I admit that I participated in the Coachella hype machine, following each rumor and whisper. But now that a lineup I’m moderately pleased with is finally out and Bonnaroo has offered up its rebuttal, where will our multi-act musical entertainment come from? God bless you, Sunday Nite Slow Jams host R-Dub, for bringing a concert lineup nearly too good to be true to a location reasonably close to my house.
Last month, I wrote about R & B Kings 2009, a mixtape from Big Mike and DJ Neptune that featured new tracks from Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, and Bobby Valentino; over the weekend, a sequel to the mix leaked. This edition also has brand-new tracks by Ri-Ri, Justin, and Bobby, as well as premiere tracks from R. Kelly and Ciara. The standout is Timberlake’s breakup mope “Better Not Together,” in which he goes into bummed-out, velvet-voiced soul man mode, but Ciara’s aerobics-class-worthy “Turntables” is pretty bouncy and fun as well. A selection of tracks after the jump.
Just crossing the transom this morning: Big Mike and DJ Neptune’s new mixtape R & B Kings 2009, which apparently came out last week and bubbled its way to various pop-leak blogs today. It has new tracks by—count ’em—Chris Brown and Rihanna and Justin Timberlake and Usher. (Also 50 Cent, but he sucks.) A rundown of the best brand-new tracks (with probably-not-long-for-this-world YouTube links) after the jump!
Bobby Valentino has left his contract with Def Jam records, seemingly because he (like everyone here at Idolator), was bummed at the lack of attention his last album, Special Occasion, and its outstanding Timbaland-assisted single “Anonymous” received. He claims to still be cool with former label Disturbing Tha Peace and its owner Ludacris (“I was with them last night at the club”), and that he’s just psyched to be one of those independent, digitally oriented artists you hear so much about these days.
But really, Bob, is it that hard to just ask a lady’s name, especially when you’re already dancing with her?