2 new tunes proving the Neptunes have more where that came from...
Birdman (aka Baby aka #1 Stunna from Cash Money Records) - "What Happened to That Boy"
Clipse are still slingin' coke and Birdman's got that Southern drawl on lock, but it's the Neptunes beat that takes this one into uncharted territory. Minimal bongo funk, slithering hand percussion, a way-down sub bass, and some spooky keyboard traces. Neptunes are ever-deeper into dancehall-reggae-derived rhythms and I'm certain we've only seen the beginning of this latest strain of Neptunes rhythmology.
And for further adventures in dancehall, the Neptunes-produced "Belly Dancer"
is a straight-up dancehall workout, featuring the lyrical darts of one Kardinal Offishal (a relative newcomer to the reggae scene). The 45's are flying off the shelves at Brooklyn's reggae mecca Beat Street records, so don't get your hopes up of landing a copy anytime soon. Fusing complex Indian tabla patterns, Middle-Eastern melodies, MC fire, and the Neptunes' signature loose-knit hand-clap funkiness, this tune has all the ingredients for conquering both the hardcore reggae audience and the ever-more-receptive-to-reggae-in-prime-time mainstream hip hop radio.