Going on the production work alone, the freeze pitched by "Long Way 2 Go" isn't quite as deep as that of "Me and U." It has a rapid and slightly chirpy keyboard vamp that persistently retraces its steps and regenerates, as well as extended swirls of synthesizer that were possibly learned from Kelis' "Young, Fresh and New." It's also relatively upbeat. Lyrically, it's a flippant dismissal, the opposite of "Me & U." I see Cassie lowering the boom by cellphone as she eyes a display of designer shoes. The hopeless suitor on the other end probably zeroes in on "You gotta long way to go" ("That doesn't sound like a 'No' to me!") instead of everything else. He's dealing with someone who is playing next-to-impossible to get, and even if he does eventually get her, her friends will knowingly chuckle at him when they cross paths. Is the pursuit worth the potential -- make that probable -- embarrassment? Quite possibly.
[Note: Any MP3 related activity on my part will be taking place on the now-settled Boom Ping Ping
. A fair amount of the coverage thus far has been Back and Forth-friendly.]