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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2011 - Seen Around Lincoln Center - Day 4Omarion
Care Package

With appearances by Rick Ross, Tank and Joe Budden, Omarion utilizes his imagination to serve up sexy scenarios where heserenades your mind. “Private Dancer” discusses how the club should be his crib and the pole should be his bed. Oooo Omarion, you nasty! Omarion picks up the tempo a little bit with “Trouble” which features Joe Budden. The mixtape ends with “Ode to Tae”. All in all, the EP is sure to be on repeat: for a while.

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Retrospective of the Man Named Bilal

Retrospective of the Man Named Bilal is full of slow jams good for dancing with the one you love or listening to on a rainy day while reading the paper. Throughout this collection Bilal sings about seeing his future wife to be in the woman that he’s with and how she is all he needs. Other topics on the tape include the lifestyle that comes along with living in Hollywood. Jay-Z is featured on the track “Fallin” where the two sing and rap about always striving for more and still being afraid of losing everything they’ve worked for. Bilal should be commended for the variety of instruments he uses and the way he uses them on this EP. Piano, saxophone, guitar: you name it and we’re sure that if you listen hard enough you’ll be able to hear it. He successfully managed to do little things that made each song its own.

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One Woman Army

Ciarais gearing up for a big comeback with her new album One Woman Army, kicking off with the soulful ballad “Sorry”. And she is not stopping there, hitting us with an additional single that’s an uptempo club banger titled “Got Me Good”. Ciara would like to ensure her listeners that although the title is an aggressive one, the album in not angry. She says it’s more about getting in touch with your inner grown-ness than with any real conflict.

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Unorthodox Jukebox
Unorthodox Jukebox is pop perfection. The ’60s-soul romance ”If I Knew” smolders like a Solomon Burke track, and he dips easily into both Police-style reggae-rock (”Locked Out of Heaven”) and dancehall with tape-echo effects and air horns in all the right places (”Show Me”). ”Treasure” even makes silk-jumpsuit disco feel contemporary.

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“Triumphant (Get ‘Em)

The diva of all divas has returned and we’ve all been waiting with anticipation to see what Queen Mimi would cook up with her new single “Triumphant (Get ‘Em)”. Don’t call this a comeback, because it isn’t one. The answer is, not much. “Triumphant” is a low budget slice of feature-heavy hip-hop with syrupy inspirational lyrics that sound like they were purposely penned just to get the song played in some Olympics’ commercials. The beat, courtesy of the outdated duo of Jermaine Dupri and B-Cox, wouldn’t even make it onto a Ciara album, sounding more like something you’d find on a washed-up rapper’s mixtape. The entire thing feels years out-of-date, but even back then, “Triumphant” would still have trouble making it as an album cut on Charmbracelet or The Emancipation of Mimi. Give “Triumphant” a week and it’ll be officially demoted to a buzz track, and Mariah will be in the studio with Noah “40? Shebib frantically trying to cook up a single that sounds like it was recorded in 2012.

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