Justin Bieber • “Confident” – Single • Island • US Release Date: December 9, 2013
Justin Biebers’ Music Mondays is the gift that keeps on giving to Beliebers, pop-cultural buffs, and music journalists alike. I mean, I thought Kanye West had something good going with Good Fridays back-when, but my boy Biebz just keeps on surprising and outperforming expectations. The blogosphere goes ape-sh*t with each new excerpt from JB’s ‘journals’. Speaking of those journals, it was recently reported on billboard.com the Justin Bieber will be packaging his Music Mondays releases temporarily as an iTunes only set called Journals beginning on December 16th, 2013. Basically, the teen-pop star is rolling in the dough, and will likely continue to roll with the singles growing more mature. His latest track, “Confident”, definitely shakes off any remnants that might’ve remained from “Baby” or dare I say “One Time”. Chance the Rapper matches his collaboration with R. Kelly (“PYD”), definitely ‘keepin’ it one hunna’.
So how confident is “Confident”? Well, let’s say the self-esteem and self-efficacy are top-notch for sure. Bieber isn’t referring to his own confidence or swagger (for once), but rather the hot lady’s confidence that he’s got his eye on. Throughout, Bieber’s hormones are going crazy evidenced by lyrical moments such as “Then she started dancing, sexual romancing / nasty but she fancy, lipstick on my satin sheets / what’s your nationality / I wonder if there’s more of you” or the later “She said it’s her first time / I think she might have lied…I’m addicted, something like an addict / got me twisted, but I still gotta have it…” Sure, Bieber doesn’t come right out and say it in R. Kelly fashion, but like “PYD”, the suggestiveness is steered more towards sex than not, a clear change of pace in Bieber’s career.
Serving as the confirmation to the newfound adult themes is Chance the Rapper, who basically does the ‘dirty work’ for Bieber lyrically on his guest verse. “She the first mate wanna rock the boat / she never forget to ride like a bicycle,” certainly would’ve received some flack had Bieber delivered such suggestive slang. Even so, “Confident” seems like an eye-freak sort of a track if I ever heard one. Ultimately, I’m pretty confident that Bieber’s artistic direction is on an upswing – yep, I really just said that.
- Bieber Strikes Gold on Surprising “PYD” (brentmusicreviews.com)
- Justin Bieber Will Release His #MusicMondays Songs As an Album (celebuzz.com)
- #HYPE Justin Bieber F. Chance The Rapper “Confident” (omitlimitation.com)
- Listen to Justin Bieber’s Collaboration With Chance The Rapper “Confident” (complex.com)
- Justin Bieber ft. Chance the Rapper – “Confident” [LISTEN] (hiphopwired.com)
- Justin Bieber teams up with Chance the Rapper for New Jam ‘Confident’ (news.radio.com)
Justin Bieber – “Change Me” – Single – Label: Island – US Release Date: December 2, 2013
“Girl I’m ready if you’re ready now / oh, as I’m ever gonna be / if you’re with it then I’m with it now / to accept all responsibility…I don’t wanna be the same…” Whoa! For his most recent installment of Music Mondays, Justin Bieber delivers a thoughtful, mostly piano-accompanied ballad entitled “Change Me”. Lacking the sensuality of his pivotal “PYD” featuring R. Kelly and the funkiness of last week’s “Rollercoaster”, Bieber is definitely more moody here and heartbroken for sure. The tempo is slow, matching the drag of Bieber’s own emotions.
A definite pro about “Change Me” is that Bieber shows, perhaps for the first time, his willingness to ‘bend’ within the relationship. It appears to be overdue mind you, but at least it seems Bieber has soul-searched and arrived at that point. This is evidenced by the chorus: “Maybe you could change me / maybe you could change me / maybe you could be the light that opens up my eyes / make all my wrongs right / change me, change me.” That newfound ability to listen and grow is further shown on the second verse, with lyrics like “If I’m screaming, talk quieter / understanding and patient…” or “Be like serenity / help reposition my mind / take a chance, make a difference, in my life.” Say what you will about Bieber, but he’s definitely thinking and aiming deeper than before.
