Reality Show

Reality Show

by Jazmine SullivanJazmine Sullivan


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Love Me Back wasn't quite two months old when Jazmine Sullivan, a singer's singer and songwriter's songwriter, tweeted that she was going to take an indefinite break from music. She noted that a lack of self-belief was a reason. Four years later, after she duetted with fellow under-recognized titan Bilal on Robert Glasper Experiment's Black Radio 2, took part in a documentary web series (in which Beyoncé gushed that Sullivan is "one of the best"), and issued three singles, she made her full return with Reality Show. Heated march "Dumb," defeated rustic ballad "Forever Don't Last," and trenchant slow jam "Mascara," that trio of pre-album A-sides, effectively indicated that the album would be different yet characteristically multitudinous. What's most noticeable about Reality Show is that Sullivan utilizes her in-the-red wail only sparingly. She diversifies her vocal approaches and sings more frequently with swagger. One moment, over a Chuck Harmony production that sounds like a prelude to a crime scene in a gangster flick, she boasts about the .45 in her purse and willing-to-kill support for her man. In another, she delivers a droning, steely warning to a lame lover over synthetic disco courtesy of da Internz (hear also: Annie's "The Greatest Hit," Patrice Rushen's "Forget Me Nots"). As in that highlight, Sullivan's throwback moments here tend not to go as far back in time; blissful, liquid slow jam "Let It Burn," as another example, borrows from After 7's "Ready or Not." Altogether, the contributions of long-term Sullivan associates like Harmony, Salaam Remi, and Ant Bell, along with those from Key Wane and JoeLogic & Dilemma, give the album a relatively contemporary feel. Just as potent and lasting as Fearless and Love Me Back, Reality Show completes one of the most impressive first-three-album runs.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/13/2015
Label: Rca
UPC: 0888430603523
catalogNumber: 306035
Rank: 9196


  1. Dumb
  2. Mascara
  3. Brand New
  4. Silver Lining
  5. #hoodlove
  6. Let It Burn
  7. Veins
  8. Forever Don't Last
  9. Stupid Girl
  10. Stanley
  11. Masterpiece (Mona Lisa)
  12. If You Dare

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jazmine Sullivan   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Stacey Harcum   Choir, Chorus
Salaam Remi   Drums,Keyboards
Anthony Bell   Musician
Matt Wong   Bass,Strings,Keyboards
Nicole Renee   Choir, Chorus
Kevin Randolph   Keyboards
Kevin Hanson   Guitar
Amber Bullock   Background Vocals
Richard "Tubbs" Smith   Keyboards
Laurin Talese   Choir, Chorus
DJ Dahi   Keyboards
Key Wane   Bass,Drums,Keyboards
Tony Russell   Bass
Christopher Stevens   Trumpet
Tyron Perrin   Background Vocals
Tyler Belllinger   Choir, Chorus
Twanetta M. Ferebee-Brown   Choir, Chorus
Sophia Nicolee   Choir, Chorus
Pamela Sullivan   Background Vocals
Benjamin Freedlander   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Salaam Remi   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Anthony Bell   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Babyface   Composer
Matt Wong   Composer
Kevin Randolph   Composer
Karl Peterson   Engineer
Peter Edge   Producer
Robert Williams   Composer
Michelle Holme   Art Direction
Trevor Jerideau   Producer
Jazmine Sullivan   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Gleyder "Gee" Disla   Engineer
Chuck Harmony   Producer
Da Internz   Producer
Charles Harmon   Composer
Marcos Palacios   Composer
Joe Gallagher   Composer,Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Ernest Clark   Composer
Kenta Yonesaka   Engineer
DJ Dahi   Programming,Producer
Key Wane   Arranger,Producer
Dwane Weir   Composer
Dacoury Natche   Composer
Tony Russell   Composer
Dilemma   Producer
Dan Thomas   Composer,drum programming
Benjamin Freedlander   Composer,Producer
Joe Logic   Producer

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