His Greatest Hits

Babyface has more in common with the likes of Puffy than most people know...

The multi-award-winning, multimillion-unit selling [a]Babyface[/a] has more in common with Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs and [a]Jermaine Dupri[/a] than most people are to believe, but [a]Babyface[/a] has never really been looked at in quite the same way. But he is a superstar.

Sure, there is that respect thing that Dupri and Combs crave, but, in terms of recognition for [a]Babyface[/a]’s solo career, it has always played second fiddle to his production and songwriting accomplishments. As one half of the award-winning writing duo LaFace, with Antonio ‘LA’ Reid, Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds became one of the most successful songwriters in R&B history. And LaFace was the sort of team that Combs and Dupri looked up to when they were nobodies.

[a]Babyface[/a] & LA‘s knack for producing hits credible enough to be deemed R&B without alienating a pop audience has blessed the careers of Madonna, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Paula Abdul, Boyz II Men, TLC and, of course, Whitney Houston – but this collection contains ‘Face‘s solo work, culled from his seven (yes, seven!) solo albums.

As usual, love is the theme that strings everything together; ‘Whip Appeal’ , ‘For The Cool In You’ and ‘Never Keeping Secrets’ are bound to bring back memories of that wicked tune you smooched to in a rave, even if you never thought much about who sang it. But it’s collaborations with the likes of LL Cool J (‘This Is For The Lover In You’), Eric Clapton (‘Change The World’) and the legendary Stevie Wonder (‘How Long How Come’) that really illustrate [a]Babyface[/a]’s musical versatility and talent.

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