Music Recommendation – Single – Kelly Rowland, Mommy’s Little Baby (A Lullaby)

Kelly Rowland has not only just given birth to son Titan Jewel, but released a song dedicated to him just over a week after childbirth. The song is created to be a lullaby and love song between mother and child. Originally this was to be a “Hear It First” but I figured it deserved more of a song recommendation-esque article.

The concept and passion in the writing and execution is rare yet inspiring. There is not much to say about the song other than that it is touching and heartfelt. The RnB vibe to the music is also enjoyable to me.

Overall, I would rate it at 9.25/10. It’s a slow love ballad, and some of you like that. Others do not. Vocals begin a little late, especially for its short length, but I only say these things because I want to hear more. I hate critiquing and rating a song like this due to its raw emotion and love. It is not made so much for listening (well obviously somewhat, otherwise it would not be released) but it is an expression of a mother to her child. I find that beautiful, and even wish it was longer than two and a half minutes.

You can check it out below and I guess technically hear it first:

-Austin Heath

Music Recommendation – Single – Kelly Rowland ft. Future and Bei Maejor, Need A Reason

Take a walk through the Museum of Music History (Thank you Google for interpreting my original “musaem”) and take a left in Movie Soundtracks. One of my favorite soundtracks is Think Like A Man, which had an all-star class of singers and some huge hit RnB hits. I actually have yet to watch the movie, which is on my large list of “unnecessary things to do.”

I loved the track Think Like A Man by Jennifer Hudson with Ne-Yo and (unfortunately) Rick Ross. That Rick Ross verse puts that song just shy of my Top 50 this year, but without him it is easily up there in my favorites. Of course you did not click on this article (or used the Home page like a normal person, seriously why does no one just do that?) to read about Jennifer Hudson’s song. So you want to know: Is Need A Reason good?

Well, obviously if I am writing about it, on my music RECOMMENDATION blog, so yes, it is good. But in fact it is better than good. It is borderline excellent, save for Kelly Rowland’s stanzas which, while carrying the song to its best part, are a bit slow compared to the other artists on the track. Meanwhile, Future introduces the track with one of my favorite all-time Future verses. It is quick and catches on quickly, unlike most Future songs.

However, Bei Maejor caps off the song so well (except for his completely uncalled for two-line rap verse), with smooth vocals and uptempo pace at the perfect times. This also leads into the best part of Kelly’s contribution, with an upbeat and passionate hook that should have been what the original chorus sounded like.

So overall, I would rate the song at 9.5/10. The song is an RnB favorite of mine and was in my Top 20 in 2012 for being such an incredible RnB song on an incredible RnB soundtrack for a not-so-incredible (from what I have heard, again have not watched yet) motion picture. Give the song a listen below:

-Austin Heath

Music Recommendation – Single – Big Boi ft. Kelly Rowland, Mama Told Me

Mama Told Me came out a couple of years ago with Big Boi’s first solo album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. The Outkast rapper delivers some sick lines while Kelly takes the hook and provides her own melodic verse in the center of the song.

It’s hard to find a lyrical message as the song is kind of random in the words, but the general idea is that they were told how to go about becoming famous and are trying to utilize this advice to become as famous as possible. I still really appreciate the track and it has given me a fond appreciation for Big Boi.

Overall, I would give the track a 9.25/10. Lyrics are a little off-topic and Big Boi’s raps can often get a little old, but the beat is pretty retro and neat. Song is very enjoyable, I seriously recommend a listen below:

-Austin Heath

Music Recommendation – Single – Adrian Marcel ft. Kelly Rowland, Honey

Here comes another Adrian Marcel song, this one a duet with Kelly Rowland from his Weak After Next mixtape. Honey features beautiful vocals on both ends and a slow love melody that leaves for three minutes of soothing music.

The song is sweet-hearted and both sing very nicely. At points the beat overpowers the song and it can get a bit boring after the first couple of minutes but it is a very calm and enjoyable track.

Overall I give it a 8.75/10. Not much to say about it, check it out below:

-Austin Heath

Music Recommendation – Single – R. Kelly ft. Kelly Rowland, All The Way

All The Way, which has Kelly featuring Kelly, was unknown to me until I found it in a recent search on here. I had to give it a listen as I somehow missed that awesome combo in a song. And I did not regret listening to it!

Kelly starts the song strong with beautiful vocals, while R. Kelly waits more than a minute into the song until joining in. R. Kelly introduces a good hook and sings for a while in the duet. His voice definitely does not live up to the excellence that Rowland’s brings into the track. Still good, Kelly Rowland keeps the song at pace and helps make the duet great.

This song has some serious RnB sound, it’s almost a year old now though and I do feel bad for missing it. Overall I would rate it at around 8.75/10. Love her voice, R. Kelly just doesn’t provide what I expected though. Still worth listening to, one of my new favorite songs now. Give it a quick listen below:

-Austin Heath

Music Recommendation – Single – Kelly Rowland ft. Mario, R. Kelly, Jeremih, The Dream, Busta Rhymes & Trey Songz

Motivation was one of my favorite songs for a while when it was popular in 2011, but the legendary remix featuring a handful or RnB greats found me over a year after I heard the original for the first time. I’m sure you can guess which version I prefer.

While I’m sure plenty of people have heard this one, I recently researched it to give it a final listen for a long time as I hadn’t cared much about the song for a while. It appealed to me so much yet again that I had to add it to my favorites playlist (my inspiration for many of these posts), and I felt it would be a good idea to write about it.

Each verse carries the same perspective of the guy in the original Motivation song. Kelly Rowland has little part in this remix, but her vocals help the other artists shine plenty. I almost feel bad for wanting to cut her out of her own song. More or less each RnB favorite brings their own version of sex with Kelly Rowland in the song, but Mario starts the song off so strong it almost puts your expectations for the rest too high. R. Kelly, Jeremih, and The Dream bring excellent vocals to their versions while Busta Rhymes’ verse is rapped in the usual Busta Rhymes manner.

At the end, Trey Songz caps the remixes edited together with a sound that comes close behind Mario’s entrance. He is the biggest reason to wait for the end of the song if you don’t like the start. His voice with Kelly’s makes this part sound more like a duet than the others.

My overall rating for this song is 9.5/10. Some of the vocals feel forced onto the original track and edited when they don’t need to be, but the sound is incredibly RnB and features one of the greatest collaboration in modern RnB. Give it a listen below and be prepared for a little bit of explicit content:

-Austin Heath