Yep...it's that time again. Time to let you all know who and what is bending my ear as of late. If I ever get around to listening to one of the nearly dozen cds I've downloaded recently I could probably find more that I'm diggin. For now you'll have to make do with these...
How to Love - Lil Wayne
Let's just get this out of the way now. I guess that lil cockroach isn't so bad when he wants to put his mind to it. His production has never been an issue with me. It was his flow. Well either I wasn't paying close enough attention or he improved dramatically. Now he's the latest rapper trying to sing with this current release. Of course he's no Luther Vandross, but it's actually a very decent song. Not to mention it actually has a nice little message to it. Go on head, Baby Predator
My Last - Big Sean featuring Chris Brown
Still no clue who this Big Sean cat is. I sure like the melody to this one though. The chorus is one of those catchy hooks that stays in your head no matter how hard you try to move on to another song. Also no matter how much you try to remember that it is Chris Brown singing it. Thing is the chorus and the track is what really makes the song. They probably could have left Big Sean out altogether and it would have been just as good. Probably better
Motivation (rmx) - Kelly Rowland f/ Busta Rhymes, Trey Songz & Fabolous
If I were doing these in order of favorite first then this one would have been first. Look at that line-up! It's a recipe for succes and it doesn't disappoint. This is the precise reason why I will periodically do a search for remix version of a current song. I never know if one exists but when it does, chances are very good that it's even better than the original. Another case in point.
She Ain't Your (rmx) - Chris Brown f/ SWV
Speaking of both remixes and Chris Brown....again. The thing about this song is we are now far enough removed from the greatness of "Thriller" that there are plenty of folks from this generation that don't realize Chris sampled Mike and not SWV. The first thing that comes to my mind everytime I hear it is Mike's "Human Nature". However, I do like the fact that he brought in SWV for the remix. It's still a good way to pay homage to one of the more decent R&B girl groups from the 90s
Best Night of My Life - Jamie Foxx
I love that Jamie continues to make good music even though he has established himself as an actor. Technically an Academy Award winning actor, but it doesn't look like he's going to turn in anymore performance like "Ray" again anytime soon. That's okay becuase he still has the vocal ability and the musical skills to make good songs
Celebration - Tank featuring Drake
It's hard for me to listen to anymore Tank songs and not think of his role in "Preacher's Kid". But the thing is even though he played a jerk in that movie, even his songs in there sounded pretty tight. It's no coincidence that this song also comes on the heels of the Foxx cut mention. It turns out that Foxx got training on his current style from Tank's tutelage. That's one heck of a mentor to have