On this week’s Bump It or Dump It?, there’s literally something here for everybody. Check out the songs below that cover everything from R & B to Gospel to Rock and Rap. What are your thoughts on these songs?
Anita Baker: Lately
Anita Baker dropped off the music scene to focus on family life after the massive success of 1994’s Rhythm of Love CD. Who could forget her hits “Rapture”, ”I Apologize”, “Body and Soul” and “Giving You The Best That I Got”? But, on October 23, 2012 she will release her new CD, Only Forever, after almost 10 years of silence. Her first single “Lately” (a remake of Tyrese’s1998 hit) is already breaking records with having the highest debut single on the Billboard Urban Adult Contemporary Chart in over 15 years. I must admit, she did a great job on this remake and really made the song her own. Her voice has not changed one bit…and neither has her image. But the response of fans shows that while she was gone, she was definitely not forgotten.
Lupe Fiasco: Bitch Bad
We reward lies and avoid shining light on the truth. But leave it to Lupe Fiasco to always tell it like it is, from his perspective. Not since “Dumb It Down” has he attacked the current state of Hip Hop in a single as he does with “Bitch Bad”. If you can get past the title, the message here is one everyone needs to hear. Lupe Fiasco’s last studio CD, Lasers, didn’t take off with fans as some of his previous work (i.e. The Cool). But after listening to “Bitch Bad” I’m sure he’ll reel in some of his old fan base, as well as gain new fans. The basic message here is that music is glorifying the term bitch as a good thing, instead of what it really is. The video’s concept also touches on blackface and the actors, such as Paul Robeson, who used it. He also take a jab at rapper Lil Webbie here too. Wonder what will come of that. Look for this song to be featured on his upcoming Food and Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Part 1 CD on September 25, 2012.
Alanis Morissette: Numb
In the mid 1990s, Alanis Morissette could not be touched. She was on every radio station, video music channel and at the top of the Billboard charts. Her most successful release to date, Jagged Little Pill, spawned 4 huge hit singles: “Ironic”, “Head Over Feet”, “You Oughtta Know” and “Hand In My Pocket”. Her first 2 CDs were only released in Canada, but with Jagged Little Pill, she struck gold…or rather platinum, 15 times over in the US alone. Now she’s back with her 8th studio album, Havoc and Bright Lights, released on August 28, 2012. I’ve always thought she was one of the best songwriters in the music business, no matter how disturbing her lyrics are. “Numb”, featured on her new CD is nothing short of disturbing, but I still like it. Check out her live performance from her upcoming tour DVD, Havoc and Bright Lights.
Toby Mac featuring Lecrae: Forgiveness
I recently purchased Toby Mac’s new CD, Eye On it. I’ve heard several of his songs before, but never purchased any of his music. But after hearing the single “Me Without You”, plus a few other tracks, I decided to purchase it. And I was definitely glad that I did. Many of the tracks on this CD shine, but “Forgiveness” really stands out to me. The song features Gospel rapper Lecrae, who ironically doesn’t even rap on the track. Lecrae’s new CD, Gravity, will be released tomorrow, September 4, 2012. “Forgiveness” simply speaks about it being something that we all need at some point in our lives. The song is very powerful and I think this will be a big hit for Toby Mac, should he decide to release this as a single.