Songs of the Week: Brian McKnight, Amerie, Trayvon Martin Tribute, True Tiger

Brian McKnight – If Ur Ready To Learn

Kicking things off with a little bit of adult fun.  A few weeks ago Brian McKnight sent twitter a little nuts as he released a snippet of a song with the refrain, “let me show you how your p**** works…”  People lost their minds.  I was in stitches because the song was funny as anything SNL could put together.  He’s now released the tune with a suitably hilarious video.  All very much tongue in cheek and I love it.  Just wish the Twitterverse would learn to chill out sometimes and enjoy humour!

Amerie – Every Time

It’s always good to see Amerie on the comeback trail.  Although produced by Focus, Every Time has the Rich Harrison vibe to it that made her famous; strong drums with the subtle looping piano.  Amerie is back on form with this one, lets hope an album (and a tour to the UK) soon follows.

You can download the song for free (in return for a tweet) from her TwitMusic page.

Yasiin Bey, Dead.Prez & MikeFlo – Made You Die

A refix of Nas’ classic Made You Look promoting the Trayvon Martin cause.  Powerful record, heavy political message.  Make up your own mind whether or not you think its ok for hip-hop to piggyback on the tragic killing of young Trayvon Martin in such a warlike manner.

True Tiger – Mystical East

Finally took the time to download True Tiger’s Eye To Eye EP this week.  Yes, it is full of the dirty, grimey, brutal and aggressive DubStep that hits so hard it makes you nose bleed, however for me that is not the stand-out.  The best track is this one, Mystical East.  A chilled, Asian sounding (they kinda give that away in the title) piece of music that is the antithesis to every thing they have made recently.  For each ounce of musical belligerence True Tiger have made before, this is calm serenity.  Very mature record and a pleasure to chill-out to.

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