J-Ro: Drinking Alone

J-Ro: You Call This Love
From B-Boy Funk (Juju, forthcoming 2007)

J-Ro: That’s Likwit
From 818 Antics (Juju, 2007)

Downloaded “You Call This Love,” this off the innanet and to be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from it on the onset – the Alkaholiks’ last effort was rather underwhelming and a J-Ro solo album didn’t encourage me to raise expectations. However, I was really taken with this…times have come a long way when a hip-hop love (or anti-love) song meant something as syrupy as LL Cool J’s “I Need Love.” I hope it’s a trend that continues to improve, not just because it offers a topical alternative, but it’s nice to hear rappers speaking on something emotional. The cameo rapper is ****

“That’s Likwit” comes off J-Ro’s 818 Antics mixtape and hell, you know the Diamond D fan in me can never pass up a time to plug a song dropped over “Freestyle (Yo, That’s That Shit!)”