"Life In 1472" came out in 1998 and was the first proper album from the producer and part-time rapper Jermaine Dupri. This album finds, as with all of his album, JD producing for a host of his affiliates on the So So Def label in addition to many guests who just wish to show support for the Atlanta hit-maker as long-term partnerships with the likes of Mariah Carey, Usher and Da Brat come through on this late nineties Rap and R&B record.
1. "Turn It Out" (Intro)
2. "Money Ain't A Thang" (feat. Jay-Z)
This was probably the biggest single off the album and it finds JD working with the biggest stars for it as along with Jay-Z you have the two of them taking from what Cash Money's camp were doing to a larger degree as with more well-known names you find them pushing forward the 'Bling-Bling' phase of Hip hop with a track all abut ballin'. It is interesting to note that Nas is on the intro, and of course it is his rival Jay on the tune following on from it, showing that this album is designed to ring all together.
3. "Get Your S**t Right" (feat. Madd Rapper and DMX)
This has JD displaying just how diverse he is as for this one he gets down with something which doesn't really fit into expectations concerned with his own music as he is more likely to just takes things to the clubs, but here you find that with the artist he has on his side, h is made to take things now towards the Horrorcore route as DMX takes over and gets into something dark.
4. "Fresh" (feat. Slick Rick)
A decade after his solo debut, this one has Slick Rick returning in a big way as you have him working on a topic which he knows a lot about (especially after being apart of the Get Fresh Crew) and here you see how he can take things to a time a which was much more exciting in order to get his point across about how no one can get fresher than himself.
5. "Sweetheart" (feat. Mariah Carey)
This one takes me back as you see that for the first time we have one which takes it to R&B, rather than Hip hop, and while there is heavy beats which are based in this, the dominating sound is what comes from Mariah as she does as she is always able to and delivers with great vocals with one of the most exciting melodies you get from the record.
6. "Jazzy Hoes" (feat. 8Ball & MJG, YoungBloodZ, Mister Black and Too $hort)
Later made into a sequel on JD's second album, "Instructions", this is a fly one which has some of the biggest pimps in the game coming together for a freaky jam to show that all over the US you have artists who really know what they able to provide to a track of its type here. It is a fly one and a tune which excites things for it.
7. "Don't Hate On Me" (feat. Krayzie Bone and Da Brat)
Initially I wasn't quite sure about this one as Bone Thugs' Krayzie Bone teams up with Da Brat (out of Chicago) and the frantic and often confused structure of this one put me off, but as it goes along you are made to get into the inventive ways in which the two of them go about showing how they are able to make the most out of the smooth beats from Dupri.
8. "Going Home With Me" (feat. Keith Sweat and R.O.C.)
With Keith Sweat hereon this one you know that we are going to get something fresh and with much more R&B being put into it as here you see that JD gets back on the music with a vocal role, and he shows that in spite of the fact he's not too strong of a lyricist, he is able to come up with something well worth listening to with hi excited flow.
9. "You Get Dealt With" (feat. Mase and Lil' Kim)
You see that for this one the artist takes it towards the East Coast again, and I found tha tit was a good one in what came of it as the Bad Boy pair show what they have to offer on this So So Def release by altering heir approach to a degree to get into the more likely style of the south. It is one filled with variety and it made it what it needed to be for JD's release.
10. "The Party Continues" (feat. Da Brat and Usher)
This was one of the singles from the album, but I can't recall it making too much of an impact as you get a gentle jam from JD which has him taking on some classic Funk with Cameo and Kool & The Gang guiding him for this two-stepping joint which has Da Brat and Usher showing how well JD is able to do this more classy work, and do it successfully.
11. "All That's Got To Go" (feat. Latocha Scott and Da Brat)
I was extremely impressed by this one as the line-up for this one was one which I really didn't expect to get much out of, but in fact it made more of n impact than almost any of the others as it is a memorable one which has JD set up a nice male vs. female thing against Da Brat which has them getting down with a funky jam which samples "Jump To It".
12. "Protector's Of 1472" (feat. Snoop Dogg, R.O.C. and Warren G)
This one sees a significant shift in the direction of the music and this is almost apparent in the fact that you see that the guests are exclusively West Coast names, and so you would expect to se the thing take on something supporting what the California Rap scene had to offer, but as DJ Premier has a role in producing it, it strangely sees it take on a more East Coast sound.
13. "Lay You Down" (feat. Tamara Powell and Trina)
He gets a young Trina working with him for this one and it sees her showing what southern female rappers have to offer (as we have had lots from Da Brat through the album) and it uncovers something much more in-your-face as you have an R&B track which has minimal Rap aspects being put into it as they do a sensual one.
14. "Three The Hard Way" (feat. Mister Black and R.O.C.)
I as a bit confused by the chose in collaborators in the final track on the album, but I felt that in spite of the fact that these unknown names joined him on the closing tune the thing is prevented from losing flow as you get some full-on West Coast work as DJ Quik works on the production to give it funky ending.
This album is a very strong one form Jermaine Dupri. It has no clear weak points within it and sees him coming up with lots of new directions in his music (which up to that point we hadn't really heard much of) as well as uncovering his diversity, it was also able to show how well he was able to nail each sound from all around the US.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Turn It Out (Intro) - Nas
2 Money Ain't a Thang - Jay-Z
3 Get Your Shit Right - DMX, Mad Rapper
4 Fresh - Slick Rick
5 Sweetheart - Mariah Carey, , JD
6 Jazzy Hoes - 8Ball, Mr. Black, Too Short, YoungBloodZ
7 Don't Hate on Me - Da Brat, Krayzie Bone,
8 Going Home with Me - R.O.C., Keith Sweat
9 You Get Dealt Wit - Lil' Kim, Mase
10 Party Continues [Video Version] - Da Brat, Usher
11 All That's Got to Go - Da Brat, , LaTocha Scott
12 Protector's of 1472 - Warren G, , R.O.C., Snoop Dogg
13 Lay You Down - Tamara Powell, , Trina
14 Three the Hard Way - Mr. Black, , R.O.C.