Tag Archives: Keri Hilson

Juelz Santana – Back To The Crib ft. Chris Brown

Juelz Santana launches his Def Jam career with Back To The Crib ft. Chris Brown:

Juelz Santana took the apparent ‘risk’ in turning to Chris Brown to feature on the record, however this so called gamble seems to have paid off, musically atleast, simply as Chris fits the record well and helps broaden the track’s appeal in regards to audience.

Produced by Polow Da Don, who seems ready to launch another successful Chart take-over, he has done it before, producing hits for the likes of Keri Hilson, Usher and Chris Brown himself (for his new album Graffiti). Issues aside, I like the record, the chorus is catchy, the beat is infectious as it is, an overall hit record feel, a track that is radio friendly whilst being almost guaranteed to be played by a DJ towards the end of his set. The video is simple and fun, it has a good feel-good vibe and i’m sure it will be another successful record for Santana.

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Clipse – Back By Popular Demand (Popeye’s) ft. Cam’ron (Official Video)

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The much hyped collaboration finally leaks, since some information regarding tracklisting for their upcoming album ‘Til The Casket Drops’ had surfaced on the internet, there was a lot of interest in this one (even though there was a Kanye West collabo too), after Kinda Like A Big Deal ft. Kanye West was released, Popeye’s was all that people could talk about.

Dipset general Cam’ron had turned down the chance to work with the Clipse before, when invited to feature on the remix for their anthem ‘Grindin’, however now seems to be the time, many may expect a lot more, but I think the real Hip-Hop (or general Clipse/Cam’ron) fan will appreciate this for it’s classic rap feel.

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_vrzuh0xKU&feature=related]

Produced by The Neptunes and featuring a hook from Pharrell Williams, this track was created especially for this concept, The Neptunes have always known how to bring the best out of the Clipse, even though they are capable to shine just as well on a Justice League, Timbaland or Kanye West beat (I beleive Pusha T is one of the few emcees that could hold his own on a Dr Dre beat), there is a present chemistry between the two and this is obviously evident with this. So, once again the Clipse have not dissapointed, ‘fly-talk’, slick word-play, they possess it all and bring it to the table with this, an extra-dimension is offered with the feature provided by Cam’ron, “I’m Pharrell (for real) with the Clipse (clips)”, is one of the lines as he provides a classic Killa Cam flow, his presence is felt on the track and helps round this record up with the appeal of a classic song.

The video is a more realistic feeling video, rather than the generic extravagant videos that we are used to seeing, I like the styles that both the Clipse and Cam’ron bring to it, the video manages to parallel the beat in terms of its appeal, a laid back, friendly atmosphere, a video that people could actually relate to.

The Clipse’s third album ‘Til The Casket Drops’ is tipped to be another classic, with features from Keri Hilson, Kanye West & more, expect more anthems from Clipse and the whole Re-Up gang.

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Ny – Sea Sick (Official Video)

Previewed this single a while back, I tipped it to be a hit, obviously one more catered for the females, this does not mean the song is not any good, I think Ny deserves far more recognition, her previous single Dangerous should have been a smash, but the industry works in its mysterious ways, if Dangerous was (for example) Keri Hilson’s single, it would be constantly played and praised, yet when we have someone as talented as Ny, they are just looked over.

I hope Sea Sick brings her the deserved recognition, produced by Davinche, this song could so easily be a Ne-Yo/Stargate hit, and by that I mean, it has a nice beat, it has a concept, lyrics and its overall feeling, I have to admit, Davinche surprised me with this one and that is exactly what you want from the premier producers! Ny as always sounds great, I’m surprised not she has not done many collaborations, Ny could so easily be a success stateside (like most of our scene) as she possesses all the essentials.

The song is good, make sure you spread the word and support Ny, we need more real talented people that deserve to be at the top of the charts!!

Lady Ny

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Dirty Money – Love Come Down (Official Video)


Diddy is a marketing genius, that is all I can say, he knows how to create something and more so how to deliver it to his particular audience of choice, this to most will sound like a typical diddy sample, to others it will be a wacky new pop cut from Bad Boy, however, this is a genre-merging R&B/pop/rap combo, it has soul, it has swagger (do we even still use that word?), Diddy has his style of music, his last album ‘Press Play’ displayed elements of what we have come to expect from him..from back when he was known as Puff Daddy.

As for this song, I actually like it, I think its cool, that is who it was made for, that ‘cool kids’ demographic, it is not a classic, or a musical masterpiece, it is just a feel-good record that I can see a lot of people moving to, simple as, its a nice contrast from the more sombre ‘Angels’, the beat takes time to adjust to I feel, but if you just give it a chance, you will find yourself nodding your head, ex-Danity Kane member Dawn has been given a bigger platform to perform on and she’s making the most of it, her vocals have something about it, its unique, not the strongest but still captivating, similar to an early Keri Hilson, either way all together this has ‘Hit’ written all over it, if not in the UK, then most definitely it will continues to gain more and more spins across America.. whilst I look forward to hearing the whole album.

"Its that Dirty Money!"

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Clipse – Popular Demand (Popeye’s) ft. Pharrell & Cam’ron

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The much hyped collaboration finally leaks, since some information regarding tracklisting for their upcoming album ‘Til The Casket Drops’ had surfaced on the internet, there was a lot of interest in this one (even though there was a Kanye West collabo too), after Kinda Like A Big Deal ft. Kanye West was released, Popeye’s was all that people could talk about.

