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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.   Taking It Slow
  3.   Blood, Sweat & Tears
  4.   Closer
  5.   Instagram Body
  6.   Baby Let's Roll
  7.   Don't Let Him
  8.   Intro
  9.   Hold On
  10.   Make Love To You
  11.   Is It You
  12.   Anything
  13.   Like This
  14.   Lucky
  15.   Deep
  16.   On My Way
  17.   Destiny
  18.   Be Yourself
  19.   Keep It Moving
  20.   Out Of My Hands
  21.   Pop a Bottle
  22.   Slow Down
  23.   Just You and I
  24.   Running
  25.   You Got The Power by T.I.
  26.   Interlude: I Believe
  27.   Forgive Me
  28.   Never Wanna Leave
  29.   I Can't
  30.   Decisions
  31.   Move Easy
  32.   Incredible
  33.   Baby I
  34.   Words Ain't Enough
  35.   Take You Home
  36.   People's Champion
  37.   That's What I'm Talkin'
  38.   Kisses
  39.   Shake That Booty
  40.   Clear Blue Water
  41.   Interlude: Another State of Mind
  42.   It's Alright
  43.   Ride
  44.   Piece by Piece

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