“Change Me” may not possess the same swagger of his two previous offerings, but still Bieber sounds mature and much more ‘grown’ than anything he offered on 2012 studio effort Believe. For once, you feel that at least the ‘bad boy’ is backing up his desire to be a man with more masculine, grown music to match. Another possible takeaway is that Bieber is actually trying to get his act and life sorted out. Maybe that’s reading to much, but the Music Mondays lyrics are his journals correct? Overall, I’m on board.
- Justin Bieber Releases New Song “Change Me” – Listen Now (popnewsint.wordpress.com)
- Justin Bieber Releases New Song “Change Me”–Listen Now! (eonline.com)
- Justin Bieber Is Here With a New Song Called ‘Change Me’ (celebuzz.com)
- Music Monday: Justin Bieber Drops Soulful Ballad “Change Me” (popdust.com)
- Justin Bieber Has a “Bad Day” (Music Mondays) (brentmusicreviews.com)
Justin Bieber⎪ “Roller Coaster” – Single⎪ Island ⎪⎪ US Release Date: November 25, 2013
Is it just me, or did “PYD” possibly light a fire under Justin Bieber’s saggy pants? LOL (I couldn’t resist). For the second week in a row, Bieber impresses with his Music Mondays offering. That should evoke mouths falling agape, really. Sure my new fave jam “PYD” is one hella tough act to follow, but “Roller Coaster” is nothing too shabby by any means. The first ‘groovy’ selection from Music Mondays, “Roller Coaster” brings some funkiness to JB, or should I say ‘swag’. I mean, you actually want to move your body a little to this one folks. Sure, the chorus still finds a moody Bieber at work, but at least it’s memorable: “Roller coaster, roller coaster / spinning all around and around for a while baby / roller coaster, roller coaster / for a minute we were up, but the next we were falling down…” There it is – the ‘sad’ and the ‘glad’ all in one.
That sentiment of sad and glad is present throughout the verses as well; Bieber is still sulking, big time. “Where did they go? / Nights like this don’t happen anymore / I need to know / is it me? And did I lose control?” (Rhetorical JB, rhetorical). On the pre-chorus, Bieber states “Wish I had the key to your heart / people come and go / baby, they don’t know / what we had before / before it fell before our eyes.” And on the second verse, ole boy is “just happy there’s no more fights no more / but it’s nights like this that I never ever missed you more…” Basically, he’s not over Selena Gomez.
Not that we get pleasure out of a pained Bieber (though some of us do), the past two Music Mondays tracks have certainly made me strip some of my criticism of the pop singer. No, I still would rather not be privy to his shirtless-ness or the excessive flashing of the waistband of the boxers, but I do approve of “PYD” and “Roller coaster”. I’ll still roll with “PYD” FTW, but I’m onboard with “Roller Coaster” as well.
- Justin Bieber Rides a “Roller Coaster,” Releases Latest Single (thehollywoodgossip.com)
- Hear Justin Bieber Go All New Jack Swing on ‘Roller Coaster’ (b96.cbslocal.com)
- Justin Bieber Releases ‘Roller Coaster’ – About Selena Gomez? (hollywoodlife.com)
- Justin Bieber: ‘Roller Coaster’ Full Song & Lyrics – Listen Now! (justjared.com)
- Justin Bieber Drops “Roller Coaster” This Fine Music Monday (LISTEN) (popdust.com)
I, the Brent Faulkner, love my teen-pop acts, even if often times I’m critical and skeptical of them. Maybe it’s fair and then again maybe it’s not and I’m just a ‘hater’, but nothing fuels my pen more than writing about the young-uns and their musical endeavors or lack there of. Sometimes those endeavors are strong while other times they are questionable. Regardless, who better than me to provide sound advice to further elevate the games of five of the hotter teen acts? No one, that’s rhetorical!
Dude, release the album already! “What About Love” caught fire where none of the rest of your singles ignited. I would’ve dropped an EP like it was a hot potato and garnered even more buzz than your getting. Yeah, I know girls are already swooning and will continue to swoon whenever the album finally drops, but still, you want your base to expand even beyond the teen-pop circles so you be making hella bread. Ya dig?
