The Crusader (album)

The Crusader is the debut album by New Zealand rapper Scribe. Scribe recorded his debut album in 2003. Dirty Records released the album, with distribution through Festival Mushroom Records.

The Crusader
Studio album by
Released2003
GenreHip Hop
LabelDirty Records
ProducerP-Money
Scribe chronology
The Crusader
(2003)
Rhyme Book
(2007)
Singles from The Crusader
  1. ""Stand Up"/"Not Many"
    Released: August, 2003
  2. "Not Many – The Remix!"/"Stand Up"
    Released: December, 2003
  3. "Dreaming"/"So Nice"
    Released: January, 2004

Critical reception

Andrew Hughes of NZ Musician called The Crusader "undoubtedly the best NZ hip-hop album to date, consistent the whole way through".[1]

The Crusader won Album of the Year, Best Urban/Hip-hop Album and Best Male Solo Artist at the New Zealand Music Awards in 2004.[2]

Commercial reception

The Crusader debuted at number one on the New Zealand Albums Chart, slipping to number two the next week. It spent a total of thirty weeks on the chart,[3] eventually being certified five times platinum after having over 75,000 copies shipped.[4] The week that the album entered the chart, "Stand Up"/"Not Many", the first single off the album, was number one on the New Zealand Singles Chart.[5] This was the first time in the charts' histories that a New Zealand artist simultaneously topped the singles and albums chart.[6][7]

In Australia, the album debuted on the Australian Albums Chart at number forty-four. Ten months later, it peaked at number twelve.[8] It was certified platinum, shipping over 70,000 copies.[9]

Singles

All of the singles from the album were double A-sides. The first, "Stand Up/"Not Many", spent twelve weeks at number one on the New Zealand Singles Chart.[10] It was certified double platinum.[11] The second single was "Not Many – The Remix"/"Stand Up". It included a remix of "Not Many", and "Stand Up", and went to number two on the New Zealand Singles Chart.[12] It also appeared on the Australian Singles Chart, peaking at number twenty-one.[13] It later went gold in Australia.[14] "Dreaming"/"So Nice" was the third single, and also topped the New Zealand Singles Chart.[15] It peaked at number twenty-three on the Australian Singles Chart.[16]

Track listing

  1. "Not Many" – 3:43
  2. "Been This Way" – 3:37
  3. "Dreaming" – 4:17
  4. "My Lady" (P-Money remix) – 3:56
  5. "The Crusader" – 2:32
  6. "Scribe UnLTD" – 3:46
  7. "Too Late" – 3:34
  8. "Stronger" (featuring Tyna) – 3:41
  9. "Stand Up" – 4:13
  10. "Not Many – The Remix!" (featuring Savage and Con Psy) – 3:45
  11. "So Nice" (featuring Ladi 6) – 4:45
  12. "My Lady" (K.J.T. remix) – 3:41

Personnel

See also

References

  1. "Scribe: The Crusader". NZ Musician. 10 (6). December 2003 – January 2004. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
  2. "Scribe cleans up at NZ Music Awards". Television New Zealand. 23 September 2004. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
  3. "Scribe – The Crusader". Hung Medien. charts.nz. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
  4. "Scribe". NZ On Screen. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
  5. "Scribe – Stand Up / Not Many". Hung Medien. charts.nz. Retrieved 26 September 2010.
  6. "Scribe Hits Number 1!". nzgirl. 29 October 2003. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 18 September 2010.
  7. Schmidt, Veronica (27 December 2003 – 2 January 2004). "Not many, if any". New Zealand Listener. 194 (3320). Retrieved 18 September 2010.
  8. "Scribe – The Crusader". Hung Medien. australian-charts.com. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
  9. "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2004 Albums". ARIA Charts. 2004. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
  10. "Scribe – Stand Up/Not Many". Hung Medien. charts.nz. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
  11. "Scribe – Not Many (The Remix) 12" [All City]". britishhiphop.co.uk. 8 August 2005. Retrieved 18 September 2010.
  12. "Scribe – Not Many – The Remix / Stand Up". Hung Medien. charts.org.nz. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
  13. "Scribe – Not Many – The Remix / Stand Up". Hung Medien. australian-charts.com. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
  14. "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2004 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. 2004. Retrieved 18 September 2010.
  15. "Scribe – Dreaming / So Nice". Hung Medien. charts.nz. Retrieved 26 September 2010.
  16. "Scribe – Dreaming". Hung Medien. australian-charts.com. Retrieved 26 September 2010.
  17. "Scribe (2) – The Crusader". Discogs. Retrieved 26 September 2010.
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