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Monica|The Boy Is Mine

The Boy Is Mine

Monica

  • Released on 1998-07-14 by Arista
  • Main artist: Monica
  • Genre: R&B
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On her second album, The Boy Is Mine, Monica is given a little more room to strut her own stuff. Previously, she was an inexperienced vocalist whose raw talent was sculpted by a bevy of producers. Here, she sticks with Dallas Austin; not only does he give her songs immaculately crafted musical backdrops -- both ballads and up-tempo dance numbers sound irresistible -- but he helps her cultivate her voice so she sounds more mature than her 17 years. That doesn't exactly camouflage the uneven material, but it does make it easy to swallow. She does have a better, more consistent batch of songs here than she did on Miss Thang, and the best songs -- such as the Brandy duet "The Boy Is Mine" or the bouncing "Street Symphony" -- are as good as mainstream urban R&B gets in 1998.
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1
Street Symphony
Monica
00:05:33

Leslie Braithwaite, Recording Engineer - Leslie Braithwaite, Mixing Engineer - Keith Naftaly, A&R Director - Debra Killings, Background Vocal - Ty Hudson, Mixing Engineer - Claudine Pontier, Mixing Engineer - Carlton Lynn, Recording Engineer - Carlton Lynn, Mixing Engineer - Rico Lumpkin, Recording Engineer - A. Baars, Recording Engineer - Dallas Austin, Composer - Dallas Austin, Lyricist - Dallas Austin, Producer - Dallas Austin, Arranger - Dallas Austin, Executive Producer - Clive Davis, Executive Producer - Monica, Background Vocal - Monica, Vocal - Eddie Horst, Arranger - Tony Dawsey, Mastering Engineer - Drew Dixon, A&R Director - Vernon J. Mungo, Mixing Engineer - G. Crawford, Recording Engineer

(P) 1998 Arista Records LLC

2
The Boy Is Mine
Brandy
00:04:50

Rodney Jerkins, Composer - Rodney Jerkins, Mixing Engineer - Rodney Jerkins, Producer - Rodney Jerkins, Arranger - Rodney Jerkins, Lyricist - Rodney Jerkins, Performer - Ben Garrison, Recording Engineer - Keith Naftaly, A&R Director - LaShawn "The Big Shiz" Daniels, Composer - LaShawn "The Big Shiz" Daniels, Lyricist - LaShawn "The Big Shiz" Daniels, Arranger - LaShawn "The Big Shiz" Daniels, Producer - Dexter Simmons, Recording Engineer - Dexter Simmons, Mixing Engineer - Carlton Lynn, Recording Engineer - Dallas Austin, Producer - Dallas Austin, Vocal Arranger - Dallas Austin, Executive Producer - Monica & Brandy, Vocal - Monica & Brandy, Background Vocal - Fred Jerkins III, Composer - Fred Jerkins III, Lyricist - Greg Thompson, Recording Engineer - Brandy, Composer - Brandy, Lyricist - Brandy, Producer - Victor McCoy, Recording Engineer - Leslie Braithwaite, Recording Engineer - Larry Gold, Arranger - Larry Gold, Composer - J. Tejeda, Composer - J. Tejeda, Lyricist - Tony Dawsey, Mastering Engineer - Drew Dixon, A&R Director - Clive Davis, Executive Producer - Chris Tergesen, Recording Engineer - Isaac Phillips, Guitar

(P) 1998 Atlantic Recording Corporation

3
Ring Da Bell
Monica
00:04:36

Leslie Braithwaite, Recording Engineer - Leslie Braithwaite, Mixing Engineer - Keith Naftaly, A&R Director - Debra Killings, Background Vocal - Carlton Lynn, Mixing Engineer - Dallas Austin, Composer - Dallas Austin, Lyricist - Dallas Austin, Producer - Dallas Austin, Arranger - Dallas Austin, Executive Producer - Clive Davis, Executive Producer - Monica, Vocal - Tony Dawsey, Mastering Engineer - Drew Dixon, A&R Director - Vernon J. Mungo, Mixing Engineer

