Year in Music 2017

Young Money, "Every Girl"

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Young Money -- better known as the rappers Lil Wayne, Drake, Jae Millz, Gudda Gudda and Mack Maine -- reaches new heights of lyrical ambition on its summer anthem. It also leaves little to the imagination. But unlike like Wayne's other sexually-charged hits ("Lollipop," "Mrs. Officer") this song disappoints. He starts off this group number by flipping steakhouse entrees into verbs, expressing his wish to "filet mignon" the object of his desire. In other parts, he plays it more suave: "I don't think you're beautiful/ I think you're beyond it." His protege Drake chimes in with a summation of the song's fantasy: "Every single night I have a dream that I am smashin' them all...This shit's so timeless/And I'm in the mood to get faded so please bring your finest." Despite Drake and Wayne's memorable delivery, however, the song's appeal is limited by a mediocre beat and slow-moving chorus. And it doesn't help that their labelmates aren't nearly as good at delivering cleverly explicit come-ons. Jae Millz best attempt is, "Married woman or MILF/It doesn't matter who you is, miss/You can get the business," while Mack Maine courts underrage celebrities: "In about three years, holler at me, Miley Cyrus." With smooth talk like that, he'll have to wait a bit longer. --Susan Varghese