Single Reviews: T.I., Lemar, September, and Jai Ho!


1. T.I. featuring Justin Timberlake – “Dead and Gone”

T.I.’s one of the biggest new Hip-Hop acts to emerge last year. His album, singles both hit #1 in the US Charts. He’s got a couple of top 10 singles in the UK, Australia and his hits like the appalling “Live Your Life”, “Whatever You Like” has placed a new statement on Hip-Hop music scene. Now he’s collaborating once more with Justin Timberlake in this R&B track called “Dead and Gone”. T.I. has collaborated with Justin in 2006 for the #1 hit “My Love”. “Dead and Gone” is a solid R&B flavoured track delivered with the usual arrangement of the featured artist singing the chorus. Justin’s vocals are well polished, definitely suited the entire song and of course, T.I.’s rapping skills are superb with the message of the song about struggles and new beginnings. It’s indeed another “on fire” hit that’ll conquer the radio airwaves.

RATING:
RELEASE: M
arch 9, 2009

2. Lemar – “Weight of the World”

He’s released a myriad number of singles now and four albums to date but yet he hasn’t delivered the elusive #1 single. He’s got 7 of his singles crack the top 10 but yet for the past 2 years, Lemar’s intuitive talent hasn’t been making it’s way clear on top of the charts. His last single, “If She Knew” a heavy R&B track was jolted onto the top 14 of the UK Singles Charts. Now he released “Weight of the World” another R&B track from his fourth LP, “The Reason”. The song’s a little bit morose with Lemar showing some acridity and self-pity on himself with sympathetic lines “Have the angels turned their back on me?”. Although a little bit off, this one may be an R&B classic which sounds like we’ve heard from him years ago but then, let’s just enjoy the currentness of the track and pretend that’s it’s very original and new.

RATING:
RELEASE: March 2, 2009

3. September – “Can’t Get Over”

It seems like this Swedish electropop diva hasn’t been recording new material since her fellow DJs are working hard to remix all of her past singles that didn’t quite make well on charts. Either way, September re-releases a track titled “Can’t Get Over” with it’s tune re-remixed, suited well for the UK, US public radio. It still follows the footsteps of her other major hits like “Cry For You”, “Satellites” with it’s ever bass thumping Europop beats, electrifying synth chorus and of course the ambiance of a dance-floor filling atmosphere that’ll make you dance the moment you hear it.

RATING:
RELEASE: March 9, 2009

4. You’re My Destiny (Jai Ho!) – A.R. Rahman feat. The Pussycat Dolls

Hearing this track on the end of the movie “Slumdog Millionare” makes me wanna dance and of course even though I don’t understand the lyrics because they’re Hindi, I was able to get hold of the message being delivered by the track. But then an unprecedented news shocked me that The Pussycat Dolls will re-make the track that won the “Best Original Song” at the Oscars last February, it left my mouth wide open. Even though it was a shock at least we’ll see another well-choreographed video with the popular dances gracing the ever stripper-pole attitude of the PCD. WTF? are the producers thinking of putting the title for the cover, “A.R. Rahman featuring the Pussycat Dolls and Nicole Scherzinger”? Is it just ridiculous idea ever? Nicole is at least a member of PCD and has been singing all of the tracks on every album they get to release. Anyways, enough of the rant. This track is quite pleasing as it is still incorporated with the ethnicity and colourful musical attributes India has and it’s quite infectious isn’t it?

RATING:
RELEASED: March 16, 2009

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2 responses to “Single Reviews: T.I., Lemar, September, and Jai Ho!

  1. J.Mensah

    I LOVE “Dead and Gone”. T.I.’s been out for a while, at least 10 years now.

  2. Ken

    What I mean is mainstream like the pop music world. He’s not making hits the whole ten years right?

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