Van Hunt is an artist from the ATL with a slight difference - there's no hint of crunk; no gangster imagery; no masquerading towards the lifestyle of the likes of Lil' Jon, Ludacris and Jermaine Dupri. This is telling in his debut single Down Here In Hell (With You).
The opening is uneasy, almost uncomfortable on the ear - the combination of sounds don't blend like they should. Thankfully this lasts all of 15 seconds before the gruff but refined vocals of Van Hunt kick in. Unfortunately, the R Kelly-like pipes interrupt any flow the song can reach. There is a further twist with the addition of a bass guitar and a drum beat.
Down Here In Hell isn't a fantastic way to introduce Van Hunt to the UK audience, but you could say the track is the epitome of Van Hunt's upbringing. His thirst for music and life developed following his father around weed spots and brothels, and perhaps no one with that kind of childhood would be destined to serve up orthodox music.