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Ty Dolla $ign – Love U Better ft. The Dream & Lil Wayne

Despite his major success, Ty Dolla $ign is still not as praised as I believe he deserves. The man behind some of your favourite songs (Chris Brown – Loyal, for one), he has maintained his relevancy through an onslaught of features and appearances, albeit with two studio albums under his belt, unfortunately they had not connected as well as his mixtapes. Campaign was a step forward from his debut Free TC, however it was his Beach House series which really raised his profile, and so fittingly the third instalment to the series is set to be his third album also.

Maybe there is a disconnect between the mixtapes and the albums, we’re aware of the various constraints that can occur, which can affect the music, but this move clearly highlights what to expect, and with the unveiling of this new single, it might just be the album we’ve been waiting to hear from him.

Produced by longtime friend and collaborator, DJ Mustard, with the Peabo Bryson – Feel The Fire sample, which you may recognise from The Game’s (Drizzy featured) track 100. it’s not anything spectacular, but it’s definitely fitting to the Beach House collection, and serves as a good introductory single for the album. Now, I do not think this is the best we have got from Ty, in some ways, I wish it did not have the features, but commercially the inclusion of The Dream adds a particular contrast to the record, not to mention the compliment of singing alongside a fellow singer/songwriter of such high acclaim. Weezy F Baby does what we’ve come to expect, for some reason however, (not taking anything away from the song) it does sound like an old record out the stash, but it could just be that I’ve become so expectant of Ty to innovate (like his Ed Sheeran interlude) or maybe I just really want to hear the song Wiz has been previewing on Social Media.

The visuals are crisp and add some depth that the single might have lacked, amongst the cameos from Sevyn Streeter, YG, Jeremih & Trae Tha Truth, it’s always great to see Weezy, with his Lollipop-esque mirror performance, there are tones of seriousness, as what is depicted as a young Ty, sat on the stairs, as a domestic audio is played over, it does open up some narrative and for me at least makes the song (and it’s visuals) stronger.

I’m definitely going to listen to it more, as Love U Better will gain momentum on radio, hopefully it picks up on this side too, and will for sure play it’s part in setting up for the release of Beach House 3.

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Rihanna – Hard ft. Young Jeezy

Okay, so in all honesty I have not paid the most attention to Rihanna’s return, simply because I want everyone to silence all the talk regarding her personal life, concentrate on the music. I heard Russian Roulette and I felt like I knew that was coming, however I came across this song and found myself listening to it over and over again.

This was different, I did not expect this, it feels inspirational, I can actually feel Rihanna’s honesty in this record, she wants everybody to listen, she has her own style, its grown, its sexy, its confident and still it remains fun rather than serious, produced by Tricky Steward and the Dream, this is another hit for sure, with the added feature of Mr Inspiration himself Young Jeezy, the song manages to appeal to a broder audience, it has the feel of Run This Town which you all heard and saw how successful it was.

The production is important as it possesses such a powerful feeling to it, the hard drums are kept subdued…so you feel them without them having to stand out, the guitar takes a lead but it blends with synths creating a lazer like melody racing over the beat, as Rihanna comfortably maintains her composure and dominates with her vocals (effortlessly). Young Jeezy delivers a typical emphatic verse, with accompanied adlibs, he makes his presence without overshadowing Rihanna, it gives the track more depth and increases it’s raw appeal.

I hope a good video is created to accompany this to the top of the charts, as an even stronger Rihanna returns to elevate her career to new heights.

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JAMIE FOXX – DIGITAL GIRL ft. Drake, The Dream & Kanye West

The original has been around for a while, taken from Jamie Foxx’s new album ‘Intuition’, it is a good song but it had no real buzz, so what better than to get the most talked about artist of the moment on the track and release it as a single. Enter Drake, the Toronto born actor turned rapper has a surreal hype surrounding him, with major labels locked into a bidding war for his signature, Jay-Z referred to his So Far Gone mixtape as the best of all time, Kanye West is directing his new video, he is part of Lil’ Wayne’s Young Money, he has already worked with Jay and will feature on Mary J Blige’s new single, so it is fair to say that Drake is pretty much the hottest rapper at the moment.

With all that weight on his shoulders, Drake displays his confidence, knowing why he has been asked to feature on the track and he does not disappoint, concept, flow and lyrics, adding the singing into his verse, it is a trademark Drake verse and like the others, it is a good one.

I like the concept, it has been done before by the likes of R. Kelly (2nd Kelly) and Usher (Dot Com), but none the less, it does not interfere with Digital Girl, it grows on you the more you hear it, it is a really good collaboration.

Kanye West has gone from soulful Hip-Hop producer to Global Superstar, there are a few artists in the world of his caliber, so a clever, witty rhyme with a catchy flow are expected, Kanye’s verse is a good, I like the beat change, it pretty much is the peak of the song, his verse is a good balance with Drake’s, it fuses nicely as The Dream and Jamie Foxx take up the singing duties, to have four stars on one track does not always guarantee a hit but I think Jamie Foxx has one with this effort.

