Craig David - Trust Me

Posted 8 years ago
Tags: Craig David,

Every so often I come across an album so confusing I’m forced to convene the Hip-Hop Supreme...

Trust Me Album Review

Every so often I come across an album so confusing I’m forced to convene the Hip-Hop Supreme Court. Comprised of a diverse panel of hip-hop heads, the Court addresses any and all beat and rhyme related matters (check out The People vs. Yung Berg for some precedent). Today I bring before the court English crooner Craig David. At issue is his new album Trust Me, a musical work that contains some pretty dope moments - and moments when I want to throw up in my mouth, sometimes in the same track. Frankly I don’t know what to make of Trust Me, we’ll have to let the court decide:

Supreme Court: (banging gavel) Court is now in session. It is our duty today to decide whether Trust Me is a enjoyable pop/R&B album, or a steaming hot piece of garbage. Representing the garbage side will be the Hatin Lawyer, and Craig David has chosen to represent himself. Introduce yourself Mr. David.

Craig David: I don’t really think I need much introduction, your honors. This is my fourth album and I’m pretty popular throughout Europe.

Hatin Lawyer: Then how come I don’t recognize you?

Craig David: You probably know me as the guy who sang Fill Me In and 7 Days back in 2001, they were both big hits. I’ve had a relatively successful career since then. You Americans think everything revolves around you.

Supreme Court: The Court is willing to admit perhaps it doesn’t understand your English style, but you’re in an American courtroom and will be judged accordingly. Proceed with your case.

Craig David: For my first piece of evidence I will present Hot Stuff (Let’s Dance), a song built around a David Bowie sample that’s sure to get the ladies moving their hips..

Hatin Lawyer: I object! This song isn’t a sample of Bowie’s Let’s Dance, it’s a straight up copy. All you did is add a few sound effects and a bridge, isn’t there some kind of copyright law against that?

Supreme Court: Let the record show that Hot Stuff is a good song, but the original is better. Continue with your case Mr. David.

Craig David: I still contend I flipped the style from the original. For my next piece of evidence I’d like to submit 6 of 1Thing, a song so huge it sounds like a ten-piece band recorded it. Big horn sections, grooving percussion, you have to admit you were feeling this.

Hatin Lawyer: It’s true the song’s salsa-music vibe is damn good, but those lyrics are terrible. It’s hard to believe you actually used the phrase “six of one thing, half a dozen of another,” as a chorus. What, was “righty tighty, lefty loosey” already taken?

Craig David: It’s a metaphor for a relationship that’s falling apart. It’s not my fault you’re too dumb to figure it out.

Supreme Court: Overruled, write a new chorus and get back to us Mr. David. Hatin Lawyer, it’s your turn to present evidence.

Hatin Lawyer: If the album stuck to dance-friendly music we wouldn’t be here. It’s the slow jams that fail miserably. Top of the Hill might be the least inspiring inspirational song I’ve ever heard. It’s you, an out of tune acoustic guitar and some terrible lyrics. “There was a boy…he knew the dog and the cats and his brother and the maid…” what does that even mean?

Craig David: Fine, so maybe it’s not a classic. But what about Awkward, that’s a beautiful slow song.

Hatin Lawyer: I wouldn’t say beautiful, let’s go with much better. I just wish you could sing something else besides that falsetto, especially on a blues song. Plus guest artist Rita Ora out sings you by a mile.

Craig David: You wouldn’t know good music if it hit you in the face.

Hatin Lawyer: How about I hit you in the face?

Supreme Court: That’s enough Hatin Lawyer, one more outburst and you’ll be removed from this courtroom. We’re ready to hear final arguments, discuss the song This Is the Girl.

Craig David: What’s there to say? Huge bass beat, catchy chorus, it’s an absolute club smash. It may be the best song on the album.

Hatin Lawyer: The beat’s good enough, and I can even live with Kano’s rapping, but the song was from Kano's album! He rhymes, “Old dogs/new tricks/different toilet/same sh*t.” I motion that the court ban Mr. David from ever using a line like that in his work again.

Supreme Court: The Court is not in a position to stop Mr. David from rapping, though it would recommend it. We can only determine that while Trust Me isn’t terrible, we cannot in good conscience recommend it to anyone but longtime fans. The court has spoken, case dismissed! (gavel bangs).

DJBooth Rating - 2.5 Spins

Comments
Written by
Posted 8 years ago

Sample Text - Sample Link
0:00
3:00
Shrink
Hide

More from Craig David

Featured Video

Hip Hop News

Soulja Boy’s Deal Isn’t Really Worth $400 Million: “He Tweeted Something He Shouldn’t Have”

While other sites confirmed that Soulja's $400 million deal is real, we discovered the truth is far different. Read More
Posted 4 hours ago by Nathan S.

How Lil Wayne’s Stayed Alive & Relevant While Battling Cash Money

Behind the scenes Wayne's fighting for his musical life, but you wouldn't know it looking at how masterfully he's maneuvered. Read More
Posted 2 days ago by Yoh

An Ode to Rage Against the Machine, Hip-Hop’s Greatest Rock Band

No one's ever blended the two genres together more powerfully and expertly than Rage. Read More
Posted 2 days ago by Lucas G.

Mainstream Radio’s Not Playing Your Indie Hip-Hop, Deal With It

Hey indie artists, Hot 97's not going to play your shit. Stop trying and stop complaining about it. Read More
Posted about 3 days ago by Nathan S.

Chance the Rapper Isn’t Kanye’s Best Protege, So Who Is?

If Chance isn't Kanye's best protégé as he raps, who is? How about Lupe, Cudi, Travis Scott and Big Sean? Read More
Posted 3 days ago by Lucas G.

TRENDING NOW



Flame

TOP 20 MUSIC CHARTS


Discover the best new songs, videos, and albums added to the Booth.