Saturday, November 15, 2014

Song of the Day: Timbaland featuring Keri Hilson - The Way I Are (2007)

I am the worst dancer of all-time. I'm so bad that I really don't even enjoy dancing, and it's a source of constant embarrassment. Pretty much the only time I will dance is if I'm drunk enough that I can't even speak in complete sentences. BUT... There are a very small handful of songs in the universe that defy this behavioral constant, and this is one of them.

I really don't have much to say about this song other than I love it, and my shoulders and hips start involuntarily shimmying within the first few beats. It's really out of my control. 

Generally speaking, I do love Timbaland as a producer and sound architect, and I think of him as a bit like a hip-hop Brian Eno. His work with Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake is mostly outstanding. But this is still my favorite song he's worked on, and I think of the synth riff as sort of the purest distillation of what he brings to the table.

This was originally written and posted on Facebook on June 7, 2014

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