(P) 1998 Arista Records LLC

4
The First Night (Album Version)
Monica
00:03:55

T. Savage, Composer - T. Savage, Lyricist - Drew Dixon, A&R Director - Keith Naftaly, A&R Director - Monica, Vocal - Monica, Background Vocal - Tony Dawsey, Mastering Engineer - Jermaine Dupri, Composer - Jermaine Dupri, Lyricist - Jermaine Dupri, Producer - Jermaine Dupri, Mixing Engineer - Phil Tan, Mixing Engineer - Brian Frye, Recording Engineer

(P) 1998 Arista Records LLC

5
Misty Blue
Monica
00:04:21

John Horesco IV, Mixing Engineer - B. Montgomery, Composer - B. Montgomery, Lyricist - Leslie Braithwaite, Recording Engineer - Leslie Braithwaite, Mixing Engineer - Keith Naftaly, A&R Director - Carlton Lynn, Recording Engineer - Carlton Lynn, Mixing Engineer - Rico Lumpkin, Recording Engineer - Dallas Austin, Producer - Dallas Austin, Executive Producer - Dallas Austin, Organ - Tom Knight, Drums - Clive Davis, Executive Producer - Monica, Vocal - Mike Wilson, Mixing Engineer - Colin Wolfe, Co-Producer - Colin Wolfe, Piano - Colin Wolfe, Bass - Tomi Martin, Guitar - Tony Dawsey, Mastering Engineer - Drew Dixon, A&R Director

(P) 1998 Arista Records LLC

6
Angel of Mine (Radio Mix)
Monica
00:04:10

Keith Naftaly, A&R Director - Rico Lumpkin, Recording Engineer - Dallas Austin, Executive Producer - Clive Davis, Executive Producer - Monica, Background Vocal - Monica, Performer - Tomi Martin, Guitar - Dexter Simmons, Mixing Engineer - Tony Dawsey, Mastering Engineer - Drew Dixon, A&R Director - Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence, Composer - Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence, Lyricist - Travon Potts, Composer - Travon Potts, Lyricist - Rodney Jerkins, Mixing Engineer - Rodney Jerkins, Producer - Rodney Jerkins, Performer

(P) 1998 Arista Records LLC

7
Gone Be Fine
Monica featuring OutKast
00:04:17

Leslie Braithwaite, Mixing Engineer - Leslie Braithwaite, Recording Engineer - Keith Naftaly, A&R Director - Debra Killings, Background Vocal - Carlton Lynn, Mixing Engineer - Carlton Lynn, Recording Engineer - Dallas Austin, Composer - Dallas Austin, Lyricist - Dallas Austin, Producer - Dallas Austin, Arranger - Dallas Austin, Executive Producer - Clive Davis, Executive Producer - Monica featuring OutKast, Vocal - Tony Dawsey, Mastering Engineer - Drew Dixon, A&R Director - Vernon J. Mungo, Mixing Engineer - Vernon J. Mungo, Recording Engineer

(P) 1998 Arista Records LLC

8
Inside
Monica
00:04:12

David Foster, Producer - David Foster, Arranger - David Foster, Keyboards - Keith Naftaly, A&R Director - Michael Thompson, Guitar - John "J.R." Robinson, Drum Programmer - Mick Guzauski, Mixing Engineer - Dallas Austin, Executive Producer - Clive Davis, Executive Producer - Monica, Vocal - Monica, Background Vocal - Tom Berner, Mixing Engineer - Tony Dawsey, Mastering Engineer - Drew Dixon, A&R Director - Diane Warren, Composer - Diane Warren, Lyricist - Felipe Elgueta, Recording Engineer - Felipe Elgueta, Programmer

(P) 1998 Arista Records LLC

9
Take Him Back
Monica
00:04:25

Leslie Braithwaite, Producer - Leslie Braithwaite, Mixing Engineer - Leslie Braithwaite, Recording Engineer - Keith Naftaly, A&R Director - Debra Killings, Background Vocal - Carlton Lynn, 2nd Engineer - Dallas Austin, Composer - Dallas Austin, Lyricist - Dallas Austin, Producer - Dallas Austin, Arranger - Monica, Performer - Colin Wolfe, Acoustic Bass - Tony Dawsey, Mastering Engineer - Rick Sheppard, Engineer - Drew Dixon, A&R Director

