As a shorty, I saw this video featuring a rapper who’d Busta Rhyme like he bumped his head. And sure enough, the video confirmed it. It started out as the rapper as a little boy playing out in the yard, falling and bumping his head. Somebody elped him up and asked him if he bumped his head. He said, “yea”. They said, “Oh, so that means you gone switch it on ’em”. The kid said, “Yea, Flipmode. Flipmode is the greatest”
The rest you can see for yourself…
So i’m at work last night and one of my co-workers who is also on Twitter (@Colden2) tells me that he just got this Ultimate Luther Vandross CD (which they NEVER are & I don’t like them, but that’s another post). Ok, cool. Then the brother, knowing full well he was baiting* me, tells me that the Luther vandross/Mariah Carey version of Endless Love is better than the Lionel Ritchie/Diana Ross version. Actually, what he really said was that Mariah Carey sung her part better than Diana & Lionel’s was better than Luther. I guess you could make a case for this, but I just took each version as a whole…and still gave him the side eye. At first I immediately said no, no, & HELL NO followed by a series of no’s and then a no. Then I thought, NO! I also took into account his personal bias (of which he claims is not a factor) towards Mariah’s talent (among other things) as to why he says that. And as much as love Luther(R.I.P.), I will not go into my belief in the fact that everything he touched was not turned to gold(case in point). That’s not what this is about. I believe that the original Ritchie/Ross pairing is way better than the Vandross/Carey version. This also brings up something about remakes that I want to come back to one day.
Oh, and to make matter worse, I come home, check Twitter and see this in my stream. Ladies and gentlemen of the internet, help me out. Check out the two versions of the classic song and you tell me which one is the better version. And yes, I realize that my personal bias of the original song may have colored my choice, but once again, nope!
Lionel Ritchie / Diana Ross version
Luther Vandross / Mariah Carey version
I’ll take this battle over original or extra crispy any day.
* – I can’t believe it took this for me to post. *SMDH*