What You Think Of That: Decent track here, its defintely nice, with a decent hook, Ja continues over horn filled production. 3/5 Make A Wish: An evening midtempo that seems ready for a candlelight dinner and night out through the city. Flutes, keyboards and horns, let Jaheim express the glam and great things about life. Letting her make a wish, the track isn't bad, but the subject matter could be a little better, nonetheless enjoyable. 3.5/5 Back Together Again: A track dedicated to his parents who have both passed and sister. Speaking about "ya see poppa went first, momma went last, I know they're back together", its a truly heartfelt track that ends the album well. His maturity, feeling and lyrical honesty work greatly here. 4.5/5 Overall Jaheim has always been a great singer, we know he can sing. After a smooth Ghetto Classics, I wondered how he would follow up such a strong 11 track album. But here he does it again, with more feel good vibed tracks than smooth ones. "Have You Ever" and "Just Don't Have A Clue" both give a feel good vibe that is irressistable and lovely. "Life Of A Thug" reminisces on his troubled past, "Back Together Again" speaks about his parents death and how he's happy their back together. "Lonely" is a solid remake of Bobby Womack's hit, "Never" is a golden track that features a promising Jaheim to "never say never again" and "I've Changed" is a decent duet with Keyshia Cole. "She Ain't You", "Hush", "What You Think Of That", and "Make A Wish" are all decent cuts, as "Voice Of R&B" is a confident introduction. Basically its another strong album to add to Jaheim's catalogue, that is another reason why Jaheim is such a good R&B artist and one of the few who have that old school soul, yet keeping things new. "Have You Ever", "Just Don't Have A Clue", "Never", "Lonely" and "Back Together Again" are all strong tracks, as a few tell a lot about Jaheim's past, some may not have known about. This is probably the reason for the title, Makings Of A Man. Jaheim fans definitely cop, other R&B folks check it out, solid holiday album. Rating 8.5 out of 10

The Makings of a Legend!

While Jaheim may not have radio anthems like other commerical R&B he has voice that just makes any song never leave your mind. He's one of the few who can work with others and do his own albums with both sides shinning, most can only do one or the other. This album targets the older crowd or true loyal fans but its true winner and Jaheim has to be one of the best ever along with the most slept on as well. I still can't get over the old classic song "Could IT BE" or the track he did with Nas "Just in case". Good Job!

Love Ya Jaheim

He never fails me, he is the best, I love his soulful voice and sex appeal he has a lot of number one's on this album


Born: May 26, 1978 in New Brunswick, NJ

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

R&B balladeer Jaheim Hoagland hails from New Brunswick, New Jersey, where he grew up in the 176 Memorial Parkway Homes public housing project. Misfortune hit early: his father died in 1981, when he was only two years old. Coming from a musical family helped him overcome the tragedy and the many pitfalls of his environment. His grandfather, Victor Hoagland, sang with many top groups, including the Drifters, and their family reunions were big songfests. Singing at family reunions and local talent shows...
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The Makings of a Man, Jaheim
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music, Soul, Rock, Neo-Soul, Contemporary R&B
  • Released: Dec 14, 2007
  • Parental Advisory

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