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Most of R&B singer Governor's career is characterized by promising opportunities gone awry. This son of a Virginia preacher saw a number of his projects -- some with top-name artists like Dr. Dre -- shelved permanently. It was not until he signed to Atlantic recording artist T.I.'s imprint Grand Hustle Entertainment before he received the major-label backing needed to jump-start his career. Governor (full name Governor Washington, Jr.) embarked on his journey to become an R&B star once he graduated from high school in 1990. He turned down his acceptance to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in order to form an R&B group named Case Closed and left Virginia for New York. When his group's plans proved fruitless, they disbanded, prompting Governor to pursue the solo route. He earned a deal through the independent Warlock Records for his debut, Another State of Mind, in 2000. After that album's release, Governor continued to find himself around some of the industry's finest, working with hit-making producers Trackmasters, Wyclef Jean, and West Coast legend Dr. Dre. The stint with Trackmasters generated numerous tracks with 50 Cent (before his ascendance to superstardom); however, most of those collaborations went unreleased and Governor parted ways. When Jean got Governor signed to Atlantic Records, Dr. Dre wanted to work with the new artist after hearing his music. The two created about a dozen tracks, but those songs also found their way into obscurity. Jean did involve Governor in some of his projects, but the latter still found himself looking for a new avenue to put out his music. Through a mutual contact, Atlantic A&R Craig Kallman, Governor was introduced to T.I., and the rapper eagerly signed him. Led by the bluesy, pain-evoking single "Blood, Sweat, and Tears," his Grand Hustle/Atlantic debut, Son of Pain, was released in September 2006. ~ Cyril Cordor
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  2.   Intro
  3.   Incredible
  4.   I Can't
  5.   That's What I'm Talkin'
  6.   You Got The Power
  7.   Slow Down
  8.   Never Wanna Leave
  9.   Forgive Me
  10.   Out Of My Hands
  11.   Blood, Sweat & Tears
  12.   It's Alright
  13.   Shake That Booty
  14.   People's Champion
  15.   Like This
  16.   Piece by Piece
  17.   Closer
  18.   Decisions
  19.   Instagram Body
  20.   Taking It Slow
  21.   Destiny
  22.   Ride
  23.   Hold On
  24.   Make Love To You
  25.   Keep It Moving
  26.   Lucky
  27.   Clear Blue Water
  28.   Baby I
  29.   Just You and I
  30.   Kisses
  31.   Take You Home
  32.   Words Ain't Enough
  33.   Deep
  34.   Interlude: I Believe
  35.   Move Easy
  36.   Be Yourself
  37.   Don't Let Him
  38.   Is It You
  39.   On My Way
  40.   Pop a Bottle
  41.   Anything
  42.   Baby Let's Roll
  43.   Running
  44.   Interlude: Another State of Mind

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