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Shawnna
Block Music

shawnna.jpgPossessing both sex appeal and lyrically sharp volleys, Shawnna has the best of both worlds. However, her inconsistent debut, Worth Tha Weight, failed to show that duality, and barely made a dent on SoundScan. Less than two years later, the Chi-Town loyalist returns with her sophomore set, Block Music, and proves why she’s worthy of another shot.

Still riding high off the success of her holdover hit from Ludacris’ Disturbing Tha Peace compilation, Shawnna includes “Gettin’ Some” and a testosterone-charged remix featuring Lil Wayne, Ludacris and Pharrell on her latest disc. Treading similar sexual waters is the big-booty banger “Damn.” Backed by vigorous horns and warped drums, the DTP Queen and Field Mob’s Smoke trade trite verses about that pretty brown round.

Based on the overtly sexual innuendos, it would appear this project is trotting down the same beaten path as every other chick disc. Thankfully, Shawnna shifts gears and introduces introspective cuts like the Vudu-produced “In the Chi,” where she bigs up deceased friends and her hometown, while asserting, “I’m a real lyricist, and you bitches is carbon copies.” Not just haphazardly slingin’ the B-word around, the femme fatale takes a cue from 2Pac and breaks down the varying definitions of the slur on “Wonder Why They Call You Bitch.”

Although she maintains her rough edge with lyrically tense cuts like “Bang” and the title track, Shawnna also taps into her softer side. The tender “Take It Slow” featuring Ludacris and Bobby Valentino has her spinning a sensual tale of love and regret. Teaming up with DTP newcomer Shareefa for “Can’t Break Me,” Shawnna expounds on the struggles of juggling life, music and single motherhood (“My baby askin’ why his daddy don’t love him yet/I swear to God it’s like a bullet to the chest”). Offering up more of herself this go-round, Shawnna shows considerable growth. Maybe now she can finally get some… props.—ALVIN BLANCO

  • http://www.87northmusic.com J. Biz

    yes, but is she naked in the insert?

  • Black LONDON (With Half Nigerian Blood) Supporting Ghana in the World Cup

    Shawnna > Yung JOC

  • Trueog

    When will these female rappers learn to show some class on a cover. It seems like each cover is a contest of who can do a better job of looking like a 2 dollar hoe. Other women in music have album covers of art and elegence that you wanna be like that’s a nice cover to that album yo. But I’m sick of all these ugly chicks like her, buck tooth fat butt Remy MOOO, Nasty Foxy, Stinky Kim, and all them chicks that are ugly as hell showing them selves off as two dollar hoes in their cover. Like Remy you ain’t concenited gurl, you just really that UGLY! Besides the average rap fan, ain’t no gurls wanna buy these albums, ain’t no white folks wanna listen to stories of how these ugly gurls think they hot and charge 20 bucks a fast pop. THese women have to grow up and relize, dude they ugly, learn how to make a better cover to sell some albums. Go talk to Beyonce about how to look sexy and classy!

  • Trueog

    Shawnna looks like a young Nas with Lipstick on….sorry eve she really beat you this time.

  • NEW ORLEANS UPTOWN

    LIL KIM’S LAST ALBUM COVER JUST SHOWED HER FACE YO

  • Karim aka Killa Cam

    Thats rigghttttt

  • http://www.ananzi.co.za PHONY YAYO

    ASLONG AS DIZ BITCH RAP BOUT SEX..HOW SHE FUCK NIGGAS ETC..ANYWAY WZUP WIT DA GLOSSY LEGS?
    GGGGGGGGGGGG-UNOT

  • http://www.ananzi.co.za PHONY YAYO

    I HATE IT WHEN WOMEN RAP BOUT SEX..DATZ SHIT IZ PLAYED OUT…
    GGGGGGGGGGG-UNOT

  • http://shytizzyyahoo.com Thandeka

    I am all for female rappers but the trash we get fed in terms lyrics and people exposing themselves is straight nasty ya’ll!

  • http://www.myspace.com/pamento87 Dante

    shawnna is not better than eve

  • RICE

    YEAH I LIKE DA SONGS I HEARD FROM HERR AND I WAS GETTIN SOME HEAD

  • TIs_Motivation

    Phony Yayo it is ok for men to rap about all the women they fuck but not for females WHY?

  • D. Young

    Why yall lames all ways trying to compare somebody all yall pussy’s need a career. chi-town 4 life eve raw shawnna raw leave it at that.

