To Your Soul

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To Your Soul
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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 16, 1990 (1990-07-16) [1]
Genre Hip hop
The Jaz chronology
Word to the Jaz
To Your Soul
Kingz Kounty

To Your Soul is the second studio album by American rapper and producer The Jaz, from New York, New York. It was released on July 16, 1990, via EMI USA.



The album was recorded at D&D Studios, in New York City, New York, and was primarily produced by Jaz-O. The album also received production contributions from Prince Paul, Vandy C, and Chad Elliott. Jay-Z appears on two tracks. [2] [3] Despite the album not reaching the Billboard charts, its two singles, "The Originators" and "A Groove (This Is What U Rap 2)," peaked at No. 13 and No. 18, respectively, on the Hot Rap Songs chart. [4]

Critical reception

Joshua Clover, in his book 1989: Bob Dylan Didn’t Have This to Sing About, called the album "vital, serious, deeply musical, with playful lyrics that come at varying speeds, sometimes blunt and heavy on the beat, sometimes syncopated and sudden, looking for a way to slip past any defense." [5]

Track listing

1."Put the Squeeze on 'Em" The Jaz 3:52
2."It's That Simple" (featuring Jay-Z) Prince Paul 4:14
3."A Groove (This Is What U Rap 2)"
4."Abnormal"Prince Paul3:25
5."Ease Up Jaz"Vandy C3:56
6."I'll Smoke You"
  • Chad Elliott
  • The Jaz
7."Doped Up"The Jaz4:53
8."To Your Soul"Vandy C4:08
9."Flag of the Mahdi"
  • Chad Elliott
  • The Jaz
10."A Nation Divided"The Jaz4:32
11."Why?"Vandy C4:28
12."Black Man in Charge"
  • Chad Elliott
  • The Jaz
13."The Originators" (featuring Jay-Z)The Jaz4:14
14."Not Shoutin' Out"The Jaz1:07
Total length:51:54




YearSongPeak positions
US Rap [4]
1990"The Originators"13
1991"A Groove (This Is What U Rap 2)"18

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