Pop fight! Nothing like a good posse bar brawl to get out the bad blood in the Top 40—Clemenza would be proud, probably—and we’re grateful to Drake and Chris Brown for making this week in pop music extra exciting with their he said, she said, he threw scuffle in a New York club on Thursday. But as fun as it is to watch the kerfuffle as an objective bystander, we’re not above taking sides here at Popdust, anyone, was in the moral right, let’s just listen to a bunch of their songs each and determine who we straight-up like more. You need to know whose corner you’re in should there be a round two. (Fingers crossed!)
CHRIS BROWN FEAT. JUELZ SANTANA, “RUN IT!”
Chris Brown’s debut single—a chart-topper his very first time out—was the kind of exciting, dancefloor-filling (by command!) breakout jam that necessitated an exclamation mark in the title. In 201, the song is mostly noteworthy for the whatever-happened-to-him guest-starring appearance of Harlem hip-hop heartthrob Juelz Santana, becoming the first rapper in history to reference both The Waitresses and The Ying Yang Twinz.
DRAKE, “BEST I EVER HAD”
Like “Run It!,” Drake’s debut single was also his biggest solo chart hit to date, getting all the way to #2 in 2009. The song remains one of his best, an alternately touching, hilarious, sweet and vulgar love jam that also made ’70s soft-rockers Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds relevant in the hip-hop world for the first time in…ever.
CHRIS BROWN, “YO (EXCUSE ME MISS)”
Chris Brown’s most underrated—or at least, his most “Oh yeah, that song! I like that song!”—hit, a quite nice, smile-inducing declaration of affection that manages to make the chorus phrase “You make me wanna say YOOOOOOOOOOO….” sound not all that ridiculous. And that flute hook or whatever at the beginning? Very, very difficult not to love.
DRAKE FEAT. T.I., “FANCY”
Possibly the most under-appreciated Drizzy song, whose litany of specific fashion brand references and stick-in-your-head catchphrase (you are quite fancy, are you not?) threaten to overshadow the song’s relatively heartfelt pro-Miss Independent stance—”You don’t do it for the men, men never notice / You just do it for yourself, you the fuckin’ coldest.” It even has a Toronto shoutout—bout damn time if you ask us.
CHRIS BROWN, “FOREVER”
Maybe Breezy’s best single to date, one of his first mega hits to not rely on any guest stars for assistance, and the one that showed what a dominant pop star he was growing into. (“All you gotta do is watch me / Look what I can do with my feet.”) It should have been the song that took his career to another level, one reached by few since Michael Jackson—but unfortunately, it was quickly overshadowed by certain events in his personal life.
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