On the Record: Chris Brown, Flo Rida and More!

By Bill Chenevert
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Chris Brown

Fortune

(RCA)

Sounds Like: The 23-year-old R&B man we love to hate, despite his perpetually solid records, gives us his fifth in seven years, and it’s full of sex-funky, hard-hitting beats.

Free Association: How long do we have to feel guilty about being down with this guy?

For Fans Of: Usher x R. Kelly + Tevin Campbell, Ray J/ Akon/T-Pain, talented dicks.

 

Delicate Steve

Positive Force

(Luaka Bop)

Sounds Like: The Jersey native’s second is a (mostly) wordless opus of slide guitar-heavy instrumentals that are dreamy, artistic and a little internationally-kissed.

Free Association: Perhaps most impressive? He did EVERYTHING on this record.

For Fans Of: David Byrne, George Harrison + Ravi Shankar, sophisticated stoners.

 

Flo Rida

Wild Ones

(Poe Boy/Atlantic)

Sounds Like: The Miami-Dade County, Fla., native’s an expert at the art of club-friendly poppy hip-hop that sounds more house than hood; he’s as gimmicky as he is successful.

Free Association: Striking that Top 40 nerve relentlessly, with much production help.

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