(P) 1998 Arista Records LLC

10
Right Here Waiting
Monica featuring 112
00:04:30

David Foster, Producer - David Foster, Arranger - David Foster, Keyboards - Richard Marx, Composer - Richard Marx, Lyricist - Michael Thompson, Guitar - Humberto Gatica, Recording Engineer - Monica featuring 112, Performer - 112, Background Vocal - Monica, Vocal Arranger - Monica, Background Vocal - Glen Woodward, Programmer - Tony Dawsey, Mastering Engineer - William Ross, Arranger - Felipe Elgueta, Recording Engineer - Tony Maserati, Re-Mixer - Tony Maserati, Misc. Prod.

(P) 1998 Arista Records LLC

11
'Cross The Room (Album Version)
Monica
00:03:52

Leslie Braithwaite, Recording Engineer - Leslie Braithwaite, Mixing Engineer - Debra Killings, Composer - Debra Killings, Lyricist - Debra Killings, Background Vocal - Carlton Lynn, Recording Engineer - Dallas Austin, Composer - Dallas Austin, Lyricist - Dallas Austin, Producer - Dallas Austin, Arranger - Dallas Austin, Executive Producer - Clive Davis, Executive Producer - Monica, Vocal - Monica, Background Vocal - Colin Wolfe, Bass - Tony Dawsey, Mastering Engineer - B. Curtis, Composer - B. Curtis, Lyricist

(P) 1998 Arista Records LLC

12
I Keep It To Myself
Monica
00:04:25

Keith Naftaly, A&R Director - Darcy Aldridge, Background Vocal - Ronnie Garrett, Bass - Dean Gant, Piano - M. Sharron, Composer - M. Sharron, Lyricist - Dallas Austin, Executive Producer - Thom Kidd, Recording Engineer - Daryl Simmons, Producer - Daryl Simmons, Keyboards - Daryl Simmons, Drum Programmer - Leslie Braithwaite, Mixing Engineer - D. Sembello, Composer - D. Sembello, Lyricist - Tony Dawsey, Mastering Engineer - Kevin Lively, Mixing Engineer - Monica, Vocal - Monica, Background Vocal - Drew Dixon, A&R Director - Clive Davis, Executive Producer - Ivy Skoff, Coordinator - Chelle Davis, Background Vocal - Scott Meeder, Percussion - Sonny Lallerstedt, Guitar - Pamela Major, Background Vocal

(P) 1998 Arista Records LLC

13
For You I Will
Monica
00:04:54

Simon Franglen, Programmer - David Foster, Producer - David Foster, Arranger - David Foster, Keyboards - Tim Lauber, Recording Engineer - Keith Naftaly, A&R Director - Michael Thompson, Guitar - Mick Guzauski, Mixing Engineer - Marnie Riley, Mixing Engineer - Monica, Vocal - Tony Dawsey, Mastering Engineer - Drew Dixon, A&R Director - Sue Ann Carwell, Background Vocal - Diane Warren, Composer - Diane Warren, Lyricist - Felipe Elgueta, Recording Engineer - Jeff Pescetto, Background Vocal

(P) 1998 Arista Records LLC

Album Description

On her second album, The Boy Is Mine, Monica is given a little more room to strut her own stuff. Previously, she was an inexperienced vocalist whose raw talent was sculpted by a bevy of producers. Here, she sticks with Dallas Austin; not only does he give her songs immaculately crafted musical backdrops -- both ballads and up-tempo dance numbers sound irresistible -- but he helps her cultivate her voice so she sounds more mature than her 17 years. That doesn't exactly camouflage the uneven material, but it does make it easy to swallow. She does have a better, more consistent batch of songs here than she did on Miss Thang, and the best songs -- such as the Brandy duet "The Boy Is Mine" or the bouncing "Street Symphony" -- are as good as mainstream urban R&B gets in 1998.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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