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John Regan: Sorry I'm Late

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    The album includes features by Marsha Ambrosius, Joell Ortiz, Naledge of Kidz in the Hall, Skyzoo, Sha Stimuli, Ill Bill and PackFM. While multi-platinum producer Needlz, who currently has the number 1 song in the country with Bruno Mars (Just the Way You Are), provides the soundscape for three stellar tracks, 88-Keys and Nottz team up - for the first time - to provide the production for "Nobody's Somebody". Keys supplies the samples and drums, with Nottz contributing one of his signature bass lines - while also reciting a riveting verse.

    Unheralded, yet well accredited, producer YZ provides the canvas for a majority of the collaborations on "Sorry I'm Late". Under the tutelage of veteran producer Chucky Thompson, YZ began his career working alongside Rich Harrison and Young Guru. He has since spent his years recording and producing for such artists as Mary J. Blige, Lil Wayne, Wyclef Jean, and Patti Labelle. Setting the tone for the album with hard, crisp drums, emotional instrumentation, and an attention to detail rarely found on independent releases, YZ is hoping to use this project as a means to introduce himself to people outside of the industry who might not otherwise be familiar with his work.

    John's lyrics can best be described as authentic. There are no tales of drug kingpins or any false gangsta-isms in his music. Instead, his songs vividly describe pain, loss and struggle, yet with a hint of hopefulness. John is both a rookie and a veteran of the industry. Having been signed to Culture VI Records for the past nine years, John has worked intimately with the creation and marketing of the label's past four releases, learning the importance of relationship building, while feverishly developing his social media skills - making it difficult to remember that this is only his first album.

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    1. Sorry I'm Late
    Producers: YZ
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    2. Breath Of Fresh Air
    Producers: YZ
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    3. Yesterday
    featuring Joell Ortiz; Meylin
    Producers: YZ
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    4. She Loves Me Not
    featuring Drew Hudson
    Producers: Dub B
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    5. Nobody's Somebody
    featuring Nottz
    Producers: 88-Keys; Nottz
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    6. All I Got To Give
    featuring Marsha Ambrosius (of Floetry)
    Producers: YZ
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    7. Paint The World
    featuring PackFM
    Producers: YZ
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    8. She & H.E.R.
    Producers: Needlz
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    9. 9:57 Interlude
    Producers: YZ
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    10. Suicide ediciuS
    Producers: Needlz
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    11. One Day In Heaven
    featuring Skyzoo; Jaiden
    Producers: YZ
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    12. Stars
    featuring Nicholas Howard
    Producers: Needlz; YZ
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    13. Devil's Eye
    featuring Ill Bill (of Non Phixion); Juganot
    Producers: YZ
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    14. Up There With You
    featuring Sha Stimuli; Naledge (of Kidz In The Hall); Wayna
    Producers: YZ
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    4.6 Stars (4.6 Stars )
    Total Comments: 10
    2 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 1/21/2011 12:06:00 PM; Partial IP: .30.99.128)
    Location: Jersey
    Comment: He's not whack, he just seems like hes trying to hard, and everyone knows he paid for his features
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 1/13/2011 7:01:00 PM; Partial IP: 41.115.194)
    Location: LBC CA
    Comment: one of the hottest albums of the year. I cant believe that this is his intro album. Really speaks to the heart. Cant wait for da next one. I probably have listened to this album over a hundred times already.the soundtrack to life in my opinion.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/3/2010 9:51:00 AM; Partial IP: .183.4.170)
    Location: NC
    Comment: that was hot. and it's a phat album, too!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 11/27/2010 3:42:00 PM; Partial IP: 4.90.17.66)
    Location: NYC
    Comment: an enjoyable listen, over and over. great features,tight prod. "she loves me...not" is my joint! peash
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 11/18/2010 3:02:00 PM; Partial IP: .137.8.122)
