Music Recommendation – Single – Kid Ink ft. Trey Songz, Juicy J, 2 Chainz, and Chris Brown, “Show Me” (Remix)

show-me-remixIn case the original “Show Me” did not have enough Trey Songz, Juicy J, or 2 Chainz for you, the remix should definitely do its job. I really admire this remix in that it overs a solid rap verse from Juicy J (in fact one of his best), sensual RnB from Trey Songz, and an alternate piece from Kid Ink. Add that with Chris Brown’s already dope role, and subtract a couple of points for 2 Chainz, and you have a remix that gives you everything you may have wanted from the original.

Combining Chris Brown and Trey Songz vocals has proven to be a great thing, but the way that these two overlap on this song turns out incredible. The lyrics feel a bit too raw (and slightly cringeworthy) at times, but these artists are not exactly known for keeping it subtle.

Overall, I would rate the remix at:

8.75/10

You can hear the remix below:

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Music Recommendation – Single – Ne-Yo ft. Juicy J and T-Pain, She Knows (Remix)

t-painIt’s the T-mix of She Knows that the Hip-Hop fan in you never knew you needed. I have heard quite a few versions of the original She Knows, and while the original hit-maker track was my favorite to this point, this particular remix might top that. T-Pain jumps on the hit and does his part to make it even better.

It is no secret that I enjoy T-Pain’s controversial sound. I also enjoy T-Pain’s voice without autotune. His recent singles such as Stoicville have been impressive without editing or mixing on his voice. However, this song brings the classic T-Pain that Hip-Hop fans have not heard in the last couple of years. I am a fan of both rapper T-Pain and crooner love-singing T-Pain, but this song is impressive to both camps.

The new verse mixes singing and rapping, but the mashup into the track fits well. Especially when the beat intensifies before the hook, the verse climaxes. The song only improves with this verse, and I would easily replace it with Juicy J. Juicy J is, after all, the new Ludacris (finding a spot on every popular song ever).

Overall, I would rate the remix at 9.5/10. The verse starts a bit rough but collects itself, and Ne-Yo’s part of the song is excellent as it was before. You can hear the remix below:

-Austin Heath

Music Recommendation – Single – Juicy J ft. French Montana, LoLo Monroe, Wiz Khalifa, and B.o.B, Bandz A Make Her Dance (Remix)

I think we can all agree one of the most annoying trends of 2012 was the Bandz A Make Her Dance craze. That being said, one good thing did come out of it: The remix. No, not the one with Lil Wayne, or any others that I have heard except for the one I am writing about now.

Normally I would make a snarky sarcastic remark, but I do want to focus on this track as I have a lot to say about it. Poor French Montana slips his way onto songs with artists who I actually like as if he’s nudging me like “Will you talk to me now please?” to which I respond “Ugh, fine.” But this is only because this is one of the few decent French Montana verses. I did say decent though, that does not mean I want to go to your house for a sleepover.

LoLo Monroe, meanwhile, came out of nowhere. I had never heard of her and just assumed when I first heard of this remix that she would be similar to a Honey Cocaine clone, where I would have walked away immediately. I was pleasantly surprised by her verse, which may be my favorite on the song.

Wiz Khalifa raps about things that aren’t weed (well, mostly). That’s different, but the verse is a little overrated. I hear a lot of people talk about how his verse was the best, to which I respond a firm “hahahahaha no.” His flow is decent but the verse just feels like it is topically all over the place. At least the other verses stay on focus (for the most part). I do not want to say it is the worst, but I just feel like anyone who says Wiz Khalifa’s Bandz A Make Her Dance verse is better than LoLo Monroe or B.o.B is doing the listening thing wrong.

Speaking of B.o.B, his verse is excellent. B.o.B has the power to either seriously surprise me or just make me slouch back and click out of my YouTube tab (See Not For Long or Play The Guitar, but I still say that Play My Guitar was one of my favorite Andre 3000 raps. Actually that’s a good song to go listen to, B.o.B’s raps aren’t great but hey Andre 3000 is in it). So back to reviewing Play Th – Bandz A Make Her Dance, I mean. B.o.B sounds good if not more of the same above.

Juicy J gives us another rap verse that sounds much better than the original in my opinion, but I have heard others say he put his better work in the first. So if I had to rank these artists in the song, it would have to be:

1. LoLo Monroe

2. B.o.B

3. Juicy J

4. Wiz Khalifa

5. French Montana

None of the verses are really bad, but sorry French, our relationship is going to be a long and bumpy road if you want to gain my love. Overall, I would rate the song at about 9.5/10. I think I have gone over everything, 500 words later. Give the remix a listen below:

-Austin Heath

P.S. Oh and might as well listen to Play The Guitar, which I may or may not rate at 8. – no, just sharing the song for Andre 3000’s part:

Music Recommendation – Single – Ne-yo ft. Juicy J, She Knows

Gonna post this here before the song explodes, which I believe it will very soon. Finally got a normal version uploaded by Ne-Yo’s VEVO. I would have posted this earlier but no video player would work with this song, but better late than never.

Though it starts out a bit trumpet-y, the song is very upbeat and loud, explaining how a particular woman knows of her powers to seduce men. The sound is great, though I could see it appealing less to a standard RnB listener. Juicy J picks up a strong verse similar to most of his other features, and the song plays out.

Overall I’d rate this one 9/10, look for it to be one of Ne-Yo’s most popular hits in the past couple of years (it’s already climbing charts, needs a music video to verify its popularity though). Tends to get stuck in my head pretty quickly, but you go ahead and give it a listen below:

-Austin Heath