Escobar Season #5


Long, long ago, in the storied glory days yore, rule #4079 of the G-Code explicitly shunned the notion of going pop. The archaic law was repealed shortly after the release of Nelly's 2004 collaboration with Tim McGraw, and we're all better for it. While our new-found tolerance for popular rap abominations certainly has its disadvantages (evidenced by the slew of unofficial 'Birthday Cake' remixes flooding the aggregate blog circuit), there's also the rare occasion when rap sounds at home over high velocity synths.

Sure, Estelle's 'Fall In Love' is a remix of her original duet with John Legend, which was essentially a revised version of her biggest hit. But the final incarnation is a huge upgrade over its predecessors, if only for it's ubiquitous overhaul. No grown man should feel comfortable singing along to 'American Boy', but everyone can relate to falling in love. That, coupled with Esco's contribution quite simply make a great song just masculine enough to jam at moderate volumes. It's puzzling that Atlantic would invest in visuals for a 3rd generation recording, but as someone who can completely relate to that Seinfeld episode where Costanza expresses his deep seated lust for women with enormous teeth, I'm not going to complain one bit.

4 comments:

  1. "No grown man should feel comfortable singing along to 'American Boy"

    Wot? If Bigga can do it you should be able to:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEHOHRHfa5M

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  2. Ha! Funny flip, but I never bought into Max B's wave.

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  3. This actually was released way before it was a John Legend duet.

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  4. @Justa From what I understand, both versions was featured on the single. I definitely remember seeing the John Legend video before the Nas video.

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