  • yungtbaby

    Shawnna my bro She the coldest female in the game and she killing alot of of niggas.

  • J-Runnah

    Shawnna is the best female MC in the game right now. She got Ludacris and Hov backing her. This joint should at least go gold.

  • H-Man

    Damn, after reading dat I think I need a moment.ok ok ok Hey girl, try da duality of man thing. One side evil hard and da other side real as sensitive hell. Good and evil thing. On one hand and then on da other. I wish her much success and good sex and such. Daddy’s always been here and he needs U. Its about time dat I let U know and show U along with da fans. tic tock tic tock

  • http://xxlmag.com E-man (South c)

    Shawnna I need one night with you.

  • yungtbaby

    Yall muthafuckas gettin horny off something you know you cant have. LOL

  • http://xxlmag.com E-man (South c)

    Who said that shawnna is no better than eve!Ok its like this,Shawnna is more Raw more street than eve but commercially speaking,Im quiet on it,let their money speak for them.

  • http://xxlmag.com E-man (South c)

    Fuck you dreamless NIGGA!YUNGBABY,or let me wait till you stop breast-feeding so you can ask your Mama to teach you how to start chasing dreamz,Bitch you can get anything you want even Alicia keyz’ P*$$! If you work hard at it.Get a life YUNG PU$$BABY.

  • atlshawty

    She Straight- but sje still aint betta than the B-R-A-T!!!!!!!!!! Now thats Chi-Towns Finest!!!!!!!

  • V-Man

    id fuk her

  • http://www.ananzi.co.za PHONY YAYO

    V-MAN ..IM WIT U..ASLON AS SHE LOOSES DAT FUCKEN GLOSS ON HER LEGZZZ..DAMN..BITCH I GOT WHITE SHEETS…LOL
    GGGGGG-UNOT

  • http://www.ananzi.co.za PHONY YAYO

    I KNW Y DIZ BITCH GOT AN XL..FUCKEN ELLIOT EN HIZ TEAM R TRYIN 2 FIX SER RELATIONSHIP WIT DTP….INDUSTRY SHADY FUCKAS….ALVIN BLANCO EN ELLIOT
    GGGGGGGGGG-UNOT

  • yungtbaby

    No she got an xl cuz her cd tight and she cold as a rapper quit hatin cuz she aint fuk you

  • http://xxlmag.com E-man (South c)

    Fuck you then,I been backin de bitch up 4 a long time,I aint hating on the Bitch,by de way ma bitch Flyer than dis bitch.

  • H-Dawg

    LMAO @ YOU SILLY, HORNY, NO-BRAIN-GETTING CUMMSTAINS. Y’all need to sit the fuck down! Shawnna has always been dope, and I’m glad she flopped her first album. She’s obviously learned lessons. With her having always the ability to be a good MC, I’m glad she’s managed to tap into that and get something out that shows this. Can’t wait to copp it.

    Props on the Review!

  • Trueog

    I still think rapping about getting fucked and sucking dick and being proud of having 6-8 Baby Daddies by all these gurl MC’s is played out. Like damn, i know these gurls know nothing better then sucking dick and opening their legs, but its mystery and elegance that attracts people, we can all pick up hoes like Shawnna and Lil Kim for 20 bucks at our local corners….and they might be more street and real when it comes to rapping…..

  • http://xxlmag.com E-man (South c)

    I feel you TRUEOG thats why I wonder why some nigga can start telling you that You cant get a Pu$$y like shawnna’s, I laugh coz All pussy looks same maybe de lips coz some are pretty big some small some Tight some large some hairy some dirty some clean and on and on the list never stops………But Like I said In the Other shawnna section,”My bitch is Flyer than Shawnna,I bet if ya Niggaz see her ya’ll be paying for some of that cushy stuff.PIMPIN.

  • Playa

    Just Check out: myspace.com/promotiontime

  • Music Man

    Maybe yall niggaz haven’t been listen to this shit. Shawna is not lyrically talented she rhymes in melody with the beat, dont talk about shit, and has catchy hooks. And this shit gets an XL??? My nigga young joc only gets a L??? She must be fuckin a reviewer at the XL cuz Im tellin yall her shit was garbage just like her first album. Dont waste your money homie. Music Man reppin tha southside ATL Shady park.

