Tune: This is the Girl
Record: London Town (2007)
Category: A hump 'n' grinder
A much-maligned* fallen star, denounced* by critics* and past his best. No, silly, not Tokyo Trawler, but British vocalist Craig David. Here, with the smooth-talking London rapper Kano, David scales* the heights that his talent enabled him to reach in the early 2000s, and indeed, that made his fall to earth so painful. A tune of great balance and polished* production, the heavily-accented* Kano compliments David's sugary crooning* with an self-critical assault* on his previous philandering* ways, and a promise to his sweetheart that he's now reformed*, and a one-woman man. It's easy to be cynical when this comes from a rapper, but let's be honest, this kind of stuff doesn't usually come from a rapper.
The Tokyo Trawler’s message to the people: Jay-Z fans: Did you catch the lyrical reference?