Friday, November 20th, 2009

DJ Khaled ft. Usher, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross and Drake – Fed Up



Al Shipley: Khaled’s genius hitmaking formula, namely to throw half a dozen platinum artists in a burlap sack and not let them out until they’ve made him a single, worked well enough for a couple years. But it was all wearing thin on “Out Here Grindin'”, and the wheels are grinding completely to a halt now. Most of the entertainment value comes from golden boy Drake squeaking out 8 pitiful bars and getting outrapped by Usher.

Jonathan Bradley: Drake mentions Lil’ Wayne in the first line of his verse, prompting thoughts of Weezy’s star turn on “We Takin’ Over.” That prior Khaled single had a stunning beat and a line-up of great rappers turning in credible performances. How tepid “Fed Up” is by comparison; a verse from the usually-reliable Young Jeezy that makes no impression whatsoever, a verse from Rick Ross that is a verse from Rick Ross, and way too much Usher, way too many synth-tsunamis and way too little of anything worth caring about.

Chuck Eddy: Sometimes I wonder if all these stupid rap hits nowadays with idiots constantly yelling out “hey! hey! hey!” for no fucking reason would push my oi! buttons more if they were in a foreign langauge. More likely theory: crunk wrecked gang shouts forever. Anyway, this is obviously a big fat mess. Minor saving graces are Jeezy, who can still make me chuckle just by mentioning the Tin Man, and Usher’s (I guess) stuff about being sick and tired of being sick and tired, which somehow gives this some boy-band drama despite itself.

Anthony Miccio: Hearing Usher dance over The Runners’ skittering percussion and blaring fanfare almost makes it even more grating when the usual suspects show up to groan, holler and wheedle respectively. It’s not that Usher’s sentiments are any more or less noxious, he just knows how to marry them to the music rather than plop them on top. Thankfully, it’s not these cameos that are stuck in my head.

John Seroff: Sharp drum-and-bass-on-a-treadmill production from The Runners keeps “Fed Up” moving flywheel-fast enough to turn Khaled’s de rigueur boasting into doppler effect wheeze and then BANG: there’s Usher, sounding like Confessions just streeted. See, Jeezy rides the beat well; Ross grumbles along at a faster pace than he seems comfortable with and Drake brings the song to a screeching halt but “Fed Up” lives and dies on the contributions of Mr. Raymond. When he’s on the chorus or the verse, the song soars; more’s the pity this couldn’t have been a solo.

Michaelangelo Matos: The title telegraphs punch lines so obvious you might expect someone here to utilize them. But that would require someone to (a) evince a sense of humor on a DJ Khaled record, thereby blowing it, and (b) reach for something other than the reject drawer. Can we throw this “mastermind” out in the midterms?

Ian Mathers: Doesn’t it give anyone involved mental whiplash to spend half of the time talking about getting their foot in the door, and half of the time talking about how accomplished, popular and rich they already are? Do I ever think about that kind of thing if the track is arresting enough that I’m paying more attention to it than to that kind of real world consideration? The answer to both questions, it seems, is “no”.

Alfred Soto: The number of listed guests is directly proportional to the track’s perfunctoriness; it’s like they’re trying to wake each other up with a phony fracas.

Erick Bieritz: Khaled gave the posse cut a much-needed shot in the arm in recent years with a few absolute monster tracks (“We Takin’ Over,” “Out Here Grindin’”), but neither the shiny clattering beat nor the vague boosterism of “Fed Up” adds anything over his past few hits.

Matt Cibula: This song is like me at my first job — it runs around being VERY BUSY so people won’t notice that it isn’t doing anything at all.

4 Responses to “DJ Khaled ft. Usher, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross and Drake – Fed Up”

  1. “That prior Khaled single [We Takin’ Over] had a stunning beat and a line-up of great rappers turning in credible performances.”

    A line-up of what? The people on that song as I recall were Wayne, T.I., Rick Ross, Fat Joe, and Birdman. Two great rappers. Two can’t-rappers. One bad guilty pleasure rapper. Out of the five, there was one good verse. ‘We Takin Over’ was nearly as bad as this; ‘Holla At Me,’ on the other hand, was a pretty great song. The great underrated Khaled posse track.

  2. Agree that “Holla At Me” is really underrated, disagree that “We Taking Over” is anything other than an awesome banger. All the verses fit the monster beat well, I think.

  3. A line-up of what? The people on that song as I recall were Wayne, T.I., Rick Ross, Fat Joe, and Birdman. Two great rappers. Two can’t-rappers. One bad guilty pleasure rapper. Out of the five, there was one good verse.
    This is nitpicking, but if you think it’s important: OK, you got me. Regardless, T.I. + Weezy >>>> everybody here, which was my point. And Rawss, Joey Crack and even Birdman have better verses on “Takin’ Over” than Jeezy, Rawss and Drake do here. There’s no comparison. Wayne’s eight bars on that is better than anything Khaled’s done since “I’m So Hood.”

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    Officer Ricky, “The biggest fraud that we’ve seen thus far”, attempt to reach Booboo’s son.
    *Hey Ricky, Booboo will end up your entire career, it’s not hard to understand Mr. Counterfeit Louis Vuitton…

    You mess-up Everyday, look how happy you were with “Usher & Bun B”, it’s like, “look at me They still respect me”; Hum! you Mr. Mythomaniac…
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    But, you have to be the dumbest parasite I’ve seen sucking Around this industry, trying to contact 50’s baby mama’s son, to turn him against 50; are you truly stupid.
    You let your dumb ass palestinian disRespect the entire black race by describing 50’s son, with an representation of a Monkey, and now you want to push 50’s same entourage to go against him, are you serious…
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    Mr. Correctional Officer, you got nerve to allowed such shit puke out of your mouth, even dumb kids don’t say that; Tell me how you manage your Low self estime, Lies, Hip hop, Fake jewelry & your Correctional Officer status all at once, how do you do that? Ricky…
    Since this Counterfeit Louis Vuitton story, you stopped wearing your imitated shades; Now you make up your eyes with Long Lash Mascara, that not gangsta, that’s not thug, that’s not even cute, it’s a girl thing, be a man Skippy…
    Tia write a book against you, Tia’s chilling with Booboo’s and mayweather, Tia took your son out chilling with 50, Puff & Pretty Boy, Tia on Essence, The Source, Jet, XXL, Vibe, Straight Stuntin and of course Smooth magazine; Your actual family Loves Booboo, and you think you won something. Get serious, Wake up Officer, your lies are playing against you, you’re making fun of you…
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