Yeah I’m hella fucking late but as they say better late than never. Sometimes I take it back and do a review, but I’m getting back into the swing of things so fuck off! Now we swing this over to R&B although it doesn’t get much publicity these days pure R&B isn’t dead these niggas just scared or just simply too lazy to go on wiki and check out the new releases. Rico Love whose career began in 2004 as one of the first signings to Usher’s former label who got his chops more for songwriting than anything most notable “Usher- Throwback” and a shitload of other smash hits for Kelly Rowland, Trey Songz, etc. He also released a strong ass debut album which was slept on called “Turn The Lights On” which I felt was a classic in my opinion. After almost putting his career to an end he came back after a 3 year hiatus to deliver “Even Kings Die”
“Even Kings Die (Intro)”
Rico sets this shit up as if this is a trailer for a fucking movie and with this mans track record it could be one.
This is one of the best songs of 2018 period. I believe I ranked it in my top 25 for a reason. This song wreaks of substance. As he croons that he hopes his daughter doesn’t hate her, like her mother does. He also wants to teach his son not to make the same mistakes he made by mistreating women. He feels despite the mistakes that he’s made he feels like if he keeps God first and his faith he will prevail. As he says he’s in trouble for the shit he put on his first record. With songs like “Trifling”, “Run From Me”, “TTLO” you can understand why he wants forgiveness.
“Fight For You”
Seems like the pendulum swings into this transition. Seems like he’s still begging for not only God’s forgiveness but his woman’s. It seems like his woman found another man. Also, he’s looking to compete for his woman as well. He’s trying to get his woman back before it’s too late. Is this right or wrong? You be the judge.
This is one of my favorite records. I bet Usher passed on this or it was one of the songs that he held in the vault. This song is about a girl who is bouncing back and Rico is one of her supporters like he’s in the crowd. He wants this girl to stunt on her fake friends, her exes and everyone else that walks in her path.
“Can’t Afford Her”
This another song that Usher could have had. I bet money. You can tell by the sound and the subject matter. Although Rico has found a woman of a high caliber. The average man definitely still wants her but can he provide for her? The crazy thing is the woman has her own fucking money but still wants that average man’s whole paycheck sounds like that’s the thing going around today.
Rico wants to step outside his boundaries with his girlfriend but all she wants to do is fight instead of being lovers. It looks like he went on vacation to enhance the relationship but it’s seems like it’s blowing up in his face. Although they eventually work it out.
“Faith (featuring Bryan Michael-Cox & Scarlet)
Rico speaks from a perspective that things used to be different with his woman but it appears she has changed for the worst. He spends the song contemplating what he did to cause his woman to have this new behavior. Scarlet pretty much plays the counterpart saying that Rico cheated one too many times and it’s time for the relationship to end since he’s lost faith.
“Even Kings Die (Interlude)”
This is what is playing in the trailer for his album. It explains how he has messed up relationships worldwide by making women commit infidelity. Eventually his karma is going to come back tenfold.
“Loving You Better”
This the island song it defintely has the reggae sound. Rico feels like he can do better at loving his girl but he doesn’t treat her fair enough. His girl eventually leaves him for another man.
This shit is bananas. This definitely deserves to be a hit record but unfortunately they not gonna push this because Rico isn’t a big name artist. But one can hope someone decides to put this shit out and see if it actually hits. This definitely a money getting, money spending song club ready.
“Whole Lotta Sex (featuring Teedra Moses & Ball Greezy)”
This the bedroom song as Rico navigates all through his woman on this song as him and his woman is at their sexual peaks of the relationship. Teedra Moses kills this shit. Rico even incorporates the R. Kelly Ignition bounce bounce to it.
“Did You Tell Your Boyfriend”
You can tell by the title that this was gonna be some foul nigga shit. Rico seems to have fell out with his woman who happens to be using him as a side nigga. And he taunts her with the hook.
Definitely another song that coulda been Usher’s but fuck it Rico chose it. This is Rico bragging about his girl’s sexual skills and she happens to be at an expert level and knows what she is doing no matter the situation. “Sex so good her ex be popping up”. JEEZ!
Overall, dude adds another classic to his body of work. Rico is one of the hidden jewels of music if you haven’t seen the track record he’s low key one of the one’s responsible for a particular wave of R&B. As far as this project goes this sounds like a more mature version of Turn The Lights On so to speak although the other album had great songs to an extent. This project works as a more cohesive album with more substance and balance.