♫ Nelly feat. Usher – Long Night (full) – listen
With Usher’s album doing the electric slide down the charts (no, I’m kidding), I’m glad he’s getting himself out there and getting on some tracks. What I’m really glad to see is that Usher’s brother, James Lackey, who has a publishing deal with EMI, is still getting placements since Lloyd’s “Get It, Shawty!” I actually dig this song, and I think it could have been an interesting addition to Usher’s album, without Nelly, of course. Honestly, Nelly is my least favorite part of the song.
♫ Raven-Symoné – Love Me or Leave Me (full) – listen
Check out Raven’s new single, “Love Me or Leave Me,” from her latest album. I actually gave Raven’s album, and it really wasn’t the Disney-inspired album that I thought it would be. Raven really did her thing on this new project. And even though I can’t say that it was something that I would listen to a constant basis, I definitely respect what she did. “Love Me or Leave Me” is produced by Oak of the Knightwritaz. It’s a pretty cool song.
♫ Tank – Poppin’ (full) – listen
I think that out of all the males in the R&B game, I respect Tank the most. Vocally, he is great, and he is an amazing songwriter and producer. He’s been responsible for a lot of great songs on other people’s albums that you just wouldn’t guess. I’m hoping that “Poppin’” is new material, but it feels like some leftover music from Sex, Love & Pain, Tank’s last release, which dropped in 2007. We’ll see though.
♫ i15 – Beatin’ Like A Drum (full) – listen
You may remember a while back, we did a post on i15, Polow Da Don’s boy group, on his label, Zone 4, Inc. It’s been a long time coming for these guys, considering they dropped their first single, “Lost In Love,” which was not a bad song at all, sometime last year. “Beatin’ Like A Drum” is a cool track for the guys. I just hope they can get their album out sometime soon. I dig Tricky’s production on this song, though.