Butta of the Week!: *Video* Timbaland & Justin Timberlake – Carry Out

Ok, this got me a little geeked. Timbaland teamed up with his partner in crime, Justin Timberlake for the third Single release off his latest compilation album, Shock Value II. The album is a follow-up to the Platinum-selling Shock Value album that was also an International hit. Due to Timbaland’s worldwide appeal, I feel his label is focusing more on the markets across the pond because I have barely heard his singles or seen his videos here in Canada. Carry Out was released to radio in December of last year while the video was released in mid-February.  Bryan Barber directed the video which sort of reminds me of Hype William’s treatment for GoldDigger.

I do love this song; it is a good look for both artists and I would definitely shake to this in the clubs. Plus this beat is taking me back to the late 90s when Timbaland’s production skills were unmatched and the best in the Industry at the time.  Justin & Timbaland make a good creative team together and I dig the metaphors they are using comparing fast food to….hot sex? Owwwww!

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ChokLit’s Choice: Nneka – HeartBeat

A friend recently put me on to this amazing Nigerian/German artist, Nneka. Born in Nigeria, of an Igbo father and German mother, Nneka grew up in Warri, Nigeria, while later going to school in Germany. Nneka began working with German producer DJ Farhot as they collaborated on many projects. Nneka has released three albums, Victim of Truth in 2005, No Longer at Ease in 2008, and Concrete Jungle, her first US release that was released last month.

The first song of hers I listened to was Heartbeat and I instantly fell in love with it! It is different, catchy and haunting, all at once. Nneka raps as well as sings; her voice being nasally high yet strong. Most of Nneka’s musc is politically-charged as she comes from a country that is plagued with corruption, violence and greed. Myself being Nigerian as well, I was very interested in hearing what Nnkeka had to say. She is very talented and her message is revolutionary. Please check out her video for Heartbeat, as well as a performance she did on David Letterman for the song.

I hope to do a feature on Nneka, but in the meantime, make sure you check out her Myspace Page where you can purchase her music as well as her Official Website.

Thanks to Rebecca for the recommendation!!

What do you guys think of her?

Nneka – Heartbeat Video

Nneka – Heartbeat Performance

Butta of the Week: TheDream is the Love King

“I be on that fly sh*t, and you be on my sh*t

Image courtesy of MissJia.com

That n*gga keep playin, change where you layin’ I’m just sayin….

The wait is over: Love King has arrived. Your R&B singer’s favorite R&B dude has released the first single from his final project, both titled Love King. The song is bravado-fest as Dream talks about how he ‘got his money up’ and now has women all over the world. TheDream’s Ego is back, in case you thought it was on hiatus. Love King is a fun song with fun lyrics, reminiscent of Rockin’ that Sh*t and Shawty is the Sh*t.  Dream isn’t saying much, but he usually keeps the first single very light, hook-heavy and radio-friendly. LOS Da Mystro produced the single. What did you guys think of the song?

TheDream – Love King

Published in: on February 19, 2010 at 1:29 am  Comments (1)  
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Butta of the Week: Omarion – Speedin’ video

After releasing two hip hop-themed buzz singles, Omarion has finally released the real R&B track we were hoping for.  Well, its more of a pop & B collabo, but still a good one.

In Speedin’, Omarion sings about a love gone wrong and trying his hardest to get back into his lover’s heart again. The music is dramatic with the help of  drums, an electric guitar and screeching tire effects throughout the song. Omarion gives a stirring vocal performance that makes you wonder why he didn’t release this song as his lead single. Ollusion is in stores right now! Go cop that ish!

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Published in: on January 18, 2010 at 1:11 am  Comments (1)  
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Butta of the Week! Mary J. Blige – I Am

I saw Mary perform this song at tonight’s AMAs and I thought to myself, how did we miss this at the ChokLit Factory? I am really loving this song. In the song, Mary sings about nobody being able to love her current Lover better than she can. Sometimes in a relationship, one person can be caught thinking they can get better elsewhere and often fall victim to the 80/20 rule, thinking the grass is greener on the other side. Sometimes that is the case, but most times it’s not. Sometimes we can take what we have for advantage until we have lost it. But once you lost it, its gone!

Mary wrote this song alongside talented songwriter Johnta Austin (who also co-wrote Mary’s other hit song, Be Without You) and produced by Stargate. This song will be released as Mary’s third single from her forthcoming album Stronger with each Tear.  So far, the album sounds like it will be a solid one; we can’t wait!

You can download I Am, starting tomorrow on iTunes!

Mary J.Blige – I Am

Published in: on November 23, 2009 at 2:43 am  Comments (1)  
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Butta Of the Week! Dirty Money’s ‘Love Come Down’ video

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For some reason I was a bit reluctant to watch the video for Dirty Money’s newest single, Love Come Down, but I finally came around to it and I gotta say, I’m feelin this joint! Diddy and co reunite with director Hype Williams for a slick video that includes light vs. dark contrasts, a requisite dance troupe and spirited performances by all three group members. Kaleena really stood out in this clip for me; she is giving me Total circa 1998 in this video. A pure original Bad Boys vibe! Also her vocals on this track are perfect for the song – now I see why she was chosen for the group! Dawn surprisingly doesn’t do much for me appearance wise, though I am digging her vocals on this as well. Diddy plays his part as the dancing thug mogul and reminds us that grills Neva went outta style! Or something. this video makes me wanna get up and dance right quick – so Diddy has done his job! This song will be featured on Diddy’s newest effort Last Train to Paris. Note to aspiring artists trying to sign with Bad Boy: if you want your video/project/album to ever be released or to have a substantial budget, you must either join a group with Diddy or be sleeping with him. I kid, I kid!

*Sidenote: For a laugh, check out Diddy’s posin for us at 0:24 HA!

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Butta of the Week (continued): Amerie – Heard ‘Em All video

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Here is the full version of Amerie’s video, directed by Anthony Mandler. I noticed that Weezy isn’t in the video or wasn’t included in the single release at all. Hence Amerie begins the song a little awkwardly without the 16-bar intro. Still, this video is pretty hot.  Amerie has definitely stepped up her dancing game on this one, although the moves are not overly difficult. I actually really like the concept of the video as well as its styling and overall feel. Amerie looks comfortable in this grimey yet fashionable role, especially since we are used to seeing her a lot more girly and feminine. Expect to see this video very often on 106 & Park. Did ya’ll like it?

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Published in: on September 25, 2009 at 12:35 am  Leave a Comment  
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Butta of the Week! Amerie feat. Lil Wayne – Heard ‘Em All

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Amerie’s second single off her forthcoming Love & War album almost slipped through the Choklit cracks. But here it is in all its glory. Heard ’em All features the best of what can safely be called, ‘Amerie’s sound’. It evokes that brassy D.C go-go sound Amerie is well-known for, along with staccato melodies and an urgent, quickened pace. Amerie sounds great on the song as she warns all potential suitors to keep their distance unless they have something real for her.  Also check out a sneak peak of the making of the video for Heard ‘Em All. The remix I posted features Lil Wayne, although I do not see him in this video footage. This definitely looks like the type of song Amerie needs. Why R U was an ok song, but I don’t think it generated the buzz she needed. Amerie really needs a hard-knocking hit to make a dent in this Beyonce/Rihanna-focused music industry & media. The choreography is lookin’ hot too! What do ya’ll think of the song and video?

Amerie feat. Lil Wayne – Heard ’em All

Published in: on September 23, 2009 at 12:15 am  Leave a Comment  
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