Following the poor sales of LL Cool J’s last album ‘Todd Smith’, the rapper has been very vocal about his disappointment with Def Jam -his label since 1984. LL, 39, continues the trend on this new track ‘Queens’. The song, which features 50 Cent, Mobb Deep, Tony Yayo, and Kool G Rap, sees LL taking shots at the reknown label; he raps ‘I wish Rick (Rubin) and Russell (Simmons) was back. I miss the old Def Jam ’cause them new monkeys act like they don’t know who I am.’ The track itself is decent, but I’m not feeling LL’s approach on this. Considering that ‘Queens’ is slated to feature on LL’s upcoming final LP under Def Jam -‘Exit 13’, I don’t think it makes sense for him to go at the label that will be releasing the album. Does he really think they’ll properly promote an album bashing them?
LISTEN: Queens (ft. 50 Cent, Mobb Deep, Tony Yayo & Kool G Rap)
Cassidy – My Drink N’ My 2 Step
It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything from Cassidy; a 2005 conviction and a life-threatening car accident in 2006 have kept the rapper out of the limelight. This new song, ‘My Drink N’ My 2 Step’, reunites Cassidy and Swizz Beats (‘I’m A Hustla’, B-B Stance) for what is a great track. Cassidy addresses his many setbacks and proclaims ‘The Husta’s home’. Swizz Beats production on this uptempo track is on-point too. The pair are currently in the studio working on Cassidy’s third album.
LISTEN: My Drink N’ My 2 Step (ft. Swizz Beats)
Dawn Richard – Phase
This new track by Danity Kane’s Dawn surfaced earlier this week. I’m unsure as to whether she’s working on a solo project, whatever the case she’ll have to do better than this. The main problem with ‘Phase’ is Dawn’s hit and miss delivery. Initially she sounds ok, yet as the song progresses she doesn’t really take the track anywhere vocally. The subject matter is kinda tired as well. On the plus side, the production is good.