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!


Pour Out A Lil’ ChokLit Liqour: R.I.P Aaliyah


Tomorrow will mark 8 years since we lost R&B songstress Aayilah Dana Haughton aka Babygirl. Luckily some of us were able to know Aaliyah and her music before her life was tragically cut short when her plane crashed in the Bahamas back in 2001. Aaliyah was 22 at the time and had just released her third studio album, titled Aaliyah. The album would go on to sell over a million copies and would be applauded by many critics as being one of the best albums of 2001 – if not the best R&B album of that year. The most I can remember of Aaliyah was her very musical maturity and her image uniqueness. Unique is a cliched term in the music industry nowadays, but Aaliyah really did have It. When her video was on, everyone took note. She was mysterious without removing her sunglasses, sexy without showing her ass and talented without having a big voice. Her style was admired but could never be duplicated and her music was timeless. I can always bump her album One in  a Million anytime of the day and not skip a track.  Aaliyah always had great videos to accompany her music, along with tomboyish yet sexy dance moves courtesy of her choreographer Fatima Robinson. The video I wanted to highlight today is Four Page Letter. This is one of my favourite Aaliyah songs and videos. The song itself is vulnerable and sexy courtesy of Timbaland & Missy Elliot’s dream production team that also included singer/songwriter Stephen ‘Static’ Garrett.  This video has Aaliyah peering through the forests during a medieval-set world looking for her warrior lover who has been writing her love letters since being captured (at least that’s my take on it).  Who else can pull off this kind of video? Peep the video below and some links to other memorable videos.

Make sure you leave any comments of your favourite Aaliyah memories.

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R.I.P Babygirl.

Other memorable videos:

Aaliyah – One in A Million

Aaliyah – Try Again

Aaliyah – At Your Best

ChokLit’s Choice: Ciara & Keri Hilson

This is a new post idea we will try to feature on The ChokLit Factory: ChokLit’s Choice. We will highlight current and former albums and the album tracks that may never make it as a Single, but are definite contenders to be a Single.


via Ciaraworld.com

First off, we have Ciara’s Fantasy Ride, which hasn’t been the most popular of Ciara’s albums, sales-wise, but it did have a couple noteworthy tracks. The ChokLit Choice of Fantasy Ride is Tell Me What Your Name Is. Produced by Dr. Luke and Benny Blanco, the song samples Cyndi Lauper’s Time After Time (correct me if I am wrong) and uses it as a smooth musical background for this futuristic-sounding dance track. In the song, Ciara is singing to a Crush who she finally confronts, “I don’t wanna waste your time/I just wanna make you mine/Wanna play with you all night/ So tell me what your name is” I think this song captures the growth Ciara was referring to when she speaks about Fantasy Ride, and should have been a definite ChokLit Choice for a Single.

Ciara – Tell Me What Your Name Is

Keri Hilson has been having a great 2009 after several setbacks due to her album being pushed back a couple of times were resolved.  Keri has proven that good things do come to those who wait, so when she finally did deliver In a Perfect World, Hilson did recieve some good acclaim. I enjoyed the overall direction of the album as long as the writing and production on some tracks, but I also felt some of her songs were over-produced and overshadowed Keri’s voice, which actually has a very nice tone to it.  Intuition is one of the standout tracks on the album since it expertly merges slick production with perfect lyrics. The song is produced by Timbaland and his protege Danja, and written by Keri and Timbaland. Keri sings lyrics that ring so true for many women (and men): “I got this crazy feeling/I’m gon’ be single again/ I know it, i can feel it/ I know you gon mess up” Peep the track below.

**Side Note: these pics of Keri are from her new spread in Complex magazine. She looks hot like fiyah in these!

Keri Hilson – Intuition

Did ya’ll like those songs? Should they have been contenders for a Single release? Speak your piece!

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Oldie Butta GoodieBar: The GoldMind Edition – Nicole Wray & Torrey Carter

Watch me as I get my Late 90s Nostalgia swag on real quick – Where were you when you first heard these songs?

I was snooping around a friend’s room the other day, peeping her CDs (I believe she must have stopped purchasing CDs in 2001, like the rest of North America!) when I came across a CD single for a guy called Torrey Carter. He had a smooth baby face and was wearing a blue bucket-style Kangol hat.


Take That

His face was not familiar to me at first, but the CD was for his debut single, Take That and featured Missy Elliot. This guy was a Goldmind artist! This started to jog my memory: Take that, Take that, Torrey Carter…who is this Cat again?

Finally I gave in and typed the name and song into Youtube. When the video came up and I heard the familiar strong guitar lick and Missy’s voice blaring out the speakers, “Bang this joint!” That was IT! I was nodding my head harder than a head banger – This was the Jaaaaammmmm!

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