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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Favorites Friday – Trey Songz, “Last Time”

Trey-Day“Last Time” has got to be one of my favorite songs by Trey Songz, and ranks up in my favorite all-time RnB songs. Though, it may not be the best song to post on Valentine’s Day.

“Last Time” is incredibly passionate and features a smooth rhythm that feels harmonized all the right ways and is paced quite well. Songz always struck up comparisons to R. Kelly when he first launched his career in music, and while that may no longer apply, Trey Day is a prime example of their similarities.

The biggest reason I love this song oh so much is because of how strikingly soulful it is, lyrically and rhythmically. The vocals are not perfect, but they contain the amount of passion, lust and desire needed to make the song feel meaningful (a subject that Trey Songz is probably experienced at dealing with). The song would end up placing in the Billboard Hot 100 briefly, but never got the attention I feel it quite deserved.

Overall, I would rate this song at:

9.25/10

“Last Time” might be a cheater’s anthem, but at least those bastards have a great taste in music. You may notice the chorus returns quicker than hoped for, but it has such a flow to it that its repetition really is not a bother.

You can check out one of my all-time favorite songs below:

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Music Recommendation – Single – Lloyd ft. Trey Songz and Young Jeezy, “Be The One”

LloydLloyd’s “Be The One” is everything you can expect from his most recent album to date, King of Hearts: Great rhythm, sensual vibes and quality singing draped over sub-par lyricism. However, back when I first heard this later in 2011, this song was my jam. Of course, the biggest reason I discovered it was from the massive success that Lloyd found with (the clean version of) “Dedication To My Ex (Miss That)”.

Lloyd has always been an underrated part of RnB, and for me his general absence from music has been disappointing. His music on King of Hearts was intriguing, but “Be The One” is probably the best song on the album. Having Trey Songz helps the cause quite a bit, and Jeezy’s verse is some of his best to me. Then again, a rap stanza is needed to make an RnB song actually popular. Meanwhile, production is complex and, though not incredibly original, gives the song an easy rhythm to it.

Overall, I would rate the song at:

8.75/10

“Be The One” is a killer RnB hit, save for the songwriting, which feels sloppy and a bit cringeworthy. The pieces are there to make this song great, and that is the biggest failure. I still highly recommend this song, which has been a favorite of mine for a good while, making it an all-timer on my list. You can hear it below:

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Music Recommendation – Single – Trey Songz, “Slow Motion”

Trey Songz returned from his (begin sarcasm) amaaaaaazing (end sarcasm) album release Trigga last year with a new song this week titled “Slow Motion”. I have been bringing listeners loads of new music and was a bit conflicted on whether or not to present this track, but here it is for your viewing ears.

trey-songz-2Once upon a time, Trey Songz was my favorite artist and his music was like a rich and flowery meadow during the springtime. Then winter came and everything died; Except, winter was Trigga and everything was my soul. After so many standout songs, whether popular or underrated, I was extremely disappointed by the release after struggling through the entire album. So does “Slow Motion” do the trick and make everything better in my books?

Well, the song is trademark Trey Songz. It is sensual and has an easy chorus as it tries its hardest to stay exclusively RnB/Soul. The lyrics are not a highlight and some repeating phrases/pitch changes are a bit awkward, but otherwise the song is a step in the right direction. While you can only say “I like women” a certain amount of ways, Trey Songz continues to reiterate the fact and does a much better job on his first single for a brand new album, of whose details we are not aware yet. The beat works with the song well enough, and everything feels like old times with Trey.

So overall, I would rate the song at:

7.75/10

While this may just be a band-aid over a gaping wound, “Slow Motion” patches things up as best as it can. I am not in love with the song, but I am satisfied enough to recommend a listen. You can hear the new song below:

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Favorites Friday – J. Cole ft. Trey Songz, “Can’t Get Enough”

j-coleSince I finished Forest Hill Drive today, I thought I would give J. Cole a nod in an article by citing one of my favorite Coleworld song. I would say this is slightly ahead of Work Out and that amazing Intro for favorite J. Cole songs all-time. Can’t Get Enough was full of excellent bars and Trey Songz’s chorus is different but something new and interesting.

The beat always slightly annoyed me, though it does it right on the chorus. Otherwise, it just felt overbearing. J. Cole just has a bit of trouble with production, but if he can get that together, his music will be unstoppably powerful.

Let it be said that I love J. Cole and his music. Now that I’m done being that guy who comments under every J. Cole post saying “Coleworld” and riding certain genitalia, I have to say that this song is hardly perfect. It may be one of Cole’s more unfocused tracks lyrically (at least compared to his other works), but it is one of his catchiest and is always a fun listen.

Overall, I would rate the song at:

9.25/10

Go ahead and enjoy one of my favorite songs below:

-Austin Heath

Music Recommendation – Single – Wash ft. Trey Songz, Lonely

washMy return to AMP will be strong with a new release that is easily becoming my favorite song. Wash returns from his success on Don’t Trust Thots with French Montana by creating an even better follow-up in Lonely. The song is great RnB listening with Trey Songz carrying plenty of the song.

