There’s a fine line between brilliance and insanity and Kanye West proudly walks the line. West addresses race, paparazzi and other social issues once again in “New Slaves,” the first offering from his forthcoming album, which will reportedly be released June 18. Mr. West is set to perform this Saturday on the season finale of Saturday Night Live, but he didn’t make fans wait for the new material. “New Slaves” was projected on a building in Brooklyn as well as on several other buildings around the world, and of course footage has landed online. There’s no yelling (Although, there is some autotune. You win some, you lose some.) just Yeezy spitting over an ominous beat that would’ve fit right in on Watch The Throne. Say what you want about Yeezy, but he takes his craft seriously and, for the most part, it pays off for him and fans every time.
Let the new era begin. Continue reading
We’ve known for months now that new music from famous actress/singer/twerker Miley Cyrus was on the way, but we’re getting closer to actually hearing the new material. Yesterday the young star confirmed the title of her first single, “We Can’t Stop,” after news of the release leaked on the web. The confusing part is Cyrus has advised fans to tune into the Billboard Music Awards leading many to believe a performance of the new material could occur, despite the fact that she also tweeted that the first performance could take place on The Voice. So, in all honesty, Cyrus could give fans the artwork, a snippet or some sort of teaser for the new material this weekend, but she probably won’t perform the song in full. Continue reading
Soundtrack cuts can be cheesy, but Britney Spears’ new song for the Smurfs 2 is pretty good! With summer just around the corner the lighthearted song about wanting to be with that special someone is just what fans need. The four minute dance track feels like a party from beginning to end, with pulsating synths and chant-worthy lyrics. It’s not a new single, but I’ll definitely take this little treasure and hold on to it until we get an official release!
Two’s a crowd, but three’s a party!
Remember when Ciara released “Ride,” then the amazing remix with Andre 3000 came out? Well, the “Body Party Remix” is along those lines! The remix doesn’t just feature an updated beat, though, it also features a new verse from previous background crooner Future. He joins his girlfriend for an actual verse, before “Headband” rapper B.O.B comes through to turn up towards the end. Continue reading
B.O.B is constantly walking the line between pop/rock and hip-hop, but this new song, “Headband,” is strictly for his urban fans. It’s a twerk song reminiscent of Travis Porters’s strip club hits. The beat is built around a catchy whistle melody, and the lyrics center around the typical rap topic: sex with a big booty baddie. *sigh* Cliché? Yes, definitely. But, I would be lying if I said I didn’t nod my head a time or two. 2 Chainz pops in for a verse towards the end, too.
“Headband” is the first offering from Bobby Ray’s third studio album Underground Luxury Continue reading
WAIT. WAIT. WAIT!
When Kelly Rowland teased a song named “Dirty Laundry” I thought it’d be like Nivea’s “Laundry Mat,” to be honest. WRONG! Apparently Ms. Rowland was in an abusive relationship while Beyonce was living the life and she’s airing it all out now. The song is one long narrative that feels like the sequel to Destiny’s Child’s “Bad Habit” and “Girl.” Rowland sings about being turned against her sister (Bey) and other friends and family members because of an abusive man.
Whew, child, I was NOT prepared… I’m so glad she touched on something other than sex, though. Continue reading
Sara Bareilles and a group of dancers take over the city in “Brave.” The general message appears to be “do what makes you happy even if you’re judged for it,” because none of the participants are particularly good at dancing, but they look extremely happy and confident as they bust a few moves with the pop star. The video fits the theme of Bareilles’ latest single perfectly.
If the video makes you too happy, balance it out by listening to “Manhattan,” a new song which Bareilles also released today. “Manhattan” is a piano ballad that could’ve easily fit on last year’s Once Upon Another Time. Sara Bareilles is good a making songs that can reduce any human to a puddle of tears and emotions, and this song about trying to move on from an old love is yet another example of this.
Sara Bareilles will release her fourth studio album The Blessed Unrest later this year. Be “Brave” and check out the new material at your own risk. Continue reading
When Solange came to Atlanta a few months ago she debuted the full version of True’s “Looks Good with Trouble.” I didn’t expect it to be released, though, and she NEVER mentioned a Kendrick Lamar feature. As expected, the new version of “Looks Good with Trouble” features more layered vocals and chilled vibes from Solange and another killer verse from K Dot. Continue reading
If you thought Beyonce’s Instagram posts were rrrrratchet, wait until you hear her lines in The Dream’s IV Play song “Turnt.” No, really, Beyonce Knowles-Carter lets the words “beat it up until I black out” leave her lips and I just don’t have the words to express how I feel right now. With the baby rumors swarming fans are starting to wonder if they are ever going to get Detox 2.0. Right now Super Turnt Bey is all we have. Like it or not. Continue reading
Sevyn Streeter’s “I Like It” has quickly become a favorite of mine, but Chris Brown’s artist and former Rich Girl recently took it back with a cover of Aaliyah’s “Come Over.” I remember listening to this song when I was younger and loving it for its simplicity, but Streeter added a sense of urgency to the song through a set of riffs and adlibs. Good stuff. Continue reading