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Gucci Mane – Spotlight ft. Usher (Official Video)

I guess you can say Hip-Hop’s man of the moment, Gucci Mane makes his official mainstream debut after snatching the underground crown with his sets of mixtapes and guest verses (most notably his recent appearance on the remix for Mariah Carey – Obsession), here is the new single, Spotlight:

Produced by Polow Da Don (who seems destined to return back to his dominant ways within the charts), this catchy record is made for the radio, the clubs and no doubt will make it onto many iPods, featuring Usher, it possesses an Atlanta feel with a mainstream vibe, it helps welcome Gucci Mane into the mainstream safely, Usher does well, he provides the song with a much needed assurance, an extra appeal. All together this is a good record, many can enjoy it with its broad concept. The video is a good look, similar to Usher’s U Don’t Have To Call video, none the less a good visual for the record.

Gucci Mane is currently riding a wave of success throughout the charts and Spotlight looks set to be his mainstream initiation as he embarks on an even bigger career.

Mr "So Icey" himself, Gucci Mane

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T.I. – Remember Me ft. Mary J. Blige

As the ‘King of the South’ starts his ‘Year and a day’ jail sentence, he leaves us with this anthem featuring none other than Mary J. Blige.

Produced by Polow Da Don (Usher – Love in This Club), this inspirational mid-tempo track provides T.I. with the perfect canvas to paint his lyrical picture as the Grand Hustle rapper vents some feelings regarding his own situation whilst inspiring others to stand strong regardless of how strong the negative winds in our lives are. Featuring Mary J. Blige, who commands the chorus like nobody else, the only other person that could have done it is Mariah Carey, however, with Mary you have a far more urban edge as well as that mainstream appeal.

It is a shame that one of the best artists is having to be locked up for a year, but I’m in no doubt that it will only lead to what might just be the best album of his career for T.I. when he returns. In the mean time he has another hit to add to his already large catalogue. Remember Me is a classic sounding song, with a real meaning from one of the realest artists who will be missed).

Fáris Rating:
8/10
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPuJRR78fFk

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Mariah Carey – Obsessed

This song has been around for a while, promoted as an apparent ‘diss’ to Eminem, it gained a lot of interest, however for me that was taking it away from what it truely was, I don’t jump on band-wagons, so once the interest died down, I gave it an actual listen. Mariah’s recent album E=MC2 was a good album, collaborations with artists such as Young Jeezy and Damien Marley really gave the album and Mariah that urban edge, Mariah like Justin Timberlake is one of those artists who already has a large mainstream following, predominantly Pop, they manage to maintain satisfying the urban audiences.

‘Obsessed’, the first single from her forthcoming album ‘the Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel’ is a good song, it is catchy, it could be considered generic, however, it seems to stand out, one for the ladies without a doubt.

Mariah Carey as everyone knows has a presence, the vocal talent is undeniably great and so she gives the track that extra ‘umph’ (there literally is not a word for it), it is a combination of the presence, the fact that it is a well known artist and the experience of being on record. Production is provided by none other than Tricky Stewart and the lyrical genius that is The-Dream, the track is co-written with Mariah herself which is why MC manages to put so much soul into it dispite the the auto-tune like effects on the voice. A music video has been filmed, directed by Brett Ratner (Rush Hour) and will feature Mariah playing both herself and her stalker.

Obsessed looks set to be another hit for Mariah Carey, who appears set to take off from where she left, at the top.

Fáris Rating:
8/10

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