Over at Metal Lungies, I contributed to our latest instalment of the Beat Drop feature, this time focusing on the production talents of the Neptunes. For those unfamiliar with the concept, let me explain. Each instalment of the feature has the whole ML blogging team plus guests (often other bloggers and occasionally actual rappers and producers) choosing about 5 beats from a chosen producer and writing about them. My picks this go-round were Snoop Dogg's "Beautiful", Jay-Z's "Excuse Me Miss Again (La La La)", ODB's "Got Your Money", Slim Thug's "I Ain't Heard Of That" and Kenna's "Say Goodbye To Love." Click my write-up of "Beautiful" to read the whole piece.
"A bouncy, summery rhythm that stutters in all the right places. A snaky guitar loop accompanies a fantastic mix of bongos, snares, and hi-hats tightly clustered together. Pharrell and Wilson’s falsetto backing vocals fit the beat like a glove. I love the outro where the beat drops entirely and Pharrell is singing over handclaps. Then the drums kick back in and the beat slowly fades out, yet the beat stays in your head for days. The song is the perfect summer jam; it’s only right that the video is set in Rio."