Travie McCoy releases a new track with one my favorite artists of all-time, Jason Mraz. And one thing's for sure: this musical duo is working out.
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So Travie's new single has me reeling in with filled ecstasy right now, even though Mraz is the one holding all of these clouds down. I was the first few to get to listen to it once it was uploaded onto Fueled By Ramen's YouTube channel page. While Lazarus, Travie's debut album back in 2010, wasn't a commercial success, coming in at number 25 on the Billboard 200 selling 15,000 copies, the first single, Billionaire which featured Bruno Mars who wasn't as famous as he was, managed to peak at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. That is a proven, despite his following singles Need You and We'll Be Alright aren't exactly high-flying, chart-topping singles. Now, it's almost three years since we've last heard from his sole expedition, and this time he manages to reach out to one of America's most loved artists, Jason Mraz. This is obviously a sign of a good charting reign if history repeats itself, as I'm already in love with the track greatly.
Let's talk about Travie McCoy. To me, Travie isn't a really good rapper, no doubt, but he does it in a way where it's simplified and yet very heartfelt, sometimes proving that while being on the fence of both sides, he can still please the fans wholly. He's always been himself, and as an artist, that's already enough. While many can disagree about his personal life with his relationships and whatnot, it's safe to say Travie is a 'safe' artist, and most liked around other celebrities. In this case, he doesn't have the track record of say Chris Brown, and even wished Katy Perry, his girlfriend back then, the best future endeavors and wished Perry and Russell 'nothing but the best'. In return, Katy released Circle the Drain darting at Travie on her sophomore debut Teenage Dream (the one with 5 number one singles - yeah). On the track itself, Travie talks about some of the close quarter topics, such as love, never letting go somebody you hold dearly with and just let it be if it isn't ours. He talks about something that is important, rather than building on redundancy and I'm already a big fan of it.
This is my message in a bottle, I hope that you receive it
However, as much as we all love Travie McCoy for who he is, there's undoubtedly no stealing the spotlight from Jason Mraz. Known for hits such as I'm Yours, I Won't Give Up and my personal favorite, Lucky with Colbie Caillat. His appearance on a Travie McCoy track really surprised me. The track starts off without any introduction, and you can instantly hear Mraz's signature acoustic guitar and his soul-pop vocals really changing the tone of the voice from the get-go. What he brings to the song is unbelievable. On the chorus, he makes it smooth, emotional and really powerful at the same time. Simultaneously, he offers a mood that is just caring, heartening and equally amazing in his vocals. On the second chorus and beyond, he really makes it radio-friendly and just anthemic, another touch of gloss that seemingly makes him bond with the song and almost made it his, if not for Travie's well-written verses that made sense. I can't say enough of Jason Mraz; his appearance in this single has changed my whole perception, and I'm loving the attention he is seeping away. He's definitely added to the song than degrade it - the same way Bruno Mars did with Billionaire. Will this song top the charts in weeks to come? I hope so.
Heyo, never let go of me
Originality: 9/10 - Travie McCoy's sound and Mraz's acoustic guitar adds a whole new level of amazement and greatness.
Sound: 9/10 - This duo is working out pretty well. That's an indication of how well Travie's done since Mraz's vocals and songwriting fragments have so far helped and not hinged any records. And I can't say enough of both artists who have made this single truly heartfelt and emotional.
Lyrics: 8/10 - Coupled with well-time choruses and a busy verse for Travie, the songwriting here is top-notch and very well done.
Overall: 26/30 - The track is emotional, well-written and heartfelt straight through it's core. I'll just put it out there, that you'll love the track and it'll be buzzing around you from the first listen onwards. I'll be playing it for days. And so will you. For sure.
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