For this week’s Second Listen Sunday, I decided to visit the Buckeye State and pay homage to The Rude Boys. The Cleveland-based quartet consisted of Larry Marcus, Melvin Sephus, Edward Lee “Buddy” Banks, and Joe Little III. Initially breaking onto the scene in 1990 with the hits “Written All Over Your Face” and “Are You Lonely For Me” from their debut, they wasted no time returning to the studio.
Single Review : Usher – Good, Good
As his latest Vegas residency wraps up, Usher gifts fans a new single, “Good Good,” featuring Summer Walker & 21 Savage. Mel & Mus lend their producing skills to the song while Usher, Paul Dawson, and Tauren Stovall pen the track. Usher’s newest bop” is a catchy and upbeat track that showcases the artist’s smooth vocals and impeccable delivery.
The production is vibrant and danceable, with infectious melodies and pulsating beats. Lyrically, “Good Good” explores themes of attraction and seduction, with Usher describing his desire for a woman from a former relationship still captivates him. The lyrics, while straightforward, are lighthearted and fun, adding to the overall playful and energetic vibe of the song.
Usher’s vocal performance is outstanding, as he effortlessly glides between his lower and higher ranges, displaying his impressive vocal range and control. The way he delivers the lyrics with charisma and confidence adds an extra layer of charm to the song.
The production quality is top-notch, as expected from an artist of Usher’s caliber. The instrumentation is rich and layered, incorporating elements of R&B and pop seamlessly. The catchy hooks and infectious rhythms make it hard not to bop your head and tap your feet along with the song.
Summer Walker provides a decent guest feature, although I would have preferred someone from Usher’s age demographic (i.e., Brandy or Monica) to appeal to the Urban AC crowd. Similarly, 21 Savage adds nothing to the song, and his rap delivery is mid at best. Now I’m not saying that Usher needed to have a KRS-One or Big Daddy Kane, but there are a host of other rappers who could deliver a decent Hot 16 instead of 21 Savage.
Overall, “Good Good” is a solid addition to Usher’s string of 2023 singles following “Glu,” showcasing his talent for creating infectious and enjoyable tracks. It’s a decent song to lift your spirits and get you in a good mood. Whether you’re a fan of Usher or just looking for a feel-good tune, “Good Good” is worth a listen.
Final Grade: B+
“Good Good” is available on all streaming platforms
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Valentine’s Day 2024 may have come and gone, but I still plan to use highlight songs with the V-word for February’s Slow Jam Saturday. The artist I chose is a southern gentleman by the name of Lloyd. Initially breaking onto the scene as a member of the preteen-boy band N-Toon, Lloyd’s solo career kicked off in 2004 with the hit “Southside.”
As we continue to celebrate the month of love, I chose “Valentine by Ryan Leslie as the second song with the word valentine for February’s Slow Jam Saturday. Leslie broke into the music industry in 2003, writing hits for Beyoncé and New Edition. Leslie released the singles “The Way That U Move Girl” and “Used 2 Be” featuring Fabolous. However, his debut album was never officially released due to creative differences with his record label. In late 2007, Leslie finally broke through with the bop “Diamond Girl,” and his self-titled album would finally hit record stores on February 10, 2009. Leslie also succeeded with the follow-up singles “Addiction” and “How It Was Supposed to Be.” Surprisingly, though, Leslie didn’t drop “Valentine” as the fourth single, which would have timed perfectly with the album release date.