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No.6 Collaborations Project by Ed Sheeran

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Unless you've been living under a rock the past five years, I'm sure most of you have heard the name Ed Sheeran, or know a few songs by him. No.6 Collaborations Project marks his fourth studio album and the follow up to his 2011 EP, No.5 Collaborations Project. While there are a lot of notable artists on here, it doesn't seem like an Ed Sheeran album, especially with a bunch of genres intertwined. But nonetheless, there are a few catchy tunes on this album.

The first track is Beautiful People and features the up and coming Khalid. After his breakthrough debut album, American Teen, he has developed a huge following, especially among people that are categorized in the "Generation Z" cohort. This song basically talks about how the media portrays rich and famous people as "beautiful," but that's not what Ed Sheeran sees as beautiful. He wants people to stay true to themselves.

The next track is South of the Border which features Camila Cabello and Cardi B. While Ed Sheeran is from the United Kingdom, this song refers to going south of the United States border. Both Camila Cabello and Cardi B have Latino heritage, so they are trying to convince their lover to go south of the border and visit one of the Latin American countries.

Cross Me was one of the promotional singles for this album and features Chance the Rapper and PnB Rock. This song is talking about that special someone in their life, whether that means their wife or their children, and how they will always protect them. If someone decides to "cross them," then they will be there to protect their wife or daughter.

Take Me Back to London features UK grime and hip-hop artist, Stormzy. On this track, both Ed Sheeran and Stormzy reminisce about their hometown, London. Ed Sheeran also tries his hand with hip hop and spits a few lines on this track. They mention some popular stuff in the United Kingdom, such as Wembley Stadium, Glastonbury Festival, BRIT Awards, and much more.

The next song, Best Part of Me is a love song and is actually the longest track on the album, just clocking in a little over four minutes. In this song, they love this person but don't know exactly why their partner loves them back. They have doubts about it, but they are happy that their partner understands and appreciates them.

I Don't Care was another promotional single for this album and features Justin Bieber. During the song, they're describing being at a party that they don't want to be at, especially since they have anxiety. Even though they are at this party, since they have their lover next to them, all of the anxiety and troubles in their life seem to disappear.

Antisocial is a trap-fueled track featuring none other than Travis Scott. This track about their antisocial or introverted lifestyle. Even though they might seem wild and crazy, especially at a Travis Scott show, they enjoy being by themselves and don't want to interact with other people. When the line, "Don't touch me," comes up, they're basically telling this person, or people, to leave them alone.

The track Remember The Name had a lot of people interested and intrigued since it features the two legends, Eminem and 50 Cent. Even though they aren't as relevant as they used to be, they are saying that it isn't time to give up yet and will continue to rap as long as they can. While critics aren't giving them favorable reviews, especially for Eminem, they are still charting and making a lot of money from their albums. They want people to remember them for years to come.
Feels features Young Thug and J Hus. During the chorus of the song, they are trying to talk to this girl and tell them that they have feelings for them. It's an interesting collaboration, but I don't think there's anything that stands out as special in this track.

Put It All on Me marks the tenth track on this album, and we still have five more to go after this. Ed Sheeran is telling his lover that he can take on all of her problems and he's there for her no matter how she's feeling.

Next, we have Nothing On You. This is an interesting collaboration since it features Hispanic artist, Paulo Londra, and throws a twist with a Spanish verse. During the chorus, Ed Sheeran talks about how he has everything he needs in the room that he's in. Even though his friends are trying to contact him, he's content with the girl he is with.

I Don't Want Your Money talks about the struggles in Ed's current relationship, which could be similar to a lot of other people who are famous. Ed Sheeran has money now since he's making albums that are selling well, but his girlfriend tells him that she doesn't want his money. Even though she could have almost anything that she wants, she just tells him that she wants to spend time with him. The hard part is that he has to tour and continue making music, especially since he doesn't want to be short on money again.

The last three tracks of the album are interesting since they incorporate artists from different genres. The first one, 1000 Nights, features Meek Mill and A Boogie Wit da Hoodie. This track could be a continuation of the last track since this track talks about being gone for a long time. With musical artists touring, that means they are usually gone from home for a few months at a time. However, this track also talks about the positives of being rich and famous.

The next track features Skrillex, who has been quiet in the music scene for a while. In Way To Break My Heart, Ed Sheeran talks about this girl that he loves, but she ends up breaking his heart. What seems to be a one night stand, by the time morning comes, she's already gone. He can't seem to stop thinking about her.

The last track, BLOW, starts off with a hard riffing guitar. Even Bruno Mars gets in on the action of this rock song. As I've said in previous reviews, the last song can usually be cut out and put as a bonus track or a b-side track. Even though I really enjoy this track, it doesn't really fit with the rest of the album.

What did you think of the album? What were some of your favorite tracks? Let me know in the comments section!
Overall Rating: 5/10
Favorite Tracks: Take Me Back to London, Antisocial, BLOW


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