My advice to you Mr. Simpson would be to find your true musical identity – and yes, I have some opinions on that as well. On the Coast to Coast EP, I personally enjoyed the more urban-pop cuts like the opener “Good As It Gets” and follow-up “Crazy But True” while you could keep “iYiYi” featuring Flo Rida. Then on your latest album Surfer’s Paradise part of the time you want to be a schmaltzy teen-pop star (“Pretty Brown Eyes”), Jack Johnson or Jason Mraz (“Summertime of Our Lives”), or hang out with frat-rapper Asher Roth (“Imma Be Cool”). I see where the folk-pop things comes from, but I’m thinking a whole album of folk-pop at age 16 will likely never make you a “royal”, at least among tween girls.
I wouldn’t even give you the stylistic label of ‘teen-pop’ star, but you are a teen and you sing pop (along with alternative). But anyways, Lorde, keep doing your thing. Pure Heroine isn’t perfect, but it’s definitely one of the more intriguing, fresh albums of 2013 by my estimations. I mean, I know you seem to be concerned about being a “royal” and all, but why? You’re gettin’ paper!
I think that asking you to wear a shirt and pull up your saggy pants is a lost battle, so I concede… At least for right now. However JB, you finally show me some true “swag” on your grown-up single “PYD”. No, I’m not advocating that teens should be singing about sensual things, but Justin Bieber is 19, no longer that 15 year old singing “One Time”. It is rare that I pay you a compliment Biebz (it still makes me want to barf, just a little), but the vibe of “PYD” might be something you might want to exploit on your upcoming album. I know you’ve gotta be mindful of those tween girls and still be a role model… *cough, cough*, but we don’t need another “Beauty and a Beat”, “like never, ever” in Taylor Swift’s words. Also, let’s avoid another “Lolly” (Ali Maejor). That was done like so five-years ago (Lil Wayne, “Lollipop” from Tha Carter III).
Yeah, y’all are about done with those teen years – yes Harry Styles I’m talkin’ to you – but your fans are much younger. After listening to latest album Midnight Memories, perhaps you’ve grown up a bit too fast. No, I’m not referring to Zayn Malik being engaged, but the folk-pop, old-school rock sentiments throughout the album eliminated some of the ‘fun’. No, I wasn’t wowed by “What Makes You Beautiful” or “Live While We’re Young”, but I know many young girls were. They’ll still be wowed regardless, thanks to your looks and ample merchandise, but can’t you balance the schmaltz and trying that serious artistry thing? Have you let Jake Bugg get to you?
Need ten jams to spin? Here’s my list of ten of November 2013’s hottest joints!
“Do What U Want”
“Applause” may have been a bust of sorts, but Gaga got herself together with the help of one of R&B’s most salacious presences, R. Kelly. Playing on words, “Do What U Want” accomplishes Gaga’s love for double meanings. If examined sexually, Gaga presents herself as, well easy. But when examined less pervertedly, Gaga is suggesting she is more than her body and could care less how you scrutinize it, etc.
(Trill O.G.: The Epilogue)
Bun B probably isn’t most of the present generation’s ‘go to’ MC, but the veteran UGK MC is nothing short of a beast. Here, his late, great partner Pimp C delivers a masterful hook, while Bun is joined by Lil Boosie and Mississippi underrated MC Big KRIT. KRIT also handles the production work, which seems like the perfect match for the 42-year old Bun B. My favorite catch line, “Them thighs come with that shake / b**ch in yo mind, ho I got cake.”
