Beyonce - Video Phone
The actual song is dried up dookie, but the video is so nasty that it’s SICK. I don’t want to like it – really, I hate co-signing all of this oversexualization that is Beyonce/Sasha. But dammit if Mrs. Knowles Carter is not 205% entertaining! The gum smacking, ode to Rihanna, guns, costume changes, booty popping, goofy lyrics, Gaga – ALL of that is heaven for a Beyonce Stan.
Lady Gaga adds extra freshness to the video. I didn’t really like her until this song, but she’s jamming. I applaud her for being fearless next to Beyonce. Do you girl!
Rihanna - Russian Roulette
I struggled with "Russian Roulette" because it’s so dark and seems to advocate suicide, but screw it - I have to ride with Rihanna because this baby goes hard. This is one of those songs that you don’t really know what you’re singing about, but so what? It sounds fantastic. The production is right on point and her voice has never sounded better. I can’t worry about what and who might blow their brains out because of this jam. All I know is I’M feeling it and I’m cool.
Alicia Keys - Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart
Finally, a new Alicia Keys song that’s not a lullaby anthem. This one kinda sneaks up on you because it’s mid tempo. Before you know it, you’re grooving and thinking, “…this whispering really works!” I could have rocked the hell out of this song back in my bad relationship days. It’s such a sad/sweet song full of emotion and classic rhythm. The homewrecker just redeemed herself. I’m not even going to judge her for walking like that in those heels either.
Z-Ro – Thank You
What can I say? I’m Houston all day. Lol