Snoop Lion-Lighters Up ft. Mavado and Popcaan


For the most part, I’ve avoided the releases from this project as it’s hard to take it seriously. However, with the features and the Major Lazer production credit, this one has a little too many likeable factors to ignore.

The right decision is made in terms of Snoop’s exposure here-it’s minimal, and Mavado and Major Lazer seem to really dominate this one. The ML production is excellent, combining classic reggae elements such as the slow, rolling percussion and mellow yet chunky guitar work with horns and a livelier percussion in the hook, giving the beat a vintage feel in the verses and a modern-day quality for the hook. Snoop’s verse is backed by Mavado’s own vocals, whilst the latter also grabs a verse and does most of the work for the hook, with Popcaan’s low tones closing the verses off. It’s a surprisingly enjoyable jam that’s probably released at the wrong time of year (this would be an excellent summer track), but credit to Snoop for knowing when to sit back and let the others take the lead.

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R&B Fridays: Episode 128


An interesting collection of ‘mid-rangers’ this week, as 3 of the 4 included artists are of the sort who regularly release material and frequently collaborate with big name artists, but don’t quite seem to have fully nailed down a spot in their respective lanes. There’s always plenty of talent floating around in that middle ground, and inevitably it’s where we find the next big stars: time will tell if any of these guys are to be that breakout artist.

2 posts to catch up on from the week gone by, with Mike Posner releasing his first project since his debut album, and The Weekend unleashing his first ever music video (I use that term loosely). Click below for this week’s goods.

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R&B Fridays: Episode 116


Is R&B currently suffering from one of its worst recessions? Outside of a few upcoming stars (Frank Ocean, The Weeknd and others) there hasn’t been much in terms of consistent quality, and outside of the aforementioned two artists, it’s increasingly difficult to see where the recovery will come from.

However, one of the few artists in recent years to really come away with credit recently released a free album, as The-Dream dropped off a new project, and even if R&B is struggling, soul season is underway with debut visuals from John West and the latest single from Goapele.

Click below for this week’s six pack, and see if an R&B comeback is on the cards.
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DJ Khaled-Welcome To My Hood (Remix) ft. Ludacris, T-Pain, Busta Rhymes, Mavado, Twista, Birdman, Ace Hood, Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Bun B, Game & Waka Flocka


Is this the longest title we’ve ever seen on OTU? It’s certainly up there! DJ Khaled enlists a plethora of rappers to take on the remix of his recent(ish) single, Welcome To The Hood.

I can’t be the only one, but I’m pretty tired of these remixes by him where he just sticks a load of guest verses on it and expects a hit. Having said that I really wanted to hear the Game verse on this and thus had to check it out. I’m also pretty sure there’s a lot of you out there who still lap this stuff up, so who am I to hate on it?

Summary: I don’t like this and I didn’t like the original either, you might though.

DJ Khaled-Welcome To My Hood (Remix) ft. Ludacris, T-Pain, Busta Rhymes, Mavado, Twista, Birdman, Ace Hood, Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Bun B, Game & Waka Flocka

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R&B Fridays: Episode 72


Plenty to recap from the past week: Behind-the-scenes with Rihanna and Drake, new visuals from Nicki Minaj, a video for Dirty Money and Drake’s collabo, three mastered tracks from Ciara/Usher, Akon and Nicole Scherzinger, and finally the finished version of Jamie Foxx and Drake’s fantastic Fall For Your Type.

Click on for this week’s R&B fix.
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R&B Fridays: Episode 59


Busy, busy day to blame for the delay on this. That, and the fact I forgot I do these. Woops. Anywho, I’ve more than made up for it by throwing in some massive names this week, including  Ne-Yo, Trey Songz, Johnta Austin and many more. Enough delaying, click below and get stuck into the good stuff.

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R&B Fridays: Episode 54


Here it is: my last R&B Friday for around a month. Don’t you worry though, we’ve got plenty planned to keep you supplied and satisfied.

This week has material from a really wide range of artists and styles, from established artists like Timbaland to newcomers such as Sammie. Good stuff to keep you going until the surprises in store for you next week, be sure to click on and enjoy some R&B.

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R&B Fridays: Episode 50


Many of your Fridays have been centered around this OTU institution, and I’m glad to deliver this 50th episode of the hugely popular series. I’ve enjoyed writing it as much as you have reading it.

Before you see what’s in store this week, I’ve actually sprinkled a lot of R&B in other posts this week to build up some R&B love prior to this episode that you should check for. First off, go here for Ne-Yo’s new single. After that, check out the final version of Alicia Keys’ Rapture, Estelle’s latest single, a superb track from The-Dream, amongst other R&B-influenced tracks that have been posted.

Done all that? Good on you. Time to get the rest!

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Drake-Find Your Love Video

Finally. Finally Drake drops a video that does justice to a song. This is absolutely and utterly brilliant. I’ve criticised Drake’s videos in the past, but this is a contender for video of the year.

In no way did I expect them to go in this direction with the video, making it into almost a mini-movie and adding incredible depth to a pretty easy-going song. I already liked the track, but I like it in a whole different way after watching this.

Compelling story, fantastic acting from Mavado (who reggae fans will recognise) and a great track make for a superb combination. A must-watch. Audio is available here if you missed it a little while back.

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Two More DJ Khaled Tracks


Khaled’s album has caught more leaks than…a leaky…pipe? Bucket?

Anyway, yeah. Two joints below, and the features on both give me some hope that they should be alright. Specifically looking forward to the Luda verse and seeing what the recently-deported Shyne has to say.

DJ Khaled-All I Do Is Win ft. T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg and Rick Ross

DJ Khaled-All My Life ft. Akon, Shyne and Mavado

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Quick Blast: Maino

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Maino has been abit quiet since the release of his debut album back in June, so it’s great to hear him come out with some new material. This track features Mavado on the chorus and is a typical street banger - definitely a track to bump in the car!

Where I’m From ft. Mavado

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