Review of Wild by Jessie J ft Big Sean and Dizzee Rascal
Fresh off the back of her controversy on The Voice, Jessie J decides its time to hit the UK music listening public with some of her material. For a while there we were thinking she was going to be purely a professional talent show judge see Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon.
We haven’t been the biggest supporters of Jessie J over the past year or so. Her lack of professionalism, her apparent disrespect for her fans (cancelling gigs last minute) and in all fairness pretty poor music has all contributed to that view. The Voice, which is definitely the worse singing talent show ever (makes Fame Academy feel like a West End production) has definitely not helped either. Some or all of this has dampened Jessie J‘s popularity as well. With that in mind Jessie has bought in some heavy weight support on new track ‘Wild’. But will the appearance of Big Sean and Dizzee Rascal be enough?
At the very opening it didn’t feel great. Some Will.I.Am influenced EDM opened and some average Jessie J vocals. Then came some pretty heavy drums. The song then opens up to a faster pace and an almost anthemic delivery of a chorus from Jessie J. She demonstrates some of the range that made her hit the scene with such an impact at the start.
Big Sean delivers his rap appearance midway through, accompanied by those heavy drums. In all fairness, whilst he may not have been in the studio with Jessie at the time his rap is good. Lyrically it isn’t Sean‘s heaviest piece of work, but he delivers his guest lyrics with prowess and adds some real urban weight to the whole joint.
Jessie J then carries on with some well put together lyrics and good vocal delivery. The main parts of the song have a good pop feel about them, with Jessie J seemingly taken leads from another talent show judge in Cheryl Cole. That mid to high range vocal seems to work with a heavier backing. The around two minutes and thirty seconds, Jessie introduces Dizzee Rascal.
Now we have always been big supporters of Dizzee, however, his recent track with Robbie Williams left us feeling a bit let down. We were worried he may be forgetting his roots and becoming too mainstream. An appreance on a Jessie J track can’t help fight that. We need not worry. The track changes tact and the music becomes more moot, purely and simply so we can hear Dizzee spit his lyrics with finesse. Yes the rap was blantantly added and no they probably never met. No, it isn’t Dizzee‘s finest rap ever, but it was good and lifts ‘Wild’ from good to very good.
Jessie J should be applauded for coming back with a track that will not alienate her pop loving fan base yet still enable her to appeal to the clubbers out there. Who knows, she may have even changed some doubters minds.
Have a listen to ‘Wild’ yourself and let us know what you think.