New Music: Akon – Strawberry Letter 23

by Winston "Stone" Ford

If you don’t think that Quincy Jones is the man then you might want to log off the internet right now.

Q has been in the industry for over 50 years and has over 79 Grammy nominations to his credit. He’s done everything from his trademark Soul Bossa Nova (which he completed at age 23!) to working with Ice T and Big Daddy Kane.

His newest album, Q: Soul Bossa Nostra is his first collaboration project since 1995’s Q’s Juke Joint, and features the likes of Akon, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, T-Pain, Robin Thicke, LL Cool J, John Legend, Snoop Dogg, Wyclef, Q-Tip and more. The first single is Akon’s take on The Brothers Johnson/Shuggie Otis 1977 hit Strawberry Letter 23.

I’m an Akon fan, but he does a really good job with this track. Q tastefully updated the 33-year old song, dropping only the slightest hints of Auto-Tune and crafting the re-work around the “convict’s” sound. Good looks.

Q: Soul Bossa Nostra drops in June.

The Original:

  • ytravillian

    I’m gonna have to disagree with you on this one. I think this remake is pretty bad and it should’ve been left alone.Even the slightest hint of auto-tune is too much. This and that new ‘We Are the World’ disappointed me. The new “Secret Garden” is floating around on the nets today and I haven’t had the courage to listen yet.. Hopefully I will like it better.

  • T. AKA Ricky Raw

    I’m going to have to agree with ytravillain and say this is pretty damn awful. In general Quincy lost his way sometime around the 90s when he started those compilations and working with hip-hop. I think he just shouldn’t try to sound modern. It just doesn’t work for him. It’s like musical equivalent of your dad or grandpa showing up at your party and trying to act and dance hip.

    With retro acts like Amy Winehouse, Duffy and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings doing so well, he should just try to make a retro sounding album that plays to his strengths.

    Even the slightest hint of auto-tune is too much.


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    Pure trash….why post