Beychella

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As the second week of the Coachella festival has come to an end i think its only fitting we discuss the performances, costumes and surprises the musicians had in store for us. I’ll only be talking about the performers I like and whose sets I was able to steam (week one mostly) okay cool, let’s go.

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Sza

If you know me or anything about me then you know Sza’s “CTRL” has been my favorite album probably of all time. Each song is so relatable and gave me my life! She kicked off her 2018 Coachella performance wearing a denim boiler suit singing supermodel. Personally I’d prefer her to sing the songs exactly like recorded but they never do that and I know how relaxed pronunciation couples with her singer/songwriter tone she just lets the music take her were needed. A few songs in she removed the suit and showed a pinky ruffled two-piece both outfits display her style in opposing ways but it’s very much her. She even sang “consideration” which she wrote for Rihanna’s album and even had a few special guests such as Isaiah Rashad, Trippie Redd and the king himself Kendrick Lamar. With a few technical difficulties she was still able to perform in a way that left the audience feeling satisfied.

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Cardi B

For week one the expectant mother wore and all white ensemble, her dancers dressed in all white with the set and stage matching. She payed homage to the late great Lisa “Left eye” Lopes by wearing her hair in a signature style. Performing the majority of the album along side a few special guests Cardi was on fire, grinding and twerking all over the stage, even getting into some choreography. Personally I feel this was her best performance yet as she even stated she was doing 10 hour rehearsals which really showed. With strippers hanging from scaffolding it was a performance you  didn’t want to miss.

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Migos

Now I wont lie, I love me some Migos but the really need to invest in a creative director. If I was in charge the performance would go the fuck OFF! Firstly, I’d have them dressed similarly giving destiny’s child vibes. They do this some times but I think for big performances they should. Honestly I’d love to see rappers doing choreo, walking back and forth on stage isn’t enough anymore, they gotta step it up. In terms of the stage the most they had was three hanging chains when realistically they could have built three areas, one representing each of them, and would have made for a more interesting environment. Also, I’ve realised why Quavo’s verse comes first. Musicians never really performer a song from start to end and tend to do first verse and chorus meaning Qua is on the mic for the majority of the time and every once in a while TakeOff or OffSet will chime in with a verse. Do better guys, Love you

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Beyoncé

The Queen Bey shut down the Coachella stage making us call it Beychella. Giving us everything as she always does and keeping the pro black theme she began dressed as an Egyptian Queen. Each outfit would make you scream. Honestly it is so hard to put into words just how amazing Beyoncé truly is. She created her on black greek house hiring a marching band, cheerleader (not sure of the term they use) and dancers of different complexions and body types. Performing consistently for almost 2 hours with high energy, complex choreography. Using stairs and moving runways at one point flying as well as rising from the ground, she left no resource unused. Bringing out her husband to perform she also called upon the dance genius that is Le twins and reunited Destiny’s Child who could want for more? She even had a dance break with younger sister Solange. Beyonce is truly the greatest performer of all time.

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Beychella

Chun ting Barbie

In case you ever forgot who the queen of rap was, Nicki Minaj is making sure you remember. After a Three month hiatus from the music industry the Barbie herself dropped two high anticipated singles and was featured on a Young Thug record. The day was dedicated to her and the hashtag #NickiDay was trending all over social media. Dropping new music during her interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 Nicki made sure to spill all the tea when it came to “beef” with Cardi B and thoughts about ex Meek Mill and his incarceration. Clearing up exactly what went on with motorsport, Nick said her verse was changed per-request of Cardi, Quavo and the label she also made sure we knew the real reason behind her filming the video on separate days. Shedding a tear she told us how hurt she was that nobody stuck up for her during the “rain on Nicki parade” and how they chose to jump on the bandwagon instead of come to her defense.

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The two songs dropped were “Chun Li”  and “Barbie Tingz“. Taking a step back to her more grimy mix-tape self (which we LOVE) it seems as tho she has left her more pop sound in the past for now. Both songs are bangers, because i mean, when does Nicki not make a banger? My favorite song of the two is Barbie Tingz. It has that bounce beat that makes you want to pop your pussy giving me mad cocky vibes. I can picture nicki in a cute little outfit with a sickening wig wagging her finger in your face and posing in her usual barbie way. Chung Li is cute too and she’s talking her shit letting y’all know what’s really good but its just not my fave. Honestly I’m just super ready for whatever the album has to offer.

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Going back to #NickiDay her original motorsport verse appeared online. Originally Dj Akademiks had posted it on his twitch steam (but I don’t subscribe to his news in any way) but due to her finally spilling the tea it once again revealed itself. It had singing and a few words had been changed but the main difference was her saying “if Quavo the QB I’m Nick Lambardi” when it was originally “if Cardi the QB I’m Nick Lambardi” but it had to be changed as she saw it as a personal diss so Nicki complied. But the way she was talking was reminiscent of when she cam out and Kim wasn’t feeling her. Saying things like “she didn’t show love” is similar to what Lil’ Kim said about Nicki when she made her debut. Yes we must respect those who come before us but it seems that whoever is on top always wants those on the come up to kiss their asses (imo)

Once again, I’m so happy Nicki is back but I do need the tension of these two artists to just die. Be friends or don’t but, but lets move on because everyone is tired and over it. I’m ready for Nicki to talk about how wet and tight her pussy is and how fat her ass is while calling bitches her sons and talking that shit in general. Welcome back Barbie. A bitch has missed the fuck out of you.

 

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Boobs, pubes and periods

So kids, lets get personal and dive back through my life to the most awkward stage of all, PUBERTY. Now for me this happened at a real early stage of my life as I was still in primary school and most definitely the first this happened to. I know you’re probably thinking TMI or whatever but i just want y’all to feel close to me y’know?

So way back in the day when I was in year 3/4 I remember my best friend at the time started getting pubes and I was getting boobs. It felt super good to know that someone was going through all these changes at the same time as me and the fact she was my best friend was so comforting. Honestly speaking I don’t think we really spoke about it but the option was there and as mine was visible and her’s were not maybe I had it worse than her? Yo when you get your first bra and the boys notice, that shit is crazy. I don’t know who taught them this but they insist on flicking your straps which hurts like shit and all of a sudden they get the horn and wanna give you feel ups (which at 8 years old is defo sexual harassment but at 21 becomes a craving lol).

First came boobs then came pubes. When they start growing they are the cutest things all thin and alluring. I miss the days of minor peach fuzz everywhere instead of full grown hairs everywhere because your girl hates shaving. One day you’re a smooth baby and the next you have excess hair in a place you never asked for.

Finally the periods. Now girl, I remember this like yesterday. It was just me and my big brother at home and I was laying on my mum’s bed watching tv. I got this almost sticky feeling downstairs which I ignored for as long as possible before I went to the toilet. I sat on the seat and looked down to see a deep red in my nickers. I didn’t know what to do so I changed my underwear ad told my brother who suggested I call my mum (which went to voicemail so I left a message). When she returned the call she coached me through pads and all that and everything was cool. After that she made sure to call all my friends mum to discuss it, which was hella embarrassing but whatever.

So yeah that’s kinda my story about all the awkward fazes in my pre-pubescent life. This probably won’t help anyone so maybe I’ll re-write when I get a little better at story telling. Anyways, that’s all for now and I guess I’ll keep my little stories coming.

Boobs, pubes and periods

Invasion of privacy

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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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Now to the music…

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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.

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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