Though Christina Aguilera can be quite entertaining waving her jazz hands while showing us how to burlesque, we prefer our pop star in ballad mode. And as the guest vocalist on T.I.'s No Mercy track "Castle Walls", Xtina is at her most haunting. A preview clip of the song surfaced today, featuring Aguilera's voice on the chorus and T.I., photographed in black and white, looking appropriately somber. Watch/listen below.
"Everyone thinks I have it all / It's so empty living behind these castle walls, these castle walls," sings Christina on the Alex Da Kid-produced tune. "If I should tumble, if I should fall, would anyone hear me sleeping behind these castle walls? / There's no one here at all / Behind these castle walls."
In this 35-second preview alone, this is already the best track we've heard from Tip in awhile. Xtina's voice is absolutely gorgeous and heartbreaking. We'll wait til we hear the full track for a final verdict , but this could potentially be T.I.'s "Love The Way You Lie"-type hit. (Makes sense, as that track was also produced by Alex Da Kid.)
What do you think of "Castle Walls" so far?