Usher, Beyoncé, and Lil Wayne want to make love in this club

Usher’s "Love in this Club" is easily one of the year’s best pop or R&B singles to date. After weeks of constant TV/radio rotation, I still can’t stop humming that pre-chorus hook (and no, I don’t care whether or not producer Polow Da Don got those loops straight from GarageBand). But when one realizes, as Usher does, that one "want{s} to make love in this club," the real question is: With whom? That first version includes a decent guest verse from Young Jeezy; a semi-official remix added a welcome cameo from T.I., who put his slick "My Love" flow to good use yet again. But this week, Ush hit us with a special slow-jam sequel. "Love in This Club Part II" (below; some NSFW language) attempts to one-up its predecessors with all-new vocals from Beyoncé and Lil Wayne. And?

Well, Idolator’s already comparing it to R. Kelly’s untouchably classic "Ignition Remix," which is just silly. If you ask me, the slower tempo does no favors to "Love in This Club," which was already a bit serious and gooey-sounding for a song about public sex. Now that it’s become a straight-up quiet storm joint, Usher’s can’t-wait come-ons sound even more ridiculous and creepy. ("Don’t be shy, go on, let your boy get in," he croons, "So you can tell all of your friends you was on the remix.") As for Wayne, well, he’s Wayne. For every moment of awe-inspiring lyrical genius he’s capable of, he seems to turn out a bonus burst of phoned-in drivel like this. He recycles lines and cadences from his own "Lollipop" and his popular remix of Mario’s "Crying Out for Me"; all that’s new is a particularly raspy vocal tone. The only real strong point in the whole song is Beyoncé, who’s in great voice. It’s nice to hear her on some new music, but what’s she doing wasting her time on this subpar mess?

Then again, that’s just my take; anyone out there like "Part II" as much as Usher’s first try?


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  • Intro…

    Wow, this is terribly weak.

  • Phil

    When I first heard about this remix or sequel or whatever have you earlier this week, I was like, NO!! Beyonce JUST got married, TAKE SOME TIME OFF! I knew she couldn’t go a whole year without releasing a new tune. And yeah she totally OWNS this version, but what’s that REALLY claiming!? The whole slowed down vibe kinda blows my mind. I guess after the song leaked Usher had to figure out SOME way to keep this song at the top of the Billboard charts til “Here I Stand” drops a month from now. But I’m not so sure too many pop stations will switch things up & start playing this down tempo number, if anything it’ll give the song a longer shelf life on the Urban charts. Here’s hoping that The Maroon 5 Feat. Rihanna “If I Never See Your Face Again” is better than this, cause honestly I hate her new ballad “Take A Bow”…YAWN

  • GO

    You’re right about Beyonce being the strong point on this whole track. I’m looking forward to her new stuff in the fall. The track as a whole is just good for a nice summer day. Not too serious. Play it as the last song at the club. HOT!

  • Jess

    Beyonce totally takes the forefront this song!!!! She sounds amazing!!

  • May

    beyonce, give it a rest honey. you’re married and domesticated already. you’re sooooo over-exposed! retire already so we will be spared with all your spastic dancing and shouting through unmelodious songs.

  • David

    Sounds like “We Belong Together”
    Boooooooo!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Song is great I like it better than the 1st one because it’s a real collabo it’s very hot to hear Usher and Beyonce talk sexy to each other like that. The only weak point is Lil Wayne I thought he would come harder than that but instead he put out the weakest verse of his career

  • like a lollipop

    I THINK THE REMIX IS THE BOMB REALLY BECUZ MY NICCA WEEZY IS ON THE TRACK HE MAKES ANYTHING A LIL SWEETER FCK D@ HATERZ LET HIM DO HIS THANG

  • Naptown

    Both the original and the remix are hot. I usually don’t like Beyonce, but she’s great on Part II. Lil Wayne definitely helps the track, too. “Recycled lines” and “phoned-in drivel” are actually perfect for the track and vibe IMO.

  • Shannie

    FIRST OF ALL, ALL U F****N HATERS CAN GONE WIT THAT S**T!!! YALL KNO BEYONCE IS THE BEST OUT HERE..LETS SEE UR FAVORITE ARTIST JUMP AROUN AND DO BACKFLIPS AND STILL SOUND THE WAY THEY DO ON THE RECORD!!! BEYONCE IS VERY TALENTED AND ALL YALL SOME HATERS…SO UMM…WHERES YALL MONEY AND FAME????…ANY SOLD OUT SHOWS???…EXACTLY!!!! THE REMIX IS HOT SO F**K ALL U PEOPLE WHO DONT THINK SO….JUST DONT WRITE S**T IF YALL THINK ITS WAK…D**N!!!!! ANYWAY BEYONCE I LOVE U GURL!!!!! AND IF ANY BODY GOT S**T THEY WANNA SAY TO ME LET ME KNO SO WE CAN HANDLE IT…KNUCK IF U BUCK NICCAS!!!!!!

  • Shannie

    bEYONCE MADE THIS SONG HOT!!!!!!! LOVE U BEE!!!!!!!!!!! LIL WYANE KILLED IT TOO!!!!!! BIG UPS TO ALL THEY HATERS!!!!…LOL…

  • JOY AIKENS

    I love this remix usher, you knew who to get to make this just stone cold ice, Beyonce, one of the greatest singers in my generation, i love you beyonce and respect your talent, you too usher, just a great colaboration, please make a video.

  • JOY AIKENS

    I love this remix usher, you knew who to get to make this just stone cold ice, Beyonce, one of the greatest singers in my generation, i love you beyonce and respect your talent, you too usher, just a great colaboration, please make a video.

  • mrs.gangsta

    i love dis song
    i love it more because wezzy f baby is on dat track u no its goin 2 b poppin and plus my gurl b is on da track so u no wat it is

  • mrs.gangsta

    i love dis song
    i love it more because wezzy f baby is on da track u no its goin 2 b poppin and plus my gurl b is on da track so u no wat it is

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