The First Impression series is where we review new albums in just one take. Going track-by-track, we break down the entire project and rate it because we all know first impressions mean everything.
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In the world of R&B, the universe has aligned. dvsn and Ty Dolla $ign have joined forces in their first collaborative album, Cheers to the Best Memories.
Silk's "Freak Me" sample kicks off the album with "Memories." The track is an uptempo jam, laced with lust. It will definitely be a hit at R&B parties. In the vein of classic dvsn, if "Too Deep" is for intercouse, "Don't Say A Word" was made for foreplay. Not to mention, Ty was talking that talk on his verse.
The transition between "Don't Say A Word" and the "Can You Take It (Interlude)" was so smooth, it felt like dark liquor, no chaser. A double-take was done to ensure we heard what I heard. THIS is how you do an interlude, people. Take notes.
Starting a song resonating with the masses is dangerous. Ty sang, "We been inside too long/For me to be outside of you." Many people are definitely going to take advantage of the boldness "Outside" encompasses. YG joins the new R&B Big Three for "Can't Tell." It details a man being unable to read a woman's mystique, but he's intrigued enough to remain interested and the art of mystery will never die.
"Somebody That You Don't Know" featuring Rauw Alejandro, not only beautifully blends Ty's Cali culture with dvsn's Toronto feel, but also gives us heavy "Maria, Maria" vibes. "Fight Club" perfectly interpolates Juvenile's "Slow Motion" and we need the instrumental version ASAP. That execution was *chef's kiss*
Each artist then tackled their own solo interlude— Ty with "Rude" and dvsn with "Better Yet." Each showcased the best parts of each that we know and love. "Wedding Cake" is all about celebrating love just because. Not to mention, it reminds us of "Slow Jamz," but with more love and less lust. This will definitely be played at future weddings and serve as couples' captions on social media for a long while.
The LP rounds out with the Mac Miller-assisted track, "I Believed It." We know the late rapper is a lover at heart (have you heard Divine Feminine?) So, for them to grab a posthumous verse was a touching memory to leave fans with. It also samples the classic "(You're Living In a) Dream World" by The Continental IV.
The 11-track LP was absolutely incredible. Many R&B fans assumed the days of perfectly concise albums were gone, but here dvsn & Ty Dolla $ign come to prove all of that wrong. Unlike other highly-anticipated projects released this year, this one did not disappoint in the slightest.
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