The Formula (album)

The Formula is the second collaborative studio album by American rapper Buckshot and record producer 9th Wonder. It was released on April 29, 2008 through Duck Down Music. Recording sessions took place at De Stu at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. Production was handled entirely by 9th Wonder, with Buckshot and Drew "Dru-Ha" Friedman serving as executive producers. It features guest appearances from Carlitta Durand, Arafat Yates, Big Chops, Keisha Shontelle, Swan, Talib Kweli, Tyler Woods and the Formula Crew. The album debuted at #137 on the Billboard 200 album chart, opening with 5,874 units sold.[1]

The Formula
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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 29, 2008 (2008-04-29)
Recorded2007-08
StudioDe Stu at North Carolina Central University (Durham, North Carolina)
GenreHip hop
Length47:39
LabelDuck Down
Producer
9th Wonder & Buckshot chronology
Chemistry
(2005)
The Formula
(2008)
The Solution
(2012)
Singles from The Formula
  1. "Go All Out"
    Released: 2008

A music video for the album's lead single "Go All Out" was directed by Drew "Dru-Ha" Friedman and Rik Cordero and features an appearance from comedian Charlie Murphy.[2] Music videos were also shot for the tracks "Hold It Down" and "The Formula".

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic68/100[3]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [4]
The A.V. ClubC+[5]
HipHopDX4/5[6]
Pitchfork5.7/10[7]
RapReviews8/10[8]
Spin     [9]
The Skinny     [10]

The Formula was met with generally favorable reviews. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 58, based on ten reviews.[3]

Emilee Woods of RapReviews praised the album, saying "minor complaints aside, 9th and Buck have definitely upped the ante on their debut, so much so that a re-naming might be in order".[8] Writing for SPIN, Mosi Reeves stated "despite its title, The Formula has its charms".[9] The A.V. Club reviewer Nathan Rabin said "The Formula should please 9th Wonder and Boot Camp Clik cultists, but hip-hop heads eager to hear 9th Wonder collaborate with rappers worthy of his talents are better off waiting for his next album with Murs--or praying for a reunion with Little Brother".[5] Evan McGarvey of Pitchfork said "...but even with 9th's craftsmanship, the melodies, like Buckshot's lyrics are vacuum-sealed. There's a pianissimo modesty that positively sucks the album dry".[7]

Track listingEdit

All Tracks Produced by Patrick "9th Wonder" Douthit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Intro - The Formula" (featuring The Formula Crew)3:57
2."Ready (Brand New Day)"
  • Blake
  • Douthit
3:52
3."Be Cool" (featuring Swan)
  • Blake
  • Douthit
3:08
4."Go All Out (No Doubt!!!)" (featuring Carlitta Durand)
  • Blake
  • Douthit
3:39
5."No Future"
  • Blake
  • Douthit
3:04
6."Hold It Down" (featuring Talib Kweli and Tyler Woods)
4:30
7."Whassup With U" (featuring Keisha Shontelle)
  • Blake
  • Douthit
  • Keisha Hinnant
4:50
8."One for You (Big Lou)"
  • Blake
  • Douthit
2:47
9."Just Display"
  • Blake
  • Douthit
2:53
10."Here We Go"
  • Blake
  • Douthit
4:51
11."Throwin' Shade"
  • Blake
  • Douthit
3:24
12."Shinin' Y'all" (featuring Arafat Yates and Big Chops)
  • Blake
  • Douthit
  • V. Kerns
  • K. Dickens
3:33
13."Man Listen (Cause Ummm)" (featuring Carlitta Durand)
  • Blake
  • Douthit
3:11
Total length:47:39

PersonnelEdit

  • Kenyatta "Buckshot" Blake – main artist, executive producer
  • Patrick "9th Wonder" Douthit – main artist, producer, recording
  • Swan – featured artist (track 3)
  • Carlitta Durand – featured artist (tracks: 4, 13)
  • Talib Kweli – featured artist (track 6)
  • Tyler Woods – featured artist (track 6)
  • Keisha Shontelle – featured artist (track 7)
  • Arafat Yates – featured artist (track 12)
  • Big Chops of M1 Platoon – featured artist (track 12)
  • Beat Justice – additional vocals (track 1)
  • Brittany B – additional vocals (track 1)
  • Chi Chi – additional vocals (track 1)
  • The World Famous Danny Boy – additional vocals (track 1)
  • Ian Schreier – mixing
  • Michael Sarsfield – mastering
  • Drew "Dru-Ha" Friedman – executive producer
  • Skrilla – design, layout
  • Robert Adam Mayer – photography
  • Noah Friedman – project coordinator, marketing direction

ChartsEdit

Chart (2005) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[11] 137
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[12] 47
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[13] 17
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[14] 2

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ewing, Aliya (May 7, 2008). "Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 5/4/08". HipHopDX. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 18, 2007. Retrieved December 23, 2007.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ a b "Critic Reviews for The Formula - Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  4. ^ Purdom, Clayton. "The Formula - 9th Wonder | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  5. ^ a b Rabin, Nathan (May 5, 2008). "9th Wonder And Buckshot: The Formula". The A.V. Club. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  6. ^ Springer, Anthony (May 2, 2008). "9th Wonder & Buckshot - The Formula". HipHopDX. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  7. ^ a b McGarvey, Evan (May 22, 2008). "Buckshot: The Formula". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  8. ^ a b Woods, Emilee (May 6, 2008). "9th Wonder & Buckshot :: The Formula :: Duck Down Records". www.rapreviews.com. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  9. ^ a b Reeves, Mosi (May 2008). SPIN. 24. SPIN Media LLC. p. 96. ISSN 0886-3032.CS1 maint: date and year (link)
  10. ^ Jenning, Omar (June 9, 2008). "9th Wonder And Buckshot - The Formula | The Skinny". The Skinny. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  11. ^ "Buckshot Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  12. ^ "Buckshot Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  13. ^ "Buckshot Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  14. ^ "Buckshot Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2020.

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