R. Kelly may just be R&B’s most popular commodity again as Justin Bieber taps him for arguably his best Music Mondays release to date, “PYD” (“Put You Down”). Previously, the Biebz has been whining about heartbreak and Selena Gomez namely, but on “PYD” he wants to get… well, down. No more of the G- and PG-rated Bieber where “damn” is as far as he’ll step from his teen-pop roots… he’s ready to step it up a notch. And if we didn’t understand his intentions, him and Kelly repeatedly iterate the acronym throughout (“P-Y-D, P-Y-D”)
(Sail Out – EP)
From the first track “Vapors”, one knows that Jhene Aiko’s EP Sail Out is something special. Playing doubly as a weed-smoking joint as well as a yearning for an ex- who was good in bed, “Vapors” is both brilliant and highly representative of the newfound alternative R&B movement. “Can you hit it again?” never sound more telling from Aiko’s cool, calm, and collected vocal perspective.
“Water And A Flame”
(Loved Me Back To Life)
Celine Dion’s latest album has plenty of strong songs that tickled my fancy, with the Daniel Merriweather cover “Water And A Flame” amongst ‘em. The original is little known as Merriweather isn’t a big name in the United States. Regardless, if Merriweather never receives his deserved recognition, at least one of the greatest pop singers provides a stirring rendition here.
(The Marshall Mathers LP 2)
What more is there to say, Eminem delivered the hottest rap track of the year this side of Kanye West’s “Blood On the Leaves” and Kendrick Lamar’s epic rap verse on Big Sean’s “Control”. If I’d been Big Sean, I would’ve fought to have gotten “Control” on Hall of Fame, even if it meant delaying it (it’s sold abysmally anyways). But this is Eminem’s moment and quite an electrifying moment it is indeed.
(Us Against Them)
“Homeless” is among the cream of the crop from Jake Miller’s debut album Us Against Them. Vocally, Miller sounds solid as he sings plaintively on the chorus: “Here I stand in the cold / I try to knock as you change the locks / now I’m all alone / where am I supposed to go / if you are where my home is, I guess that makes me homeless.” The serious vibe of the sung vocals is matched by Miller’s more agile, rhythmic rapped vocals. While it’s a ‘bummer’ as far as its overall tone, it is at least a standout ‘bummer’.
“The Art of Letting Go”
Mimi’s latest single, “The Art of Letting Go”, finds one of R&B’s preeminent divas doing what she does best, BALLADS. Whether she’s singing in her lower register or ascending to her upper register with every bit of her emotion, Carey compels the listener and makes us think of our own moments when we’ve struggled to let go. “The Art of Letting Go” is filled with exceptional, memorable, and prudent lyrical moments including “Evidently your words were merely lies / reverberating in my ears / and the echo won’t subside / there’s a deep deep loss of hope…” from verse two. The bridge confirms that “Baby letting go, baby letting go / ain’t easy…”
“A Song About Love”
Recently I reviewed Jake Bugg’s sophomore effort, Shangri La. While I had mixed feelings, I certainly had rave reviews for one particular standout in “A Song About Love”:
“Is that all you wanted? Songs about love? / Is that want you hoped you would find / when it’s burning inside / but a song about love’s not enough.” Poetic by all means, “A Song About Love” seems to be the most complete performance of the album. The metric shifting “A Song About Love” certainly offers the incredible nuance and an overall unique selection Where many of Bugg’s songs seem quite simple, “A Song About Love” definitely steps up the game.
Another Lady Gaga track really? Yep. “Dope” is completely different from “Do What U Want”. Sure, it sounds as if it shouldn’t be a substantive track, but Gaga’s intents are quite notable, more so than some of ARTPOP’s ‘looser’ cuts. On the sole ballad from the album, Gaga opens herself up to vulnerability, suggesting that despite her past screw-ups with substances, she needs her man “more than dope”. Sure she’s literal and dope doesn’t lend itself to the greatest heart-warming moment ever, but her personalized touch truly shines here.
