Before â€œThe Voiceâ€ came out, I could have sworn that Mike Jones was destined to be a one-hit wonder. However, the work that ey has put forth on â€œThe Voiceâ€ is enough to cement eir in the annals of rap music. On this release, Jones is all business â€“ there is only one skit (the introduction to â€œScandalous Hoesâ€) â€“ and nary a weak track to be heard here. The aforementioned â€œScandalous Hoesâ€ may not be the next single (â€œSwagg Thru The Roofâ€ looks to be the most viable contender here), but this Jones and T-Pain track just begs to be a crossover hit.
Other tracks fare just as well, no matter whether the name power on the track is strong. Some relative newcomers on the rap and R&B scene tear it up during â€œThe Voiceâ€, especially during â€œOn Top Of the Coversâ€, where Essay Potna rivals the quality of Jones eirself. A similar thing occurs during â€œHate on Meâ€, where Tanya Herron takes Jonesâ€™ vocals to the next level. This release is good not only because it provides the first physical (legal) way to get a copy of â€œCuddy Buddyâ€ and 2007â€™s hit â€œDrop & Gimme 50â€.
Beyond providing the ability for fans to get their hands on these songs, there are a number of other cuts that will ensure that â€œThe Voiceâ€ will remain in CD players long after the person first listens to the disc. While I am a bigger fan of the physical copies of releases, there is a reason to purchase â€œThe Voiceâ€ off of iTunes. This is due to the fact that Jones eirself made two exclusive tracks for the release â€“ â€œI Got Itâ€ (which features both members of UGK before Pimp C passed on) and â€œShit On Boyzâ€, which features Lil Flip and two up and coming rappers â€“ Killa Kyleon and King Mello. Mike Jones is going to be a force in a rap music for a long time after â€œThe Voiceâ€ comes out. If you only knew eir for previous tracks, make sure to give â€œThe Voiceâ€ a few spins. Youâ€™ll be a convert.
Top Tracks: Give Me A Call, Next To You
Mike Jones â€“ The Voice (CD) / 2009 Asylum / 16 Tracks / http://www.whomikejones.com / http://www.asylumrecords.com