Each week Cyrus Kyle Langhorne weighs-in on hot button topics with his sharp commentary. This week’s subject: summer love songs.
Apologies for not appearing on here with an update/post last week due to the annual summer trip out to the mid-west. I must admit, having traveled halfway across the United States, one thing which kept coming to my mind was “summer love.” Sure, I could easily say my current MySpace marital status (“single”) is the main motivation for this post but as I think back or as I thought back during 21 hours of driving through tiny towns and farm-ridden spots in Kentucky, I cannot recall a recent year in which the radio/internet/mixtapes were filled with R&B x summer time x love, SEX-based songs.
Yup, remember Justin Timberlake’s “Summer Love” or even some of the old school records like Beyoncé and Ghostface’s “Summer Time” remix back in ’03? What the funk happened to wanting a summer wifey? Or for the ladies, a summer hubby? Sure, call this posting wack if you are snuggled up to your loved one reading this on your iPhone 4 but for the rest of us, have y’all even thought about it? Seriously. Has anyone taken a few minutes to realize it is already August 2010 and if you are without summer love at this point, well, you are pretty much lost.
Now I will not say we should blame ourselves (“C’mon Son”), that’d be too easy. Rather, I think the blame should go toward the R&B game. With the individualism of singers like Lady Gaga and Rihanna pulling out their own versions of G.I. Jane in 2010 (and nah, we’re not counting, “Rude Boy” as a summer love song) it feels like the level of difficulty is only increasing when it comes to being motivated to find summer love and maybe a downfall to the R&B game?
(laugh) I think back to all the records which popped off in the early 2000′s when Lumidee dropped “Never Leave You (Uh Ooh, Uh Oooh!)” remember? …if you want me to stay, say you’ll never leave/if you want…yada yada yada… Or how about all those ‘In Luv with A Stripper’ records (did those drop in the summer though?) by T-Pain or even when Fabolous linked with Ne-Yo for “Make Me Better.” There seems like a real lack in songs which not only pop off on the radio but sort of suit the season and vibe.
Maybe it would help if there were more male and female R&B collaborations like back in 2004 when Usher and Alicia Keys did “My Boo.” I still remember how they flowed with one another and just had charisma, almost to the point where you imagined them really being an item on the low-low. Well, maybe there lies the problem—marriages. Just over the past few days former Xscape singer Tameka “Tiny” Cottle linked with T.I. taking her off the market but more shocking was Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz officially getting hitched and killing any possibilities of mystery lovers. At least right now, I would say the lack of R&B/Summer Love songs has to be due to personal relationships. Shucks, even though I referenced Fabolous and Ne-Yo’s “Make Me Better,” both have welcomed new babies since their 2007 single. Shucks, even Christina Milian and The-Dream had a baby before they separated.
Could the popularity of artists getting married and having kids be the real reason behind the decline of Summer Love. It seems like ever since Beyoncé and Jay-Z materialized their promise rings back in early 2008, well, has she really been “Crazy In Love” or even “Dangerously In Love” these couple of years? And while there is a strong unlikelihood of 20 Summer Love records debuting today, I will say an ideal Summer Love song does not drop in August. Most of these renowned tracks/hits have been known to leak around late spring and ooze their way into people’s heads by mid to late June, at the very least. Sure, you might have decent Summer Love pieces come out in August, but an ideal record must drop early.
Which leads me to the conclusion: summer love has now turned into summer pre-nups.