Track of the Week: Bright Lights Bigger City by Cee Lo Green

This week’s track is Bright Lights Bigger City by Cee Lo Green off of The Lady Killer. This entire showing by Cee Lo is fantastic, the album holds its own from start to finish. It’s also apparently done quite well in the charts, and been reveiwed well by music critics, so perhaps I’m a bit late to this one, but the album stands out as an incredible hip-hop/soul/funk album.

This track, Bright Lights Bigger City, starts with a huge synth line all alone before it builds in to percussion, and then vocals. Cee Lo’s distinctive brings the song together, and soars (remixed in) through the chorus. This song stands out to for me, but the album has no shortage of good music.

Bonus Track!

This week is a two-for-one. Also in the mix this week is Dr Dre’s theoretical first song leaked from Detox, named Kush. Featuring Akon and Snoop Dogg, it’s a classic West Coast banger with signature Dr Dre piano lines and thumping beats. If it’s a sign of what we can expect off of Detox, it may have been worth the wait.

Track of the Week: You Got Me by The Roots

This week’s track is You Got Me (featuring Erykah Badu) by The Roots off of Things Fall Apart. This is one of my favorite R&B / hip-hop songs of all time. Co-written by Jill Scott, the lyrics are simple, poetic and potent and weave together to story of a trust and love between Erykah Badu and Black Thought. There are so many good things I love about this song, from how relatable the lyrics are, to the percussion of ?uestlove, to the sound evolving to an Amen-break-esque tempo towards the end, to the live instrumentation that makes the sound warm and enveloping, it’s a fantastic track from 1999 that deserves a revisit.