John Legend’s “Evolver” had a great song called “Quickly” on it. Did you know Frank Ocean demoed that? Yes! Give it a listen! Which do you prefer?
John Legend & Brandy - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPXCIdWwVCI
Hearing these two rapping together reminds me of the old ATCQ days where rapping seemed really fun and they could rap over anything… in this case, Alicia Myers’ classic Gospel / R&B track “Thank You”. Busta & Tip have reminded us that you can rap over an old soul beat and still kill it! Lil’ Wayne & Kanye didn’t really have verses, so there’s nothing to be said about them, but the song still did just fine!
Timbaland occasionally releases songs on random Thursdays, but none of them have quite stood out like this one. Dude still has some sick beats under his sleeve. Drake needs to start stuttering on his verses more, it works somehow. Similar to Kanye & Weezy on “Thank You”, Jay-Z only has a few words and he is never heard from again in the song. Another great track.
I am no ‘sneakerhead’, but this 13-year-old dude seemingly came out of nowhere with this catchy track about loving all those athletic shoes. And what better person to have as a feature than DMV native, Wale? As I said, it’s a catchy track and definitely worth listening to.
Lecrae was in my top 5 last month for “I’m Turnt”, but he has found his way back with this one. I personally didn’t like the new mixtape much until the second half, and this track was just one of its highlights. Not only does Lecrae still have it, but Novel does too! He’s been pretty quiet since his last release in late 2012, which had some nice tracks on it. It’s great to see he’s still active & delivering sick choruses.
Last but not least, the solo version of “Too Much”… no Drake. The piano combined with Sampha’s vocals are just a grand combination. Makes it such a soothing track… too bad it’s not longer. It has inspired me to create some sort of late night or chill / relaxing playlist… a shame that I don’t already have one.
Ne-Yo’s version is called “Sometimes”, while MJB’s version is called “Fade Away”. Ne-Yo wrote this track, and it went on one of my favorite albums by MJB, “Growing Pains”. Whose vocals do the track more justice?
Ne-Yo - “Sometimes”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaToeFReIZg
Mary J. Blige - “Fade Away”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIPIotI9_Q4
Usually I save such things for my calendar but this is out of nowhere and very exciting. Q-TIp & Busta Rhymes will be releasing a joint mixtape called “The Abstract and The Dragon” on December 12. That song, “Thank You” must be from that mixtape. What news!
"Find My Way Back" is a major throwback song. Did you know Miguel was a co-writer for it? Yes… there is indeed an existing version with his vocals. The two versions are provided below:
Do you prefer the classic, or no?
"I Feel Good"… like the moon is shining just for me! There is a version catered to the guys… and there’s a version catered to the girls… There really isn’t much more to say than this. Which do you prefer?
Mary J. Blige - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ga5TYXLhMEA