Bow Wow & Ciara "Like You"
No Crap Monday today because I worked from home, which made for an OK day all-around. Instead, here's my favorite song at the moment, Bow Wow & Ciara's "Like You." Count me among the screaming tweens who are whatever the prepubescent equivalent is for "on his dick." I've never found Bow Wow attractive till now -- all of a sudden, he's 18 and doing the LL thing really, really well (c'mon, Boweezy, lick ya lips). He's just so little and impressionable that I want to keep him in my pocket and feed him my table scraps.
With "Like You," Jermaine Dupri molds Weezy into the lova-lova that such a pretty boy needs to be if he's to succeed as a pop rapper. Bow Wow, whose tone and flow makes him a sorta Lil' Jermaine, is more than happy to play dress-up, acting like an important grown-up who'll hold down anyone and everyone who strikes his fancy. For her part, Ciara stops acting like a robot for four minutes to deliver her most convincing vocal yet (when her voice kind of breaks on "amazing" during her verse, it couldn't come at a more appropriate time). Oh, and she sings scales (!!!). Dupri makes sure everything performs to capacity, even the track itself, sampled liberally from New Edition's "I'm Leaving You Again" with added bite by way of thick, zapping keyboards. The New Edition track wasn't a single and therefore never got a chance at the success it deserved. Dupri, then, is righting all kinds of wrongs as the perfect "Like You" is headed straight to No. 1. You heard it here (or was that in Vibe?) first!