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

March 15th, 2021

KaneyWest-EverythingWeNeed

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

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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

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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, , ,

Jidenna – Boomerang

March 8th, 2021

Jidenna-Boomerang

Summary: Happy Monday

About Artist: Jidenna is member of Janelle Monae’s Wonderland Records. I love his heavily east African influenced style and this song is a great example of that.

About Song: This song is off of an EP Jidenna released in 2017.

Favorite Part: I like the laid back feel of the song. I also really like the bridge at 2:30.

Other: Jidenna Wikipedia

R&B,

J. Cole – Cole Summer

March 7th, 2021

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Summary: Throwback to a sunnier summertime.

About Artist: J. Cole is one of the reigning kings of lyrical hip hop.

About Song: This song is off of an EP called “Truly Yours 2” which came out in 2013 just before his second album “Born Sinner”. This song, like many of his, is also produced by J Cole himself.

Favorite Part: I really like the sample and the vibe J. Cole created in the production booth.
“B*****s saying: “You a rapper n****, ain’t you s’posed to tip more?”
I don’t see no pussy, baby, ain’t you s’posed to strip more?
Confessions of a cheap-ass n****
But I finally put my Momma in that E class, n****
And I told her quit her job, but hold your horses
If my next album flops it’s back to the post office, both of us, shit
They’re saying that’s a real possibility
The thought alone is killing me” (1:03)

Other: Truly Yours 2 (EP)

Good Production, Lyrical,

Silk Sonic – Leave the Door Open

March 6th, 2021

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Summary: This is how babies are made.

About Artist: Silk Sonic is the newly formed supergroup duo of Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars. They are a match made in heaven and are two artists that I’ve loved for a long time. I got on team Bruno Mars when “Nothing on You” came out in 2009 and have been an Anderson .Paak fan since “Venice” in 2014.

About Song: This song came out yesterday and is the lead single off of their upcoming album “An Evening with Silk and Sonic”.

Favorite Part: Love the vocals, love the drum fills, love the vibe, I love it all.

Other: An Evening with Silk Sonic, Leave the Door Open (YouTube Video), Bruno Mars Wikipedia, Anderson .Paak Wikipedia

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