New Song: Jennifer Hudson – ‘I Can’t Describe The Way I Feel (Ft T.I. & Pharrell)’

Published: Saturday 21st Sep 2013 by David

By all accounts, Jennifer Hudson’s third studio album is shaping up to be quite the masterpiece.

Enlisting the likes of Red One and Salaam Remi to help craft it, we had hoped the project would see her birth a Jill Scott meets Paloma Faith esque piece that would see her strike Adult Contemporary ground, winning over an older (and far more loyal) audience while doing so.

However, it appears the release will see the Oscar nabbing Grammy winner strike a healthy balance between Dance and Soul. Well, that is if her brand new effort ‘I Can’t Describe The Way I Feel’ is anything to go by.

Peep the Pharrell produced T.I. assisted number below…

We love it!

Showcasing the treasure that is her voice while still scoring a 10 on the ‘sing along’ scale, ‘The Way I Feel’ is an undeniable hit.

In saying that, we do hope the only cuts that sound like this on the album are the singles.

For, as Tamar Braxton, K.Michelle and TGT would agree, today’s R&B may enjoy the Dance single but is unlikely to pick up an entire album that feels like ‘Feel’, more inclined to support mid-tempo to ballad driven releases.

Perhaps, Camp Jen hope to use numbers like the above to win over Top 40 radio and score successes on the Hot 100, as to generate the buzz for an album in ways only a hit single can.

However, as someone who has the potential to be a major album’s seller, we’d say its radio ready ballads and not hit singles Hudson should be aiming for- especially in a world which is increasingly/continually gravitating towards the likes of Emeli Sande, Alicia Keys and Miguel.

Press play below for the kind of cuts we’d like to hear Ms.H take on!

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  1. Lovebird (Prism – 10.22.13) September 21, 2013

    Nope Clive, you’ll never re-create Whitney, at least not with this girl.

    This isn’t good enough Jennifer.

    BTW Timbaland, look at how much work Pharrell is getting, and he didn’t have to kiss the Carters ass. He stayed true to his craft.

    • Kisses Down Low September 21, 2013

      But Pharrell has worked with both Jay Z and Beyonce this year.

  2. channel_ROMAN September 21, 2013

    Not feeling it. Maybe a few more listens.

  3. stan September 21, 2013


    i don’t know what it is about jennifer hudson, but i can’t get into her music.

  4. Lady September 21, 2013

    Sad how people don’t even know what real music is anymore. all people want now is that generic watered down crap like beyonce, rihanna etc. We need more vocal power houses like Ms Jennifer Hudson tbh.

    • xxx September 21, 2013

      there is no such thing as real music. every song is music…damn, as if you could just make slow rnb Songs. ..

      • Lady September 21, 2013

        The mess on the radio today is not “real music” it’s just noise for the mindless idiots. Give me songs that have meaningful lyrics and the music made by real instruments any day.

    • Beyhive September 21, 2013

      PUHLEASE. Beyonce is not watered Down. She’s one of the only artists to stay true to her roots, and was the only r&b artist to go platinum in 2011. & Rihanna (even though her behavior pisses me off) has some of the most unique music, nothing from her sounds the same.

      • Navi says ok September 21, 2013

        Appreciate the honesty.

      • FAF September 21, 2013

        but thats because Rihanna is not writing her music – so ofcourse its not gonna sound the same, no shade, ALL TEA 😆

  5. realtalk September 21, 2013

    @LADY First let me say Beyoncé is not a water down singer by any means. Now JHud I truly believe if she took the gospel route that would truly be her lane, voice wise. These songs of late that’s been for her is really not her. At the least if she is to be r&b get songs that will fit her voice.

  6. Kisses Down Low September 21, 2013

    Not feeling it

  7. MuiMui September 21, 2013

    This sounds good ,very good.

  8. im me September 21, 2013

    Yall trippin. I LOVE THIS

  9. FAF September 21, 2013

    This song is giving Evelyn Champagne King – “I’m In Love” TEAS!

    🙂 🙂 🙂

    Y’all probably don’t have parents who brought y’all up on R&B but this song is CLEARLY inspired by this.. Pharrell better not try to sue her now 🙄

    • geno September 21, 2013

      Pharrell better not try to sue her now


  10. Loyalty September 21, 2013

    I like this! Very old skool vibe

  11. missdiva September 21, 2013

    still cant get into jennifer hudson music since day one…
    this is a No No for me but im sure some will like it
    cause its not bad just not for me!

