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

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.

Invasion of privacy

Music Monday’s – Migos

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Culture Cover Art

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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.

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left to right Takeoff,Quavo and Offset

image from – http://www.thefader.com/2017/01/23/migos-interview-culture

 

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.

Fave Tracks 

  1. Slippery (feat Gucci Mane)
  2. Out Yo Way
  3. Get Right Witcha 

That’s all for now, more to come.

Music Monday’s – Migos