Good music tends to find me in the oddest of places. I had the pleasure of meeting one of this week's featured artists a few weeks ago. We were chill-axin at a mutual friends barbecue and he played a few tracks off of his upcoming LP. I was intrigued. Corey Simon, aka C.O. originally from the Lower 9th in New Orleans, Louisiana has been putting in work. His industry experience is impressive, working in Los Angeles under Mike Lynn and Interscope as well as with the super lab ID labs out of PA, C.O. is currently working with Playa Will out of the N.O. and the super-producer, DJ Don Cannon on his first LP due to be released in September 2010.
Two songs featured are "365" produced by Playa Will and "Tell Me" produced by Don Cannon. "365" is a clever play on words and shows a bit more of C.O.'s ability than the feel-good summer jam, "Tell Me". Reminiscent of an early Kanye joint pre-College Drop Out, "365" is nod-worthy however, I would have liked to see more bars from C.O.
The first few chords in "Tell Me" sound incredibly close to Mario's "How Do I Breathe" and then, the beat drops. C.O. has potential with this song, his first single. However, I think the chorus could be stronger. As it is, the song is a 2010 version of "Sunshine" by Lil Flip featuring Lea. I think if C.O. were to find a stronger voice to accompany the track, it would definitely make this Cannon smash a hit.
To download "Tell Me" on limelinx, click HERE
Download "365" by clicking HERE
Follow C.O. on Twitter @C_O_
The Misunderstanding of Shareefa
Its pointless to even try to put a mixtape up worth two cents without it having some sort of stamp from Don Cannon. Dude is working. Much respect. Nonetheless, our second feature for this week comes from former DTP standout, Shareefa. When Shareefa hit the scene in 2005 (she was rocking that shaved side before all y'all. Haha!) with her hit "Need A Boss" I was definitely looking for her to make a significant name for herself. With a powerful voice, and a strong camp, Shareefa was poised to be the new R&B ride or die chick. Instead, Keyshia Cole picked up the title and Monica took it back.
Shareefa is back with a mixtape hosted by DJ Don Cannon entitled, The Misunderstanding of Shareefa. Much like former MTM feature, Asia'h, Shareefa is capitalizing on the Cannon seal of approval and I ain't mad at her. This joint BANGS. All capital letters. If you love music and you love artists who make songs cry, you'll appreciate this download. It is worth your time. I would've done without the skits and interludes but, the musical content is undeniably personal and the lyrics are poignant. Also, the addition of Raheem Devaughn on track 10 entitled: "Ya Love" is additional icing on the cake.
This mixtape tells a love story that never gets old. Make sure you read it.
Business Worthy Tracks:
"My Life" - Shareefa samples Weezy on this remake. It's very raw and touches on her struggle. You'll love.
"By My Side" Produced by Bangladesh, this joint is an ode to the Good Men.
"Home Wrecker" ...the title speaks for itself. Check the chorus below:
"...I done had enough/trick be gone/All up on my n&%a/need to get your own/Home Wrecker/See its h&%s like you that give a bad name to women/got your legs open/tryin to steal my happy-ending/Home, Home, Homewrecker."
"Ya Love" featuring Raheem Devaughn - Pretty and poetic.
Download The Misunderstanding of Shareefa on DatPiff by clicking HERE
Make sure to follow Shareefa on Twitter @gotreefa
Till Next Week...Peace. Love. Music.