Temptations (album)

Temptations is the third studio album by American hip hop group Freestyle Fellowship. It was released on Ground Control Records on October 16, 2001. Its release was delayed considerably because of Self Jupiter's incarceration.[8]

Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 16, 2001 (2001-10-16)
GenreHip hop
LabelGround Control Records
ProducerJosef Leimberg
Freestyle Fellowship chronology
Innercity Griots
Singles from Temptations
  1. "S*x in the City"
    Released: 2001
  2. "Temptations / Ghetto Youth"
    Released: 2002
Professional ratings
Review scores
Village Voice[2]
LA Weeklymixed[5]

Critical reception

Dan LeRoy of AllMusic gave the album 2 stars out of 5, saying, "the uncompromising attitude spelled out in the song 'No Hooks No Chorus' ends up hurting the album, as too many tracks focus almost exclusively on the lyrical end of the hip-hop equation, backing the group's rhymes with raw, repetitive grooves."[1] Brad Haywood of Pitchfork gave the album a 6.6 out of 10, calling it "a disappointing one."[6] Dave Tompkins of Vibe said, "While the Fellowship can still run crop circles around other rappers, Temptations sounds as if each of their distinctive egos were in a different space."[7]

Track listing

2."Ghetto Youth"3:08
3."No Hooks No Chorus"2:49
6."Every Reason Why"2:17
7."Fragrance" (featuring Abstract Rude)3:46
10."Slappy the Happy Killer Clown"2:48
11."Best Rapper in the World"1:42
12."Watch What You Do"3:03
13."Freestyle Dedication" (featuring Supernatural)1:57
14."Freestyle Fellowship" (featuring RBX)2:06
15."Sex in the City"3:23


  1. LeRoy, Dan. "Temptations Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  2. Christgau, Robert (29 January 2002). "Throw Your Hands in the Air". Village Voice. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  3. Cowie, Del F. (November 2001). "Freestyle Fellowship - Temptations". Exclaim!. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  4. D-Lo (23 October 2001). "Freestyle Fellowship: Temptations". HipHopDX. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  5. Wang, Oliver (6 February 2002). "Ring of the Fellowship". LA Weekly. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  6. Haywood, Brad (12 February 2002). "Freestyle Fellowship: Temptations". Pitchfork. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  7. Tompkins, Dave (October 2001). "Freestyle Fellowship Temptations". Vibe. p. 156. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  8. "Knowledge of self: Self Jupiter talks Freestyle Fellowship reunion, returning to school, and the West Coast underground". Los Angeles Times. 18 June 2010. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
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