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Rick Ross should do the right thing and give this track to Jay-Z. I say that because he is merely an after thought on what’s really a Jay-Z affair.
“Money” is easily one of the best songs I’ve heard all week. And believe me, my ears endured plenty of music in the past 7 days, what with Big Boi’s album dropping and Rawse’s joints leaking like loose diaper.
Unless you own a chain shaped in his image, Rick Ross is kinda hard to like. Kanye? Well, he isn’t exactly the most likeable guy in hip-hop either (although “Power” may have won back a few fans).
Why do I have this strange feeling that “Trillionaire” would be much more enjoyable if we didn’t have to endure T-Pain’s boilerplate chorus for four agonizing minutes?
I’ve learned to be suspicious of songs with dubious subtitles, like this here “All White Everything: The Summer Anthem.” If Jeezy’s latest single from TM 103 is truly the summer anthem it’s pegged as, why not allow it to summerly warm me into the groove and leave bogus song titling to MF Doom? But that’s not my real beef with “All White Everything.”
As always, J Cole’s got that smooth flow and his timing is on point but lyrically this joint is weak. While the instrumentals give the track a lively feel, the hook is bland and redundant.
Having recently endured a brutal slaying in the hands of the New York Times, a remix with Jay-Z is just what the doctor ordered for M.I.A. “XXXO” is an uptempo dance number from Maya’s upcoming new album. Jigga sounds comfortable here, almost too comfortable.
Following their first sparring session on “Drop the World,” Marshall and Dwayne connect again on the brilliantly bleak “No Love,” a track off Em’s Recovery LP. This time Lil Wayne is in beast mode.
The lyrics are largely nonsensical: ”Have white party for white bitches/Fly haircut and dyke bitches…” Huh? The music is a cacophony of sounds, a blend of whistles, frantic snares, and elastic drums.
Nearly 20 years after Pete Rock & CL Smooth dazzled with the intoxicating “They Reminisce Over You” off their Mecca & the Soul Brother album, CL Smooth and producer Mr. Chop have updated the classic tune with new vocals and a shittier beat.
How to recover from a middling experiment like 808s & Heartbreak? How about kicking off your next longplayer with a dense, epic sprawl of a record? I’m sure if you play this long enough you’ll start going a little cuckoo for Good Ass Job.
Jay-Z plays Obi-Wan Kenobi to Drake’s Luke Skywalker, with a few words of counsel for the budding Jedi. “Drake, here’s how they gon’ come after you/ With silly rap feuds trying to distract you.”