Jill Scott – “The Fact Is (I Need You)”
Why It’s Great: The funk-edged tune is a “just flow” kind of single off Jill Scott’s sophomore studio album. Sang in Scott’s brilliant atypical spoken-word structure – no set verse/chorus frame – it’s four minutes of sweet lyrical rhymes carried along by a constant “do, do, do” background harmony that drives through Jill’s next couplet.
Why It’s Rowland: The lack of typical structure in “I Need You” would give Kelly a chance to explore a groove along and toy her sound. And we already know a more free-form sound suits Kelly as seen on her Talk A Good Game joint “Red Wine.” Not to mention Scott’s lyrics espouse the independent, yet underlying vulnerable tone of many of Kelly’s tracks.