Go (Mario album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 11, 2007 (2007-12-11)
  • 3rd Street
  • J
Mario chronology
Turning Point
Alternative cover
Alternate cover
Alternate cover
Singles from Go
  1. "How Do I Breathe"
    Released: May 15, 2007
  2. "Crying Out for Me"
    Released: August 21, 2007
  3. "Do Right"
    Released: December 11, 2007
  4. "Music for Love"
    Released: April 3, 2008

Go is the third studio album by American recording artist Mario, released by J Records on December 11, 2007. It is Mario's first album to receive a parental advisory sticker in the United States, and his second to receive a parental advisory sticker in the UK.[1][2][3]

The album includes songs written and produced by Akon, Timbaland, The Neptunes, Stargate, Mr. Collipark, Polow da Don and with guests such as Juelz Santana and Rich Boy.

The first single released was "How Do I Breathe", and the music video premiered exclusively on May 23, 2007 on BET. For his second single, on Mario's official website, he asked fans to vote for the next single from the choices, "Why", "Kryptonite", or "Crying Out for Me". The second single officially released was "Crying Out for Me", with the music video premiering on September 17, 2007 on BET, again. Although not an official single, Mario did shoot a video for the song "Do Right" using clips from the MTV documentary surrounding his mother's substance abuse. It was released as a promotional single for the album. The official third (fourth in total) single was "Music for Love" which was released in April 2008.

Recording and production[edit]

Mario worked with many producers on the album, most notably Scott Storch and Pharrell with whom he recorded a song called, "Faith".[4][5]

Release and promotion[edit]

The album was originally scheduled to be released on November 28, 2006 under the title "Mario Barrett - Effortless".[6] It was to be the first album in which Mario would use his full name. The album then had several release dates in 2007 including: April 4,[7] May 8, July 31, August 21, October 9, and finally November 27 - coincidentally, exactly a year after the first date announced. The album was eventually released on December 10, 2007 in the United Kingdom and December 11, 2007 in the United States.

In an interview Mario was asked on the delays of the album, "Your second album, "Turning Point", was released back in December [2004], so who or what do you think is most responsible for the delay in-between the albums?" Mario answered, that he had "a few legal situations to work through, which set his album back 6 to 8 months", adding that, he now has "more control over his projects and albums he gets done."[4]

In 2007 Mario toured with Dijon Thomas, the tour was called Do Right Tour.[8] In 2008, Mario was scheduled as the tour's opening act for all dates of Ms. Kelly Tour with Kelly Rowland, to promote his album Go. On July 2, 2008, Courtney Galliano & Joshua Allen from the U.S. television reality program and dance competition So You Think You Can Dance, danced to "Skippin" as the part of the competition.[9]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
About.com3/5 stars[11]
AllMusic4/5 stars[12]
BBC Music(positive)[13]
The Boston Globe(positive)[14]
DJBooth4/5 stars[15]
KSTW4/5 stars[16]

Go received favorable reviews from critics. Andy Kellman of Allmusic gave the album four out of five stars, characterized the album as "the singer's strongest release yet, easily apparent after one listen, a credit that can be distributed equally between an ever-improving artist and his collaborators". He also said "Go is indeed Mario's most aggressive and assertive album, but no other song comes close to out-vulgarizing "Go" itself."[12]

Mark Edward Nero from About.com said that "Go is the first Mario album that carries a parental advisory sticker, and for very good reason. He stated too "Mario has bitten a big chunk out of Usher's vocal style, plus added some R. Kelly-style raunch to his lyrics, seemingly to shake things up and throw some dirt on his previously squeaky clean image. But Mario's occasional bawdiness here is crude, distasteful and completely unnecessary," and gave the album three out of five stars.[11]

Nathan S. from DjBooth.net writes that "it feels like "How Do I Breathe" dropped so long ago it must have been off his last album, but the fact that the Stargate-produced ballad still works is proof of its longevity. How Do I Breathe doesn't break new ground for Mario, it's probably the most immature song on the album, but I'm secure enough in my manhood to admit I’ve sung along in the car". he ends saying "That’s why it’s such a shame the lyrics are so shaky; the track opens with the declaration “You may be young but you’re ready.” I'm sorry, what? Call me crazy, but the last thing I want to think about when I'm listening to a slow jam is possible statutory rape charges. Then again, I'm sure R. Kelly loved it. "Right And A Wrong Way" isn't the album's only slip-up; "No Definition", "Let Me Watch" and "Music For Love" all fall short of perfect, but if they sound lacking it's only because Mario's has raised the bar so high on the rest of the album". He rates the album has four Spins Solid out of five Spins Solid.[15]

Shopie Bruce of BBC Music characterizes the album as "A good mix of romantic ballads and up-tempo floorfillers."[13]

Chart performance[edit]

The album debut at #21 on the Billboard 200 with around 78,000 copies sold.[17] As of January 15, 2009, has sold 331,540 copies in the U.S.


