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Songs About Girls

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Album Review

Boasting the best album-length production of the year, will.i.am's Songs About Girls is a tour de force of next-generation contemporary R&B, all of it devoted to girls — girls he wants, girls he wants back, girls who are gone, girls he's glad are gone, and, of course, girls trying hard to make a living for their family as strippers. Although the trailer single, "I Got It from My Mama," had threatened to become even more obnoxious and unescapable than Black Eyed Peas' "My Humps" — replacing Fergie's awkward come-ons with will.i.am's clumsy rapping — it's the lone note of pandering on this record. (Perhaps another should be guest Snoop Dogg lofting the word "donque" into the popular consciousness.) Recorded everywhere from Rio to The Record Plant, Songs About Girls percolates with more innovation, enthusiasm, and excitement than contemporary work by Pharrell, Kanye West, Mark Ronson, or anyone else remotely in the same league. Fortunately, will keeps the anthemic rapping to a minimum, instead sing-speaking or pleading plaintively behind a parade of filters and emoting rather than motivating. Musically, there's all manner of technical wizardry on display, including vocoderized electronics, surprisingly acid-washed synth on "The Donque Song" (how long has it been since Snoop Dogg rapped over a 303, doctored or not), and "Get Your Money," the latter of which may be the classic tale of a stripper with a heart of gold, but, powered by a swing-house M.A.N.D.Y. sample, should provide the requisite credibility to rehabilitate the man who unleashed "humps" on the populace.

Customer Reviews

ewww

Go back to the peas please.

GREAT album....best this YEAR!

move over KANYE and definitly 50! here is a guy who knows what he is doing. This album is a marvelous combination of beats, lyrics and rhymes. This album further makes us realize that WILL.I.AM is a master in production...i can smell GRAMMY! Honestly, i was a little dissapointed with the first single I GOT IT FROM MY MAMA but overall the whole album has a beatiful artistic masterpiece flow trhoughout! Top Singles: heartbreaker get your money donque song one more chance invisible fly girl make it funky s.o.s thanks to Will for sharing all this wonderful music....definitly better than AY BAY BAY or CRANK THAT! this is REAL! music! finally, sorry it is long but i have a lot to say about this great man, i loved the way he ended his album with a peace song! just like with the BEP in where is the love and union... overall this is gonna be a GREAT buy! please mark YES if you think this is a GREAT album!!

will.I.love

Great album to rock out in your car to....all happy music......I wouldn't clasify as hiphop/rap though....more pop-y and techno beats with somewhat rapped lyrics

Biography

Born: March 15, 1975 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The work of rapper and producer will.i.am helped make Black Eyed Peas one of the most intriguing acts in hip-hop, and later made them one of the most popular acts on the charts when the albums Elephunk (2003) and Monkey Business (2005) started ascending the charts. During 2005-2007, he also helmed tracks for Pussycat Dolls, John Legend, bandmate Fergie, the Game, Ciara, Nicole Scherzinger, and Macy Gray. His solo career consisted of a project for the British rap label BBE (Lost Change), several mix...
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