I have always been a fan of Jordin Sparks. I rooted for her on American Idol. I appreciated the fact that her personality resembled mine. A cool, down to earth, "good" girl who didn't try to be anything but herself. I also loved the fact that she wore a size 11 shoe. I felt like in that moment we really bonded because we both belong to the "that looks cute in a size 6 but it's a clown shoe in a size 11 club." We both walk to the aisle of Payless where the men's shoes are on the other side, and I connect with that (although I doubt Jordin is shopping at Payless).
However, I must admit that besides "Battlefield," I had never really been a fan of her music. Not because it was bad, it just didn't connect with me. But then she released "Double Tap" and Jordin spoke to the confident ratchet inside me. This was an older Jordin, and I got excited for an album.
Right Here Right Now dropped last night. I listened this morning. Thirty minutes later, I sat down to write a review because Right Here Right Now should be something you're listening to right now.
Work From Home
The album starts off with "Work From Home," which features B.o.B. The sexy, uptempo track feels like when you go on a date with your boo. You feel good but there's also a bit of twerk in it, especially when B.o.B comes in. It's a great track to start the album.
This beat is sickening. The horn is ridiculous. It slays. The beat makes up for the fact that the lyrics are a tad bit corny, "keeping it 1000" in particular. J-Doe comes on and lays down a few bars, and I realize that I'm really loving this R&B with a rapper mix.
Right Here Right Now
Right Here Right Now gives you the feel of the beginning of the relationship. You don't care if you're being absolutely sickening in public. You're going to deal because look at bae. Come on. The beat feels good. It makes you nod your head but with bae. Because we're a thing now. And this is happening.
As I mentioned before, Double Tap spoke to the ratchet in me, but it's like a good girl ratchet. It has a bounce to it, and this cockiness to it. And it's about Instagram! Put this song on and tell me you won't have the best picture for people to double tap. Then 2 Chainz comes on, and I realize how much I've missed him. Come back to me 2 Chainz.
Boyz in the Hood (AKA THE SONG YOU NEED TO BE LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW)
BRUHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Bruh. Bruh. B R U H. bruh.
This is the best song on the album. The reason it took me thirty minutes after listening to the album to write this review is because I danced around my room for 30 minutes listening to this song. This song is amazing. The beat is amazing. Good girls love a bad boy, so you feel her in the lyrics. I'm going to be listening to this on repeat for the next week, and not a single person will tell me no.
To be honest, it's really hard to listen to this song after Boyz in the Hood. It's not that the song is bad. It's just a slower tempo and not as magical as Boyz in the Hood. That note aside, it's a pretty song that you can definitely add to your date night playlist. It's romantic and almost movie like. It'll fit in perfectly right before Rihanna's "Skin" on that playlist.
They Don't Give
I believe this song is about her relationship with Sage the Gemini (who I really love her with). They hit some drama early in their relationship, and there were a ton of opinions thrown around about whether or not Jordin should stay with him. Jordin sings about how "they don't give a f about us." And I actually felt her on that. At the end of the day, most people really don't care about you so why should you base your relationship and the decisions you make in that relationship on opinions. The beat is mellow and smooth. And is the classiest way to say we good over here.
Whoo. This song is for anybody who's ever fought for a relationship. You feel her pain in this song, and it's absolutely gorgeous. This is definitely one of my favorites.
So. I have a confession to make. I don't really like reggae music. So when this song started I winced, because it's definitely a reggae beat. The song itself is cute, and I wouldn't turn it off if it came on when I was driving. But I'm probably not going to go looking to play it.
Unhappy features Elijah Blake. I am 99.9% sure it's about Jason Derulo, which let me take this moment to say #TeamJordin forever. You truly feel every emotion on this track, and Jordin sang this honey. Go head girl! As Jamar Hall says, "Spit your pain!"
Tell Him I Love Him
It should be known that Jordin absolutely sang this track down. But I'm not really a fan of this song because of the actual topic. Jordin's telling her boyfriend's side chick to let her boyfriend know she loves him and how they're planning this life, so he shouldn't do what he's about to do. She's basically telling the side chick "Hey girl, I love my man. So can you tell him not to cheat and just come home. Cause that's who I want to be my husband." There. Are. Too. Many. Fish. In. The. Sea. There are too many men in this world. Drake is single. There is always hope. You do't have to live this life.
The song is called 11:11, but these are actually the thoughts you have at 1 a.m. when you start getting in your feelings and really thinking. You're scrolling through your crush's Facebook or Instagram like they don't even know what I can do for them. But then you're also doubting yourself because all of his #WCWs look like Kelly Rowland and you're not sure how you can compete. This is that song.
I'm in love with this song. I like when songs make me think of things I've never thought of. Jordin sings about how "100 years is not enough time" with the love of her life. I feel like this is a song that I can listen to when I'm 60 and look over at my husband and say we need more time! And then we go to Disney World and hold hands, and everybody's thinking #relationshipgoals because we're old and cute. Plus Jordin does the Janet thing where she talks a bit on the track, and I love that. It truly makes you wanna spend all day with bae.
It Ain't You
Sigh. I'm not going to lie. This song feels like when I try to Whip in public. Please note that I don't Whip or Nae Nae in public because I look ridiculous. This song tries really hard. So, it's not the best way to end a really good album.
I give Right Here Right Now a solid 9/10. I'm definitely a fan. Jordin did her thing on this album, and I can't wait to learn all the words and add these songs into playlist and go to a concert and just stan. Did you listen to the album? What are your favorites? Tell me in the comments below!
I'm going to go listen to Boyz in the Hood again.
Peace in the Middle East!