Hello, I’m MusiCommentator, and I may not be able to post as much soon. I know, it is not like I post every day in the first place, but I may have to restrict it to once a week or so. My life is about to get pretty busy soon, so I am just telling you all this now so you do not have high standards. I will still try to post as regularly as I can, though, so do not fret. Wipe your tears my little children, for I am coming now with an album review (well, an EP review, but let’s not get picky).
So, if you read my “Back To You” Song Review you would know that I was not that fond of the song. However, I feel that I gave one of the featured guests on it, Bebe Rexha, a bad rap. Even though her lyrics were not stunning on that song, I have liked some of her past singles such as “I Got You” and “No Broken Hearts”. Me just saying that she is awful would be a lie. She just came out with an EP recently, a follow-up to her previous one, so I decided to give this a listen. Here were my thoughts.
#1: That’s It (Featuring Gucci Mane & 2 Chainz)
To start off, Bebe collaborates with rappers Gucci Mane and 2 Chainz to make a boastful track about their riches and assets. Now, I do not mind a brag song as long as it comes with a nice beat and some witty punchlines, but these three artists really failed in the lyrical department. In all honesty, Gucci Mane was not as bad as he was in Selena Gomez’s “Fetish“, and I did like his line “Don’t even get me started, ’cause I don’t like to stop”, but the bad line that stuck out for me was “She love to call me daddy, I treat her like Pops” because 1) it talks about how girls call sexual partners “daddy”, which is too played out and utterly stupid, and 2) I do not even how what “I treat her like Pops” mean. 2 Chainz is known for his stupid-silly lines, so it was no surprise that he had a few comical ones like “Yeah, I like my coffee cold, like my women hot”, but the rest of his verse was bland and forgettable.
The most interesting part is that Bebe, even with two rappers on this track notorious for spitting stupid bars, has the worst lines of all. The way she sings them is decent, but she gives some utterly bad bars: “Motherf***** I’m a star, I don’t do no dishes”, “Diamonds drippin’ on my neck, I be saucy saucy”, and “Damn, I’m dressed fresh to death, steppin’ out the coffin” just to name a few. The most terrible one, though, has got to go to “You be lookin’ at my a**, damn that thing Jurassic”, which is the worst line on this album, and possibly one of the worst lines of the year.
The beat is not too bad. The contradicting bells/glockenspiel instruments in beginning and end makes me cringe a little, but the 808s and percussion bring it together quiet nicely. As a song, though, Bebe is really not helping me say that she is actually a good artist.
#2: I Got Time
Like I mentioned earlier, I was a big fan of “I Got You”, and since this title is quite similar to that one, I was a little excited to hear this track. This song is basically Bebe saying that she is young and rich, so she can do what she wants. However, the lyrics are very childish and immature. It sounds like it was written by one of those online adolescent stars that got rich for pretty much doing nothing (I’m looking at you, Musical.ly kids). This is not helped by the fact that Bebe’s vocal melodies here are annoying as hell! In most cases, I like Bebe’s voice. It is unique, but it is also very good, and when you hear her live, she can hold her own pretty well. But, the way she turns up her voice at the end of each line gets really old really quickly. Hearing her trying to rhyme words like “listen/waitin” and “for the charm/irresponsible” with this voice is an ear grating experience. I would rather listen to fingernails on a chalkboard. Then, to add a cherry to this pile of garbage, they put nonessential rapper ad libs in the chours. There is not a rapper on this track, the executives just decided that ad libs were hip so they needed some in this song. Really, Bebe, I am trying to prove that you are good! Stop making it hard for me to do that!
#3: The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody) [Featuring Lil Wayne]
This was actually the song that made me interested in reviewing this project because I listened to it before it was even officially a single for this EP. On this track, Bebe is singing about living in the moment and wanting to just be with someone. I think this is a really good sentiment, even if it could lead to some unwanted STDs, and it is well executed in this song. The booming horns and the hard-hitting drums work well with the echoing, harmonious synths in the background. Bebe does not have any bad lyrics, in my opinion, and Lil Wayne does pretty good, too. I did not expect anything great from Wayne because his newer music has been pretty bad, but he is not awful on here. Most of his lyrics stay on topic, which is phenomenal for Lil Wayne, and even though the autotune on his voice sounds like Wall-E fornicating with a Speak-And-Spell, it does not take away from the message of the song. Also, unlike the last track, Bebe’s voice is really good here. It starts off quieter in the beginning, but its unique charm becomes clearly prevalent in the chorus. I’m not going to lie, I really liked this song.
