will.i.am featuring Diddy, Hit-Boy, Waka Flocka Flame, Hit-Boy & Britney Spears “Scream & Shout (Remix)”

Even if “Scream & Shout”‘s existence didn’t quite get you off the “will.i.am is the worst” wagon, the record was oddly fascinating, mainly in its striking decision to play up the Britney-as-inhuman meme by reducing the pop princess to some kind of bored, faux-British-accented, Bond vixen-meets-3008 club kid cyborg, which did enough to distract from […]

Mary J. Blige featuring Diddy & Lil’ Wayne “Someone To Love Me (Naked)”

It’s quite astounding how every time you’re ready to count Diddy out as the non-musician he is, the man manages to cook up something that forces you to begrudgingly grant him some kudos. Latest case in point: Diddy-Dirty Money’s Last Train To Paris, a long-pushed-back set that as printed pitch (Auto-Tuned warbling? Over-the-top cinematic concept? […]

Missy Elliott “Swat Dat Fly”

While the arrival of a brand-new Missy Elliott supa-dupa club banger would’ve been REAAALLLY nice right around now (especially if it managed to team her up with Nicki and had a crazy Hype Williams-directed video), a five-year-old, demo-stage “Misdemeanor” cut is better than nothing, so we can appreciate the unleashing of “Swat Dat Fly”, a […]