*** Zwei der beliebtesten Null-Nummern auf einer Platte - ein Gewinn? Nicht wirklich - hört man den komischen Gummi-Twist-Groove, hört man eher FUCK denn LOVE - und dann noch eine Kleinstmelodie ... da kann auch Nicki Bitch nicht helfen ... wär auch noch schöner ...
***** Nachdem ihr erster Duett "Right By My Side", dass mir übrigens sehr gefallen hat, eher langsam war, kommt jetzt ein Urban-Rapp Song. Dreckige Lyrics mit einem starken Chris Brown und einer noch stärkeren Nicki! Richtig geil und versaut :P
"...Now I'm about to ride him like a pony, yeah!..." mein lieblingspart von Nicki Biiiiitch!
**** "Fine China" was a step forward, especially for the incredibly stale and play-it-safe format that is US urban radio. Sadly, that underperformed there, and the planned second single "Don't Think They Know", which I feel was a mix of stale production but fresher lyrics (as in, not ratchet/sexual and with little to no explicit language), failed to garner enough buzz that it was scrapped. Now, surprise surprise, he's back to the generic ratchetness! I'll give him credit for not using Mike Will and/or 2 Chainz, and I think the production is decent compared to a lot of the stuff in the ratchet bin, but it's still about sex and with plenty of explicit language from both parties, and we really don't need more of that. While I don't have much respect for Chris Brown, I did have respect for the decision to put out "Fine China", and I'm quite disappointed on that basis. HOWEVER, saying all this, I do like the track! Not to the level of "Fine China", but I would put it ahead of "Don't Think They Know" and it reminds me a lot of Nicki's "Beez In The Trap" which I really liked last year. So it's a 3.5* for me, rounded up to [s]counter bias[/s] be nice.
** The fact remains that Nicki Minaj has never added anything to a song, ever. She's not her usual self here though as her verse is less irritating than it is monotonous. Even though Chris Brown is worthless and Nicki is Nicki, this isn't that bad. Slightly better than 'Fine China' but something about it makes me not want to hate it. If it weren't for Chris Brown's whiney voice, I could almost give a 3.
*** It is yet another case in the long line of 'Why are you putting these words in your songs?' for Chris. Or maybe it's just me. That being said, 'bop' is certainly a good improvement from 'beat it'.
And then against better judgement, I can't really hate on this. I do like that he's not cashing in on easy trends and so I can't really begrudge him or even mock him for underperforming in the charts (and "Fine China" should have done a little better I think). This song is just catchy enough to salvage things.
***** I do like this, but I am a little sick of it as opposed to how much I liked it a month ago. I would have preferred Don't Think They Know to be a second single but that's purely because of Aaliyah. Not as good as Right By My Side. 4.5*