Posted Sep 22, 2010 in Music | 0 Comments


R&B and soul artist Dwele is back with his 5th album via E1 Music, entitled W.ants W.omen W.orld, otherwise known as WWW. This marks his first release since his June 2008 effort Sketches of a Man. As you can see by the album cover and the three titles of the album, the CD represents three different sides of Dwele. The materialistic, the socially conscious, and the love-making side of the man.

Much like Sketches of a Man, this album isn’t riddled with a ton of guests. Back from his last album are R&B artist Lloyd Dwayne and the aforementioned Slum Village. Raheem DeVaughn, Monica Blaire, Kindra Parker, and David Banner represent the “newcomers” in the special appearance department.

Dwele breaks down the album and himself into three parts. According to the Detroit native, “Wants” which is the title to his first track on the W.ANTS portion of the album, represents his alter ego. The second track “I Wish” produced by Nottz is aptly titled, as he talks about all the things he wishes he had. “I wish I had a dollar for every dollar you wish I had/ I wish I had them Gucci shoes inside that Gucci bag/ I wish I made music that appealed to the masses/ instead of ridin, lyrics that require poetic passes/ sand under my feet/Gucci swag/you as my arm piece…”

“Grown” falls perfectly under the “Wants” banner, as he spends the song singing about all the “adult” things he would like to do to a girl who has caught his attention. Track number 6 is a combo track. It begins with “Dodgin’ your phone” featuring Southern rapper David Banner, and ends with “Smoke Up The Back” with fellow R&B singer Raheem DeVaughn. The song with Banner leaves you bopping your head as the beat is not only soothing, but really catchy. The problem with the track is that Banner, who only spits one verse, leaves a lot to be desired. The sole memorable part of his appearance is when he talks about wanting to smack a girl in the face and he references the Doritos commercial where a kid slaps his mother’s boyfriend and tells him: “keep your hands off my momma, and keep your hands off my Doritos.”

Part two of the track, which is officially an interlude, features Dwele’s attempt at rapping. While he does try hard, Dwele shouldn’t quit his day job. “Dim The Lights,” featuring the aforementioned Raheem DeVaughn, is the last track in this section, and should’ve just been called “Grown” part two. This time around, he continues to talk about all the things he wants to do to a woman, and all the things he wants her to do to him, but this time with the lights down low.

On the W.ORLD section of the CD, he starts off by talking about how the United States of America, and how the world in general, currently has a hangover courtesy of the Bush administration. “The year is 2010, we find ourselves on the back-end of a few hard years/ We find our economy no longer in the drunken lost state, but now in the hangover/ Just get me to the morning… This is my audio time capsule of the things we’ve been through, the things that we are going through as a world, as a world trying to make it to the morning, as a country trying to make it to the morning, as a city trying to make it to the sunrise. World.”

“How I Deal,” featuring fellow Detroiters Slum Village, is a continuation of the previous track, and is hands down the best song on the album. In this one, he talks about how he is able to deal with the loss of his dreams, while facing money issues and parental responsibilities. The beat, produced by Dwele himself, is deep and catchy at the same time.

“My People”, is another track that speaks to the social consciousness. It starts off with Dwele talking about his fathers’ time (the 60s), characterized by picket lines, segregation, and people being in love with unity. Despite all that, he talks about those times being better than the society we live in today, due to issues like the price of gas, and the fact that racism still shows its ugly head in today’s society of change and social acceptance. He even goes as far as saying that there is a new black man after 9/11.

Dwele also talks about the power that the hood has on people young and old. “A young man finds family/ in a local gang, and it ain’t all good/no,no,no,no./My brothers can’t get out/ the hood is on lock down, and cats holdin’ the keys./ Homicide, as if we don’t lose enough from the battles going on overseas. Tonight my eyes will burn, and pray that we will learn to love our people”. The only way out of this hell, according to Dwele, is to have people realize that the good outweighs the bad. It is a message that he wants to deliver to the people.

“Detroit Sunrise,” featuring Monica Blaire and Lloyd Dwayne, is a little out of place. This track belongs more on the W.ANTS section, as Blaire uses her verse to rap about driving down the strip in a caddie with the wheels spinning, while checking out good looking men and women.

The W.OMEN section starts off with Kindra Parker telling Dwele and men in general what all women want. (Wouldn’t it be so much easier if all women came with instructions!?) Dwele spends time telling women that he understands exactly what they need in the song “I Understand,” and uses the track “Love You Right” to tell a girl that he never met someone like her in his life. He claims to love her so much that he has ended his “playing” ways.

“What’s Not To Love” is basically a continuation of “Love You Right.” In this one, he talks about all the things he loves about her. For an album that does a lot of storytelling, the placement of the track “Give Me A Chance” seems a little off, because Dwele spends the song asking a girl to give him a shot. It would make more sense for the song to be placed before the previous two.

The lead single on the album, “I Wanna” featuring DJ Quick and produced by G-One, is definitely a club banger. The beat is catchy as hell and just makes you want to get up and dance. As always, DJ Quik steps up to the plate, and Dwele’s breezy voice and delivery compliments the track.

Although the majority, if not all of the beats on the album appear tailor-made for Dwele’s soft and breezy voice, the problem is that a lot of the beats come off sounding similar, due to the fact that besides Dwele, there are only three other producers on the album.

Another negative aspect of the album is that the W.ORLD section, arguably the most important and definitely the most thought provoking part on the album, is unfortunately the shortest.

In total the album contains 17 songs, with an additional eighteenth one called “Motivate,” available on iTunes. However, if you buy the Best Buy edition, you will be able to hear three more songs. “She a Star,” “Kissing Game,” and “You Don’t Love Me.” All in all, whether you want to count this as three different albums or one, it is definitely a must get. Despite the lack of producers and different sounds, this is still a really solid effort by Dwele. Out of 10, I give the album a 7.5.

Photo courtesy of  ©Jeffery Beckford

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