Mario releases Nicki Minaj-assisted comeback single
Mario Barrett has been one of Baltimoreâ€™s biggest representatives in pop music, and heâ€™s still a big deal on Twitter. But heâ€™s also the kind of sleeper R&B star who only gets a big hit every few years, and has to prove heâ€™s still got it every time he comes back out with an album. And his upcoming fifth album Restoration got off to a good start this week with the release of the lead single â€ťSomebody Elseâ€ť featuring Nicki Minaj.
Usually, a song featuring Nicki Minaj is a mixed blessing: she might help you score a hit, but she may also overshadow you with her over-the-top personality. â€śSomebody Else,â€ť fortunately, doesnâ€™t suffer from that issue â€“ she doesnâ€™t show up until two and a half minutes into the track, and her verse in a relatively subdued style that fits the brooding track. Polow Da Don, who also produced Marioâ€™s 2007 hit â€śCrying Out For Me,â€ť fills the new single with a unique blend of booming drums, soulful samples and eerie backmasked textures; Minaj aside, itâ€™s not quite like anything else on R&B radio right now, but it also feels of the moment enough that it could work. In any event, itâ€™s sure to stir up more buzz than Marioâ€™s first attempt to launch the album in 2011, with the sleepy â€śThe Wallsâ€ť featuring Fabolous.