Dipset general Cam’ron had turned down the chance to work with the Clipse before, when invited to feature on the remix for their anthem ‘Grindin’, however now seems to be the time, many may expect a lot more, but I think the real Hip-Hop (or general Clipse/Cam’ron) fan will appreciate this for it’s classic rap feel.

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zwEfmJqoFo&NR=1]

Produced by The Neptunes and featuring a hook from Pharrell Williams, this track was created especially for this concept, The Neptunes have always known how to bring the best out of the Clipse, even though they are capable to shine just as well on a Justice League, Timbaland or Kanye West beat (I beleive Pusha T is one of the few emcees that could hold his own on a Dr Dre beat), there is a present chemistry between the two and this is obviously evident with this. So, once again the Clipse have not dissapointed, ‘fly-talk’, slick word-play, they possess it all and bring it to the table with this, an extra-dimension is offered with the feature provided by Cam’ron, “I’m Pharrell (for real) with the Clipse (clips)”, is one of the lines as he provides a classic Killa Cam flow, his presence is felt on the track and helps round this record up with the appeal of a classic song.

The Clipse’s third album ‘Til The Casket Drops’ is tipped to be another classic, with features from Keri Hilson, Kanye West & more, expect more anthems from Clipse and the whole Re-Up gang.

Malice & Pusha T aka The Clipse

Malice & Pusha T aka The Clipse

“VA..Stand Up!!”

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Mobo Awards controversy


The Mobo Awards appeared to be a successful event, it was a proud moment for the UK, watching the opening performance by Tinchy Stryder (with a feature from Ndubz’s Dappy), another by Chipmunk and DJ Ironik, JLS and Ndubz, you could sense the atmosphere, the british acts were claiming their position, however, even though JLS won (two), Chipmunk returned to win another, Ndubz won two awards, I was dissapointed that Sean Paul won best Reggae Artist when there were more deserving acts nominated, Bashy and Master Shortie were the two unsigned acts and I felt it would be a big acheivement for them if they won, especially Bashy as he has come a long way since his early grime mixtape days. The biggest controversy however, was the fact that Tinchy Stryder and Dizzee Rascal did not win, based on a voting system it was strange and surprising that despite the success of the UK artists, two time Number 1 charting, Tinchy Stryder who also had the Number 2 album in the country did not win, nor did three time Number 1 charting (in a row) Dizzee Rascal.

Keri Hilson who was co-presenting won as well as Beyonce, I wish I was there, I would have done a ‘Kanye’ and made my point clear, maybe next time.

I think we have taken a big step, we expected or felt that we deserved more for the clear domination that we have had on the charts this year, I was even more so annoyed that Taio Cruz came on to support Keri Hilson and sung Ne-Yo’s part for her single Knock Me Down (when he is a talented writer himself), again, maybe this is a smaller step than we thought and as long as we continue making good music and remaining consistent with our chart domination then we will scale further heights, still you cannot help but to feel for Tinchy Stryder who really deserved some recognition for his acheivements.

Until next years awards..

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Asher Roth – She Don’t Want A Man ft. Keri Hilson

After the success of his debut single I Love College, Mr Roth returns with She Don’t Wanna Man, featuring “Miss Keriii Baaaby”, Keri Hilson helps solidify the single as a ladies’ anthem, I Love College was a favourite of mine and a huge success for Asher, this new single will be no different in terms of it’s success.

I like the relativity and feel good factor that Asher Roth brings to the table with his records, although these songs do not justify his ability as a rapper nor lyricist, they do boost his credentials as an artist and his previous records have helped him stand among some of the best, he has to be more than just white to be compared to the almost legendary Eminem.

Click to visit Ashers official site

Click to visit Asher's official site

Asher Roth – Asleep In The Bread Aisle ..OUT NOW!!

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Fabolous – Everything, Everyday, Everywhere ft. Keri Hilson

Produced by Ryan Leslie (Cassie – Me & U), this might just be one of the best productions this year, it is a big statement but when this plays loud, it takes over, the beat is not just unique, it’s emphatic, not too aggresive yet sounds tough at the same time, Ryan Leslie is a master of his craft, the underrated producer provides Fabolous with what might just be another hit, it has certainly helped as his album Loso’s Way is currently #1 on the Billboard charts.

The video (which is also a scene from the album’s accompanying movie Loso’s Way) is a paperazzi’s point of view at Fabolous’ launch party, with Cameos from the likes of Trey Songz, Ace Hood, Rick Ross has a comical appearance, as well as Jadakiss, Ryan Leslie and off course Miss Keri Hilson herself (who is looking good as usual). It is a lavish set as you would expect, but it fits well, the paperazzi eye view makes it fit in whilst standing out from the traditional ‘flossing’ videos that we have become accustomed to definitely latc

Overall, Everything, Everyday, Everywhere (currently being heavily rotated on radio in the states) is a crossover gem that I am sure Ryan, Loso and Keri are proud to have, with Fab putting out numerous ‘street’ videos for the underground audience, the mainstream will definitely latch onto this smash as Fabolous looks to reinstate himself as a Hip-Hop heavyweight.

Fáris Rating:
8/10

Here is some in-studio footage from the making of the song:

You have to respect the talented Mr Leslie, a real musician.

Fabolous - Loso's Way

Fabolous - Loso's Way

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