by Ro JamesRo James


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Ro James is unique in that he was among the few R&B artists to release a major-label debut album during the first half of 2016. Even if his peers had amounted to far more than BJ the Chicago Kid, Gallant, Drake associates, and Drake knock-offs, he would have stood out in his field. Like BJ, James sounds like an adult, not an adolescent, who came up in the church and is equipped with a judiciously utilized falsetto. The two singers likewise come across as easy-to-like gentlemen with bad-boy streaks. Apart from a subtle Willie Hutch sample, however, there are no retro-soul moves on El Dorado, an album that is predominantly sleek and synthesized, wholly contemporary. Refreshingly, there are no guest vocalists or rappers, leaving the spotlight to focus squarely on James, whose levels of confidence and charm are high enough to withstand woman-as-vehicle metaphors and a litany of de rigueur weed and alcohol references. In "Permission," he provides an antidote to the abundance of self-entitled slow jams permeating airwaves, preceding the smoothly delivered "Come on, gimme that green light" with "With your permission" and further expressing respect for his partner with ."..only if it feels right." This is an encouraging debut that hints at increasingly distinctive works ahead.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/27/2016
Label: Rca
UPC: 0889853187324
catalogNumber: 531873
Rank: 40533


  1. The Ride
  2. Permission
  3. Burn Slow
  4. Already Knew That
  5. Bad Timing
  6. Ga$
  7. I'm Sorry (Interlude)
  8. New Religion
  9. A.D.I.D.A.S. (All Day I)
  10. Holy Water
  11. Last Cigarette
  12. Everything
  13. El Dorado

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ro James   Primary Artist
Ryan Toby   Background Vocals
Ray Holton   Bass,Guitar
Brady Watt   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards
Gabriel Lambirth   Guitar
Mike Hobby   Organ,Piano
Douglas Fitch Smith   Percussion
Steven Deshaun James   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Keith Thomas   Composer
Ryan Toby   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Mark Pitts   Composer,Executive Producer
Kirk Lightburn   Composer
Happy Perez   Producer,Engineer
Serge Tsai   Producer,Engineer
Maurice Simmonds   Composer
Chris Feldmann   Art Direction
Joachim Sherylee   Composer
Dernst Emile   Composer,Producer
Brady Watt   Producer
Stacy Barthe   Composer
Da Internz   Producer,Additional Production
Samuel Jean   Composer
Willie Hutchison   Composer
Nathan Perez   Composer
Richard Parry   Composer
Kenneth Coby   Composer
Ernest Clark   Composer
Marcos Palacious   Composer
Blended Babies   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Miykal Snoddy   Composer,Producer
John "J-Banga" Kercy   Engineer
Aaron Kleinstub   Composer
Nolan Westcott   Engineer
Braden Watt   Composer
Ronald Colson   Composer
Matthew Musto   Composer
Jameel Roberts   Composer
Matthew Cody   Producer,Engineer
Antonio Golson   Composer
Gabriel Lambirth   Composer
Darhyl Camper   Composer
A.CHAL   Composer
DJ Camper   Producer
Nez & Rio   Producer,Engineer
Mario Loving   Composer
Nesbitt Wesonga   Composer
Mamadou Adula   Composer
Clarence Hutchinson   Composer
Jonathan Keller   Composer
Arin Ray   Composer
Ronnie Tucker   Composer
Major Myjah   Composer,Additional Production
Krystin Watkins   Composer
Sara Lambo   Composer
Kortney "DJ Orator" Lucas   Composer,Additional Production
Douglas Fitch Smith   Composer
Steven Deshaun James   Composer
Leo Brecken Bridge   Composer
Nathaniel "Keyz" Flowers   Composer
Don Parma   Producer

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