It's time for the fellasÖ
Looks like itís all about the men this month! All of the singles that are getting some serious airplay are coming from the fellas. But do they really deserve to be sitting pretty on the charts? You decide. ¤ Michelle
ďLost Without UĒ
Robin Thicke, The Evolution of Robin Thicke
Oooh, Iím so defenseless when I hear a steamy, gettiní some love song like Robin Thickeís "Lost Without U" (pssst Öhis dad is Alan Thicke Ė he played the father on "Growing Pains"). All I want to do is get hot and sweaty with someone special.
Oh, you havenít heard of Robin Thicke? Well he is a ďblue-eyed soulĒ R&B singer who is currently making his way up the charts. He stepped into the scene four years ago, but only received minor attention with his single "When I Get You Alone."
"Lost Without U" is his first release off his third album. This song is smooth as silk and sexy as hell. Even though Robin is an attractive guy, heís not just relying on his good looks to sell this song. His impressive falsetto adds to the sexy charm of this ballad, which by the way, can compete with Mr. Timberlakeís range any day. Better watch ya back Justin!
I like the delicate nature of this song. It doesnít pound you on the head with sexual innuendo; instead, Robin chooses to seduce you with his voice. Play on, playa!
Rating: Donít sleep on this guy. Iím sure that his next single will be just as hot. I give this song ***** (out of 5).
Ludacris feat. Mary J. Blige, Release Therapy
I am a Ludacris fan. I like most of the songs that he has released over the years (fave Luda song: "Southern Hospitality"), but his first single Ė "Money Maker" from Release Therapy Ė made me question if I still had love for Luda. The song wasnít saying much besides the fact that he wants girls to drop it like itís hot.
But then he released "Runaway Love." A song that speaks to the females who are abused physically, verbally, and/or sexually, and that feel overcome by fear, anger and pain.
At first it was a little hard for me to take this song seriously. How could Luda release "Money Maker" and then follow it up with a conscious song about down and out girls? It just seemed very contradictory and confusing.
Rating: I do appreciate that Ludacris used his fame to release a song that gives support to young girls that feel victimized, so I give this song *** 1/2 (out of 5).
Lloyd feat Lil Wayne, Street Love
Donít be baffled by the next thing that I write. Iím shocked too, but here it goes: The best thing about this song isÖLil Wayne. Yes, I really wrote that. I am not a fan of Lil Wayne, nor am I a fan of anyone with Lil in their name, but although this song is plain awful his rap actually gives this tired song some life.
On "You," Lloyd spits some of the weakest lines that Iíve ever heard on wax. I donít know how the girls in the video didnít burst out in laughter. Sample line: "I admit it / Dis just ainít no game these just ainít words / Dat Iím spittin / If you could see tha thoughts dats in my head (dats in my head) / (Iím trippin) / Imma playa dat is true / But I change da game for you / Lets see wat it do (oooooh)."
Did I lie? Corny and ignorant, eh?
The song gets points for modernizing a cool '80s classic. The underlying beat was originally produced by Spandau Ballet for "True" (1983), and sampled on "Set Adrift On Memory Bliss" (1991) by P.M. Dawn.
Rating: This song isnít the worst thing that Iíve ever heard, itís just the cheesiest. I can only give this ** 1/2 (out of 5).
Omarionís latest is not unlike his previous works. He mixes danceable beats with sappy lyrics.
I will admit that this isnít entirely a bad song. A little blah (the video is way worse!), but not terrible.
On "Ice Box," he speaks about how his pain from his past dysfunctional relationship is affecting his current relationship. Heís basically apologizing to his current girl for having emotional baggage. Okay, thatís commendable!
Rating: Taking into consideration the fact that Omarion is a former boy band member who is trying to evolve as an artist, I must give him some love for trying to appear more mature. This song gets *** (out of 5).
ďWhat Goes Around...Comes AroundĒ
Justin Timberlake, FutureSex/LoveSongs
I absolutely adore the first few seconds of this song. The use of the stringed instrument creates an exotic flava. Very mysterious!
"What Goes Around...Comes Around" is practically a remake of Justinís last Britney dis song, "Cry Me A River," but this version is just as relevant as the original. Heís not just rehashing harsh feelings; heís letting any sista know that heís not to be played with. Did you see the video? Look what happens to Scarlett Johanssonís character when she messes up.
Rating: Iím totally obsessed with this song Ė like the millions of his fans, so I gotta give this song a **** 1/2 (out of 5).