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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."

Customer Reviews

Great voice! New sound!

I had never heard of Shareefa until I bought the DTP album. I thought she was ok. When I heard "Need A Boss" I was like WHOA honey girl can sing! I was so happy when her album came out. Every song is good my favorites are "Need A Boss", "Phony", Butterfly", "Cry No More" & "No One Said". This album is amazing Shareefa has a distinct voice. This album is definately money well spent!

Soulfully Street. Just not as good as I'd hoped

I wished that the whole album was kinda crazy just like "I need a boss", undoubtedly the best song and best choice for a first single, for the album. A good effort I guess. the rawness and grit in her voice is reminiscent of Mary J. But Other than that. Nothing really jumps out at me

Phenom LP!! Enough Said.

After listening to just 5 cuts of 30 sec sound clips I had to cop this album. Shareefa did her thing on this masterpiece. The production on the album is the tightest I've heard all year from any R&B songstress. Shareefa carries her soulful vocals with grace and she's gonna blow for sure. If you sleep on this album, you're really missing out. I won't even compare her to anybody because she's in a class all by herself with her own signature sound that most new artists lack. Cop this LP! It's worth every penny! Love ya Shareefa

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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