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Brandy Gets ‘High,’ But Is It A Letdown?


Brandy's return to the scene was undoubtedly one of the most exciting stories in R&B this year. And, while Two Eleven wasn't exactly everything we hoped for, it was a solid offering from a much-missed R&B diva. To celebrate her recent success, B-Rocka decided to drop her own holiday gift to her fans: the previously unreleased track "How High." The track definitely would've fit in on her most recent offering. It's programmed drums and synth-heavy instrumentation work well and Brandy's airy delivery sounds quite nice (though the lyrics definitely leave a lot to be desired). However, the appearance of Brandy's rap alter ego Bran Nu threatens to derail the entire thing. While I'm all for an artist expanding their skill set, I just can't take Brandy's rapping seriously (and her use of the n-bomb feels as forced here as her cursing did in 1998's I Still Know What You Did Last Summer). Still, even with the rap, if you are a fan of Two Eleven, you'll like what she's done with "How High." If you want to unwrap Brandy's present, all you have to do is hit the bounce.

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