While LoveRance’s "Up!" has been getting considerable attention—50 Cent recently flew to the Bay for the remix video—I'm partial to another LoveRance track, "First," the rapper's collaboration with Smoovie Baby and akaFrank. "First" seems like it would have been a much bigger track in a different industry climate, perhaps ten years ago, the last time the synth-harpsichord producer Smoovie uses for the hook was a common tool of pop chart maestros across the country. That's not all it has going for it, though. Throw in snap music production, dual choruses and a section for soul clapping, and "First" should qualify as the official 2011 anthem of reciprocal foreplay.
December 06, 2011