When Johnny Gill announced that there was a New Edition reunion in the future, we wondered what the men would to do prepare for it. Bobby Brown has made a commitment to shedding some weight and is currently doing so on VH1's Celebrity Fit Club. We hope that what Ricky, Michael and Ronnie are doing on "Hello" is a also a form of expurgation, only they're getting anti-climatic pop R&B out of their systems before the five make their homecoming. We spent a lot more time with this song than we meant to just to figure out where the sample in the chorus was coming from. After racing through the annals of mind-music catalogs, we realized "Hussel" by M.I.A. was what he had been looking for. We're all about the peculiar crossover when something we're into now gets appropriated by the old guard of our music-listening lives and can't be too mad that Bell Biv Devoe is looking to Maya for inspiration. Let's encourage them to keep taking the cues and maybe the next New Edition album will somehow incorporate air horns and dub sounds into smoothed out bedroom joints (only we demand that it to be awesome, please!).
Stream: Bell Biv Devoe, "Hello"