Travie McCoy calls on Jason Mraz for an assist on his new single, “Rough Water.”
We’ll try to be as straightforward as possible when we say this: DON’T SLEEP on Travie McCoy’s single “Rough Water,” featuring Jason Mraz. We say this for two reasons: 1) Are you really not gonna listen to Travie’s first solo single since 2010? And 2) “Rough Water” is a slice of polished pop heaven featuring the perfect balance of Travie’s laid-back rhymes, Jason’s silky pipes, and some crazy inspirational lyrics. So really, what’s not to like?
Listen to Travie McCoy’s “Rough Water” featuring Jason Mraz after the jump.
First, a message to all Jason Mraz Stans: We’re all about Jason’s infectious “Rough Water” hook, but your boy doesn’t quite sound like himself. Gone are the days of Jason’s organic, unadorned acoustic melodies (see: “The Remedy (I Won’t Worry)“)! Instead, Jason’s vocals feature heavy pop production from super-producer Benny Blanco and serve as the perfect accompaniment to Travie’s clever rhymes: “We been through rough water/ And at times it was tougher/ But the fact that I came back to remind you I love you/ And if that’s not enough/ Well I can one-up you/ I pinky promise/ Touch thumbs, I’ll never make you suffer.”
Next up is Jason’s sunshiny hook: “Never let go of me/ Hold tight, it’s gonna get hard to breathe/ And I would never let you drown/ Even if we’re going down.” (Too bad he’s not singing that directly to us, no??)
While fans will likely have to wait until 2014 for a new full-length Travie album, we have a feeling “Rough Water” will tide them over (LOL WATER PUNS) just fine. I mean, not that we don’t encourage some new Travie songs before his new disc drops, but I think we can all agree that one amazing song since 2010 is WAY BETTER than zero amazing songs. #MATH.
+ Listen to Travie McCoy’s “Rough Water” featuring Jason Mraz.
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