Track 5: “Party” Featuring Andre 3000
Sounds Like: Your late night party anthem. Rather than the song that drags everyone to to dance floor, “Party” is the head-bobbing, after hours soundtrack (think “Big Poppa”). This throwback track samples 1985 classic “La Di Da Di” by Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh, with a repetitive syllable-enthused chorus that gives “Umbrella” some competition.
Pros: Huge ’80s-inspired synths carry the otherwise mid-tempo track; B’s vocal gymnastics are on particular display (“Cause tonight’s the night, uh, uh, uh ooh”) as she gets pretty “Naughty Girl”-randy, describing what sounds to us more like a party for two Your touch is driving me crazy / I can’t explain the way I feel / Tuck down with the radio on / And the night belong to us / Just hold me close, don’t let me go”). Producer Kanye West provides a brief intro, managing to coin the term “Swagu,” which feels like something we’ll be here for some time.
Cons: While an appearance by Andre 3000 is always welcome, it feels wasted here. Dre’s observation on age may be accurate (“Never thought that we could become someone else’s hero /Man, we were just in the food court, eating our gyro”) but getting older is depressing, and definitely a buzz kill.
Lyric as Personal Mantra: “I may be young, but I’m ready/ To give you all my love.” And because everyone likes to have a good time: “Cause we like to party, ey, ey, ey, ey, ey.”