Usher & Zaytoven | "A"

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Postby Controlfreak » Thu Oct 11, 2018 2:56 pm

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Postby Ska8er » Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:05 pm

What? Hope this is good!

EDIT: Just saw the trailer and my expectations have substantially lowered.
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Postby Jesper » Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:21 pm

The trailer doesn't sounds too exciting, sounds like he just follows what is hot atm. But we'll see.
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Postby Controlfreak » Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:54 pm

Snippets are up on his IG.
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Postby Erotica » Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:54 pm

Jesper wrote:The trailer doesn't sounds too exciting, sounds like he just follows what is hot atm. But we'll see.
Yes, sadly had the same impression :(
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Postby Guru » Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:00 pm

I’m underwhelmed by that trailer really :cry:
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Postby JakeP » Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:51 pm

The song sounds exactly like Post Malone's singles over the last 12 months. You know what that means? :P

Spotify hit incoming... :roll:
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Postby BlueScorpion » Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:28 pm

At least he got rid of the pop/dance bullshit...
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Postby urbanmusik » Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:06 am

The filter on the album cover is a choice.

I'm here for a couple of trap bangers, but I hope the whole album doesn't sound like that.
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Postby GetBack » Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:10 am

It would be sad if this ended up as a generic album, and by generic, I mean, the trap sound that is saturated today. :-? :-?
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Postby abi » Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:55 am

Urgh enough with these Migos leftovers. :cry:

He released a Trap/trendy song as his lead single from the last album and it didn't really move people to buy the album despite becoming a number one hit on Urban - so I'm surprised he decided not to move on from that sound.
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Postby Marchum » Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:02 am

I like it!
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Postby DwayneWayne » Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:38 pm

this is the worst usher album i've ever heard
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Postby DOSSOME » Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:45 pm

Don't like it
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Postby urbanmusik » Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:41 pm

Producer Zaytoven gets joint credit on this project, which is a mixtape Usher made to celebrate his 40th birthday. The mixtape was created in five days and didn't exist a few weeks ago afaik.
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Postby Marchum » Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:50 pm

I lowkey enjoy this tbh.
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Postby Controlfreak » Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:45 pm

On ‘A,’ Usher Moves With the Times — and That’s a Bad Thing

In May 2014, Usher released “Good Kisser,” which was originally supposed to be the lead single from his eighth studio album. It looped an old break from a Foster Sylvers record — a descending bass riff, a tumble of drums, a festive sputter of cowbell — and Usher sang salacious lines with his customary grace. “Good Kisser” was a rare thing, remarkably untrendy, yet so brazen and entertaining that it still managed to go Number One in the trend-obsessed world of radio.

But “Good Kisser” didn’t do as well as Team Usher hoped, stalling at Number 65 on the Hot 100. The album that became Hard II Love was repeatedly pushed back, eventually coming out nearly two and a half years later, and “Good Kisser” was nowhere to be found on the standard edition’s track list.
Ever since that aesthetic risk “failed” — only in Usher world, by the way, is a Number One radio record considered a disappointment — the singer has adhered to the safest of formulas, singing over the latest rap beats. That accounted for the bulk of 2016’s Hard II Love, and it’s the gist of his new release, A, a collection of songs with the piano-loving Atlanta rap producer Zaytoven.
Catching pop’s waves has always been one of Usher’s greatest strengths, whether that means collaborating with Lil Jon when crunk was going mainstream or charging into EDM as European producers took over the charts. There’s something frustrating, though, about watching this singer make music that he hopes will fit with the Trap Soul generation (Bryson Tiller, 6lack et al.). Usher has the piercing tone and the resources to bury those youngsters, but he chooses to engage with them on their own turf, rather than on terrain that might be more favorable to a singer who released his first single 25 years ago — the Trap Soul kids don’t know how to make “Good Kisser.”

Still, Usher is a pro; when he decides on a path, he goes all-in. The nonsense syllables in “ATA” sound pretty, even though they feel cribbed from Young Thug. In “Peace Sign,” Usher slings snapshots from a sweaty night with infectious zeal; at the same time, he skillfully coats the track with Auto-Tuned backing vocals, offering a luscious lesson in counter-melody.
Elsewhere, A is more unimaginative, with by-the-book beats from Zaytoven and a Future-being-Future feature (“Stay at Home”). On “Gift Shop,” which incorporates a verse from the young Atlanta rapper Gunna, Usher raps in a terse, drilling style. He’s fully committed. But he’s committed to blending in, rather than standing out.
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Postby bm08 » Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:04 am

I enjoyed most of this actually. I havent singled out my favourites because it was playing in the background but I'll give it at least another listen.
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Postby oasisbobo » Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:29 am

I'm looking forward to this.
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Postby frrr » Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:00 am

Hopefully his next album is not trap
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Postby tyguy723 » Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:19 pm

Yikes this is not my thing at all, the producer tag at the beginning of every track is grating and the trap sound just doesn't work for him...at least for me it doesn't :/
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Postby Gravity » Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:32 am

Usher's stuff is always trendy. Doing what's currently popular. Are people really surprised he's doing trap now?

This is a solid project, I enjoy it quite a bit.
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Postby abi » Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:10 am

Boring.
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Postby MO_FAN95 » Mon Oct 22, 2018 10:32 pm

I wouldn’t mind Gift Shop getting some single treatment
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