- Bieber Strikes Gold on Surprising “PYD” (brentmusicreviews.com)
- Review: Bun B, ‘Trill O.G.: The Epilogue’ (brentmusicreviews.com)
- Review: Jhene Aiko, ‘Sail Out (EP)’ (brentmusicreviews.com)
- Justin Bieber and R. Kelly Join Forces on R&B Song (rollingstone.com)
Justin Bieber featuring R. Kelly⎪ “PYD” ⎪ Island ⎪⎪ US Release Date: November 18, 2013
Yep, I can’t believe the title myself. Have I lost my mind? Nope, just read on…
Well, Justin Bieber’s thrilling Music Mondays grows its most enthralling with an acronym… “PYD”. What does this “PYD” mean exactly? It means “Put you down.” As Usher would sing, “OMG.” Bieber definitely is not restricting himself to bubblegum savvy pop like “One Time” or “Baby” anymore. Basically, Justin Bieber is going to “do it right” to his boo meaning that three-letter word that Bieber has eschewed but you know is on his mind (and every other red-blooded kid/man his age). Is there anything wrong with it? While it should be worthy of scrutiny what he wants to “do”, it goes with the territory of being young and natural lustful. Lust may be a sin, but who hasn’t committed it? Don’t lie now.
Don’t get me wrong my most hardcore Beliebers, I’m sure Bieber plans to “do right by her” by providing the emotional aspects of the relationship. But y’all know he’s definitely going to “get it in” physically. I mean, he is “put[ting] you down” after all. And if there was any doubt of this, having R. Kelly guest on your track should erase any doubts. I mean, few are more sex-savvy than R. Kelly himself. I mean, do you think Kells is merely talking a bout an innocent kiss when he states “On the roof, balcony, we don’t care who sees / girl I’mma put you down, all the way down, down, down…” More obvious is when Kelly proclaims himself “…your dope man in the bedroom / you can make me your drug babe.”
So, how do I, perhaps Bieber’s most ‘hard to please’ critic feel about “PYD”? As shocking as it may be, this may be my favorite cut I’ve heard in the Music Mondays series. The production is mysterious and epitomizes that alt-soul sound that is currently trendy. Moody, sensual, and certainly a contrasts to Bieber’s past, it’s hard to knock what Bieber is going for here. Even the falsetto sounds a bit better… maybe it’s the inspiration from… yeah, better stop right there.
- Justin Bieber’s ‘PYD’ Requires R. Kelly To ‘Put You Down’ (huffingtonpost.com)
- Hear Justin Bieber Team Up with R. Kelly for His New Song ‘PYD’ (1033ampradio.cbslocal.com)
- Hear Justin Bieber Team Up with R. Kelly for His New Song ‘PYD’ (hothits957.cbslocal.com)
- Justin Bieber feat. R. Kelly – PYD (highbrowhiphop.com)
- Justin Bieber Releases Sexed-Up New Song “PYD” Featuring R. Kelly–Listen Now (eonline.com)
- Listen: Justin Bieber “PYD” Feat. R-Kelly (whycauseican.com)
Justin Bieber⎪ “All Bad” – Single ⎪ Island ⎪⎪ US Release Date: November 11, 2013
I’ll say this for Justin Bieber, his Music Mondays singles are growing more and more interesting. Yeah, I know, it’s really difficult to compliment Bieber given his attitude and immature behavior, but I do at least like the concept behind some of his latest music. I haven’t joined the bandwagon, I promise that, but I’ll give kudos where and when their deserved. Don’t get too comfortable JB. My pen and opinions are still hella fiery.
If nothing else, Veteran’s Day single “All Bad” has excellent production working in its favor. Moody contemporary/alt-R&B cues are in play, as is a hard, anchoring beat. The song itself definitely isn’t the most exciting number I’ve ever heard, but I do think Bieber has the right idea by opting for a more R&B-oriented sound. I think part of the reason I’m not sold 100% is because these songs are so indulgent. Sure, I know Bieber is sharing his more personal side (journals, etc.), but even so, one can’t help having reservations. Even as Bieber sings “I ain’t that bad, all bad all bad / I might make you mad / so mad, my bad / no I ain’t all bad”, you have to wonder if he has truly taken ownership for his actions. Even as he defends himself on lines like “Perfect – ain’t saying that I am / proven, at least I’ve proven that I give a damn…”, you wonder if JB really gets it.
Time to once more balance criticism with praise, sorta. Here goes a positive comment, if somewhat backhanded, LOL. Vocally, Bieber makes a sound choice by avoiding his falsetto, which is still an area he needs to develop in vocally. I’m not being completely smart, but there is both objectivity and subjectivity to the previous statement. Keying in on the objective, Bieber’s falsetto lacks the sweetness and flawless execution of more experienced artists like say Justin Timberlake.
