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Real Badman Never Afraid... Pop chat

Had a little thing called Ain't Afraid To Say I Like, but as stated previously I didn't really like the title. From this day forth this section is called Real Badman Never Afraid. For the record, I am not a badman like some hoodlum or anything. In this instance, a badman is someone who stands up for himself, kicking down the barriers of stereotype, prejudice and eradicates all division (read that with triumphant music playing in your head and you will get some sick visuals). Too many people in this world front; blare some hardcore gangsta hip-hop or the latest grunky (grime x funky) riddims, but when the windows are up don't be fooled, they are listening to Magic, Heart or Smooth.

Today I will be talking some pop tunes that I've finally caught up on.

N-Dubz - I Need You



Anyone who has asked will know I'm a fan of the N-Dubz and their movement. They are most probably the only act I get excited about but I don't play their songs often or even many of their songs. It's a strange one I know. I'm a fan of them because they are polished with ruff edges, image doesn't seem forced and next-door vibe, have their sound, but most of all they make great SONGS. They know their demographic and the yoof can relate to their subjects of cheating, lust, haters etc. Dappy's singjay style makes for great hooks, Tulisa isn't some Mariah Carey but she can sing & reps the females hard and Fazer balances it with his, erm... yeah. Nah he the producer so he's good and can spit. Thing is, there isn't great science behind what they do, should be standard. Would have signed them (if I was in that line of work).

Sadly, I'm not a fan of this new sound. Hopefully it doesn't reflect their new album because I'll be disappointed. It's a shame because I'm feeling the concept; we've been in that position before where you look through album pics from an event hoping the girl you want is tagged. Real Badman Never Afraid to say I've done that, strayt! Videos big and expensive, but the beat is wack. Sounds like hoppin'. Hopefully they get a number 1 from it.

Alexandra Burke - Bad Boys

For official video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Li_nzTVYpk8

(They disabled the embed feature for the official vid. What us bloggers ay?)



I've seen ol' Alex receiving a lot of hate for this tune. Maybe for the fact it doesn't really showcase her powerful vocals and she's black so everyone wants her to be the next (did I say next? I meant first) R&B queen this century (Jamelia, you sexy and all but I don't remember a R&B tune since Money made last century). She's black so she can still win a MOBO. I think this tune is a skankers! They were never going to put her in the studio with R&B elite producers for first single. When her career begins to decline then we'll see. My gripe is featuring Flo-Rida on a tune called Bad Boys. She would have been better off with Bow Wow. Actually I just had a light bulb, maybe she's saying bad as in "Flo-Rida ya sh*t!" bad. That's a reach isn't it? Anyway, Whitney used to make songs like I Wanna Dance With Somebody and How Will I Know. Good pop song I say.

JLS - Everybody in Love official vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlfzNb_WeoA



Once again anyone who knows me knows I felt JLS were better than Alexandra. Another group I would have signed. They got a retro cheesy boyband feel about them. Telling me this song won't have a sell-out arena crowd with their mobile phones aloft waving them? People say "Oh it sounds dated" or "Oh it's cheesy" well isn't that pop? It is to me. 80s & 90s pop were what I call pop, everyone's trying to be serious these days. Leave the authentic people to do what they do, you pop bastads stay doing pop and stop blurring the lines!

I mean could you really take can't dance, can't sing JLS serious singing slow jams or Ballads? Or even slightly credible mid-tempo R&B songs? Look at them for Pete's sake. Go places like Chicago's and see the forwards cheesy songs get. I believe there is a market for it, and it should be filled. FDM (formerly Fund*mental) must be pissed though. Signed to Ne-Yo's Compound, gone with the whole 3-letter thing and bam out comes JLS (Just Lumps of Shit or something). At the end of the day, JLS are black/"urban" so they too can still win a MOBO. 'Llow wanting something credible from them 'cause you'd only cuss them.

Won't include Cheryl Cole. Sexy bad, trying a ting but com'on yur avin a larf!

And you can roll your eyes as much as you like, in fact do it, SMH while you're at it but you can't cuss me for this post, I can't be held accountable for this because the title is a big disclaimer *radio edit* snitchizzzzzz

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