A Different Me

A Different Me
A Different Me
Studio album by Keyshia Cole
Released December 16, 2008
Recorded 2008
Genre R&B, hip hop soul, hip hop, soul
Label Imani, Geffen, Interscope
Producer Keyshia Cole (exec.), Manny Halley (exec.), Ron Fair (exec.), Polow da Don, The Runners, The Outsyders, Kwamé, Orthodox & Ransom, Carvin & Ivan, Toxic, Tank, Jason T. Miller, Theron "Neffu" Feemster, Reo, Poke & Tone, Spandor
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Keyshia Cole chronology
Just like You
A Different Me
Calling All Hearts
Singles from A Different Me
  1. "Playa Cardz Right"
    Released: October 28, 2008
  2. "You Complete Me"
    Released: January 20, 2009
  3. "Trust"
    Released: May 5, 2009

A Different Me is the third studio album by American R&B singer Keyshia Cole, released on December 16, 2008 in the United States.[1][2] The album has been certified gold by the RIAA.[3]



A Different Me focuses less on heartache and more on maturity of her vocals and lyrics.[4] Cole explained that, "The first two albums were more…painful. It's a different me this time: a young woman who's still growing and finding myself, exploring life through different routes musically and in other areas. I wrote more about other people's situations than my own. I'm moving forward."[2]

On the songwriting process, Cole stated, "When I hear something, I hear it—it doesn't take me three, four, five times to hear a song and say, 'OK, let's write.' If I don't write to it right off the bat, it's not working."[2] All the songs on the album were written or co-written by Cole.[5] Guest appearances include Amina, Nas, Monica and 2Pac.[5] Along with the album, Cole is developing a movie based on her life. A screenwriter will develop the script with Cole in 2009.[2]

The lead single of the album, "Playa Cardz Right" featuring Tupac, was released on October 21, 2008. It originally appeared on Tupac's Pac's Life, but was rearranged by Cole and producers Ron Fair and Carvin & Ivan.[2]


Critical response

The album received generally favorable reviews. Andy Kellman of Allmusic gave the album four out of five stars, calling the album "Cole's most free-spirited and adventurous album to date", going on to say that there are "at least seven songs here that rate as highly as the best from the first two albums".[6] Jim Farber of Daily News also gave the album four out of five stars, noting that "Cole's assertions of sweetness and light hardly prove as seamless, or simple, as her songs declare". He declares that "her makeover feels less like a day at the spa than a night at the shrink", going on to say that "instead of seeming harrowing or dark", the album's result is "soulful and fulfilling".[7] The Boston Globe said that "Cole emphatically dares to be different—and pretty great".[8] On the contrary, Jon Caramanica of The New York Times noted that Cole "let go of her doubt", going on to say that "it's missed".[9]

Commercial performance

The album debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling 322,000 copies in its first week, giving Cole her best week sales.[10] In its second week, the album fell to number seven, selling 127,000 copies.[11] In its third and fourth week, the album remained at number seven, selling 54,000 and 37,000 copies, respectively.[12][13] In its fifth week, the album fell to number nine, selling 31,000 copies.[14] In its sixth week, the album climbed to number six, selling 31,000 copies.[15] In its seventh week, the album fell to number eight, selling 31,000 copies.[16] In its eighth week, the album fell to number ten. Despite the two tracks not being singles, Beautiful Music and Where This Love Could End Up both made it on the US R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at #95 and #79. The album has sold over 900,000 copies in the U.S.

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "A Different Me" (Intro)   Reo 1:47
2. "Make Me Over"   Ester Dean, Polow da Don, Keyshia Cole[17] Polow da Don & Ron Fair 3:05
3. "Please Don't Stop"     The Runners & Ron Fair 4:04
4. "Erotic"     "THE-RON" Feemster (Additional Production by Ron Fair) 4:10
5. "You Complete Me"     "THE-RON" Feemster (Additional Production by Ron Fair) 3:51
6. "No Other" (featuring Amina Harris)   Kwamé (Additional Production by Ron Fair) 3:34
7. "Oh-Oh, Yeah-Yea" (featuring Nas)   The Outsyders 3:58
8. "Playa Cardz Right" (featuring 2Pac)   Carvin & Ivan and Ron Fair 4:51
9. "Brand New"     Additional Production by Ron Fair 4:16
10. "Trust" (with Monica)   Toxic Donald Alford and Ron Fair 4:13
11. "Thought You Should Know"     Tank and Ron Fair 4:18
12. "This Is Us"     Ron Fair and Jason T. Miller 3:16
13. "Where This Love Could End Up"     Poke & Tone and The ARE 2:55
14. "Beautiful Music"     Poke & Tone and Spanador 3:59
15. "A Different Me" (Outro)   Reo 1:31
16. "Playa Cardz Right (No Rap Version)" (iTunes bonus track)   Carvin & Ivan and Ron Fair 3:57
17. "I Love You (Part 3)" (featuring Lil Wayne) (iTunes bonus track)   Carvin & Ivan and Ron Fair 4:23


  • "Toxic" Donald Alford – producer
  • Ivan "Orthodox" Barias – producer, musician
  • Keyshia Cole – executive producer, vocal arrangement, A&R, vocal producer
  • Claudio Cueni – engineer
  • Esther Dean – vocal arrangement, vocal producer
  • Bojan Dugich – engineer
  • Mike "Angry" Eleopoulos – engineer
  • Eric Eylands – mixing assistant
  • Ron Fair – organ, harmonica, conductor, producer, vibraphone, executive producer, vocal arrangement, horn arrangements, string arrangements, vocal producer, string conductor
  • Ron Feemster – drums, keyboards, producer, musician
  • Bernie Grundman – mastering
  • Josh Gudwin – engineer
  • Carvin "Ransum" Haggins – producer
  • Manny Halley – executive producer, A&R, management
  • Tal Herzberg – engineer, digital editing
  • Dan Higgins – flute
  • Nate Hill – assistant engineer
  • Buffy Hubelbank – production coordination
  • Chris James – engineer
  • Johnny "J" – producer
  • Ryan Kennedy – assistant engineer
  • Kid Named Gus – engineer
  • Jonathan Merritt – assistant engineer
  • Jason T. Miller – producer, guitar, synths
  • Peter Mokran – mixing
  • James Murray – engineer
  • Vek Neal – illustrations
  • Outsyders – producer, engineer
  • Carlos Oyanedel – mixing assistant
  • Dave Pensado – mixing
  • Jason Perry – drums
  • Poke & Tone – producer
  • Polow da Don – producer
  • James Poyser – producer
  • David "DQ" Quinones – engineer
  • Josh "Guido" Rivera – guitar
  • Mike Ruiz – photography
  • The Runners – producer, engineer
  • Allen Sides – string engineer
  • Johnnie "Smurf" Smith – keyboards
  • Phil Tan – mixing
  • Tank – producer
  • Eric Weaver – mixing assistant
  • Frank Wolf – string engineer
  • Andrew Wuepper – mixing assistant

Chart history

Chart (2008) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200[18] 2
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[19] 1


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