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Tyga – Move To L.A. ft. Ty Dolla $ign

It’s been a weird one for the former Young Money rapper, as his high-profile relationship seemed to overshadow his career, even on his current promo run, every interview is more focused on that than him and his music. It is rather annoying and can only imagine how it is for him, but aware that he needs to brush these rumours off to get their focus back on track, he’s tackled it, and as the smoke clears, his new project, Bitch I’m The Shit 2 is on the way. This in some ways is another chance to push himself back into prominence as an artist, and as we have seen from him in the past, establishing his Last Kings brand (after leaving Cash Money), he is capable.

The first single off the project, is the Bad Boy-ode, sampling one of my favourite Ma$e tracks, What You Want ft. Total. I was sceptical at first, but to be honest, if I’m trying to make a comeback of sorts, and hear the song, I too would think to flip it, and then you put the wavy Dolla $ign on it, who would bet against that?

Having previously heard the record, it’s a pretty straightforward flip, and the sample is classic and will no doubt work, the added feature of Ty Dolla $ign really takes the record to another level. Visually, T-Rawww pays homage to the Bad Boy era, and it starts off a lot better than it ends, it might have benefitted better with a similar intro to the original, or even kept a similar vibe, but none the less they show love with the floating scene and a couple lil’ jigs with the fisheye lens. I appreciate the respects to to the West coast with the Big Boi skit, but other than some beautiful women and a couple cool steps, the visuals are not anything out of the ordinary, but the song (albeit due to the sample) is strong and will definitely raise interests for the project’s release, which might do better than most predict, especially in the streaming realm.

Noted that BITS2 is being marketed as a mixtape, so you cannot expect too much being put into it, but I reckon there’s fire on it, so look out for that.

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Dirty Money – Angels ft. Notorious BIG (Official Video)

Diddy returns to our screens and speakers with something new.

During production of his latest album, a concept and group was formed, consisting of himself, singer Kaleena and former Danity Kane vocalist Dawn Richardson, the group Dirty Money, is a edgy R&B group, a rock influenced urban group, Nirvana meets Ne-Yo style sound, nobody was sure what to expect, until now.

“I came from Heaven, Just to sing a song for you..”

The concept which Grammy winning producer Brian Michael Cox attempted to create with his R&B group ‘Dirty Rose’, however, it was not executed as well as this, With Dirty Money and the single Angels, Diddy manages to capture feeling, known for his sampling, he does no different here, the additional B.I.G verse actually provides the ‘street’ element, it captures a range of emotions and interacts with a variation of audiences, truth is, I really like it, it is subtle yet emphatic at the same time. Diddy is no stranger to marketing and he does no wrong here, Hype Williams is called upon for the directing and he pretty much mirrors the song with a visual, monotone and slow, it captures the essences of the track, you forget that Diddy is actually singing. There are some grey areas of confusion, there is a heavy portrayal of religion, which makes sense to the title ‘Angels’, yet the visuals of smoking, partying does clash but overall it manages to blend well and create a contrast that we face in every day life.

Angels has me intrigued to hear more from Dirty Money, this would be a perfect intro track for their album, but that shall all be revealed in due time, for now, Diddy has done it again, and provided us with something extremely different to listen to, from Diddy’s Phill Collins-like singing to Dawn’s sultry ad-libs, Angels might just be what the industry needs.

Diddy, Dawn & Kaleen = Dirty Money

Diddy, Dawn & Kaleen = Dirty Money

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Day26 – Girlfriend

There has not been a real male R&B group (I choose not to use the term ‘boy band’) that could be considered among the likes of Boyz II Men, Jodeci, Dru Hill, Blackstreet, 112, Jagged Edge and the list goes on, However, the man behind two from that list (Jodeci & 112), P. Diddy, set out to change that, his highly successful Making The Band franchise helped draft up five hopeful singers in the hope to turn them into a R&B force.

The result is Day26, who I must say are not that bad, it takes a lot to compete with greats such as 112 and Jagged Edge, who have both given us an array of classics. Day26’s debut album was not that bad, it had a good selection of tracks, some even made it into my playlists, tracks such as Co-Star and Since You’ve Been Gone, they were the signs of the groups large potential.

Fast forward to now ‘Girlfriend’ is the second single taken from their second album, Always & Forever.

This song is so far their best attempt at claiming a spot in rankings for the top R&B groups. The heavy beat commands the tempo as the synth-based melody dictates the songs feeling. Each member gets an opportunity to display their ability, with second singer Que making most of his chance. Girlfriend is one for the fellas however, the ladies will take to it even quicker for the way it is presented. Lyrically, it really does the beat justice, it is a good topic, drifting from the usual subject of sex to a more appreciating theme. The video is a great contrast to the song and overall with the performances helps deliver the song with greater effect.

Fáris Rating:
8/10

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