Personnel: Shawnna (rap vocals); Ms. Thing, Beenie Man (vocals); Jermaine Dupri, Kardinal Offishall, Ludacris, Missy Elliott, N.O.R.E., Twista (rap vocals).
Recording information: South Side Studios, Atlanta, GA; United Technique, Chicago, ILL; The Lab, Orlando, FL.
While Shawnna had been around the music world for about a decade before her debut album, she became known to most rap fans as a member of the supergroup Disturbing Tha Peace and shined on a provocative turn on Ludacris' "P-Poppin'." No shrinking violet, Shawnna brings an unrelenting blast of hip-hop fury on WORTH THA WEIGHT, confident enough to stop her opening song, "My Chicago (Part 1)" abruptly when she feels she's got nothing more to say.
While she is the daughter of legendary blues guitarist Buddy Guy, Shawnna found her inspiration in a different form of blues, the rough-edged street-survival raps of Ice Cube. Her debut certainly comes from the same mold as records like THE PREDATOR, as she cruises through various slice-of-life narratives of hustling on the Chicago streets. Mentor Ludacris lends his hand a few times, most notably on a frenetic collaboration with Twista on "R.P.M." However, as a fiercely independent woman, Shawnna can stand on her own, making WORTH THA WEIGHT an effective opening salvo.
- My Chicago (Part I)
- Let's Go
- R.P.M. - (with Twista/Ludacris)
- Money Mike (Skit)
- Shake Dat Sh*** - (with Ludacris)
- U Crazy - (with Jermaine Dupri)
- Weight A Minute
- My Chicago (Part 2)
- What Can I Do - (with Missy Elliott)
- Posted - (remix, with N.O.R.E.)
- So Real So Right
- Dude? (Skit)
- Kick This One
- Super Freak
- Turn It Up
- Block Reincarnated - (remix, with Kardinal Offishall)
- Cami's Solo
- Dude - (remix, bonus track, with Beenie Man/Ms. Thing)