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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Music Review: Just A Dream - Nelly

Speed: 90 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 85 bpm to 90 bpm, 90 to 95 bpm

The DJ’s Take: So I’m checking the Billboard Hot 100, and I see this single debuting at #12, and I’m thinking two things. First thought: Holy crap - Nelly’s still alive? Second thought: Interesting case of the country crossover.

And by that, I mean that when I’m checking the charts, I see these random pop country tracks from groups like Lady Antebellum, and it reminds me that there are areas in the U.S. below the Mason-Dixon line and out west where people actually like the kind of music that features warm acoustic guitars. And that’s how Nelly got big last decade with hiphop-and-a-drop-of-country singles like Ride Wit Me. In other words, Just A Dream’s initial popularity makes more sense after you’ve thought about it a little bit.

Personally, I see this as more of a song you listen to in the car with the windows down, versus something you dance to in a bar or club. But if you’re a dj, and you feel like finding out for yourself, turn on the key adjust, slow this down a little bit, and mix it with Rude Boy and Empire State of Mind.

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DJ’s - mix this with: Rude Boy - Rihanna, Empire State of Mind - Jay-Z