Well, as much as you and I don't want to admit it, it's the summer of T-Pain. Seemingly every song on the black man's radio stations feature him on the hook or on the whole thing. It's crazy. (By the way, I noticed that he's touring right now...how does that work exactly? His voice is a machine)
I'm not surprised by his success though. For at least 10 solid years, Nate Dogg was the ONLY guy singing the hooks on rapper's songs. He had no competition! If I could sing hooks I would've been a millionaire, unfortunately I'm white and I can only sing like Jamie Walters aka Ray Pruit (How Do You Talk to an Angel?!).
But finally, someone came along to give him a run for his money. Actually, 3 someones. Akon was the first, and then NeYo. And in a bizarre turn of events, the third - T-Pain - was discovered by...Akon. They've cornered the market. So now it's a 3 man race for hooks, and T-Pain is edging out Akon by a voice box.
And just to show you how smart Fabolous is: tracks 2-4 on his new album feature, in order, Akon, NeYo, and T-Pain. If we would've just had Nate Dogg on track 5 he'd have accomplished the rare golden sombrero.
Another interesting note about the black man's music this summer: 4 songs with the word "shawty" in the title. And T-Pain is on 2 of them! This guy is truly everywhere, or at least every place there are shawty's.
Anyway, here's my black man's mix for summer 2007:
"Bartender" - T-Pain
"Betterman" - Musiq *
"U Make Me Better" - Fabolous with NeYo
"Like This" - Kelly Rowland with Eve (I hated this song when I first heard it, and I was all "oh kelly, the long hair isn't fooling us, you're still no Beyonce. But then I heard it again and I was singing it the rest of the day)*
"Out of My System" - Bow Wow featuring T-Pain
"Double Up" - R. Kelly with Snoop
"Go On Girl" - NeYo *
"Back Like That (remix)" - Ghostface Killa with NeYo and Kanye West
"I'm a Flirt (remix) - R. Kelly with T.I. and T-Pain
(The keen eye will note that Rihanna's "Umbrella" is not on here, and that is for a very simple reason: I fucking hate that song)
* Denotes songs my mom should download immediately