The Id (album)

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The Id
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 17, 2001 (2001-09-17)
Studio
Genre
Length56:25
LabelEpic
Producer
Macy Gray chronology
On How Life Is
(1999)
The Id
(2001)
The Trouble with Being Myself
(2003)
Singles from The Id
  1. "Sweet Baby"
    Released: September 3, 2001
  2. "Sexual Revolution"
    Released: November 26, 2001
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic71/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[2]
Blender[3]
Chicago Sun-Times[4]
Entertainment WeeklyB[5]
The Guardian[6]
Los Angeles Times[7]
NME[8]
Q[9]
Rolling Stone[10]
Spin8/10[11]

The Id is the second studio album by American singer and songwriter Macy Gray. It was released on September 17, 2001, by Epic Records. The album was not as commercially successful as its predecessor, On How Life Is, in the United States, where it debuted at number 11 on the Billboard 200 with 93,000 copies sold in its first week.[12] As of January 2004, it had sold 593,000 copies in the US.[13] Elsewhere, The Id topped the charts in the United Kingdom and Denmark, while reaching the top five in Australia, Italy, and Switzerland.

The Tom Morello mix of "My Nutmeg Phantasy" was included on the soundtrack to the 2002 film Spider-Man, and "Relating to a Psychopath" was featured in the 2002 Disney Channel Original Movie Cadet Kelly.

Track listing

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No.TitleLyricsMusicProducer(s)Length
1."Relating to a Psychopath"Macy Gray
  • Swann
  • Gray
4:48
2."Boo"Gray
  • Swann
  • Gray
4:25
3."Sexual Revolution"Gray
  • Ruzumna
  • Wilder
  • Swann
  • Swann
  • Gray
4:45
4."Hey Young World Part 2" (featuring Slick Rick)Ricky WaltersWalters4:03
5."Sweet Baby" (featuring Erykah Badu)GrayJoe Solo
  • Swann
  • Gray
3:49
6."Harry"GrayGray
  • Swann
  • Gray
3:10
7."Gimme All Your Lovin' or I Will Kill You"Gray
  • Swann
  • Gray
4:45
8."Don't Come Around" (featuring Sunshine Anderson)GrayRuzumna4:37
9."My Nutmeg Phantasy" (featuring Angie Stone and Mos Def)
  • Swann
  • Gray
4:55
10."Freak Like Me"Gray
  • Swann
  • Gray
3:38
11."Oblivion"GrayBrian Lester
  • Swann
  • Gray
2:49
12."Forgiveness"Gray
  • Swann
  • Gray
5:17
13."Blowin' Up Your Speakers" 
  • Gray
  • Swann
  • Swann
  • Gray
1:07
14."Shed" (hidden track)Gray
  • Gray
  • Swann
  • Ruzumna
  • Swann
  • Gray
4:17

Notes

  • ^a signifies a co-producer
  • ^b signifies an additional producer

Sample credits

Personnel

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Credits adapted from the liner notes of The Id.[14]

