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

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