Def Jam are gearing up for big things to happen to
Bobby Valentino, and with good reason - the Slow Down
single has already enjoyed a lengthy stay in the US
top ten, and the forthcoming album looks set to follow
suit. Not only that, he has the soul heritage to go
with it, growing up in Atlanta on a diet of Marvin
Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Prince.
This is described as "one for the ladies" in the
press release, but I'd wager its heavy kick will be
booming out of a few masculine sound systems before
the summer is gone. It's a slow yet breezy affair,
with our Bobby entreating his lady to slow down a bit
in order to get to know her better.
Valentino claims to write one or two songs a week,
so it's possible this will be the first of many. He
taps into a vibe to please the R Kelly crowd,
injecting just about enough soul and orchestration to
stand out. It's nothing we haven't heard before, but
he does it well.