Saturday, March 29, 2008
Dude is turning anonymity into an art.
Songs new to Billboard's top 50 chart, and the top debut.
#9 (from #85): Lil' Wayne feat. Static Major, "Lollipop"
I haven't heard a drop of Da Drought 3. I find DJ breaks so obnoxious that I don't bother with mixtapes until an album leaves me hungry for more (I never heard a We Got It 4 Cheap until hooked by Hell Hath No Fury). Plus, recent pick clicks stunk. "Georgia Bush," Pitchfork's pick for Wayne's '06 highlight, combined Eminem's "Mosh" with the worst of Weird Al. From The Carter II, fans praised "Shooter," which carelessly slapped get-money-fuck-bitches atop an unheralded Robin Thicke classic that was better without it. The girth of his underground output would be daunting anyway, so I figured I should check out his early shizz first. It's a wise move with late-in-game crit hypes, and I only have Cash Money's Platinum Hits. But even after hearing him sing on Playaz Circle's "Duffle Bag Boy," the musicality on this alleged sell-out is striking. I may get The Carter III before The Block Is Hot after all.
#49 (from #57): Colbie Caillat, "Realize"
Not only do I find her Starbuck balladry more memorable and to-the-point than the Starbuck balladry of Cat Power and Feist, I also think she's more attractive. Her face and figure are less bony, and she doesn't abuse eyeliner. Go ahead and hate me; my girlfriend already does.
#61 (debut): Flo Rida feat. Sean Kingston, "Roll"
I'm starting to think Flo Rida is a great rapper, ironically because I have no idea what he thinks about anything. Every gold-plated hook is handed to an expensive guest star. Every sound seems auto-tuned. Many rappers in this context would drag or yell to the point where I had to think about their lyrics, but Flo just rides the cliche. I have no problem with this.