August 5, 2010

Song Review: Robyn feat. Snoop Dogg's "U Should Know Better"


Robyn definitely wasn't playing around with us when she announced her plans to release three albums by the end of 2010. The first, Body Talk, Pt. 1, was chalk full of lovable dance tracks and easily stated its case as one of the year's best pop albums. On the cusp of its follow-up, Body Talk, Pt. 2, the Swedish songstress isn't showing any signs of letting up on giving her listeners more full throttle synth pop beats in a way that only Robyn can, and she's even trying out a new formula, too. The highly anticipated "U Should Know Better" is the feisty singer's collaboration with the one and only Snoop Dogg. Unlike other pop starlets looking to hitch their star to the Cali rapper's wagon,  the verdict is in: Robyn is legit gangsta and can hold her own with anyone. "U Should Know Better" is once again Robyn in her best form, as her uniquely styled synths and shimmering electronics flesh the track out from start to finish. Yet, a fast-hitting drum machine packs a punked out punch as Robyn trades verses with Snoop and gives the song the edge needed to gus up the lyrics. While hearing Robyn drop an f-bomb isn't necessarily new, having the Doggfather by her side really makes you want to head the warning upon hearing the chorus, "You should know better than to f-ck with me." If you've ever wondered what the FBI, the LAPD, France, Russia, the Vatican and the entire music industry have in common, look no further: All apparently are on Robyn and Snoop Dogg's "Don't f-ck with us" list. And it's not to say either musician necessarily has an agenda against these factions, but the lyrics, "If you knew better then you would do better," suggest that maybe these two musicians from total opposite backgrounds expect the same thing from the powers that be: A better job. What's most admirable about "U Should Know Better" is how both Robyn and Snoop feed off each others quick witted rhymes without compromising their personalities in the mix. Following the successful atrocity that was his work on Katy Perry's "California Girls," Snoop finds redemption this time by collaborating with a pop star who actually has her hands involved with the music and a clue as to what she's doing. The 2:30 mark on "U Should Know Better" is Snoop's shining moment as he cranks out some gangster rap that doesn't heel to the industry cliché of toning things down for the sake of a pop song. Really, that's the last thing Robyn would want him to do, and if you haven't figured it out already, Robyn doesn't play by the rules. (In fact, she mentions this towards the latter end of the track.) As we've come to expect over the past few years of Robyn's music making, "U Should Know Better" is yet another feather in Robyn's cap as she attempts to save pop music from itself.

Robyn feat. Snoop Dogg - "U Should Know Better"

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