Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Billboard Top 5 Review: R&B/Hip Hop Songs

"Yo chick she so thirsty"
In an effort to figure out what and why certain music is popular these days, I've decided to review the top 5 songs on Billboard in the categories I care about. First up, in an effort to stereotype myself, I'm starting with the R&B/Hip Hop charts:

1. Usher: Climax
Easily the dopest thing about this song is the production. Diplo got busy on the boards and what started out sounding like it was going to be another fist-pumping, OMG-like hit for Usher, turned into a nice little ballad. But that's about where the uniqueness of the song stopped for me. It gave me too much usher vocally. I heard "Dot.com", "Burn" and 50 other Usher songs rolled into one. Having listened to Usher's latest cd, Looking for Myself, I can definitely say there were some other choices I would've made for the lead single, but what do I know, it's number 1 on Billboard! Ant's Rating: 7 of 10

2. Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz: Mercy
Obviously the hoodrat in me comes out on cue the second I hear "O-o-o-o-o-OKAY". I can't really go into detail about anybody's verses because a song about a Lamborghini is not meant to be dissected. It's meant to grab every rat you know, jump in your bum ass car, turn this song up and ride that bitch like a Murcielago. O-o-o-o-o-OKAY! Ant's Rating: 9 of 10

3. Trey Songz: Heart Attack
Trey Songz has gone from an artist I totally despise (see: Gotta Make It) to an artist I realize can have a pretty good song if he tries really hard, only to ruin it by singing it live and breaking into Purple Rain in front of my favorite singer of all time, Prince, all while sounding like he was crying on the phone with a police dispatcher (see: Your Side of the Bed). But for all his anorexia, he's not that bad. Ironically, this song is in that same sort of middling gray area. It's not the worst thing I've ever heard, but it's not that great. It's so okayish that when I tried to listen to it one more time on Billboard, the link didn't work...O-o-o-o-o-OKAY! Ant's Rating: 6 of 10

4. Ca$h Out: Cashin Out
Seriously this is top 5? Like for real? Prayer works for everybody. I get the feeling he's gonna go the way of the lightskinned dude from Racks on Racks, but hey, I could be wrong (re-visit this post in a year, and ask yourself, what's Ca$h Out's last hit before you say I'm hating).  Rating: "Aint nobody got time fo dat"

5. J. Cole ft. Missy Elliott: Nobody's Perfect
I like J. Cole, and I really wanted to like his debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, but most of the tracks were full of Nyquil, Codeine, Tylenol PM, and humidifier water. But this was easily the standout track in my opinion. When those oddly seductive strings start playing, and J. Cole starts spitting somewhat offbeat, but in a good way, I knew this had potential to be a hit if he got a chance to release it. By the time you get to the hook, Missy does what she used to be known for doing back in the mid-late 90's, kills that shit! Rating 8 of 10

Other than "Heart Attack", most of these songs are pretty old and have been in rotation for a while. Hopefully next review, we'll have some fresher stuff to go over. Until then...SWERVE!

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