The Nu Nation Project
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 22, 1998
Recorded1997–1998
GenreUrban contemporary gospel
Length70:59
LabelGospoCentric, MCA
Kirk Franklin chronology
God's Property
(1997)
The Nu Nation Project
(1998)
Kirk Franklin presents 1NC
(2000)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[2]

The Nu Nation Project is the fifth studio album by Kirk Franklin. It is his final album in collaboration with The Family and God's Property, the first to feature One Nation Crew, and the only one to feature Nu Nation. Its sequel entitled "Something About the Name Jesus, Pt. 2" featuring Rance Allen, Marvin Winans, John P. Kee & Isaac Carree is on his 2011 album, Hello Fear. It was released on September 22, 1998, and won the 1998 Grammy Awards for "Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album".[3]

Track listing

# Title Time Notes
1. "Interlude: The Verdict " 1:30
2. "Revolution" 5:37 featuring Rodney Jerkins, Background vocals by One Nation Crew; co-produced by Rodney Jerkins
3. "Lean on Me" 5:09 featuring Bono (lead singer of U2), Crystal Lewis, Mary J. Blige and R. Kelly; Background by the Family and Nu Nation
4. "Something About the Name Jesus" 7:00 featuring Rance Allen and Men of Standard, Background by the Family
5. "Riverside" 5:26 Background by the Family
6. "He Loves Me" 5:43 Background by the Family
7. "Gonna Be a Lovely Day" 5:41 Background by the Nu Nation and by the Family
8. "Praise Joint [Remix]" 4:22 Background by God's Property
9. "Hold Me Now" 5:51 Background by Nu Nation
10. "You Are" 3:53 Background by the Family, Gospel Tabernacle Church Choir
11. "Interlude: The Car (Stomp)" 1:25
12. "If You've Been Delivered" 3:34 Background by Nu Nation, O.D. Wyatt High School Choir, featuring D.J. Ernie Green (Ernie G)
13. "Smile Again" 6:52 featuring Donnie McClurkin and James Henderson; Background by God's Property
14 "Love [Remix]" 0:39 Background by Nu Nation
15 "My Desire" 4:17 featuring Fred Hammond Background by the Family, O.D. Wyatt High School Choir
16 "Blessing in the Storm" 3:29 Background by the Family
17 "I Can" 1:23 Background by the Family

Personnel

Production

  • Chris Bell – engineer

Vocalists

  • Kirk Franklin – lead vocals
  • Rodney Jerkins – rap vocals on "Revolution"
  • Bono – lead vocals on "Lean on Me"
  • Crystal Lewis – lead vocals on "Lean on Me"
  • Mary J. Blige – lead vocals on "Lean on Me"
  • R. Kelly – lead vocals on "Lean on Me"
  • Rance Allen – lead vocals on "Something About the Name Jesus"
  • Men of Standard – background vocals on "Something About the Name Jesus"
  • Fred Hammond – lead vocals on "My Desire"
  • Donnie McClurkin – lead vocals on "Smile Again"
  • James Henderson – lead vocals on "Gonna Be a Lovely Day" and "Smile Again"
  • Lakiesha Grandy – lead vocals on "He Loves Me" and "Gonna Be a Lovely Day"
  • Dalon Collins – lead vocals on "Lean on Me" and "Gonna Be a Lovely Day"
  • Caltomeesh West – lead vocals on "Gonna Be a Lovely Day"
  • Tamela Mann – lead vocals on "Lean on Me" and "Gonna Be a Lovely Day"
  • The Family – background vocals on "Lean on Me", "Riverside", "He Loves Me", "You Are", "Blessing In The Storm", "My Desire", "I Can" and "Lovely Day"
  • God's Property – background vocals on "Praise Joint (Remix)" and "Smile Again"
  • One Nation Crew – background vocals on "Revolution"
  • O.D. Wyatt High School Choir – background vocals on "If You've Been Delivered" and "My Desire

Instrumentalists

  • Kirk Franklin – piano, programming
  • Bobby Sparks – keyboards, organ, piano, strings, programming, drum programming
  • Jerome Allen – bass
  • Mark Harper – lead guitar, acoustic guitar
  • Jerome Harmon – organ
  • Len Barrett – percussion
  • Erick J. Morgan – live drums
  • Dan Shea – piano, keyboards and rhythm programming on "Lean On Me"
  • Nathan East – bass on "Lean On Me"
  • Michael Landau – guitar On "Lean On Me"
  • Ricky Lawson – drums on "Lean On Me"
  • Jeremy Haynes – live drums on "Riverside"
  • Malcolm Robertson – trombone on "My Desire"
  • Skip Warren– trumpet on "My Desire"
  • Lee Charles Mitchell – tenor saxophone On "My Desire"
  • Jack Williams – trumpet on "My Desire"

Ref. Album credit notes

Chart performance

Certifications

The album was certified Gold on January 20, 1999 (1999-01-20), Platinum on January 20, 1999 (1999-01-20) 2x Platinum on March 28, 2000 (2000-03-28).[12]

References

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ "Past Winners". Grammy Awards. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  4. ^ "Kirk Franklin Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved August 23, 2020.
  5. ^ "Kirk Franklin Chart History (Christian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 23, 2020.
  6. ^ "Kirk Franklin Chart History (Top Gospel Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 23, 2020.
  7. ^ "Kirk Franklin Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 23, 2020.
  8. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 1998". Billboard. Retrieved August 23, 2020.
  9. ^ "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums – Year-End 1998". Billboard. Retrieved August 23, 2020.
  10. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 1999". Billboard. Retrieved August 23, 2020.
  11. ^ "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums – Year-End 1999". Billboard. Retrieved August 23, 2020.
  12. ^ RIAA website[full citation needed]