  • yeahisaidit

    @trueog…stop judging rap chicks and stfu! damn, if a bitch is hard, no problem, it still boils down to her skills on the mic…same with if a nigga be hard, no problem, it boils down to son’s skills on the mic…stop taking gritty rhymes so literal in every case…like a bitch or nigga can’t have a sense of humor when they rapping raw and gangsta…ever hear of dolomite, millie jackson, red fox, richard pryor or lawanda page? both lil’ kim and shawnna are like the millie jacksons of hip hop, counterparts to the raw male rappers in the game…shit! if you can’t take raunchy lyrical skills by some female rappers perhaps you should go listen to ‘clean’ flows by yo’ mama or yo’ auntie or something while shawnna and kim keep kickin’ those hardcore bomb ass joints niggas wanna hear! if you can’t put shit in perspective maybe they just ain’t for you…i sho’ ain’t mad at ‘em and i hope they keep bangin’ as long as they dope is good…

  • Jafar

    THis album is gonna be Hot

  • TATE

    I’LL BEAT IT UP AND GET SOME HEAD.

  • ATL4YOA$$

    shawnna doin tha damn thang, what tha hell u expect she got tha hottest rapper Luda backin her, cant no rapper fuck wit Luda dat nigga kills shit everytime

  • http://deleted HOODLUM

    IWOULDNT BUY HER CD….MS JADE WAY BETTER THEN HER,,,

  • http://li.com David

    Good album but goddamn this review is weak as fuck.

  • THE MAD BLACK WOMAN

    i can’t believe this broad got a muthafucking XXL and all ICE CUBE GOT WAS A MUTHAFUCKING L. check ya self XXL before you wreck ya self. stupid BITCHES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • XRAY3000

    ^cosign (she got a XL though :-) lol

  • http://GSU MC

    I think shawanna has skills, you can’t take that away from her, but there is a better way to display those skills other than demeaning herself as men do, and demeaning women the same way as men, one day, hopefully soon, we will have a real respectable female rapper that will do that, like some of the old greats, like Queen La, and MC Lyte, Moni Love, until then, they continue to be what this industry has made them. Lets change the game ladies, you have the power to, and you don’t have to fall into their mold.

  • http://................... DIVA aka Tayja

    I concur “TRUEOG” FINALLY someone says something that makes sense on these message boards ! I have been saying what TRUEOG contests to for years. For one, female rappers need to LOOK like their gender before respect comes and in order to sell as big as Jay, they NEED to come more than correct with the lyrics. Forget the flow b/c these “women” try too hard to come across gangsta that they end up sounding like pre-pubescent boys which is definitely not gonna get you mary J album sales. When the men of the rap game look more appealing, it’s no shock as to why these so called women have to rely on cheesy, explicit, sexual lyrics to get SOME attention. Personally, I think that Shawna might make more $ stripping b/c no one wants to hear from a single mother who lacks class and motivation to do something better with her life. There are single mothers out there who do way more for their kids .. plain & simple .. most women don’t have the skills to ride high and STAY ridin in the rap game. Can’t wait for the Nas album !

  • Killa Kweenz

    I know some of y’all people are tired of female MCs having all sexed-up lyrics but Shawnna doesn’t talk about it all the time, and to me Gettin’ Some was different than what some of the other females be coming out with. I heard Block Music yesterday and it has songs better than Gettin’ Some and they not all sexed up. So give the album a chance. I know she might come off as a hoe at first, but listen to her album and you might see past that. ONE.

  • kathy

    I think she did her thing with that song and just because she a girl does nt mean can’t say things like that. Men do it all the time and people think its hot so really yall can’t say anything.

  • frostedleaves87

    the album is banging period……………………….

  • deirezbitch

    I love her album its only like 2 songs that are wack she should have made more songs

  • Quita P

    Now i gotta speak 4 my ladies Shawnnna come wit that real shit.Really she that bitch.And why is u niggas hatin on the females all of a sudden .i fucks wit Shawnna(Ms.Chi-town?Ms.DTP)Remy(She conceited she gotta reason)Eve (illest Pit-bull in a skirt)Kim(The Notorious Queen B.)Foxy(She aight)and big ups to the other female mc’s

  • Chi-West

    Good ass album, promotion fucked up–when did it come out?? To tha luv haterz, she only got 2trax talking bout “female sex sells shit” aint shit like lil kim. muthafuckas hatin and didn’t listen. listen to the last track “Chicago” 2nd verse-

  • Chi-West

    CHI-STAND UP!!!!!