So, where does “All Bad” fall ultimately? Well, it’s not “all bad”, LOL. To recap:
PROS: production and overall sound; R&B sensibilities; personal side that contrasts Bieber’s less emotional pop records
CONS: overindulgence by Bieber; the slow tempo and overall vibe sometimes lend themselves to unexcitability; songwriting is merely good, not exceptional
- Justin Bieber Has a “Bad Day” (Music Mondays) (brentmusicreviews.com)
- Justin Bieber Releases ‘All Bad’ – About Selena Gomez? – Listen (hollywoodlife.com)
- Justin Bieber Releases “All Bad” Amidst Battle With Food Poisoning (popdust.com)
- Justin Bieber Get’s Kicked Out Of His Hotel! (lukewilliamsgossip.wordpress.com)
Justin Bieber’s “Bad Day” doesn’t ‘derail’ him too badly…
Justin Bieber⎪ “Bad Day” ⎪Island ⎪⎪ US Release Date: November 4, 2013
Well, Justin Bieber is at it again… He’s had a “Bad Day” this time apparently, per his latest #MusicMondays single. As always, there are pros and cons. Surprisingly, the pros outweigh the cons here, as much as I hate to say that. Don’t call it perfect cause it ain’t, but “Bad Day” has its moments.
“And I didn’t think / it was over, until you walked away / like it was nothing baby”
Let’s start with the pros. I definitely like the more contemporary R&B stylings surrounding Bieber. To me, this sound definitely appeals more than say “All Around the World” or the hella annoying “Beauty and a Beat”. Vocally, Bieber seems to be a match for the urban vibe, though we kinda already knew this when he was 15 and trying to be Usher, right? The vocal runs definitely have progressed, something that really began to become noticeable during his Believe campaign. While I won’t say that Bieber delivers the most emotional performance I’ve ever been privy to, I suppose contextually old boy is singing from his heart. After all, these Music Mondays songs are his journal right?
The cons? I still think Bieber has room to grow vocally, however you shake it. At times, his vocals are still ‘developing’, even though he has definitely expanded his bag of tricks. The runs definitely are the product of his burgeoning vocals, but at times the runs don’t completely have the ‘oomph’ one desires. His falsetto specifically comes over on the thinnish side, particularly towards the end where hitting a ‘home run’ should be the desired product. If you want to be a nitpicker, you might say the lyrics could use a ‘come-up’, as they say in #swag terms. At two-and-a-half minutes, “Bad Day” is a bit brief.
Ultimately, I’ll give Bieber a pass. He doesn’t “knock me off my feet” or anything, but he’s hurting… he’s had a “bad day”.
- Justin Bieber Spotted Leaving Brothel In Brazil (dailyrehashblog.ora.tv)
- Justin Bieber Releases ‘Bad Day’ – About Selena Gomez? – Listen (hollywoodlife.com)
- Justin Bieber’s Security Should Work On Its Whorehouse Extractions (thesuperficial.com)
- Justin Bieber hit with water bottle during concert (today.com)
- Katy Perry is now the most followed user on Twitter, passes Justin Bieber (socialpositives.com)
- Justin Bieber Brothel Shopping Orders Two to Go (guardianlv.com)
Who says that a twenty seven year old trained musician with a masters degree in music theory/composition can’t throw down to a banger? Nobody, so don’t judge me! I have compiled a list of twenty club bangers (not BANGERZ) and have divided it into two parts. See you at the club snitches!
August Alsina featuring Trinidad James
“I Luv This Sh*t”
(Downtown: Life Under the Gun)
“I Luv This Sh*t” is definitely among the most unapologetic song titles of 2013. Featuring everyone’s favorite molly-poppin’ MC Trinidad James and despite it’s unforgiving title, “I Luv This Sh*t” is, well, lovable. Alsina has one foul mouth, but his mix of real talk with slower, horn-accentuated production is brilliant, if blasphemous (“God dammit I love it, I love it… So I’mma keep on smoking cause I love this sh*t / I’mma keep on grinding cause I love this sh*t / she tell me keep f**king cause I love this sh*t and I love it…”). Verdict? I love this sh*t!
