Ghetto Classics

Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. An uncanny Luther Vandross soundalike, Jaheim is at his best when cooing about "being on the couch with the woman I adore".
  2. A thoroughly enjoyable and well-crafted album of mid-tempo soul.
  3. Uncut
    60
    A warm, subtle set of midtempo cruisers. [May 2006, p.114]
  4. While Ja is unquestionably a gifted vocalist, he won’t be in the league of the Luthers and the Teddys (or even the Anthony Hamiltons and Maxwells) until his lyrics overcome cliché in the name of “ghetto realness”.
  5. Entertainment Weekly
    42
    By the time the saccharine last track rolls around, you feel like you've heard that same unremarkable melody, midtempo shuffle, and 1970s soul-sampling style on repeat for nearly an hour. [17 Feb 2006, p.76]
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. May 12, 2013
    8
    Jaheim's third offering is a breathy, almost softly-spoken-rather-than-sung album. When he does push his vocals, it rules every track, almostJaheim's third offering is a breathy, almost softly-spoken-rather-than-sung album. When he does push his vocals, it rules every track, almost to the point of dominating the mid-tempo production and 70's influenced hip-hop soul. What Jaheim does, which tends to divide opinion, is take his vocal quality and wrap them around lyrics that are far less subtle than his voice lets on. However, this quality of being abe to draw the listener in, show inner conflict in some way, gives him a unique niche, somewhere between thug and lady killer. Obviously this is highlighted on the song "I Ain't Never", as well as the single "Everytime I Think About Her, featuring Jadakiss, who, seems equally at home with a languid rhyme which beguiles the subject matter of a conflicted man over a woman. The whole album, musically, just works, without too much effort, which makes it a very good listen. Full Review »
  2. shydevil
    May 16, 2006
    10
    this is amazing..those u are open minded about their music..would love this..i say, because i have recently have had love for all genre of music :o)
  3. JimmyP
    Apr 5, 2006
    9
    I really like the album, Jaheim has a good voice as always, and the production is better than ever, the only thing stopping me from giving I really like the album, Jaheim has a good voice as always, and the production is better than ever, the only thing stopping me from giving this a ten is that he sorts of retraces his old footsteps from his previous two albums...but still a cut above from the rest of the R and B charts. Full Review »