I like the beat change when for Kanye’s verse, it is the peak of the song, now is that a statement in itself that Drake is still no Kanye West, either way, it adds a whole new element to the track, it takes the track to a new level even. The video, although not unique or a real representation of the song, still manages to come off well, it reminded me of Hype William’s video for Lloyd – Girls Around The World ft. Lil’ Wayne, however, at one point the girls do look a bit virtual and such a small touch as that really makes a big difference. I like the idea of four superstars on one track, it has a momentous feel to it, Digital Girl is like the R&B version of Swagger Like Us. Over all it was always a good track, the video is not as good as it could have been, towards the end you see Jamie Foxx and Dream enjoying the track whilst Kanye West and Drake fade into the background.

Fáris Rating:
8/10

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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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Jamie Foxx – Digital Girl (Remix) ft. The Dream, Kanye West & Drake

The original has been around for a while, taken from Jamie Foxx’s new album ‘Intuition’, it is a good song but it had no real buzz, so what better than to get the most talked about artist of the moment on the track and release it as a single. Enter Drake, the Toronto born actor turned rapper has a surreal hype surrounding him, with major labels locked into a bidding war for his signature, Jay-Z referred to his So Far Gone mixtape as the best of all time, Kanye West is directing his new video, he is part of Lil’ Wayne’s Young Money, he has already worked with Jay and will feature on Mary J Blige’s new single, so it is fair to say that Drake is pretty much the hottest rapper at the moment.

With all that weight on his shoulders, Drake displays his confidence, knowing why he has been asked to feature on the track and he does not disappoint, concept, flow and lyrics, adding the singing into his verse, it is a trademark Drake verse and like the others, it is a good one.

I like the concept, it has been done before by the likes of R. Kelly and Usher, but none the less, it does not interfere with Digital Girl, it grows on you the more you hear it, it is a really good collaboration.

Kanye West has gone from soulful Hip-Hop producer to Global Superstar, there are a few artists in the world of his caliber, so a clever, witty rhyme with a catchy flow are expected, Kanye’s verse is a good balance with Drake’s, it fuses nicely as The Dream and Jamie Foxx take up the singing duties, to have four stars on one track does not always guarantee a hit but I think Jamie Foxx has one with this effort.

Fáris Rating:
8/10

Here’s a live performance by Jamie Foxx and Heartbreak Drake himself:

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Loick Essien ..UK Stand Up!!

I was listening to Chipmunk – Beast ft. Loick Essien and wondered what other tracks Loick has, so found his myspace and there were two songs I had never heard, ‘Idol‘ and ‘Transformer‘, so I clicked play and began listening…

Idol:

It has a classic R&B feel, classic like something you would hear on an Usher album, a couple seconds in and it is sounding like an Usher song itself, not in the way of copied but more so in the way of presence and feel, it felt similar to Usher – Moving Mountains but better even, Loick sounds like a veteran the way he stretches notes and flows over the track so effortlessly.

Fáris Rating:
8/10

Transformer:

The concept alone is amazing, the track itself does the idea justice. The beat possesses a futuristic feel, the tempo is mellow and very R&B, Loick Essien commands the track perfectly with this complex delivery, the vocal effects in certain areas such as the chorus are minor but add depth to the song, I really like this song and will be confused if Loick Essien does not get received well in the USA…these tracks are that good!!

Fáris Rating:
9/10

I’m looking forward to hearing more from Loick Essien, these two tracks sound really good, they are comparable to the works of The Dream and Tricky Stewart, who together have a large collection of hits, on their own and projects for other artists, Loick as an artist has a lot of potential and if he continues to deliver songs of this quality and better, will no doubt be among the best in the business. Look out for Loick Essien, another young, British R&B talent ..UK Stand Up!!

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Mario – Boom In It ft. The Dream

It’s not the latest but it is one of his recent unreleased tracks, I have heard a few new recordings by Mario and this is the pick of the bunch in my opinion.

Produced by Tricky Stewart and written by and featuring The Dream, Boom In It has the ingredients of a hit, if not in the charts then at least as a potential album track. I felt the traditional R&B vibe with Mario’s vocals and the song’s melody, whilst content and the literally ‘Booming’ beat provides a more modern and current R&B feel, nicely fused and resulting in what could be another success single for Tricky Steward and The Dream, not to mention putting Mario back in the spotlight as one of the talented singers the genre has to offer.

Fáris Rating:
7/10

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Rick Ross – All I Want ft. The Dream

The Boss returns with his official second single taken from his No.1 charting album ‘Deeper Than Rap’.

All I Want ft. The Dream:

A continuous ‘rap beef’ with heavyweight 50 Cent helped propel Rick Ross further and gain more promotion, it also became a channel for Rick Ross to release ‘street’ singles whilst putting out the softer material for chart success, a good combination as it kept both sets of fans happy.

With ‘All I Want’, Ross enlisted the help of man of the moment ‘The Dream‘ (fresh off the success from his sophomore album ‘Love Vs Money’) and producer Tricky Stewart, the beat possess that feel-good factor, with the combination of drums and a soft but catchy melody on which The Dream provides yet another infectious hook for the fans to sing along to (remember ‘Cookie Jar‘?), The Boss flows over the beat well about his desired lady, with more lavish and luxurious rhymes, but it is all put together neatly, resulting in a potential summer smash for the self-proclaimed Biggest Boss.

Fáris Rating:
7.5/10

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