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Kelly Rowland’s Star Turn….Finally!

It is likely too early to call, but Kelly Rowland may be finding herself.

 

 

We all know I love me some Kelly Rowland so I’m probably biased. But it is nice to see her finally own so completely and confidently the fact that she is the finest woman on the planet.

But more than that, she holds your attention in this video in a way she simply hasn’t before. Kelly for so long was the dime piece who didn’t want you to notice her. Even though she was a prominent member of one of the biggest girl groups of all time. Even though everyone who had eyes could tell that there was something there worth paying attention to.

“Motivation” the song and video feels more like the true progression from her scene-stealing turns in “Lose My Breath” (both song and video) and on the last Destiny’s Child album, where she got all the best parts and freaked the hell out of them. It isn’t a great song, but it’s better than what she’s been releasing so far and, most importantly, it allows her to use the top part of her vocal range well.

And it just feels like the star turn we’ve all been waiting for.

I mean, even the remix is dope!

 

Chris Brown’s “Look At Me Now”

Talk about becoming an afterthought on your own track.

 

 

It is interesting to me that the one thing Chris Brown can do – dance – is so blah in this video. 

Well actually, that's not interesting at all. All I really care about is Busta Rhymes, who owns this from the minute he opens his mouth.

Lil Wayne who?

Best Albums and Songs of 2010 – Explanation

This was an exceptionally strong year for Black music so I chose to expand both lists to 30 just so I could have the opportunity to extol the virtues of a lot of worthy music. This was such a strong year that most of the albums at the top of this list are either flawless or within a song or two of being flawless (though it needs to be stated that emcees would probably make stronger albums if they limited themselves to 10 or 11 tracks).

Compiling this list took considerably longer than it has in years past because the order started becoming a hassle. I'm not entirely pleased with the order of much of this, excluding the top 10 or so…maybe. But I do think it is important to give you some sense of the relative quality of all of these albums, so I stuck with the ordering format. Imperfect though it may be.

As always, my list is a total reflection of my tastes, nothing more. So if you think Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Alicia Keys, Lil Wayne are somewhere on this list, you will be disappointed. I am not in the habit of conflating cultural impact with artistic merit…you know, unless an artist of superb quality happens to break into the mainstream. Which is exceedingly rare in this historical moment for the industry with respect to Black music. 

Also – I do not make distinctions between official releases and mixtapes, or between singles, album tracks, or leaked songs. I just don't much care about that unless I can make a point about the kinds of songs that end up being left off of official albums that shouldn't have been (for instance, listening to mixtapes by Chrisette Michele and Raheem DeVaughn prove that they would be better served if the label just let them do whatever they want).

I usually do this as one big post, but I have decided to break this up into increments of 6. I will be publishing each installment – one post of singles and one post of albums – every weekday this week.

 

Monday – Best Songs of 2010 (30-25) / Best Albums of 2010 (30-25)

Tuesday – Best Songs of 2010 (24-19) / Best Albums of 2010 (24-19)

Wednesday – Best Songs of 2010 (18-13) / Best Albums of 2010 (18-13)

Thursday – Best Songs of 2010 (12-7) / Best Albums of 2010 (12-7)

Friday – Best Songs of 2010 (6-1) / Best Albums of 2010 (6-1)

Redman – “Defjammable”

This is pretty much the way you do current, but stay (essentially) you.

 

02 Defjammable (Dirty)

 

This song's charms – a very basic beat hidden in slightly cacophonous production, the vocal distortions – reveal themselves pretty quickly, but deepen on subsequent listens. With the right video treatment, this could really be a big single for Redman I think. 

But then, Reggie probably wouldn't give a damn. Though I've always felt that Lil Wayne owed Redman royalties for stealing his whole persona and career, in truth, Redman is not unhinged and insane the way Wayne is. He's not an outsized persona that cleverly masks average mic skills. He's just a gleefully simple dude who likes his weed, his women and having a good time. 

Redman
Of course, one shouldn't see the word "simple" and think that Redman isn't a beast on the mic.  Because he is a beast on the mic. But for all the boasts in his material – and there's plenty here ("i'll blow ya mind out/with a dynamite/Louis Vuitton belt") – Redman is the quintessential hip-hop journeyman. He diligently, consistently churns out very strong material to a small, dedicated fanbase that enjoys him for being Redman, nothing more. He is uninterested in doing anything other than making the music he wants to make for the audience that rides and dies for him. 

There really is something to be said for that. At this point in the life of hip hop, journeymen are the ones we look to to make sure hip hop is still there, alive and kicking.  And artists like Redman will never get the attention and the accolades, even though many of us would be quick to cite Reggie as one of the best currently working. And I'm sure he'd be fine with that.

The hip-hop journeymen do it for the love of it. In ways that are far less cliche and sentimental than that statement intimates.

AYO! Meth and Red Are Back!

Can we have a national conversation about how Lil Wayne owes Reggie truckloads of cake for jackin Reggie’s eccentric persona?

Eh, probably not.  Still true though.

Anywho…

I’m feelin this something fierce.  This is actually a little out of left field for Cliff and Reggie, sorta summery.  I can picture myself riding through the hood in my droptop to this joint…you know, if i had one.

The “aww shit” line?

Meth: “Livin this life like it was written. Especially for me I’m what the recipe is missin”

Indeed.

WATCH ME!

Side note – Method Man is so telegenic it’s ridiculous.  I can’t think of another rapper who commands the camera as easily as he does (maybe Jay, but clearly he’s no Clifford Smith, am I right?).  There are lots of pretty rappers (hi T.I. and Cam), but Meth is next-level fine because you know he kinda grimy and shit.  Sort of a throwback to Treach and nem.  Whewwww!