Invasion of privacy

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Image from Pitchfork

Music Monday’s are back with a Bardi bang as Cardi B not only dropped her debut album but also revealed her pregnancy during her second performance on SNL. I just have to touch on the whole pregnancy announcement real quick before I get into the music so lets go sis. After months of denying the rumors and blaming her noticeable weight gain on being “fat” and strategically wearing ruffles as well as big clothing to hide her bump, she seemed super relieved to let the world in on her big secret saying “I’m finally free”. Now thinking about it she probably wanted to wait til her album dropped before opening up about the pregnancy so it wouldn’t over shadow what she’d been working on for the past year. The looks she served on SNL were perfect. They encapsulated the vibe of each song and gave you everything you didn’t know you needed Cardi to bring and let me tell you sis, she delivered.

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Image from Marie Claire

Now to the music…

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Image from The Tropixs

After the global success of “Bodak Yellow” many people said Cardi was a one hit wonder and couldn’t really deliver much after but time and time again she proved the haters wrong. With the album already going gold (because of Bodak Yellow) there is no telling how high she can go within her career. The album “Invasion of privacy” has a very consistent vibe through out with no songs sounding out of place filled with musical highs and lows which allow you to experience an array of emotions. Known for the turn up, Cardi’s latest single “be careful” is all about relationship troubles and wanting your man to live up to certain expectations. Not something we’ve from her before but it was a pleasant change which reflects some elements of her relationship with fiance Offset of rapping group “Migos”.

No album is complete without the features (in my opinion) and there were some collaborations that were unexpected but delivered with great quality. We already knew about the feature from 21 Savage in the form of “Bartier Cardi” and we had assumed a collab with Migos was bound to happen but some more unexpected partnership occurred. She managed to get Sza, Kehlani, Chance The Rapper and even YG along with , Bad Bunny and J Balvin who can with the spanish sound. My personal favorites from the album are in no particular order

  1. Bickenhead
  2. I Do
  3. I Like It

Over all I would say Miss Belcalis Almanzar has only scratched the surface of her success and she is pretty limitless. If a baby won’t stop the peoples champ, I dont expect much else will.

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Invasion of privacy

DAMN YOUTH

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

  1. LOYALTY.FEAT.RHIANNA
  2. YAH.
  3. ELEMENT.

Top 3 YOUTH songs

  1. Text From Your Ex (feat. Tinashe)
  2. Cameras (feat. David Stewart)
  3. Holy Moly

Of course I love the singles and their visuals for both albums so I chose separate songs.

DAMN YOUTH

Zara Larsson

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.

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19-year-old pop sensation Zara Larsson

source – http://www.teamworld.it/news/musica/artisti/zara-larsson-57milioni-visualizzazioni-lush-life-la-nostra-intervista/

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.

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(left) Zara Larsson (Right) Ty Dolla $ign- So Good Video

sourced – http://radio.com/2017/02/03/zara-larsson-video-so-good/

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.

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So Good Album Cover Art 

http://gagadaily.com/forums/topic/220600-zara-larsson-feat-ty-dolla-ign-so-good/

 

Zara Larsson

Drake

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.

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More Life Cover Art

Image sourced from – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/More_Life  

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.

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Skepta

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.

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Giggs

sourced – http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/pictures/giggs–rapper-7419415#giggs-performs-an-unannounced-set-at-the-end-of-the-grm-daily-rated-picture-id488888652

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.

Let me know what you think

 

 

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Music Monday’s – Future

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.

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.

Music Monday’s – Future