Pusha T featuring 2 Chainz & Big Sean
“Who I Am”
(My Name Is My Name)
On “Who I Am”, Pusha T didn’t exactly select the most intelligible collaborators to guest with him (2 Chainz and Big Sean). Regardless, “Who I Am” epitomizes the ‘banger’. All Pusha T wants desires and aspires to is to “…buy another Rollie” and “…pop another band / I just wanna sell dope forever / Just wanna be who I am.” 2 Chainz does simple ambitions well, rapping “Entrepreneur, strip club connoisseur / hot fudge sundae, pour it on you hallelujah…” Big Sean ‘college’ in a kindergarten sort of way, rapping “Pretty girls is my reputation / one on my arm, that’s decoration…” There it is.
Tyga featuring Wiz Khalifa, Mally Mall & Cedric Gervais
Don’t get it twisted: I am NOT on board with ‘molly rap’ in the least. I’m onboard with what my homeboy Kendrick Lamar told y’all… BUT if I had to choose a highlight from Tyga’s ho-hum Hotel California as well as a bearable, catchy ‘molly rap’ song, it would be “Molly”. The production work is exceptional, and all MC’s provide solid performances (Tyga, Wiz Khalifa, and Mally Mall). No it’s not the second coming, but it is banger…
“Dip” has so many one-liners that an entire essay could be written examining each and everyone. The premise of the song? Well Danny Brown is pretty to’ up, period. The Forrest Gump reference definitely captures attention early on (“Like Lieutenant Dan, I’m rolling back to back / I keep on smoking…”). My favorite moment involves you guessed it, ‘molly’: “Now all these rappers talking ‘bout that molly / bet a million dollars these n***as ain’t dipping / pure MDMA, put it in a shot we talking ‘bout crystals / been thizzin’ hard up all day, rest in peace to Mac Dre…” Banger? Yes…also seems like Brown is way past the need for rehab… just sayin’!
Gunplay featuring Rick Ross, Trina & Yo Gotti
(Self Made Vol. 3)
Self Made Vol. 3 as a compilation was a disappointment for me, particularly following an excellent second Maybach Music compilation (Self Made 2). However, the brash, unapologetic “Gallardo” is a notable moment, giving Rick Ross and company yet another ‘goes hard’ banger. Credited to Gunplay, the cut also features Trina, Rick Ross and Yo Gotti. “I only f*ck with n***as in them Lambos (Gallardo) / I only f*ck with n***as in them Lambos (Murcielago)…,” Trina asserts on the explicit, ‘guilty-pleasure’ hook.
(Magna Carta…Holy Grail)
“Tom Ford” is cool if nothing more since it’s named after the fashion designer. Ford is honored with a solid hook that manages to once more reference one ubiquitous ‘molly’: “I don’t pop molly, I rock Tom Ford / International bring back the Concorde / Numbers don’t lie, check the scoreboard / Tom Ford, Tom Ford, Tom Ford.” It’s not prodigious perhaps, but it definitely stands out on Magna Carta…Holy Grail, one of Hov’s weakest and least distinctive offerings in years.
Rocko featuring Rick Ross & Future
(Gift of Gab 2)
Much of “U.O.E.N.O” was overshadowed by Rick Ross’ controversial allusion to date rape (“Put molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it / I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it…”), and rightfully so. BUT as a song itself ignoring Ross’ irresponsibility, it’s a good one. I mean, I’m not always crazy about Future, but he’s perfect on the hook here: “This a thousand dollar pair of shoes and U.O.E.N.O. It / this a thousand dollar cup of lean and U.O.E.N.O…” Yeah, you see where this banger is going.
“Don’t Drop That Thun Thun”
(Don’t Drop That Thun Thun – Single)
The first time I heard it and being the naïve human being I can be, I assumed that this was a raunchy, clubbing track. I mean, doesn’t ‘thun thun thun’ sound like a great reference for the booty? The good news is that “Don’t Drop That Thun Thun” is a cut for the clubs, particularly with lines like “Alright oh my goodness I’m turnt up / I got a bottle you got a cup / you hit the dougie / I 2 step…” (Verse two) but the actual thun thun thun is not referring to the butt. LOL.
According to goto slang source Urban Dictionary, “thun thun thun” is MDMA otherwise known as ecstasy. Yep, it’s another song about molly.
So, the cut ends up being really bad, but still is the perfect banger. I wouldn’t encourage it’s message of popping mollies (much like the earlier “Molly”), but it is catchy.
Ali Maejor featuring Juicy J & Justin Bieber
(Lolly – Single)
The “lollipop” is always a popular item for a club banger. Lil Wayne may have done it best on his Grammy-winning “Lollipop” from 2008 album Tha Carta III. That said, Ali Maejor, Juicy J, and Justin Bieber (of all people) seem to be onboard with this oral sex alluding number. This cut is tasteless (no pun intended), however the beat and overall production are undeniably delicious. Bieber even tries to tone it down on his rap verse, but it’s hard to tone down a slang word for a ‘pickle’, he he he!
“Started From the Bottom”
(Nothing Was The Same)
…“Started From The Bottom” was not heavy on my rotation when it bowed. It seemed a bit of a disappointment from the MC who rarely misses. Contextually and after having reservations, “Started From The Bottom” is solid and of course honest. Just as Drake says, he “…done kept it real from the jump…” Apparently the DJ Khaled song was real talk: “No new n***as, n***a we don’t feel that / f*ck a fake friend, where your friends at?” #NoNewFriends for Drake.
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- Review: DJ Khaled, ‘Suffering from Success’ (brentmusicreviews.com)
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- Review: MMG, ‘Self Made 3′ (brentmusicreviews.com)
“Recovery” atones for last Monday’s less enthralling “Hold Tight”
Justin Bieber⎪“Recovery” (Single)⎪Island Def Jam ⎪⎪ US Release Date: October 28, 2013
So here comes another edition of let’s analyze every career move that today’s most ‘overexposed’ teen-pop star Justin Bieber makes, LOL. It is #MusicMonday after all (well #MusicTuesday since you’re reading this post on a Tuesday if you want to get all technical).
I was not a fan of Justin Bieber’s previous #MusicMonday release, “Hold Tight” – just didn’t do it for me. I was onboard with “All That Matters” (release numero dos) while I was on-the-fence with “Heartbreaker”. “Recovery” is definitely one of the most interesting of the four, keeping in line with adult contemporary R&B sensibilities. I mean, it’s not the second coming (or my definition of the second coming at least), but what I do appreciate is that it sounds more ‘mature’ vocally. Is Bieber growing up? Well now…
Despite deserved praise for showing some artistic maturity, “Recovery” may still be a bit too slow ultimately despite having a solid groove anchoring it. I get that all these songs are from Bieber’s ‘journal’, but still. I mean, I wouldn’t call the song nearly as fun as the big pop cuts we’ve come accustomed to him delivering to his fans. Sure, many of those were easy to ‘hate on’, but it’s also what Bieber’s career was built on. Where would he be without “One Time”, “Baby”, “Boyfriend”, or “As Long As You Love Me”? I do know this one thing though – I do believe Bieber’s opting for contemporary R&B swag on his next studio album.
- Justin Bieber Releases ‘Recovery’ – About Selena Gomez? – Listen (naijaignite.wordpress.com)
- Justin Bieber Tries to Get Over Selena Gomez on New Track ‘Recovery’ (997now.cbslocal.com)
- Justin Bieber samples Craig David on new ‘Music Mondays’ track (nelipottblog.com)
- Listen to Justin Bieber’s New Song, ‘Recovery’ (celebuzz.com)
- Justin Bieber: His World Was Going To End After Selena Gomez Breakup (hollywoodlife.com)
- New Music: Justin Bieber “Recovery” (getmybuzzup.com)