R&B Fridays: Episode 98

I’ve turned up late to the party once again, so I’m not going to mess you around with a long intro here. That’s helped by only having one relevant and noteworthy post from the week gone by, that being Erin Christine’s latest single.

Click below to fill your empty stomachs with R&B/pop/soul nourishment.

CJ Hilton-Fresh ft. Nas
-Quite a few newcomers to R&B Fridays this week, and here we see young upcomer CJ Hilton grabbing a couple of big co-signs in the form of a Nas verse, and a Salaam Remi production. Salaam’s got great consistency as a producer, and serves up a head-nodding hip-hop inspired production that works the percussion superbly, setting a chunky platform for both CJ’s vocals and Nas’ raps. It’s a credit to the beat’s versatility and the artists’ own that the production suits them both very well, with CJ’s soulful tones entwining nicely, whilst Nas’ verse is made even more enjoyable by the punchy beat.

Jay Sean-YMCMB Heroes ft. Tyga, Busta Rhymes and Cory Gunz
-This annoys me, but not for the reasons you might expect: the title is ridiculously corny and it shouldn’t be a Jay Sean song. I wouldn’t have much of a problem with it otherwise as all three rappers can get it done when they’re on form, though Busta is streets ahead of the others on this one. Worth listening to for the Busta verse (why is he on a YMCMB track?), not much happening otherwise.

Miguel-P***y Is Mine
-Don’t be put off by the title (despite the now ironic panning the title of the track above). This is actually a mellow, acoustic track that is very easy listening,  utilising that style to take the edge off the confident lyricism. Miguel’s a very versatile sort of guy, and even with this surprising title/occassional lyrical brashness, he manages to bring his soulful smoothness to the track.

Untitled-Pour Out A Lil Liquor ft. Ludacris
-That’s not an error, the group’s name is actually Untitled. This is a pretty solid introduction to their work too, with a club sensibility in the production accompanied by some really smart vocals that demonstrate some solid ability. It’s always great to get that blend, especially with the glut of rubbish singers getting away with energetic productions, with the outcome being a track you’ll happily enjoy in a club or at home.

Teairra Mari-Not In Love
-Surely Teairra can’t stay under the radar much longer? She’s a decent artist when she turns it on, and has the propensity to look rather good, which pretty much ticks both boxes. This is an example of her musical ability (which the above picture working on that ‘looks rather good’ aspect), as she drops off a pop/R&B midtempo crossover that stretches her vocal chords over a diverse production that calls on guitar, cymbal clashes, soft synths and a pile more for a very solid track. Female audiences will enjoy this.

T Lopez-Breathe ft. Lil’ Wayne
-Another new Cash Money signee, another pop ‘princess’ with no real distinguishables. Over what sounds like a thumping, high-octane RedOne production (or yet another producer is biting his style), she comes through with some very mainstream-friendly vocals and lyrics. Nothing particularly unique, but a big blast of energy and high-tempo that the mainstream crowd will love.

Corey ‘Latif’ Williams-Magnificent
-Latif has finally made an OTU appearance. With the veteran singer (well, 8 year ‘veteran’) finally gearing up to release his second official album, he’s back on the scene to deliver some soul/R&B crossover material, and kicks off with a bang. Magnificent is an uplifting yet relaxing, smooth yet bouncy and all-round loveable jam that utilises his vocals brilliantly by layering them above a dynamic, percussion-driven production that weaves brilliantly with his voice, standing out as one of the nicer productions R&B Fridays has seen in recent weeks. Latif certainly delivers on the vocal front, and this is a well-rounded jam that I’ll be playing for a long time.

David Guetta-Bullshit and Party ft. 50 Cent
-Think this is unfinished, but this is the first official collaboration between David Guetta and 50 Cent. Can’t remember the sample used, but this track is just not what 50 needs to be doing. It’s a money move, and whilst this will probably sell some singles, it’s an enormous backwards step for Curtis, just when he needed to get the hip-hop heads back on his side. Given his previous critcisms of rappers on techno etc. too, it’s pretty much an awful move. Musically, it’s your standard Guetta stuff, which isn’t worth any more reviewing. Sorry.

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