Predictably, Usher’s new joint is dope. And that’s knowing that Pharrell has been pimping this bootleg MJ sound to any young male who can pay the producer fee. Usher is really the only vocalist who can make this stuff his own (in as much as one can).
At this point, Usher is probably the most consistently excellent black pop performer currently recording. Dude just seems to get it.
Unlike most people, I thought Here I Stand, minus a track or two, was pretty brilliant (it was in my top 10 releases from last year). But I didn’t hate his wife, so it was easy for me to look at the work for what it truly was.