    “…But that might be too much for ya’ll”

  • Chi-West

    Good ass album, promotion f**ked up–when did it come out?? To tha luv haterz, she only got 2trax talking bout “female sex sells sh*t” Shawnna aint sh*t like lil kim. muthafuc*as hatin and didn’t listen. listen to the last track “Chicago” 2nd verse-

    CHI-STAND UP!!!!!

    “…But that might be too much for ya’ll” Holla at me LESS!

  • http://diamondkut.com king chaos

    chi-town stand up shawnna is the coldest female mc out rite now she need 2 do a track with remy martin but other than that she doin her thing xcel gave her a anthem with that gettin some track she on so chi-town we on 2 holla

  • Haley

    I got Shawnna’s C.D. when it came out..and I’m still listenin to the shit, its hot fa real DTP comin up…SOUTHERN MUSIC FINNA DO IT BIG..ALREADY

  • GQ

    shawnna is whack & dis is comin from a nigga straight outta da chi

  • Mrs.Jones

    Shawnna has kids or a kid, whatever.Theres no need for her to be looking like she looks on her cover.I mean we know its her cover but she looks busted!She’s wack anyways what did her 1st album do. 2 units sold???!

  • lala

    Man she doing ha thing and I see no problem with her talking about sex cause the men do it all the time and they get praised for it so how come a women can’t do the same without being called a hoe?

  • nick

    damn shawnna got a phat ass she look good go buy her cd then u can sing to yo girl i was gettin some

  • BorednReading

    Yo, this is a gay ass blog. Do you see her legs? A str8 nigga will either be attracted or not attracted to her legs, but not cuz they glossy! HAHAAH that nigga gets fucked in the ass on a daily. Phony and True, it’s okay for niggaz to rap about females about what females do, but females can’t rap about what they do? Personally, if you even listening to that track you gay and hating on it you gay! Just skip to the next track nigga thats not all she raps about, but it’s apparently all you are listening too.

  • westcoast nigga

    fuck what all yall say shawnna got a fat big ass! but i won’t fuck her i would jus feel on her!

  • http://XXLMAG.COM MYKAYLA

    I DONT C NO PROBLEM AS 2 WHY SHE CAN’T TALK BOUT SEX!!! DA MEN D0 IT ALL DA TIME IN FACT; N ALMOST EVERY SONG DAT A MALE RAPPA DO IT GOT SOME KINDA SEX IN IT SO DIS OL LAME ASS SHIT YA`LL CAN FALL BACK ON WAT YA`LL TALKIN BOUT SHAWNNA GON DO HER THANG N TRUST HER LYRICS WILL REAMAIN!!

  • http://XXLMAG.COM MYKAYLA

    PHONY-YAYO…I FEEL WHERE U CUMIN 4RM N U RITE GURLS SHUDNT RAP ABOUT WHAT NIGGAS DEY DEN FUCKED N ALL DAT GOOD SHIT CUZ DATZ HELLA LAME BUT @ THE SAME TIME NOT EVERY FEMALE WANNA BUY A CD WHEN A MALE RAPPA IS TALKIN BOUT HOW HE USED TO FUCK BITCHEZ N CARVANZ N SHIT NOW DAT SHIT HELLA LAME GET OUTTA HERE WIT DAT

  • J.C. Green

    Shawna call me this is J.C Green

  • channel chaney

    To me Shawna is the best female rapper alive and will always be.Im gone especially give her props knowing im from the Chi and she is to.I like Shawna to because she got a sex appeal but she keep it hood like a real Chi-Town bitch would !!!!! South Side all day NO LOVE CITY WAT UP

  • T. MO

    I like having the last word… LOL…. N-E, put it like this, certain record labels push more advertising for female rappers than others…. Take Foxy’s last album.. It sold horrible…. But take Lil Kim’s albums that came out around the same time… Platinum..
    That’s the difference between Def Jam and Atlantic. It’s all in tha Promo… I love Shawnna… I think if she was getting locked up and got fake tits (Kim), was a stripper and fucked Dr. Dre (Eve), or fucked everybody on the Slip-N-Slide record label (Do I really got to say it?) she’d have a platinum CD everytime. But, she don’t do that shit…. She do what niggas do when they want respect: make mixtapes, do shows at clubs, get features on tracks, ect. So, if you hating on my bitch, b4 u do so, just know you gotta respect her hustle..

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