Musicians

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  • Macy Gray – vocals (tracks 1–12, 14); vocal arrangement (tracks 1–4, 6, 8–11); background vocals (tracks 1, 2)
  • Victor Indrizzo – drums (tracks 1, 2, 5, 9–13); additional drums (track 6)
  • Marina Bambino – percussion (tracks 1, 3, 5); background vocals (tracks 1, 8)
  • Davey Chegwidden – percussion (tracks 1, 6)
  • Dave Wilder – bass (tracks 1, 4–7)
  • Jinsoo Lim – guitar (tracks 1, 3, 4, 9, 10)
  • Darryl Swann – guitar (tracks 1, 7, 9); vocal arrangement (tracks 2–4, 6, 8, 9, 11); acoustic guitar (tracks 2, 10, 12, 13); string arrangement (track 4); skit (track 7); background vocals (tracks 9, 11); percussion (tracks 12, 13); programming (all tracks)
  • Jeremy Ruzumna – Moog (tracks 1, 3); clav, tack piano (track 1); organ (tracks 1, 5–7, 10, 12, 13); piano (tracks 4, 8, 10); synths, skit (track 7); whirly (track 9)
  • Zac RaeChamberlin (tracks 1, 2, 4–7, 12, 13); Casio (tracks 1, 2); Stylophone (track 1); Rhodes (track 2); guitar (track 4); piano (tracks 4, 5, 9, 10, 12, 13); organ (track 6); Moog (track 9); whirly, synths (track 10); clarinet, Wurlitzer, orchestration (tracks 12, 13)
  • Stephanie Alexander – background vocals (tracks 1–3, 6, 8, 11)
  • Dawn Beckman – background vocals (tracks 1, 3, 6–11); skit (track 7); vocal arrangement (track 10)
  • Sy Smith – background vocals (tracks 1–3, 6–9); vocal arrangement (track 7)
  • Ericka Yancey – background vocals (tracks 1, 3)
  • Mike Elizondo – bass (tracks 2, 3, 8, 10–13)
  • Arik Marshall – guitar (tracks 2, 3, 6, 7, 12); lead guitar (track 13)
  • Lejon Walker – background vocals (tracks 2, 9)
  • Latina Webb – background vocals (track 2)
  • Lili Haydn – string arrangement, strings (track 3)
  • Printz Board – horn arrangement (tracks 3, 7–9); background vocals (track 3); trumpet (tracks 3, 7–9, 12, 13)
  • Steve Baxter – trombone (tracks 3, 7–9); background vocals (track 3)
  • Tim "Izo" Orindgreff – saxophone (tracks 3, 7, 9); background vocals (track 3); clarinet (tracks 6, 9); flute (tracks 7, 8)
  • Issiah Avila – drums (track 3); additional drums (track 6)
  • Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson – percussion (tracks 3, 4, 6–13); drums (tracks 4, 6, 8)
  • Jane Lopez – background vocals (track 3)
  • Slick Rick – guest vocals (track 4)
  • Kiilu Grand – turntables (tracks 4, 6, 9, 12, 13)
  • Herb Graham Jr. – additional drums (tracks 4, 6)
  • Aanisah Hinds – kids choir (track 4)
  • Mel Hinds – kids choir (track 4)
  • Kaya Tafari Joseph – kids choir (track 4)
  • Sequoia Reyes – kids choir (track 4)
  • Shawki Jibri – kids choir (track 4)
  • Darice Murphy – kids choir (track 4)
  • Ronesha Davis – kids choir (track 4)
  • Tyler Beckwith – kids choir (track 4)
  • Paloma Elsesser – kids choir (track 4)
  • Sunnie Shawn – kids choir (track 4)
  • Erykah Badu – guest vocals, vocal arrangement (track 5)
  • Charles Veal Jr. – string arrangement (tracks 5, 8)
  • John Frusciante – guitar (track 5)
  • Billy Preston – organ (tracks 5, 8, 9); clav (track 9)
  • Darren Johnson – Rhodes (track 5)
  • Keefus CianciaFarfisa (track 5); whirly (tracks 7, 9); Moog, synths (track 7); Kurzweil (track 9)
  • Rick Rubin – vocal arrangement (track 5)
  • Frank Walker – percussion (tracks 6, 10–13)
  • Dustin Boyer – guitar (track 6)
  • Tim Carmon – organ (track 6)
  • Fannie Franklin – background vocals (tracks 6, 7, 9, 11)
  • Audra Cunningham Nishita – background vocals (tracks 6, 7, 9, 11); skit (track 7)
  • Pamela Williams – background vocals (tracks 7, 9)
  • Sunshine Anderson – guest vocals (track 8)
  • Raphael Saadiq – string arrangement, guitar (track 8)
  • James Wooten – organ (track 8)
  • Angie Stone – guest vocals (track 9)
  • Mos Def – guest vocals (track 9)
  • Dion Murdock – additional drums (track 9)
  • Lonnie "Meganut" Marshall – bass (track 9)
  • Gabby Lang – sitar (track 9)
  • Marc Cross – background vocals (track 9)
  • Brian J. Durack – pipe organ (track 11)
  • Thom Russo – background vocals (track 11)
  • Tom Ralls – trombone (tracks 12, 13)
  • Tracy Wannamoe – bass clarinet (tracks 12, 13)

Technical

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  • Kiilu Grand – co-production (track 4)
  • Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson – additional production, mixing (track 4)
  • Raphael Saadiq – co-production (track 8)
  • Thom Russo – additional mixing (track 11); Pro Tools engineering, additional engineering (all tracks)
  • Darryl Swann – production, engineering
  • Macy Gray – production, executive production
  • Rick Rubin – executive production
  • Dave Way – mixing
  • Vlado Meller – mastering
  • Tim LeBlanc – mix assistance, additional engineering
  • Jay Goin – mix assistance, second engineer
  • Rich Veltrop – mix assistance
  • Anthony Kilhoffer – mix assistance
  • Robert Read – mix assistance
  • Allissa Myhowich – mix assistance
  • Mike Melnick – additional engineering
  • Adam Olmstead – additional engineering
  • Jeff Chestek – additional engineering
  • Phil Gitomer – additional engineering, second engineer
  • Sean McClintock – additional engineering, second engineer
  • John Myers – additional engineering
  • Neil Ward – second engineer
  • Kristof Zizka – second engineer
  • Ricky Chao – second engineer
  • Steve Kadison – mastering assistance
  • Jim Goodwin – additional Pro Tools

Artwork

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  • Helmut Newton – photography
  • Adam Owett – executive creative direction
  • Hooshik – art direction, design
  • Kristian Russell – illustration

Charts

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Certifications

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Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[49] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[50] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[51] Gold 7,500^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[52] Gold 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[53] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[54] Gold 593,000[13]

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Release history

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Region Date Label Ref.
Germany September 17, 2001 Sony [55]
United States September 18, 2001 Epic [56]
Japan September 19, 2001 Sony [57]

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