Thursday, July 30, 2009

CRAIG'S PLAYLIST: July 31, 2009

A look at my favorite musical moments of the week:

1) Monica - "Lemme Know"

A clear retread of Jasmine Sullivan's "Need You Bad," but Monica's impassioned delivery makes the musical similarities seem beside the point.

2) The Dead Weather - "Treat Me Like Your Mother"

Funk? Blues? Whatever...It fucking rocks and is even better live. (See pics from the Chicago concert here

3) Jaila - "Heartless" (from MTV's "Making His Band")

No spoilers; but this "very special" lady sang one verse from Kanye's "Heartless" and stole the whole 90 minute show. Props to @iamdiddy for respecting true talent and for coming up with the best line of the week: "If you gonna wear a weave, male or female, make sure your motherfuckin' weave is tight."

Would love to hear Jaila sing Sylvester's "Over and Over:"

4) Madonna - "Celebration"

You know you're a legend when you can credibly make an homage to yourself; on this single, Madonna shakes her toned ass across the space-time continuum and seamlessly merges the dancefloors of '82 ("Everybody"), '98 ("Ray of Light"), and '06 ("Get Together").

5) Chrisette Michele - "Blame It On Me"

I wasn't a fan until I saw her perform this on BET's "Rising Icons;" but now I feel like I know what it was like to see "Sassy" Sarah Vaughan in her youth.

6) Gucci Mane & Snoop Dogg - "Awesome"

An irresistible combo of rhythm and wordplay.

7) Mr. Vegas - "Blessed"

I know this is old to dancehall fans, but I was just won over by the "Good Life" riddim and Vegas' soulful singing about how living with gratitude is the best way to live.

8) Jay-Z, Rihanna, & Kanye West - "Run This Town"

RiRi sings the blues; 'Ye brings the punchlines; and Hov gives an understated performance that I hope I will appreciate more as the days go by.

9) Mary J. Blige & T.I. - "Good Love (Do It Again)"

Mary sounds so sweet that it almost makes me forgive her for using autotunes ("The One") and singing with Chris Brown ("Stronger").

10) Young Jeezy - "She's a Lesbian"

No one will ever accuse Jeezy of being p.c. or a feminist, but his voice and storytelling has had me singing this raunchy straight-boy-fantasy all summer.

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