audio review : Me And My Bitch ( song ) … The Notorious BIG

The “Me” in the title refers to Biggie, but clips of a casual conversation between Puff Daddy and his “bitch” is a nice touch; if only because those bits, played during the breaks, add to a simple hook that wouldn’t sound so underdeveloped if it had a girl singing something sweet in the background.

Not that such a feature would make this anything close to a traditional love song. The string loop sounds nice, but the Notorious one is too thuggish for that. “When the time is right, the wine is right, I treat you right,” he tells the object of his affection, “You talk slick, I beat you right.” How romantic.

my rating = 3 of 5

1994

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audio review : My Life 2 [ The Journey Continues ] ( album ) … Mary J Blige

audio review : My Life 2 [ The Journey Continues ] ( album ) ... Mary J Blige

“If you gon do it,” Puff says in regards to Mary J Blige talking to him about making a sequel to her My Life album, “You know you gotta come with it, girl.” He should know. He produced it. But that was back in 1994 and a lot has changed since then. It’s been seventeen years and Mary J Blige isn’t the “girl” she used to be.

That fact, of course, has little to do with this album, which, like part 1, revolves almost exclusively around “love”. Perhaps they should be titled My Love Life because even the most obsessive romantic has other things going on in life, especially if they happen to be one rich and famous enough to befriend Beyoncé.

Their duet, which teaches men how to Love A Woman, is a gag, but it goes down easier than the Chaka Khan cover. The music, provided by the hip-hop producers of the day; Diddy only talks on the Intro; sounds fresh enough. I’ll leave whether or not this sequel compares to the “classic” original up to the fans.

my rating = 3 of 5

2011

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