Track Review: Jidenna, ‘Little Bit More’
Jidenna follows up “Classic Man” with “Little Bit More.” “Little Bit More” has some of the underpinnings of a hit, it’s lukewarm at best.
Pop is an all-encompassing genre as of late. Pop still possesses singing, but also often incorporates rap as well. Additionally, with pure R&B cooling more and more, many pop artists have absorbed R&B into pop…something like that. Jidenna, who became known thanks to hit “Classic Man,” is a little bit of everything – rapper, singer, and songwriter. Essentially, Jidenna is representative of the well-rounded pop artist.
Take one listen to Jidenna’s latest single “Little Bit More,” and it’s clear that a certain artist is being emulated. That artist would be Drake. Many of Drake’s records mix various styles and oscillate between rapping and singing or pop-rapping. That’s exactly what Jidenna does here – dance, pop, hip-hop, anchored with tropical sensibility via the groove. From a production standpoint, to quote La Shun Pace, “All Things Working.” Yeah, she was referring to God, but in this instance, the man above blessed the boards (great synth work).
While the production is a mark in Jidenna’s favor, the song itself is okay at best. Even though there are pros, one of the cons is distinctiveness. “Little Bit More” doesn’t distinguish itself well from other pop songs utilizing similar formulas. Returning back to the Drake comparisons, Drake executes similar records more proficiently than Jidenna.
Ultimately, “Little Bit More” can be likened to dessert…temporary dessert at that. It’s not nearly as memorable as “Classic Man. “Little Bit More” has some of the underpinnings of a hit, it’s lukewarm at best.