John Legend – Ooh Laa

March 18th, 2021

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Summary: This is dedicated to that ooh la.

About Artist: John Legend has a voice of gold and face that makes butter melt. I’ve been in love with him since 2003 when I first heard live album “Live at the Knitting Factory”. He has a come along away but he still cranks out the hits.

About Song: This song is the intro track to his recent 2020 album “Bigger Love”. I had ticket to see him in the fall of 2020 but we all know how that ended : (

Favorite Part: I like the old-timey doowap track with the deep bass drop at 0:09. I like the prechorus build and the way the chorus blossoms (0:37). And of course I just love John’s sexy sexy voice.
“You know I’m romantic,
I’d cross the Atlantic for that, Ooh-laa
I’ll wear my best tuxedo,
And you can undress me and we go, Ooh-laa” (1:08)

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R&B, Soul,

Todrick Hall – Mask, Gloves, Soap, Scrubs

March 17th, 2021

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Summary: One year later and we still in quarantine

About Artist: Todrick Hall is one of the most talented people in the biz. I’ve gone to many of his shows and he is one hell of a performer. I can’t say enough about his creativity, versatility and just his raw talent. He is a queer icon and all around entertainment threat.

About Song: This song is a remix of his earlier hit “Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels”. This song is by no means my favorite Todrick Hall song but on the one year anniversary of my quarantine I thought it’d be appropriate.

Favorite Part: Love the concept and love that he’s spoofing his own song

Other:Todrick Hall Wikipedia

Pop Hop,

Jensen McRae – Wolves

March 16th, 2021

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Summary: Haunting, so haunting.

About Artist: Jensen McRae is a young folk singer songwriter from a biracial black and jewish background. Her career is still young with her first single having dropped in 2019. Her songs all have deep personal messages.

About Song: I like Jensen’s other work but this song is just so haunting. After I first hear it, her voice followed me in my head for days. This genre normally isn’t really my thing but wow, this song is something specials.

Favorite Part: I love how the verses flow into the chorus (1:00). Obviously her voice is a major part of what makes this song work.

Other Links: Jensen McRae

Female, Not Hip Hop,

Kanye West – Everything We Need (feat. Ty Dolla $ign, Ant Clemons)

March 15th, 2021

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Summary: Trying to be grateful for what I have.

About Artist: Kanye West, what is there to say… musical visionary, egotistical sociopath, beloved hit maker, asshole. Kanye West should probably be cancelled but I just can’t let go. This song also features Ty Dolla Sign and longtime collaborator Ant Clemons.

About Song: This song is off of Kanye’s 2019 album “Jesus is King” which won a Grammy award last night. I really did like this album with tracks like “Selah”, “Follow God”, “Water” and “God Is” being a few of my favorites. I also thought the Jesus is King IMAX short film was really powerful.

Favorite Part: I really love the chorus and the feel of the track. I like the message since I always struggle to recognize the blessings in my own life.

Other: Jesus is King Wikipedia

Gospel, , ,

Chika – Songs About You

March 12th, 2021

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Summary: Chika’s new EP drops today!

About Artist: Chika is part of the XXL 2020 freshman class and looks to have a very promosing future. Her new EP “Once Upon a Time” drops today and I can’t wait to listen.

About Song: This song is off of her 2020 EP “Industry Games”

Favorite Part:  I love the vocal harmonies on chorus and synth soul vibe of the song. As far as the bars, the third verse is the best.

Other: Chika Wikipedia

Female,

Usher – Don’t Waste My Time (ft. Ella Mai)

March 10th, 2021

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Summary: Usha Usha

About Artist: Usher has been an R&B pop sensation for several decades while Ella Mai hit the scene big with her self-titled debut album in 2018.

About Song: This song came out in 2019 but is actually a single from Usher’s upcoming album “Confessions 2” (not to be confused with his song that I cried to in high school “Confession Part II”).

Favorite Part: I have a hard time not liking Usher, and Ella Mai just makes this duet too good to resist. I really like Ella Mai’s verse at 1:20.

Other: Ella Mai Wikipedia, Usher Wikipedia

Female, R&B, ,

Masego – Somethin’ Ain’t Right (ft. JID & Rapsody)

March 9th, 2021

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Summary: Go watch Judas and the Black Messiah

About Artist: Masego is best known for his 2017 collab “Tadow“. JID is up and coming signed with Dreamville, and Rapsody is a long established independent veteran.

About Song: This song was put together for a companion album to the movie “Judas and the Black Messiah” which tells a story of Fred Hampton and the Black Panthers. Go watch it.

Favorite Part: Masego’s vocals really bring the vibe and this verse from JID…
“‘Cause we can never murder hate but can murder a hater
What’s a more American way to try to give ’em a taste of they own medicine?
Prevalent ethnic rebel, the revolution of melanin
Bust a move to the ghetto, we must improve the development
Brought some food for the fellowship, got a noose on my brethren
Call the goons and the government, come correct the corruption
Break the racial construction buildin’ up
In the spirit of liberation, give me life or I’ma take it
That’s my human right, universally, you and I, we could be unified
But when you speakin’ truth beyond your youth, they want you euthanized
Creepin’ through the night, hear something movin’, right?
Intruders, intruders” (0:56)

Other: JID Wikipedia, Rapsody WikipediaMasego Wikipedia, Judas and the Black Messiah Wikipedia

Female, Lyrical, Mindful, , ,