Jay Sean feat. Lil Wayne – Down

First Hit #1: October 17, 2009

If you had a very advanced machine programmed to make a hit in 2009, it would probably produce something like Down. Pointless auto-tune, synth driven and fairly propulsive beat, Lil Wayne verse for some reason, all the trends are present. The lyrics are certainly better than, say, The Black Eyed Peas’ two fisted attack, but they’re still not great, and you’ve got that Lil Wayne-shaped fly in the ointment – here buried under so much processing he sounds like a possessed Macbook. This isn’t to say Jay Sean is bad, because he isn’t, but he’s also not quite good either. He’s just there, making a song that hits on what sells records in a particular year without actually doing much special or all that memorable – it just sounds like the year, rather than something unique and special. But I won’t begrudge Jay Sean for trying to make a few dollars, even as it becomes increasingly difficult to remember the song.

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One Response to Jay Sean feat. Lil Wayne – Down

  1. musicosity1 says:

    I can’t defend the autotune on the sung part but especially on the rapped bridge, whether used as an effect or to make terrible singers into mediocre singers, but the chorus has a great melodic hook, and the verse is alright. The eighth note chordal keyboard pulse recalls a lot of 80s piano ballads and will also show up in 2011 on Demi Levato’s similarly catchy “Give Your Heart a Break.” But not on this blog, since it only got to #16.

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