Problem – Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea Single Review

Are we seeing a comeback for the subtle brass family in pop music? Fresh off the success of Jason Derulo’s ‘Talk Dirty’, unexpected hit maker Ariana Grande is making a firm follow up to the success of her 2013 debut Yours Truly in the form of a new duet with rapper Iggy Azalea. Here, a funky saxophone hook punctuates the whispered chorus of ‘I got one less problem without ya’. R&B can often be viewed by the less knowledgeable as thug music – music about the life of those adorned with thick gold chains and stereotypically named children. Ariana Grande has steadily attempted to demonstrate that R&B can go back to the gospel influenced high vocals and sass of old divas such as Mariah Carey or Mary J. Blige. Her new single reminds us of the great voice that caught our attention with the song ‘The Way (feat. Mac Miller)’ in early 2013. One year later, I’d like to think that this song will be thumping around club rooms everywhere.