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9th Ward & Jermaine Dupri - Add Me Up (Single)
Posted by Administrator at Tuesday, March 25th, 2008 at 12:00AM :: Email this article :: Print this article



Review by Steve 'Flash' Juon

Artist: 9th Ward & Jermaine Dupri
Title: Add Me Up
Label: Island So So Def

You won't be surprised to learn 9th Ward is a New Orleans native based on his name. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, 9th packed up his shit and moved to Atlanta, where it seems he had the good fortune to link up with producer Nitti. It seems this all parlayed into a deal with the So So Def imprint, and as we all know when you go So So that means Jermaine Dupri ends up on your track - rapping, producing or both. The little kid in the open tells us this is a Nitti beat, and though I normally like his work the simplistic beat makes me wish J.D. had pulled double duty. The bass kicks are good, but the melody is like sitting in New York traffic listening to people honk their car horns - obnoxious and irritating - much like 9th's rap. "Thousands on my shoes/thousands on my pants/same thing goes for the guap' in my hands." 9th Ward is undoubtedly more talented than this single shows, then again Dupri does outshine him with a more charismatic and tightly constructed rap than his counterpart. "It ain't a lot of niggaz out here with a grind like mine/I blow more than most make in a whole lifetime." Since there's not much inspiration to be drawn from the beat I'll give 9th Ward the benefit of the doubt and wait for his next single.

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