Z-Ro the Emo: His Most Passionate Songs, Part 1 | Houston Press
Listen to songs from the album Straight Profit, including "Kay-Row (feat. A major player in Houston but relatively unknown outside the Lone Star State, Z-Ro has a funky production that's heavy on the low end and on the layered keys. to explicitly honest songs about love, relationships, and street life. In a newly surfaced song titled "Sorry," Z-Ro apologizes for putting his hands on Khalid can be heard at the end of the Elton version singing along. . swung on the rapper before security was called to break up the situation. Z-Ro breaks down the five best albums from his legendary career and provides insight on his iconic song "The Mo City Don Freestyle. The LP's release marks the end of a run that saw The Mo City Don transform from a local stalwart in Houston to . This was the beginning of the relationship with EMPIRE.
I said, 'I need this record. I want to record it tomorrow. Blige for the demo. Having heard the move of the writers, Kwak began calling Stewart and his manager, Mark Stewart, incessantly. Meanwhile, considering Blige's nominations at the Grammys, Stewart and Nash agreed to wait for her response.
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However, Blige failed to hear the song in full due to her obligations to the Grammys at the time and "had to sign off on the record before her reps could accept it". Mary wasn't even in an album cycle yet. We made the sensible business decision. Initially, Stewart admitted he was still reluctant as to whether Rihanna was the right artist to record the song, but following the recording of the "ella, ella" catch phrasehe felt they were onto "something".
However, Jay-Z rewrote his verse without the awareness of Stewart and Nash. Stewart could not understand it, but later realized it made "sense" instead of the first version.
Stewart noted that "from a songwriter's standpoint, he just really made it more about the song, with the metaphors about umbrellas and about the weather versus what he had before". According to Entertainment Weekly magazine, the song's beat can be recreated through a drum loop from the Apple music-software program GarageBand Vintage Funk Kit The song's lyrics are written in the traditional verse-chorus form.
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They open with a rap verse, and the hook "ella, ella" follows every chorus. A bridge follows the second hook, and the song ends in a fadeout. Critical reception[ edit ] "Umbrella" received critical acclaim from music critics. Andy Kellman of AllMusic commented: Over the following two weeks, it dropped one place, then climbed to a new peak of number In its fourth week on the chart, it leaped to the top of the chart, becoming Rihanna's second number one single following " Pon de Replay " The single became the highest digital debut in the United States since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking downloads insurpassing Justin Timberlake 's " SexyBack "sales record in It has spent a further 20 weeks to tally 71 total weeks inside the Topin which it has appeared in three consecutive years; number one in18 in and number 99 in She asked American music video director Chris Applebaum to send her "something" to work on.
Def Jam representatives were expecting Applebaum of the treatment. Applebaum was doubtful whether Rihanna would embrace the idea, but her "positive response" following a letter the director sent to the artist ensured its approval.
Makeup artist Pamela Neal mixed a silver paint that would give Rihanna such a look. During the session, the paint was re-applied between takes to ensure she was completely covered. The set was closed to Rihanna, Applebaum and a camera assistant.
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