#4: (Not) The One
In this song, Bebe talks about her dilemma where she likes someone but does not really want to fall in love. Out of all six tracks, if I had to pick one song that was the most forgettable, this would probably be it. It is not that this is a bad track, it is just that it is not astoundingly great. The EDM/House beat is pretty nice and her voice is as good as it is most times. The lyrics are a bit cheesy, but her delivery is enough to make it acceptable. This is just a decent song, definitely one that is looking for radio play, but a decent song.
#5: Comfortable (Featuring Kranium)
Bebe teams up with reggae artist Kranium to make this dancehall song about their respective partners becoming lazy in their relationships. First of all, I love the beat to this track! I’m a sucker for songs with sorrowful guitars, and this song fills that quota well, but the drums make it a song for you to dance to while you are crying. The lyrical content is great as well. Bebe provides many raw lyrics that shine true to many relationships like this. You cannot help but sympathize when she says lines like “When was the last time that you called me beautiful?/I don’t need to hear it, but it’d be nice to know” and “So baby, tell me why you never buy me flowers no more?” She gives a lot of these lines with a dull delivery, but I believe that this helps the atmosphere of this song.
What brings this song down, however, is Kranium’s contributions. I did not know who this guy was, but it turns out that he is an underground reggae artist. I can clearly understand why I have not heard of him, because if he were to ever talk to me, I would not be able to understand a thing he says. Now, I’m not being insensitive towards Jamaican accents. I can understand that type of accent most of the time. And, I’m not criticizing reggae music either. In fact, I am in the process of listening to the collaboration album Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley did with Nas, and from the few songs I have heard so far, I am loving it. It is Kranium himself that I cannot understand. He does have a pretty thick accent, but he also combines this with a voice similar to Young Thug’s. These two factors make him nearly indecipherable! The first time I looked up the lyrics to this song on Genius.com, his verse was filled with [?] to prove that no one knew what he was saying. It was revised the next day, but when I looked at it, it made no sense:
(Don’t mind all my open tabs. Trust me, none of them are dity)
I cannot be the only one that thinks Kranium’s 2nd verse lyrics sound like random babbling. And, from the lyrics you can encrypt in the pre-chorus and outro, he has some deep, meaningful lines, but it is just so hard to understand them. I want to like this song a lot more, but Kranium’s performance just drags it down so much.
#6: Meant To Be (With Florida Georgia Line)
Bebe does a very unexpected collaboration with Florida Georgia Line here to make a song about love. I am not a big fan of country, and FGL’s (I’m calling them that for short because writing three extra words is tough) voice is a bit twangy for my style. Plus, “Kick your pretty feet up on my dash” is probably one of the most country lines ever spoken. But, his voice works well with Bebe’s, creating some good layering on the chorus. Besides for the one I mentioned, the lyrics are acceptable. Once you get past Bebe’s second verse, though, the rest of the song is pretty pointless to listen to because you have heard most of the lyrics at that point. It is mainly just repetition of “It’ll beeeee, it’ll beeeeeeeee” for a minute or so. But, this is not a bad song to end the EP with.
This is not a very cohesive project. I cannot hold this too harshly against Bebe, since it is an EP, but I feel like it is all over the place at some points. I mean, it starts off with hip hop and ends with country, and that is not something every musical project can say about itself. I get why they did this, though. The executives behind this are trying to see what hits and what misses. Personally, I prefer when she makes glitzy, luxurious pop songs centered on love or heartbreak of anything related. That is why my favorite songs of hers are those like “No Broken Hearts”, “I Got You”, and “The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody)”. I was surprised at how well she handled the dancehall beat (even though Kranium had to ruin it), but she is mostly better at big, glossy pop.
If you could not tell from the previous paragraph, my favorite song on this EP is “The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody)”. Aside from the horrible grammar in the title, this is a great song. The slick, in-your-face production is excellent with the upbeat lyrics, and Lil Wayne had an astonishingly good verse. To get to this song, though, you have to get through my least favorite, which is “I Got Time”. The hip hop influence is unavoidable, but Bebe does not work well with that. At least “That’s It” has some lines that you can laugh to, but “I Got Time” has little redeeming qualities. I feel that Bebe does have the grit to perfect a “bad/boss b****” persona, but these songs show that she is not quite there yet.
Overall, I would give this EP a 5 out of 10. Do you agree.
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