Track Review: Monica & Brandy, 'It All Belongs To Me'

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MONICA & BRANDY
"It All Belongs To Me" (4:05)
Producers: Rico Love, Earl & E
Writers: Rico Love, Earl Hood, Eric Goudy II
Publishers: Rico Love Is Still A Rapper/EMI Foray Music, E Hood 66 Music/EMI Foray Music, Grandma's Boy/EMI Foray Music (SESAC)
RCA Records


Nearly 14 years after squaring off on the Hot 100 hit-turned-karaoke classic "The Boy Is Mine," Brandy and Monica have become allies on a new duet, "It All Belongs To Me." On the Rico Love-produced track, the 90s R&B divas get territorial on a two-timing ex, laying claim to everything from their clothes to their Macbook -- the latter exists mostly so each singer can deliver the closing barb, "So log off your Facebook, it all belongs to me," on their chorus. As far as bitter breakup ballads go, it's about five notches below Beyonce's "Irreplaceable" in the sass department, and could use an extra hook or two. Still, the four-minute track finishes on a familiar note, with the two singers delivering melisma after melisma, trying to outdo the other over whom all the stuff belongs to (for the record, Monica gets the last word).

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