    Location: dA bUrG, FL
    Comment: Great album Really breath of fresh air. Something for everybody on here. Well worth the mula
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 11/11/2010 7:34:00 PM; Partial IP: .81.193.97)
    Location: TheCouchSessions.com
    Comment: Who is John Regan? That’s a good question. John Regan is a MC outta Baltimore, Maryland who’s a former graf artist and whose debut album “Sorry I’m Late” features a slew of hip hop and R&B heavyweights like Joell Ortiz, Skyzoo, Ill Bill and Marsha Ambrosius. “Sorry I’m Late” plays like reading through some one’s journal because when you’re done listening, you’ll feel like you and John went to junior high together. John Regan is a MC who wears his heart on his sleve throughout the entire album and the best part is that his lyrics don’t take a back seat to his honesty. The album sets off with “Sorry I’m Late” which gives you your introduction to Mr. Regan’s life and serves as the thesis statement for the album. “Yesterday” with Joell Ortiz has John reflecting on thoughts of his fam and he sums it up perfectly with the line “It’s hard, God wanted to see what I was made of, see if I’m gonna fold, see what I’m afraid of.” “She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not” has a nice rock edge to it and tells the story of John dealing with a chick who’s insecurities attack him while he’s sleeping. “All I Gotta Give” with Marsha Ambrosius tells of his struggles dealing with life, death and everything in between and is my fav track on the album. “One Day In Heaven” featuring Skyzoo and newcomer Jaiden explains to the listeners what heaven on earth looks like. Skyzoo checks in with his 16 explaining how his moms was in the Twin Towers when 9-11 happened but he was relieved to receive the phone call that she was safe, which was like heaven to him. “Stars” featuring Nicole Howard tells us about the ups and downs of trying to balance this music game and real life. “My pen, I feel like I should just put it down, and quit music regardless of how good it sounds. Just concentrate on my 9-5, finally get that promotion”. The bulk of the album’s production is handled by Culture IV’s in house producer YZ, and money holds it down nicely. Other guest production spots go to Needlz, Dub B and 88 Keys and Nottz who tag team the track “Nobody’s Somebody”. At the end of the day “Sorry I’m Late” give you a glimpse into a MC’s pains in his life as well as his successes. If more MC’s were this honest, the scope of hip hop as we know it would be totally different. John Regan’s rhymes, style and sound is definitely a breath of fresh air that hip hop’s been missing. 3.5 outta 5
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 11/5/2010 12:24:00 PM; Partial IP: .177.79.68)
    Location: LONG BEACH, CA
    Comment: Not bad,not all production is top notch but the mc is cool.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/31/2010 8:39:00 PM; Partial IP: 166.16.141)
    Location: ABaltimoreLoveThing.com
    Comment: John Regan, is a 24 year old Bal­ti­more native releas­ing a fresh­man effort enti­tled Sorry I’m Late with record label Cul­tureVI. Truth be told this album hardly feels like a fresh­man effort. With mul­ti­ple star col­lab­o­ra­tions, amongst those being Joell Ortiz, Sky­zoo, and Mar­sha Ambro­sius, the young emcee still man­ages to cap­ture your atten­tion. His con­tent, and flow are con­sis­tent, and com­pli­ment both slow and fast instru­men­ta­tion from heavy­weight pro­duc­ers such as 88 keys, Needlz, and Nottz. Great pro­duc­tion from Cul­ture VI go to pro­ducer YZ also sets the scene for some awe­some tunes. The sec­ond track “Breath Of Fresh Air” gets right to it fea­tur­ing a bold elec­tric gui­tar, and a rock vocal sam­ple. Regan spits hon­est lyrics about the mim­ic­k­ing nature of Hip-Hop cul­ture rap­ping “Every-body’s scared, scared to be orig­i­nal. Everyone’s a hus­tler, a crim­i­nal, but me I’m just a breath of fresh air.” The sec­ond sin­gle on Sorry I’m Late, “Yes­ter­day” fea­tur­ing Joell Ortiz and singer Meylin offers the emcees trad­ing heart­felt verses reflect­ing on rela­tion­ships of the past. One Day In Heaven” with brook­lynite Sky­zoo is a smooth soul­ful jam. Singer, Jaiden lays a jazzy foun­da­tion for the track. Some of John Regan’s most enlight­en­ing verses are about the stresses of an upcom­ing rap­per. For instance, on “9:57 inter­lude” he declares “I got to go pay these pro­duc­ers, who only get paid cause of who they pro­duce for,” and on “All I Got To Give” fea­tur­ing songstress Mar­sha Ambro­sious where he laments on the strug­gle of hold­ing down a 9 to 5 as a rapper. Pro­duc­ers, Nottz and 88 keys col­lab­o­rate on the banger “Nobody’s Some­body”. The tribal sound­ing drums set the stage for both