Lately, Trey has really fallen off. I have been disappointed with much of his recent work, especially his album Trigga. However, his part in Lonely alongside Wash and over a beat with production by Maejor Ali is superb and gives me the funny, completely heterosexual feeling I get when listening to his voice.

Meanwhile, Wash sounds solid and his voice is well ranged. I believe I will appreciate his voice on a song outside of this one. Oh, and I am always impressed with Maejor’s production work, so there’s that.

The vocals can be over mixed a little, but the love song is catchy and enjoyable. Wash sounds incredibly similar to Trey, so this duet was an excellent match. If you enjoy Trey Songz’s voice, it will be hard not to love Wash’s.

Overall, I would rate the song at 9.5/10. I am in a committed relationship with RnB, so it should be predicted that I will recommend this to a fellow RnB fan. The general appeal seems like it can reach outside this group though. You can check out the song below:

-Austin Heath

Music Recommendation – Single – Chris Brown and Trey Songz, Dangerous (Remix)

trey-songz-chris-brownChris Brown and Trey Songz have remixed another song, but this time while sticking to the script and allowing Sam Martin on the vocals. I reviewed Dangerous before, but I am short for time and cannot write too much about it. In essence, it was a solid song but lacked anything compelling. This remix adds some flavor to the track and is a serious improvement.

Chris Brown’s part on this song is completely fitting, and Trey Songz alongside adds some RnB to it. Either my earphones are busted or the quality is not great, but I am sure we will get better quality when we get an official release. Really, the song is fitting and hardly sounds like a remix. I am very impressed by this remix, and is absolutely my favorite by these two together. This was what I wanted to hear from this duo.

Overall, I would rate the song a 9.5/10. This is a seriously awesome track and I feel worth a listen, improving upon an already popular hit. The remix just dropped today so you can also hear it first below:

-Austin Heath

P.S. Let me know below if my earphones are off or if the CDQ is just not up to par. I do know it was a radio rip so I probably should not expect too much.

Music Recommendation – Single – Meek Mill ft. Wale, Rick Ross, and Trey Songz, Lay Up

meek-millLay Up may not be the best Rap song out there (Rick Ross and Meek Mill’s verses never honestly did it for me) but Trey Songz’s chorus is one of my favorite chorus’ all-time. It would be a stretch to call this song an all-timer, but I jotted this track down as my favorite for three months in a row back when it was released in Fall 2012.

Each verse hardly stays on focus, but if I had to choose a favorite of the three, it would be Wale’s. It is fast-paced and easier to listen to, but again this song recommendation is mostly for the chorus. I tend not to listen to a lot of MMG, save for a couple of decent tracks by Wale and Omarion. However, I always found this one easy to listen to.

Overall, I would rate the song at 7.75/10. I do recommend a listen as the hook is fire and Trey Songz absolutely kills his spot. Check out the song below:

-Austin Heath

Music Recommendation – Single – Trey Songz, Without A Woman

It has been a while since I posted about my man crush Trey Songz, but Without A Woman is a hidden gem on his album Chapter V. The song is rich in RnB and features some of the most reflective lyrics in a Trey Songz song.

Sadly it seems most of Chapter V was buried by the fame of 2 Reasons and Dive In, which were excellent songs (well, Dive In was), but not worth trumping the album’s best tracks (namely Without A Woman and Forever Yours, which I have ranted about before).

Without A Woman has always been lyrically beautiful and had a wonderful love-vibe to it. It is up there in my favorite Trey Songz tracks, and is definitely worth a listen if you could only catch the popular songs on Chapter V. Overall, I would rate the song at 9.5/10. The switch from song to song-speaking is a little uncalled for at the end, but regardless hardly ruins the song. You can give it a listen below:

-Austin Heath

Music Recommendation – Single – Chris Brown ft. Trey Songz, Studio (Remix)

While I praised Songs On 12 Play with Trey Songz, Chris Brown’s other remix collaborations with the RnB hearthrob have been sub-par. Studio however provides a remix that we would hope to hear after praying for a Brown/Songz collaboration. The problem with their sound together is that they both seem to try to out-Hip-Hop each other, even though their talent is in their RnB music.

Studio does have a Hip-Hop vibe to it, especially because of the beat, but the song has some RnB influence in the vocals. The sexual tone sounds less subtle and more like a rap song, but both sound great together when they sing. As the song progresses the RnB voices of Brown and Songz tend to show more.

Overall, I would rate the song at 8.5/10. I love that these two are making music together, but I want more RnB than Hip-Hop. My hope is that we’ll get more songs like Songs On 12 Play and more pleasurable ballads with less sexual messages. I still think it is worth a listen though:

-Austin Heath