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

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