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 – DJ Drama ft. Future, Young Jeezy, T.I. and Ludacris, We In This

We In This is one of my favorite rap/hip-hop songs out there, and DJ Drama is one of the most underrated artists in the game. This track is sick and a real pump-up song. Every verse is consistently solid, especially T.I. and Ludacris, who absolutely slay their spots. The beat is hard-working and production was successful in making the song excellent.

This was one of the singles off of DJ Drama’s debut album, Quality Street Music. The sequel, Quality Street Music 2, is on its way and should be here next year. I will be recommending other DJ Drama tracks as time goes on, as overall some songs are not my thing but there are a few that are worth sharing. This is one of them.

Unfortunately, Jeezy’s verse is a bit bland and Future’s hook, while catchy, is impossible to understand. The song is very easy to listen in full, it is entertaining and definitely worth a listen. Overall I would rate it at 9.5/10. This is an all-timer for me, so I seriously recommend a listen below:

-Austin Heath