I’ve been gone for a while again but I’m back with a double feature. Both Kendrick Lamar and Tinie Tempah released long awaited albums on the same day. It took me a few days (weeks) to listen to both and figure out what I wanted to say. Well, I’ve put my thoughts together so here goes. This was meant to go out yesterday but technical difficulties so here we go.
Lets start with the king himself, DAMN is packed full of bangers that also make you think. Following up the success of sophomore album ‘to pimp a butterfly’ would be difficult for anyone when you consider what it meant to his fans. Kdot uses his platform for more than fame, he shines a torch on social issues that America particularly black Americans face daily.
Taken from Kendrick Lamar’s official YouTube channel
Tinie on the other hand takes a different musical realm. Coming from a grime background and transitioning into a more pop/mainstream side he’s had huge success. His album consists of the singles he dropped of the past few years and a whole bunch more. Honestly, I’ve always loved his singles and never listened to a full album. Guys, for real it is amazing. Tinie has delved deeper into his person life to produce more heartfelt music.
Taken from Tinie Tempah’s official YouTube channel
Both albums have contrasting sounds I guess because both artists come from different walks of life. Kendrick coming from California and currently living through a time where being black is almost dangerous. He infuses current events in society with history and witty lyrics that make you think and feel a certain way. Tinie is from south London where knife violence is at an all-time high. He embraces the London sound of grime but allows himself to explore other elements and genres of music giving him an eclectic sound.
If you are feeling woke you might want to listen to Kendrick Lamar because it makes you think and stirs something up inside you. If you want diversity and to try something new listen to Tinie Tempah. Or listen to both because they are both amazing and we need to support talented people whenever we can.
Top 3 DAMN songs
Top 3 YOUTH songs
Text From Your Ex (feat. Tinashe)
Cameras (feat. David Stewart)
Of course I love the singles and their visuals for both albums so I chose separate songs.
Something a little different this Music Monday, we’re going to be discussing swedish pop singer Zara Larsson. Now, I always get a little upset when someone younger than me is more succesful (that’s neither here or there) but I’m not a hater and I always give credit.
I first heard about her when she released her debut single “Lush Life” it was a catchy pop song that stuck in my head for months before i had a clue who she was. As time progressed and she released more music I fell in love. She can do no wrong in my eyes each single is a banger where you either want to dance or sing your heart out. Her newest release is a RnB-esque song “So Good” feat Ty Dolla $ign. Her effortless vocals make you feel like you could sing the notes with ease (but you probs can’t). Larsson is super girly and Ty is suave, the opposing vibes and energy work well together.
Her debut album “So Good” was released 17th March and has features with; MNEK, Wiz Kid and Clean Bandit, to name a few. With heartfelt ballads to songs that just make you want to dance, it is full of everything you could wish for.Certain people were made for greatness and I think she was one of them.
I’m back with another Music Monday! This week is all about Drake and his new project “More Life”. There are a lot of positives and negatives about the album but I’m just going to start with me opinion. I’m not a fan, which is surprising to me because I normally LOVE everything he puts out. During the run up to his album release he put out singles and also was on a few features which got me really excited for what he was going to produce.
Something I really appreciated about album was the features. With most of the extremely successful hip hop artists in America, sticking to the same collaborations it can be nice but repetitive. Switching things up in classic chameleon Drake style, he took on his UK Roadman persona and mixed it with grime’s finest artists. Honestly my fave songs were the Giggs features and the Skepta interlude everything else I could live without.
soured from – http://respect-mag.com/2016/06/skeptas-new-track-coming-soon-is-now-here/
It really speaks to Drakes character that given the chance he uses his fame and popularity to introduce his fan base to a new sound and new artists. The album, although not my favorite this he has put his name to is a reflection of the Drake we love but also gives us a taste of his future musical sounds.
This album marries a classic “emo Drake” sound where he sings about past relationships and feeling along with other genres such as grime and afro-beats. Given time maybe I’ll learn to love it just like his others (doubt it) but either way i appreciate Drake and what he is doing for UK musicians. I’ll never hate on him, it’s all love.
When it comes to Future I have to really make a conscious effort to not mix my opinions of his personal life with the music, so here goes.
Future Album cover
Hnndrx Album Cover
Both images were sourced from spotify.
Last month he released not one, but two albums in the space of a week. It was later revealed his motives behind it were to set a world record of having two albums at the number 1 and 2 spot at the same time. I think it was a clever idea and I’m not entirely sure if he succeeded or not. His albums were called “Future” and “Hndrxx” which are both names he goes by.
Each album has it’s own sound with Future being the more hyped up music that will gas you on a night out whereas Hendrix is more emotional and heartfelt. Not sure if either are his best work but there is something for everyone which is always nice. I would say though, that Hendrix is my favorite of the two.
I really enjoy when rappers show their softer more vulnerable side. Hip Hop in general is all about hyper-masculinity which is a social norm I don’t partake in. whenever I see a man who portrays himself as an alpha male take a step back to show emotion I am obsessed with it. Personally I think he thought Ciara would wait for him to get his act together and when she moved on he was in his feeling and wrote an album emoting that.
Anyway, musically and artistically Future never fails to deliver. I am a fan of his Artistry (and his face not gonna lie) but not a huge fan of him personally. But hey I’ll let you all judge for yourself.
Okay so I normally don’t listen to grime or UK rap in general but I’m done with excluding it. With a growing level of popularity across the globe, who am I to ignore this musical genre birthed from people like me? Of all the artists that come under the umbrella of grime, Stormzy seems to be the most successful in the shortest amount of time.
Gang Signs and Prayer or “GSAP” as it is commonly known, takes you on a musical journey. Opening up about the relationship he has with his farther you are able to see a softer and more vulnerable side of the musician. Praising the lord in some songs whist asserting his dominance in others shows real range and depth.
Releasing his first studio album earlier this month I have to say it was better than expected. I was late to the party when he dropped his singles, I liked the one where he was telling everyone to shut up but other than that I had no clue. I had no real expectations for his album but I downloaded it anyway.
His latest single ” Big for your boots” is set in various locations around London. These images are relatable to the masses and so are his lyrics. Grime is the music of the UK street, it talks about things we all go through and this video speaks to that. With features from Kehlani, Lily Allen and a personal fave of mine Wretch 32 Stormzy is definitely one to watch and i for one will be watching.
Available on Apple Music check the album out for yourself.
I’m back with a musical bang. I’ve decided that from now on I will do something around the subject of music because, why not? To kick off this new segment I will be discussing Migos, their new album “culture” and my favorite singles. Not sure if every Music Monday will follow the same format but i guess we’ll just see how it goes.
So for the past few years Migos have been gaining popularity not only in the Hip-Hop/musical community but also among the mainstream, pop world. Coming from Atlanta all three members; Quavo, Offset and Takeoff have a distinct group sound but are equally unique on their own. With endless bangers and perfect collabs, Migos won’t be going anywhere for the foreseeable future.
Not gonna lie this is the first project the group has put out that I have listened to in entirety. Recently I’ve been making an effort to listen to new music and of different genres. The Culture album is true to it’s name. It’s a harmonious balance of their Atlanta style, experiences and just plain hip hop. The only real negative I have to say is about the imbalance of song division. Quavo (Quavonce) is equal to the Beyonce so he get’s half or more of a song. Offset is the Kelly so he gets the next amount and Takeoff just gets what ever is left (the Michelle). But either way they’ve got a good thing going.