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Back of My Lac'


Back of My Lac'

Back of My Lac'
J. Holiday
Released October 2, 2007
Recorded 2006–2007
Genre R&B, hip hop
Length 54:32
Label Music Line, Capitol
Producer Los Da Mystro, Darkchild, The-Dream, The Platinum Brothers, Donnie Scantz, Travis Cherry, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Sean Garrett, Oak
J. Holiday chronology

Back of My Lac'
Round 2

Singles from Back of My Lac'
  1. "Be with Me"
    Released: October 2006 (promo single)
  2. "Bed"
    Released: June 19, 2007
  3. "Suffocate"
    Released: October 2, 2007
  4. "Come Here"
    Released: April 15, 2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating 4/5 stars[1]
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[4]
Stylus C[5]

Back of My Lac' is the debut album by J. Holiday, released on October 2, 2007. The first single from this album was "Be with Me", which stalled at #83 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart.[6] The second single, "Bed", peaked at number 5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number one on Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs for five weeks total.[6] The third single, "Suffocate" has peaked at #2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart and #18 on the Billboard Hot 100.[6] Even though J. Holiday has spoken about the track "City Boy" featuring 8 Ball & MJG as the only collaboration on the album and the D.C. anthem, the song is featured on the album only as a bonus track. J. Holiday worked with Ne-Yo on three songs between December 2005 and January 2006 that did not make the album.

His video for the third single, "Suffocate," debuted on BET's 106 & Park on November 7, 2007.[7] The video was shot in Paris, France. "Come Here" was released as a single but was ultimately canceled.

This album was nominated for Best Contemporary R&B Album at the 51st Grammy Awards.


The Reaction to this album by industry reviewers were generally mixed, with Rolling Stone giving it a 2.5 out of 5, CD Universe giving it a 5 out of 5, and Allmusic giving it a 3 out of 5., reviewed the album favorably, saying: "It's rare that young artist puts out such a well-rounded album, one that young men can totally relate to and that young women will be swept off their feet by, but Back of My 'Lac, is just such an album. It's charming, gritty, sensual, original and most of all-real. Ladies and gentlemen, J. Holiday has arrived. And he definitely is that dude."

Fan reviews remain highly favorable for the album, praising its overall consistency and well roundness. "Fatal", "Bed","Thank You" and "Suffocate" have been frequently referenced as favorites.

Sales and chart positions

The album debuted on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart at number 5, selling 105,000 copies in its first week.[8] It debuted at #1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. The album debuted in the Top 20 R&B/Hip Hop albums in Canada and charted within the Top 100 albums in Canada. It became a Top 10 R&B/Hip Hop album in the UK and a Top 40 UK album entry peaking at #32. In the U.S it also made it to #8 on the Tastemakers chart and #5 on the Top Digital Albums and Billboard Comprehensive Albums Chart.

Sales and certifications

Chart Certification Sales
UK Album Sales - 25,000
Japan Sales - 40,000
U.S. Sales Gold 654,881
Worldwide Gold 700,000+

Track listing

No. TitleProducer(s) Length
1. "Back of My Lac"  Quincy Lowe 4:49
2. "Ghetto"  Donnie Scantz 4:11
3. "Thug Commandments"  The Co-Stars 3:29
4. "Bed"  The-Dream & Los Da Mystro 4:35
5. "Betcha Never Had"  Sean Garrett & Oak 3:01
6. "Laa Laa"  The Platinum Brothers 4:31
7. "Come Here"  The Platinum Brothers, co-produced by Travis Cherry 3:30
8. "Be with Me"  Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins 3:58
9. "Suffocate"  Christopher 'Tricky' Stewart 3:40
10. "Fatal"  Korran Paul & Gil Smith 5:16
11. "Without You"  Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, Mitchah "G.Code" Williams 3:47
12. "Pimp In Me"  Jasper Cameron 4:25
13. "Thank You"  Adonis Shropshire 4:23
14. "Fallin'"  J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League 3:42


External links

  • J. Holiday's Official Site
  • J. Holiday's Myspace Page
  • J. Holiday Fan Site
  • J. Holiday Live Rooftop Show
  • J. Holiday Releases Third Single "Suffocate"
  • Back Of My 'Lac Cover, Tracklisting, and Chocolate City MixTape
  • Exclusive Interview with J. Holiday
  • J. Holiday - Suffocate Video
  • Video Stills of Suffocate Video
  • City Boy - Unreleased Track
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