A ton of huge artists want to work with Lady GaGa. Everyone from Usher and Nicki Minaj (who everyone else wants to work with) have recently jumped up and down for the lady, but somehow new artist CJ Holland (who just appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this week…I’m not 100% sure why though) booked her for his debut single “Luv U Sum.” But…why?
Decide whether or not this new artist earned such a huge feature on his debut single inside.
It’s always good to start with the positive so let’s do that. So Lady GaGa begins the song crescendoing with a monotone chant to the song’s somewhat 80’s inspired, synthesizer sprinkled beat. That part’s good.
Then CJ Holland jumps on the verse with a seemingly Michael Jackson-inspired vocal approach, that just doesn’t quite get there and it just sounds bad and strained. His scratchy vocal approach just ultimately sounds like an unimpressive Bruno Mars and his vocals may have worked better in a more R&B/soul inspired track (a la Mars) or they would have just been as equally annoying. Regardless, the confident vocalizing is just not working here.
The chorus then sees GaGa return on a monotone chant of some pretty dope lyrics like, “I’m your sugar cane, on your mind. It’s nothing you can’t handle…” while telling us to “lick your lips, embrace your tongue” while then repeating the chant while adding the “Luv U Sum” phrase which just creates a multilayered hook that makes me see why GaGa may have signed up for the track–perhaps as a favor? It’s a really cool chorus. Unfortunately, Holland tries riffing over the second and third chorus which is just annoying…regardless great, unique chorus.
This guy is going to have to work much harder to have a real career in the music business because unless all his singles have huge features (which I’m not even sure how helpful it could be…”Video Phone” with Beyonce & GaGa wasn’t even really a hit, nor was “Chillin'” by Wale featuring The Ga [and that song was actually dope!] so it might not even matter) but ultimately this artist, whoever he is, is going to have to prove to me a lot more. Take a listen below:
“Luv U Sum” CJ Holland featuring Lady GaGa