First Impressions: Jazmine Sullivan Is Rough N' Ready For Return

Wednesday, June 30, 2010


How's about something to brighten your mid-week up? Something new from Jazmine Sullivan? You got it.  While we crawl to the weekend (4th of July holiday weekend can't get here fast enough...), Jazmine Sullivan is "going in circles" in her latest, "Holding You Down (Goin' In Circles)" a track that is rumored/confirmed/whatever for her follow-up to 2008's wonderfully engaging, Fearless. Missy Elliott provides the production which swirls together Mary J. Blige's classic "Be Happy" and a number of recognizable samples (am I hearing Mya's "Best Of Me"?) to make a honest to goodness hip-hop and soul mash-up that highlights Jazmine's robust vocals immensely. Is it just me or is she even more raw and mature sounding on this than before? Aside from the fact that some parts of the song feel a little over busy due to all the sampling and Missy's whoops and hollers, Jazmine still manages to vocally breaks through and give a solid performance. Don't know if this is first single worthy, and it does seem rough around the edges, but when it comes to Jazmine, she never does anything "nice n' easy", and would we have it any other way?

Holding You Down (Goin' In Circles)

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