Friday, February 04, 2005

Subjects for further review:
"Raise Up" by Petey Pablo
"Freek-A-Leek" by Petey Pablo
"Goodies" by Ciara featuring Petey Pablo

"Raise Up" is a great single because PP sounds hungry, and because Timbaland crafted him a classic track underpinned by a drunken-sounding string loop. "Freek-A-Leek" isn't great - or, in fact, any good - because PP sounds like he thinks the world owes him, now, and because Lil Jon could've made that track in his sleep. On "Goodies," meanwhile, PP appears to have no role other than to provide the obligatory rap break in an R&B club record. He's utterly replaceable and irrelevant here - which, sadly, seems to be his status in the rap world these days, after starting out with such a promising single only four years ago.

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