Chris Brown feat. Usher and Rick Ross – “New Flame” Aug14

Chris Brown feat. Usher and Rick Ross – “New Flame”...

First things first about Chris Brown’s latest single, “New Flame,” doesn’t this sound similar to Mario’s “Break Up” but without the jarring Bangladesh-produced drums (and shitty marble-mouth raps from Gucci Mane and worthless verse from the songwriter). I mean Mario’s single was very hot back in 2009, but Chris Brown has constructed a very polished pop-R&B track with his king predecessor, Usher, and a very adept rapper, Rick Ross. And as usual, Chris is the only R&B singer bringing challenging choreography to the video dance game. “New Flame” will be on Chris Brown’s oft-delayed album called “X”. Not to be confused with Ed Sheeran’s album “X” which you’re supposed to say “multiply” because he’s clever. I guess....

Usher – “Good Kisser” May05

Usher – “Good Kisser”

For the first single from his yet-to-be-named 8th album, Usher enlists a slew of producers to create “Good Kisser.” As listed on 2dopeboyz, these dudes are Pop, Flip, JProof, Terry ‘Tru’ Sneed, Natural and Oak. I don’t know who these dudes are except for Natural who I know worked on Looking For Myself. The big difference is Usher has distanced himself from the electronic fuckery which have dominated his last two albums. This is not “OMG” or “Scream,” but “Good Kisser” is equally as danceable. Clearly with the dominant drum break flowing through out the track, there is an organic, visceral feel to the record. Usher growls, raps, coos, and wails in such a familiar, easy manner. Some folks might call this record a comeback, or at least a throwback to the approachable boy-next-door Usher. I guess that’ll happen when you divorce a succubus and have to rebound via a network singing contest show. I’m going way off track. This single is hot. It’s available on iTunes, but I’m sure you’ll listen to the track on repeat on Vevo....