In the late ’90s, super producer and pint-sized mogul Jermaine Dupri described R&B group Jagged Edge as “if DMX was singing to a girl.” The comparison seemed accurate at the time, if only because Jagged Edge seemed as tough as R&B could reasonably get. In the same regard, Harlem’s Tim Vocals is an R&B singer as unreasonable as R&B could have imagined. Sure, he covers typical tropes like relationship headaches and seduction, but he’s also pretty heavily into drugs (both use and distribution), gun play (toting, not to be confused with this guy) and the kind of sex talk that would make Plies clutch his iced out goon medallion. Street life has never sounded so sweet. Vocals’ recently released Live from Harlem mixtape is all hit-song remakes (see “NYC,” a take on Omarion and Wale’s “MIA,” for Vocals at his best) but the singer goes much, much deeper for “Trap Life,” an especially twisted G-mix of Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature.” Below, download a remix featuring Fred The Godson. You should know going into this that you are going to hate it or you are going to love it. With Tim Vocals, it’s all or nothing.
Download: Tim Vocals f. Fred The Godson, “Trap Life (Remix)”