Rapper Obie’s latest single “Lilly” takes listeners on a journey. “Lilly” is a staccato sound that makes you move, stop, and move again never with any resentment. You’re a willing participate all the way. The song has a nice rhythm. It begins with a simplistic three taps and the sound of grasshoppers and then it slides into a complex synthesizer over a bass guitar and it progresses from there. The bass continues to narrate this tune as Obie raps to his significant other in Nigerian. But you don’t need to speak the language, his voice translates beautifully. You understand his tone delivers all the meaning you need. Obie was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, but his mastery of the Nigerian language is apparent as he smoothly delivers this rap song that will make you bounce out of your seat. However, the music video offers subtitles so that you can follow along. To put it simply, the song is about hanging out with friends. Obie spends some time in a store aisle holding a bottle of alcohol and exchanging bags in the street with a girlfriend, so you know it’s about hanging out. Still, the beat keeps you moving. The beat is new enough that you want it to go on, but the song only lasts three minutes. This is one of those songs you wish they could extend at least another two minutes. But that could be why it’s so good. It leaves you wanting more. The smoothly performed number will definitely make you wish it could go on and on. Singer Mi’chel Rose’s latest single “Lit” starts by declaring that she likes to party, she likes to drink and she doesn’t care what anybody thinks. This is an uptempo number, and it makes you move as it is intended to do. The drums and synthesizer make you move, not just bounce. You’re moving your entire body. Beginning with an intergalactic spatial sound, it glides into a bounce that continues forcing you to gyrate what you can keep pace with the music. It has simple lyrics that force you to focus on moving as she sings. The percussions hit that addictive beat that makes you, forces you to bounce as if in a sweltering hot club with sweaty compatriots, all high on living. The sound is compelling, and while not new and innovative, its obsessive akin to Prince’s “Kiss”, but it’s firmly grounded in the pacing of a traditional 1980s dance tune. The listener gets snared and then is forced to climb to new heights with the artist. Bongos set the pace, as you uncontrollably dance. Rose’s song is in the genre of true disco and it carries both a beat and the lyrics to prove that categorization. All in all, “Lit” is a fun, bouncy number that will make you move and stay in motion until the song ends. This high energy song maintains its supercharged pace from beginning to end. It’s great dance music.