Tongues (Esham album)

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ReleasedJune 19, 2001
Label Gothom/Overcore
Producer Esham
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Tongues is the eighth studio album by American rapper Esham. It was released in 2001 via Gothom, marking the return of Esham's old horror/devil sound. It features guest appearances from Natas, The Dayton Family, Kool Keith, Violent J of Insane Clown Posse, Brittany Hurd, Heather Hunter, Jill O'Neil, Mujahid and Santos. The album peaked at #195 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in the United States.

Esham Attica Smith, better known by his stage name Esham, is an American rapper from Detroit, Michigan. Emerging as one of the first ever hip-hop artists from Detroit, Esham released his debut studio album, Boomin' Words from Hell in 1989 at the age of 16. Since then, he has gone on to release 15 studio albums in total, and also formed the hip hop/horrorcore group Natas in 1992. He and his brother James Smith founded and ran the biggest-selling independent hip hop label in Detroit, Reel Life Productions, until its closure in 2001.

Reel Life Productions, also known as Gothom Records, is an independent record label based in Detroit, Michigan that specializes in hip hop music. The label was founded in 1988 by James H. Smith and his younger brother, rapper Esham. Since its formation, RLP had released much of Esham's discography, and had been home to a number of other artists, including Natas, Dice, Mastamind, T-N-T, Kool Keith and The Dayton Family.

Natas is an American hip hop group from Detroit, Michigan. Their last studio album "N of tha World" was released in 2006 through Warlock/Sony Red. In 2009, they released the mixtape "The Vatican". Currently original members Esham and Mastamind are recording a reunion album according to Mastamind's official Facebook account.


Track listing

#TitleFeatured guest(s)Length
1Walkin on da Flatline2:50
2Slippin out AmerikkkaMujahid2:05
3The D.1:16
4I'm Dead2:24
5Panic Attack Violent J 2:49
6Chemical Imbalance1:43
8Detroit 101 Mastamind 2:20
11Crash & Burn3:16
12Mr. Negativity2:43
13Pill Me (Feel My Prescription)Jill O'Neil3:24
14Brain SurgeryMastamind & Shoestring3:00
15Devilshit Kool Keith 2:24
16All Night EverydayKool Keith & Heather Hunter 4:55
17I KnowBrittany Hurd3:33
18So Selfish3:54
19Envy the SunshineBrittany Hurd & Santos4:04
22Intro (Hallucinagenics)2:28
24Fuck a Lover The Dayton Family 3:45

Total Length: 1:11:59



Chart (2001)Peak
US Billboard 200 [3] 195
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard) [4] 46
US Independent Albums (Billboard) [5] 7
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard) [6] 14

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