The Collective complained about the hip-hop genre and all I could think was, I’m so glad that group of old dudes got voted off last week, because at least these young groups understand what hip-hop is and what they don’t understand …the old dudes would’ve just embarrassed themselves. So, The Collective went with the Usher-Pit- Bull “Give Me Everything” and it was crazy and all over the place and the judges sorta winced during their critiques. It is sorta too bad all these singers were forced to rap, but oh well.
Urban Method, I’m guessing, was ecstatic when hip-hop night was announced because, you know, they have that rapper guy. They also knew enough about rap and hip-hop to pick the perfect song – B.O.B.’s “Airplanes” which features the amazing Hayley Williams. The original has great rapping and it plays well into Urban Method’s hands because, you know, they have that rapper guy, and they did just enough cool stuff with it that it worked on an a cappella show. The only bad thing about it, and Shawn Stockman agreed with me, was the female vocals. They sang without emotion and didn’t seem connected to the song, and definitely didn’t convey the desperation of the original, so it lacked spark and took away from the angry vocals that are supposed to contrast the tender, pleading singing. And here’s another thing about this group …their rapper guy is kinda full of himself. Which is par for the course among rappers – but a rapper in an a cappella group? I don’t think a guy who raps in an a cappella group should really be affecting some hard core persona. I’ve seen 8 Mile (and I’ve see Beat Street), and none of those dudes in those rap battles invited their 11-member singing group up on stage with them. Just sayin’ …dude needs to realize he’s just a good rapper in a group of singers. Relax.