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

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