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

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With the nominees for the oscars being announced a few weeks ago (yes girl I know I’m late) a lot of celebrities took to social media calling the the academy and Hollywood in general racist. This year, not for the first time either no actor of colour was nominated for an academy award. Jada Pinkett Smith said they should be boycotted by all celebs of colour to make a statement that we are not here to amuse and hand out awards but we too are deserving. Later on aunt viv from the fresh prince put out a statement saying the only reason Jada is mad is because will wasn’t nominated and we as actors of colour should still attend.  Both women have valid points as they are both calling for a change because representation does matter. Other celebs and people of colour came forward with opinions some valid and some like Stacey Dash who made stupid offensive remarks for the hell of it also spoke up. She said the BET awards and station should be taken off TV to increase diversity. She who benifited from the network is now against it when in actuality the station is there to show positive representation for the black community. So are the oscars racist? Is Stacy dash stupid? Who was right Jada or Aunt Viv?

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