Nottz, and Regan to bring their best to the table. Nottz pro­ceeds with a stel­lar verse “ I don’t want to be that nobody for some­body to hate/ I’d rather be that some­body that nobody denies that he’s great.” On the song “Sui­cide edi­ciuS” dubbed after a sui­cide in reverse, John vividly describes his own hypo­thet­i­cal sui­cide, and the sec­ond chance granted within. It’s metaphoric for how many come so close to the edge, and find redemp­tion. The pic­ture he paints make this the most thrilling track on the album. “Paint The World” is a great con­cept that is an ode to John’s past life as a graf­fiti artist named Poizun run­ning around the streets of Bal­ti­more. PackFM on the hook, and the pres­ence of the turntable cuts, give this track a clas­sic hip-hop feeling. It’s obvi­ous Regan has been rap­ping for a while. His feel­ings are thor­oughly expressed, and his words are felt espe­cially on tracks that fea­ture melodic gui­tars like on “She Loves Me…Not”. On Some of the rock/rap mash-up tracks it’s hard not to think “Linkin Park”, but his lyrics hardly denote some rocker wannabe rap type. The heavy rock tinged pro­duc­tion add to the raps help­ing to illus­trate the feel­ing behind them. John Regan makes it clear in his debut that he’s got some­thing to say. His best trait as a rap­per is reveal­ing things about his life, fur­ther build­ing own space in Hip-Hop cul­ture. He’s def­i­nitely not late. More like right on time.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/30/2010 8:50:00 PM; Partial IP: 27.191.210)
    Location: RI
    Comment: great album...beats on point def worth a cop just ordered this...real laid back album
    Name: (Posted: 10/25/2010 1:19:00 AM; Partial IP: 81.189.123)
    Location: Okayplayer.com
    Comment: Hailing from Baltimore, MD, John Regan releases his debut album Sorry I'm Late on Culture VI Records. Regan, a man behind the scenes of Culture VI for years drops a polished rookie effort featuring notable guests of hip-hop ranging from producers 88-Keys, Nottz & Needlz as well as the up and coming YZ. Guest verses are equally star-studded with Joell Ortiz, ILL Bill, PackFM and others sharing the mic. John's most common theme is well, personal life. His lyrics embody the world he lives in; being a young father, former graffiti artist and label president. All of these attributes come into play in his mostly introspective lyrics. Most tracks are conceptual with one main focus, for example "Paint the World" a hard hitting track featuring PackFM tells the story of a graffiti artist trying to get up. "Even though I love rap/got a fetish for caps/from the German outlines/to my NY fats." Though his voice is fairly non-descrip,t his flow is steady and you can tell he puts a lot of emotion into his writing. Most tracks have a much more serious tone however such as "Suicide ediciuS" a heart-felt track contemplating you guessed it, suicide. John does a pretty good job combining rock hooks and rap verses though admittedly in this reviewer's opinion...rock/rap collabs don't do it for me. That being said it is a breath of fresh air to the music, I'm just closed-minded and way too into classic rap. That being said, I dig John's clear influence of classic rap in his bars. The stand out track to me is the aptly-titled "Sorry I'm Late." produced by YZ. The track is built around a hook that fades in and out "I'm sorry I'm late/I know I had plans with you..." In my opinion the guitar sample and drums match the feel of the hook and John rides the beat with authentic feeling verses detailing the strife he's dealt with while maintaining a sense of urgency and confidence. I think that's a noble stance for the first track on a debut album. Musically, the album has a heavy rock influence. Much of this can be credited to producer YZ. (No, not that YZ.) This guy has worked with artists ranging from Wyclef Jean to Patti Labelle. Sorry I'm Late features 10 tracks produced by YZ and his trademark of well equed-drums and stirring samples and instrumentation (many of which lend their focus to the piano). Though there is a variety to his beats, a common theme is the use of female vocals. YZ excels at blending hooks either sampled or not and builds songs around them, most notably on the previously mentioned "Sorry I'm Late." Aside from pretty good production a shout out should be given to whoever mastered the album. Unfortunately my pre-release copy doesn't have that info but it should be noted that this album was recorded very well. Though it's far from a classic album, John's debut is solid and it's clear he has tons of potential. Fans of rap music who want something with a slight rock-twist and are sick of weak thugged-out emcees should check out Sorry I'm Late. -Nick McClure
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