Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Ty Dolla $ign ft. Lil Wayne & The-Dream – Love U Better

Today, we’re all leaving our boyfriends for The-Dream… or are we?


Julian Axelrod: At his best, Ty Dolla $ign is a bold, hilarious, deceptively ambitious R&B auteur whose oft-featured raspy croon is inescapable and unmistakable. At his worst, he feels like the musical equivalent of horseradish: an undeniably strong ingredient that can feel out of place and overwhelming in the wrong context. While his versatility and tireless work ethic reflects his history as a session player, Ty usually saves his more left-field efforts for his own material. But “Love U Better” feels like a feature in all the wrong ways. The-Dream and Dolla $ign fight for airtime over an awkward mishmash of vintage Mustardwave and early-Kanye chipmunk soul. And when our host does get a verse to himself, he somehow sounds more phoned-in than Lil Wayne. Yet despite all its missteps, I would probably still nod along to this if it came on at a party. Even on his worst single, it’s hard for Ty Dolla $ign to make anything but a banger.

Tim de Reuse: Ty Dolla $ign’s verse runs with a rolling swing that’s easily the most impressive thing here. Other than that, well, Lil Wayne is Lil Wayne, and the hook has a scattered quality that nearly makes it worth remembering.

Ramzi Awn: “Love U Better” opens with a top-notch chorus and the verses don’t disappoint. Lil Wayne and The-Dream make for perfect harmony on this clean, melodic single.  

Alfred Soto: It’s got a hook — so what? Train and T-Pain write good hooks too. None of the billed stars does anything except show up, with DJ Mustard leading the way (really, dude, reprising College Dropout-era Kanye’s mixing board tricks is desperate).

Stephen Eisermann: A laid back R&B/Rap hybrid that’s anchored by a solid sample; if only the finished product were as good as the source material.

Edward Okulicz: This song’s purported hooks are its weak points — the chipmunk backing vocal is a novelty in 2017, but gosh, that idea’s old enough to drink in most jurisdictions, and The-Dream’s chorus is lazy coasting entitlement that nobody’s gonna fall for. That said, Ty’s aside that the girl in the song won’t know if it’s a “Dolla or a Dream song” that she’s in elicits a giggle every time, and you wish he’d decided not to share the playtime. DJ Mustard’s beat gives him plenty of space to run around in, but Ty should have ditched the clutter from the artist roster here.

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