Monday, November 11, 2002

"come close to me," by common featuring mary j. blige, roughly = "the light" part 2. it's a sensitive-guy downtempo hiphop love jam featuring a true r-and-b diva. the main difference is the killer line "the pimpin'/may have to die with you." is it phenomenal? no. does it feel as good as your favorite pair of jeans? yup. combine this with common's collabo with his lady erykah badu, "love of my life," and he's already having a damned good year - and his album isn't even out yet.

since we're already playing six degrees of r-and-b separation, let's continue. the roots' commercial breakthrough came with their collabo with badu, '99's "you got me." now they return with a new album, and like their buddy common, a first single featuring a current r-and-b star. this time, they went with a male singer, however: their philly kindred musiq. "break you off" roughly = a more uptempo "you got me." it's a lil' more rough-edged, and musiq's chorus adds a little bite - and, of course, don't forget that the roots might just be the best band in music right now. hella good.

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