Verbals by Steve Limmer
LL Cool J – Luv U Better (Def Jam)
€˜LL on a smooth tip €™ is one statement usually guaranteed to alienate his fan-base, but this joint has many qualities warranting a good listen. Production courtesy of Neptunes is a major factor, they have created something quite unusual, a very fresh yet mellow beat that is unmistakably stamped with the Neptune €™s characteristic sub-bass. When they go all out in the studio, you tend to stand up & listen; whether it €™s polishing turds like Britney or N €™Sync, or creating bangers for Nore, Busta etc. For LL, this is an accomplished smooth joint, and will be blowing up on a radio near you very soon.
RATING: 7 / 10
Field Mob – Sick Of Being Lonely (MCA)
How the Dirty South grows! Currently the home of the freshest, funkiest, original hip-hop; much to the chagrin of the old-skool traditionalists. Super producer Jazze Phe has created something quite unique in his production, adding an off-kilter piano break & lacing it to the laconic drawls of this new group of southern superstars. This is one of the happiest summer tracks I €™ve heard, definitely one for the BBQ.
RATING: 9 / 10
Primary Colours – If You Only Knew ft. Rah Digga (Big 3)
This is a hot introduction to this fresh R €™n €™B boy band, courtesy of the superb production. A product of the Darkchild Empire, nothing really makes this group stand out, as their vocals are quite tedious and samey. However, Megahertz adds his magic touch to the remix, using a similar formula to that of Nas’ ‘Got Yourself A Gun’ and creating a hot club track. Rah Digga €™s rhymes also overshadow the vocals by a considerable amount.
RATING: 6 / 10
Lil Wayne – Way Of Life (Cash Money)
One of the youngest members of the Cash Money Millionaires, but with probably the most memorable style, Lil Wayne has been given his time to shine. Using the production from the €˜Get Money €™ remix (swapping get money for cash money is a clever touch), this is aimed primarily at the clubs. The rest of the Millionaires show up to add rhymes & vocals (stand up TQ & Big Baby) and give this hot track an added edge.
RATING: 7 / 10
Deborah Cox – Up & Down (J Records)
A beautiful soulful effort from the criminally underrated Ms. Cox. She has a very smooth, sexual vocal delivery, her low voice almost purrs at you; which makes anything she sings a treat to listen to. This is also hyphenated by the classic mid-tempo production from Jam & Lewis, which is a stamp of quality. If you like it soulful, make this an essential.
RATING: 8 / 10