Brick or Bread: 2008's Best and Worst in Alternatives
Weve had a pretty good run in 2008. As I look back on all
the songs that I chose to elaborate on inside Sunday Selection some were
bricks and some were bread. As the Auto-Tune continues to haunt us, Im
hoping and praying it finds an untimely death in 09, but for some reason I
dont think it will. This year some artists made it their best friend, while
others chose to remain original. All in all, lets look back on what was
brick and what was bread in 08.
Even though this song didnt
gain complete mainstream notoriety, everyone nose it was a banger. The remix was hot too and definitely shouted out all the girls standing in the line for the bathroom. You know who you are! Great comeback for N.E.R.D.Everyone Nose - N.E.R.D
Need U Bad
Theres something special
about Jazmine Sullivan. Although shes only beginning to get her feet wet, in
time well see what else she has to offer beyond her hits this year Need U
Bad and Bust Your Windows.Need U Bad - Jazmine Sullivan
Usher f/Beyoncé, Lil Wayne
Love In This Club (Remix)
Usher came back on top with
the original for this joint and the remix only reminded you again that Ushers
still got it.
New Kids on The Block
ft/Ne Yo Single
Ok, ok! For all of these guys
to be knocking at 40, their comeback was totally unexpected and crazy! They all
still looked and sounded good, and you whether you want to admit it or not,
this song was bread.
Its crazy how Jennifer
Hudson gained so much fame before actually releasing her first album. Sometimes
you cant control your destiny and while Spotlight was a hit we really didnt
get to see J Hud enjoy the wave that an artist has when they have a big first
single. When you think of Spotlight youll always remember the tragedy that
followed it. But overall it made its mark in 08.Spotlight - Jennifer Hudson
Ladies (Put a Ring On It) / If I Were a Boy
Both of these songs were
expected to be big hits, and right now as we speak they are still climbing the
charts. Beyoncé has returned, but will I AM .Sasha Fierce do as well as
Beyoncés first and second albums? Guess we have to stay tuned.
Brandy Right Here
Welcome back Brandy! We
missed you. You probably wont go platinum, but were glad to see you again.Right Here (Departed) - Brandy
Ciara f/T Pain Go
Ci Ci typically come thru
with a few good hits. This is one of them. Hopefully well get an album out of
her in 09.
Nina Sky f/Rick Ross
Natalie and Nicole have one
of the mellowest sounds Ive heard in years. This joint was a banger and even
if it didnt climb the charts, it was still bread in 08.Curtain Call - Nina Sky featuring Rick Ross
Estelle F/Sean Paul
From day one, Estelle caught
your attention. American Boy was a feel good joint, while Come Over comes
behind it with the same momentum. Dont sleep. Estelle got that good good.
Ashanti The Way
That I Love You
Shes the chick so many love
to hate, but Ashanti is guaranteed to give us at least two good singles every
times she emerges and this was one of them. The Way That I Love You - Ashanti
Keri Hilson f/ Lil Wayne
Turning Me On
Sometimes a hit songwriters
attempt to be successful as an artist doesnt always equally measure up. Ill
admit I was skeptical of Ms. Keri to start. Her first single Energy was
decent, but didnt pack a punch. But when I heard Turning Me On I thought, ok
I think shes got something here. The song is a straight banger! Set to drop in
09 too, I think Keri is going to be around for a long time to come.
R Kelly Skin
Three words. Wiggedy, Wiggedy
Wack. This song was a waste of budget.
Knockin Boots 08
One word. Why?
Nice Try. Tank, Ginuwine and
Tyrese. Stick to your solo careers. It might have seemed like a good idea in
the beginning, but its merely an after thought now.
Monica f/ Ludacris
This song wasnt bad per se,
but it wasnt bread for Monica. Im hoping 09 will mark her return. R&B is
missing you girl.Still Standing - Monica ft Ludacris
Day26 Got Me
Um in five years no one will
remember these guys.
Mariah Carey Bye
Mimi got side tracked when
she said I Do to a fella 9 years her junior. Her album had way more potential
than it will be remembered for. Def Jam dropped the ball on this one and so did
she. But I still love you Mi Mi!! Hands down your still one of the greatest.
Ray J Snake in
Ray J WTF were you thinking?
Jamie Foxx f/Lil Wayne
The creation of this song was
another waste of good talent in the same room. Jamie Foxx is the man, but this
joint has no potential of ever reaching number one.Number One - Jamie Foxx ft Lil Wayne
The-Dream f/ Lil Jon
Let Me See That Bootay
The-Dream can do better than
Keri Hilson f/R. Kelly
Shake it Like a Dawg
Again, gotta use those three
words. Wiggedy, Wiggedy Wack! This song should forever just be a leaked track
on the Internet that never ends up as released material.Shake It Like a Dawg - Keri Hilson ft R. Kelly
We had some good ones and
some bad ones in 2008. I cant wait to see what 2009 has to offer!