R&B siren Jazmine Sullivan is good and angry on "Dumb," her first new song is more than three years. The singer, whose fiery 2008 track "Bust Your Windows" was covered on "Glee," has another troubled relationship anthem, the first single from her third album, "Reality Show," scheduled for release in the fall.
Vocally, Sullivan soars with her rich, sultry delivery, peppered with emotive nuances like her pacing and convincing attitude. Lyrically, she accuses her beau of cheating and quickly resorts to name-calling. "You think you're fooling me / You must be dumb dumb dumb," she sings. Later, a confident Sullivan calls her lover ungrateful and dismisses him with "I know you're gonna miss me."
Sullivan enlists fellow Philly artist Meek Mill to contribute a rap verse. The Maybach Music MC responds to Sullivan's claims, maintaining that she's been overreacting, rapping, "You know I know I ain't right / But I know you know I ain't wife / No other chick but you shorty."
Produced by Salaam Remi, who has helmed hits for Amy Winehouse, Lauryn Hill, and Alica Keys, the song is heightened by the knocking drum track and haunting, background vocals that sound like outtakes from 1970s cult horror film "The Omen."
The singer-songwriter, who's nominated for 11 Grammys including Best New Artist, released her last album, "Love Me Back," in 2010. On July 3, she will perform at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans.