Jay Sean Featuring Lil Wayne, "Down"

Track Review

Jay Sean brings his internationally successful blend of pop stateside with the debut single from "My Own Way," the singer's first U.S. album set for an Oct. 13 release. The Londonie's melodic vocals, which helped his 2004 album go five times platinum in India, resonate with impressive tonal clarity. "Baby are you down, down, down, down, down?" he wonders on the chorus, the last word cascading into Auto-Tune bliss. Cash Money labelmate Lil Wayne lends his crackling voice and metaphoric prowess to the song's closing verse, dishing up playful, timely lines like, "Don't you ever leave the side of me/Definitely, not progbably/And honestly, I'm down like the economy." Thanks to a triumphant, synth-laden beat and memorable hook, "Down" is gaining ground on the Billboard Hot 100, and Jay Sean likewise seems poised to break stateside. --Ginger Clements