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Unleash the Dragon
Unleash the Dragon
Sisqo unleash the dragon.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 30, 1999
RecordedMarch-October 1999
StudioMetalworks Studios
(Mississauga, Ontario)
GenreR&B, hip hop
Length51:03
LabelDef Soul
ProducerTim & Bob, Warryn Campbell, Al West, Baby Dave, Nokio the N-Tity, One Up Entertainment, The Co-Stars, Shep Crawford, Dru Hill, Dutch, N8 & Kiehl
Sisqó chronology
Unleash the Dragon
(1999)
Return of Dragon
(2001)
Singles from Unleash the Dragon
  1. "Got to Get It"
    Released: November 2, 1999
  2. "Thong Song"
    Released: February 15, 2000
  3. "Incomplete"
    Released: July 25, 2000
  4. "Unleash the Dragon"
    Released: September 18, 2000

Unleash the Dragon is the debut solo studio album by American R&B singer Sisqó of Dru Hill, released on November 30, 1999 on Def Soul. Sisqó recorded the album during Dru Hill's hiatus. It includes the hit songs "Got to Get It", "Incomplete", and "Thong Song". Previously, Sisqo had been a lead singer of the group Dru Hill. Recorded under Island Records, the group released two multi-platinum albums to date: Dru Hill (1996) and Enter the Dru (1998). In 2003, the album was certified sextuple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipping six million copies in North America.[1]

The album also garnered Sisqó two American Music Award nominations for Favorite Soul/R&B Album and Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist. In addition he received three nominations including Best New Artist and Best R&B Album at the 43rd Grammy Awards in 2001.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[2]
Muzik4/5 stars[3]
Q4/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau(choice cut)[5]
Rolling Stone(mixed)[6]
The Source(favorable)[7]

Allmusic editor Michael Gallucci wrote that "loaded with whispered bedroom moans, which have become late-'90s R&B clichés, Unleash the Dragon is short on any real songs to justify the pointless replay of these familiar grooves [...] Once the beats - which borrow heavily from the contemporary R&B playbook - are programmed, there's little for Sisqó to do but coast along the grooves, with all the conviction and commitment of a soul robot."[2]

Track listing

Credits taken from the album's liner notes.[8]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Unleash the Dragon" (featuring Beanie Sigel)
  • Shelton
  • Hill
  • Veney
3:53
2."Got to Get It" (featuring Make It Hot)
  • Mark Andrews
  • Al West
  • Marquis Collins
  • James Travis
  • Sisqó
  • Al West
2:54
3."Is Love Enough" (featuring LovHer)
Campbell4:33
4."2nite" (Interlude)Tamir RuffinNokio The N-Tity1:21
5."How Can I Love U 2nite"
  • Nokio The N-Tity
  • Weatherspoon[a]
5:08
6."Your Love Is Incredible"
  • Andrews
  • Vito Colapietro
  • Neely Dinkins
  • Noah Porter
The Co-Stars4:10
7."So Sexual"
  • N8
  • Kiehl
3:58
8."Thong Song"
4:16
9."Incomplete"Crawford4:34
10."Addicted"
  • Andrews
  • West
  • Sisqó
  • West
4:48
11."Dru World Order (Interlude)"
  • Sisqó
  • West
1:20
12."Enchantment Passing Through" (performed by Dru Hill)Dru Hill5:43
13."You Are Everything (Remix)" (Dru Hill featuring Ja Rule)
  • Andrews
  • Rick Cousin
v
  • Sisqó
  • Dutch
4:16

Notes

  • ^a denotes co-producer

Sample credits

Charts

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[27] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[28] 2× Platinum 200,000^
France (SNEP)[30] Gold 119,900[29]
Germany (BVMI)[31] Gold 150,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[32] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[33] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[34] 5× Platinum 5,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b "Allmusic review".
  3. ^ "Muzik review".
  4. ^ "Q Magazine review".
  5. ^ "Robert Christgau review".
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ "The Source review".
  8. ^ Sisqó. "Unleash The Dragon (CD, Album)". Def Soul/Dragon Records. 1999. https://www.discogs.com/Sisqo-Unleash-The-Dragon/release/619979
  9. ^ "Unleash the Dragon" Sample of "Hail Mary". WhoSampled.com. http://www.whosampled.com/sample/222585/Sisqó-Beanie-Sigel-Unleash-the-Dragon-Makaveli-Kastro-Prince-Ital-Joe-Young-Noble-Hail-Mary/
  10. ^ "Thong Song" Sample of "Eleanor Rigby". WhoSampled.com. http://www.whosampled.com/sample/41975/Sisqó-Thong-Song-Wes-Montgomery-Eleanor-Rigby/
  11. ^ Sisqó & Dru Hill Cover of Adam Pascal & Heather Headley's "Enchantment Passing Through". WhoSampled.com. http://www.whosampled.com/cover/135365/Sisqó-Dru-Hill-Enchantment-Passing-Through-Adam-Pascal-Heather-Headley-Enchantment-Passing-Through/
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  23. ^ "Sisqó Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved September 27, 2020.
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  25. ^ "Billboard 200 - Year-End 2000". Billboard. Retrieved 2020.
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  27. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2000 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 10 August 2020.
  28. ^ "Canadian album certifications - Sisqo - Unleash the Dragon". Music Canada.
  29. ^ "Les Albums Or". infodisc.fr. SNEP. Archived from the original on 2011-10-18. Retrieved .
  30. ^ "French album certifications - Sisqo - Unleash the Dragon" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.
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  32. ^ "Dutch album certifications - Sisqo - Unleash the Dragon" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers.Enter Unleash the Dragon in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  33. ^ "British album certifications - Sisqo - Unleash the Dragon". British Phonographic Industry.Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Unleash the Dragon in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  34. ^ "American album certifications - Sisqo - Unleash the Dragon". Recording Industry Association of America.If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.

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