Posts Tagged ‘hip-hop’

Song of the Summer: “Promiscuous” by Nelly Furtado
Subtitled “OMG Nelly Furtado is totally rapping!”, this gimmicky track made its bones on the novelty of Furtado trading Pop-Rap come-ons with Timbaland over a boilerplate Tim beat. To be sure, Furtado had proclaimed her love for Hip-Hop as far back as her debut (and decidedly more Adult-Contemporary-leaning) album, but from its sound to the completely superfluous Timberlake cameo in the video, this was as cynical a chart-chaser as they come. It worked, spending 6 weeks at the top of the Hot 100. But try playing it now and ask yourself how well it’s aged.

Yeah, I thought so.

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Antwan “Big Boi” Patton, the bassier, smoother, more soulful half of Atlanta Hip-Hop giants OutKast, is set to release his first solo album, Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty on July 6. While he’s released a solo album (“Speakerboxxx”) under the group’s name, this will be his first studio release under his own name. He may not have Andre 3000 this time, but he’s brought a bunch of friends along for his debut release on Def Jam, where he’s been reunited with former mentor and label head L.A. Reid. 

I should be excited. Problem is, I’m a little concerned. Here are 5 reasons why:

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OnLoop 6.1.10

Posted: June 1, 2010 by RA in Music, On Loop
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In recent years, we’ve seen a pattern of Soul artists finding a more pronounced Hip-Hop edge in their music. While I’m beginning to wonder if I’m still much of a huge Hip-Hop fan, I love when it provides the foundation of a Soul track. (more…)

Following the the brilliant Metropolis Suite I of IV: The Chase EP, Janelle Monáe is set to return this Tuesday with The ArchAndroid, intended as Suites II and III of her Metropolis saga.

I’m excited. You should be too. Here are 5 reasons why: (more…)

So, when I was younger, I listened exclusively to uptempo music. If it couldn’t be played at a club, I didn’t wanna hear it. But as I matured, my tastes kinda flipped, and 80% of what I really dig is mid- to downtempo.

I bring this up because even in my youthful folly, Jagged Edge were on a short list of artists who made ballads that didn’t bore me. They harmonized brilliantly, and could write the hell out of a ballad. Sure, they rewrote the same ballad like six times (“Walked Outta Heaven”, “Good Luck Charm”), but dammit, each one was brilliant. Plus, they knew how to switch things up every now and again — 2001’s Jagged Little Thrill is one of the most tragically underrated R&B albums of that decade. (more…)

OnLoop 4.29.10

Posted: April 29, 2010 by RA in Music, On Loop
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Gone Baby Don’t Be Long – E. Badu – 2010
The greatest thing on Nu Amerykah Part II. And there’s a lot that’s great about it. May 25. Got my tickets.

Bulletproof – Raheem Devaughn (feat. Ludacris) – 2010
Ludacris is only allowed one great song a year — maybe two. And it’s often someone else’s record. This is no exception. Raheem channels (and samples) Curtis Mayfield on this standout from his sickest album yet.

Wishing on a Star – Beyonce (cover) – 2004
I should know better, but I don’t. Damn Pandora.