VIBE's Daily Additions to the 'Pod
The overall sound of "Shine On" is right up K.R.I.T.'s alley—dope lyricism on top of classic, blues-meets-rap production. Bun B's added flow is pretty much the icing on the cake of a great collaboration. Look for this to appear on K.R.I.T.'s upcoming King Remembered In Time mixtape.
Joe's back to delivering R&B jams doused in soul. The tone in his voice is as good as it was in the 90s, and the subject matter is right up there with the best material on his classic 2000 hit album, My Name Is Joe. Keep rocking those feel-good love songs, homie.
As far as first singles go—this will appear on his upcoming album, Neon—"Where You Are" sounds like you typical Jay Sean record, basically the current sound of this generation's pop music. Those songs tend to be "hit or miss" on the Hot 100, so we'll see how this one fairs on the charts.
This is more or less something to nod your head to—or better yet, blaze up to—rather than an actual hit. Smokers club, enjoy.
Bueller's new project incorporates influences from all over, including jazz ("A Second 2 Breathe"), uptempo ("Mission 2 Hearts [Galaxy Love]") and straight hip-hop bangers ("Testi-Fly/The Verdict"). While some songs are a bit repetitive, and tend to drown into one another, the overall sound of Cruise 2 Fame II is a dope collection of experimental hip-hop.