Single Review: Omarion, ‘You Like It’

There have not been many Omarion songs I have liked as of late. I’ve been a fan since his B2K days and regardless of how his career or lack there of as a solo artist has been he has talent and a great voice. Since his last album he’s signed with YMCMB and released ‘I Get It In,’ but it  was more of a hip hop track. Since signing to MMG he’s been on a few tracks alongside MMG teammates, but there was nothing I really liked. In this track he sampled DeBarge, ‘I Like It,’ and I LOVE this track. The beat is not the traditional ballad, but it’s the new ballad that a lot of artists use which includes more bass and it’s a little more upbeat. I love his voice on it and he not only samples the beat in a way, but he’s more so sampling the lyrics.

I like the comb your hair. I like those stylish clothes you wear. It’s just the little things you do that show how much you really care.

Debarge, ‘I Like It,’ 1982

Kudos to him for making the sample work in a tasteful way. He has confirmed that his new album will be titled, Sex Playlist. This will be his first album release on MMG and a followup to his 2012 mixtape, Care Package. Check out the trailer below:

Video Review: Ashanti x Rick Ross ‘I Got It’

I reviewed this song (while still on Tumblr) in November of last year and the video is just now surfacing. Before then I hadn’t reviewed any Ashanti music since March of 2013 and that track was titled ‘Never Should Have.’ Ashanti’s catalogue has been one filled with ballads more than club songs. When I heard ‘Never Should Have’ I was excited to hear more. After initially listening to ‘I Got It’ I was not impressed at all. The song is a great marketing approach for Ashanti to get more radio play, but the vocals & concept is just boring and the same old thing every one else is doing. The video happens to be the same.

First off, this video is one of the most provocative that Ashanti’s ever released. The lyrics to the song I’m not a fan of. There’s nothing special about them. I’m not a fan of Rick Ross. I’d have to say my favorite scene was the choreo routine in and out of the ‘plot’ of the video. The plot you ask? She has whatever a guy needs, no need to emphasize hence the title ‘I Got It.’ The choreo that she was doing was basic as well. Ashanti’s never been a dancer in my eyes, but she looked FAB doing whatever she was doing and that asymmetrical cut is PERFECT on her.

The song is catchy and I could see it getting played on the radio. Had Ashanti not added Rick Ross, eh, not so much. I’m interested in seeing what else is on this album. From the two different tracks released it could be a mixture of ballads and a few club bangers. Braveheart hits stores March 4th. Check out the track listing here.