  12. Kingstown ju don’t even know September 21, 2013

    I instantly good a vibe as soon as I started listening.

  13. dustin September 21, 2013

    the arrangement of the track is a rehash of sexify by leah labelle. whereas the vocals are a clear rip off of the early pop tinged whitney s***.

    lets all be honest.


  14. India September 21, 2013


  15. geno September 21, 2013

    its a cute hair salon song but thats it…….

  16. ratedxxx(bitter b****** always first) September 21, 2013

    I just cannot get into jennifer hudson..her voice is not made for R&B, soul, pop so on..

    her voice is made for gospel music….I’m happy for her that she’s in a good place right now, but, her music does nothing for me….

    umm I had a good laugh at, beyonce doesnt make water down music….

    what about girls who run the world, kitty kat, diva,video phone ,Freakum Dress all were water down music..lets keep it 100

    even rihanna sometimes makes crappy songs..pour it up to me was one of the worst rihanna songs ever..

    but the difference is rihanna has the better songs, she knows how to pick a hit…

    • FAF September 21, 2013

      I think the change in music that happened around ’08 is what put Rihanna on top. Prior to ’08, music was mostly urban & now image is what sells moreso than anything else, so Beyonce’s song choices that worked “Dejavu, Crazy In Love” etc. was much more URBAN than S&M, Only Girl, What’s my name, etc.

    • ABC September 21, 2013

      I prefer Beyonces music to Rihannas. So its a matter of opinion thanks.

    • Kisses Down Low September 21, 2013

      You’re always zoomed in on what people say about Beyonce lmao. Anyway, I have more Beyonce songs on my IPod than Rihanna so you saying Rihanna has the ‘better’ songs is your opinion. Not just because I’m a Kelly stan, I just get more life from Beyonces songs (not just the commercial ones) than Rihanna. And don’t bring charts into it, because PSY slayed that charts does that mean his song is better? If you mean radio friendly or something, then you should’ve said that.

    • pat September 21, 2013

      Jennifer’s voice is not even meant for gospel…at least not modern gospel….kim,karen,kiki…all the leading ladies of gospel have very agile voices….Jennifer has a broadway/show voice…plain and simple……

    • toohotfortv September 23, 2013

      You people who keep saying her voice is suited to gospel must not listen to gospel. Or at least not contemporary gospel. Jhud is a good vocalist and that’s all there is to it.

  17. Lipstick Lesbian September 21, 2013

    Jennifer should just target the urban AC crowd. This song will do nothing for the mainstream…even with TI and Pharell contributions. Her voice is just too heavy and broadwayish. She’s not versatile at all. I’ll pass.

  18. flychick86 September 21, 2013

    Wow. Nice. Has an old-school vibe like someone said. I had put that on YouTube.

  19. Chillin September 21, 2013

    I like it

    • Chillin September 21, 2013

      Kinda reminds me of Kelis song from step up soundtrack ..80’s Joint

  20. DTG September 21, 2013

    The problem with Jennifer is that her voice has no subtlety. Aretha, Patti, Whitney, Celine and Mariah would all begin a song calmly and gradually ascend to a thrilling vocal climax that was rewarding for the listener. Jennifer though wants to start shouting in the first verse. There’s no reward for the listener because by the end of the song she’s been shouting at them from the very beginning.

    Jennifer basically needs to be trained on restraint.

    • geno September 21, 2013

      wow! i cosign this comment in every way……….

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    • Shaun September 25, 2013

      Totally dis agree…she is not shouting on this song and there are a lot of songs she starts off low and builds on…this song has a very laid back happy feel to it.

  21. Casual September 21, 2013

    I liked it more as the song progressed, but I don’t think this is the major hit she needs to be taken seriously as a singer. J-Hud is one of the best singers out there, but her material is always lacking.

  22. Unknown September 22, 2013

    i like the song. It has a nice vibe. I am looking forward of listening to her third album. smiles***

  23. cw September 22, 2013

    Lawd this dated s***. It sounds old. Urban AC wont even touch this. Probably Rhythmic.

  24. IDK September 22, 2013

    I’m feeling this. 🙂

  25. denise black September 22, 2013

    yes definitely like it

  26. Shaun September 25, 2013

    DTG…She is in no way shouting on this song…very laid back happy feel.

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