Track listing[edit]

1."Go"Pharrell WilliamsThe Neptunes3:47
2."Crying Out for Me"
4."Music for Love"
  • Jerrod
  • Stacy
  • Thomas
  • Thomas
5."Kryptonite" (featuring Rich Boy)
  • Oak
  • Sean Garrett
6."How Do I Breathe"3:36
7."No Definition"3:49
9."Lay in My Bed"
10."Right and a Wrong Way"
  • Stee
  • T-Wayne
11."Let Me Watch" (featuring Juelz Santana)4:24
12."Do Right"Akon4:02
United Kingdom/Japan Bonus track
13."Let Me Love You" (Acoustic)4:35
United States/iTunes Bonus track
14."What Is It Gonna Be"
  • Eriksen
  • Hermansen
  • Ron "Neff-U" Feemster
  • Clarence Ray Blaylock
  • Solomon Ridge Jr.
  • Shaffer Smith
in some countries replaces "Music For Love"
15."Ghetto Love [18]"
  • Sterling Simms
  • Kristal Oliver
  • Chasity Nwagbara
  • Chuka Maduakor
  • Felder
  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[b] signifies a vocal producer

Personal and credits[edit]

Locations and studios[edit]

Recording locations and studios included:[20]

Leftover tracks[edit]


  • "Kryptonite (Remix)" (featuring Eve) (Produced by Oak Felder)
  • "Go (Remix)"
  • "How Do I Breathe (Remix)" (featuring Cassidy)
  • "How Do I Breathe (Official Remix)" (featuring Fabolous) (Produced by Neo da Matrix)
  • "How Do I Breathe (Part II Remix)" (featuring Tha Cornaboyz) (Produced by Tha Cornaboyz and Knightwritaz)
  • "Crying Out for Me (Remix)" (featuring Davion Farris) (Produced by B.Cox)
  • "Crying Out for Me (Remix)" (featuring Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes)
  • "Crying Out for Me (Official Remix)" (featuring Lil Wayne)
  • "Music for Love (Remix)" (featuring Busta Rhymes)


Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
South Africa October 9, 2007 CD release, digital download
Germany[27] December 4, 2007
Australia[28] December 8, 2007
United States December 11, 2007
Japan December 11, 2007
United Kingdom December 10, 2007


  1. ^ Official Site Archived 2010-04-05 at the Wayback Machine News on guests/production. Retrieved April 3, 2007
  2. ^ Strong Language/Sexual Content
  3. ^ Mario Turning Point UK edition With Parental Advisory
  4. ^ a b "Mario Interview on DJBooth.net". May 2007. Archived from the original on June 6, 2007. Retrieved June 9, 2007.
  5. ^ "Pharrell Interview" on YouTube August 2007. Retrieved September 4, 2007
  6. ^ MTV.com "Mario Says New LP Shows 'Mysterious Side' — But Ends Mystery Behind Last Name", September 2006. Retrieved April 3, 2007
  7. ^ MTVAsia.com "Mario Changes LP Title, Reaches Out To Disadvantaged Kids", December 2006. Retrieved January 20, 2007
  8. ^ "Mario Gets Naked!". 2008-07-16. Retrieved 7 March 2009.
  9. ^ "So You Think You Can Dance: Top 14 Perform".
  10. ^ "Mario - Go - Reviews - Album of the Year". Album of the Year. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  11. ^ a b Nero, Mark Edward. "Mario - Go". About.com.
  12. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. "Go - Mario". AllMusic.
  13. ^ a b Bruce, Sophie (2007-11-29). "BBC - Music - Review of Mario - Go". BBC Music.
  14. ^ Capobianco, Ken (December 11, 2007). "Loverman, where can you be?". The Boston Globe.
  15. ^ a b Slavik, Nathan. "Mario - Go". DJBooth.
  16. ^ Fields, Aaron (2007-11-30). "The Beat: Mario "Go" Review". KSTW. Archived from the original on 2008-12-03. Retrieved 2012-10-14.
  17. ^ "Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 12/16/07 | Hip Hop News - HipHopDX.com". Archived from the original on 2013-08-26. Retrieved 2008-06-27.
  18. ^ "Mario - Go! - Review". 411mania.com. Retrieved 2010-04-25.
  19. ^ https://www.ascap.com/repertory#/ace/search/workID/372231835. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  20. ^ Product Page: Go. Muze. Retrieved on 2009-12-04.
  21. ^ 18, 2014/ "Oricon Top 50 Albums: February 18, 2014" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved February 16, 2006.
  22. ^ 18, 2014/7502/ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  23. ^ "Joe Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  24. ^ "Joe Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  25. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 2008". Billboard. Retrieved October 19, 2020.
  26. ^ "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums – Year-End 2008". Billboard. Retrieved October 19, 2020.
  27. ^ GO Germany release Go Germany release. Accessed September 2, 2009
  28. ^ Go Australia release Go Australia release. Accessed September 2, 2009

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