Thursday, November 20, 2014

Quickie: Teyana Taylor's VII.

Welcome to the second Quickie on here ever! This time around, I will be reviewing the debut album by Teyana Taylor titled VII. Most of you may know hee from way back when she had her Skater 16 on MTV, having major beef with Rihanna (which is still funny till this day), or just from seeing her around... kinda like a socialite.

But besides that, Teyana is a singer, (rarely) a rapper, and a dancer. And for fans of hers, they have been waiting for an album from her since like forever. And it's here. Oh, and if you didn't know already she is with G.O.O.D Music.

What do I think of this album? I don't think much of it. I think it is so basic and so thotful. Yes, I said thotful. It's such "been there, done that" R&B music. She seems to be trying so hard to be this amazing R&B artist rather than being herself. Everything about this album and Teyana as an artist feels so forced and manufactured. Don't get me wrong, Teyana is very talented-I use to be a fan. But this is not it. And her cussing and saying "nigga"throughout the album is not helping her appeal to anyone-so stop. 

Back to my point of the album being thotful. This is like the soundtrack for girls are act/are thots. Crying over men, being deseparate. Then acting like you don't care, you want to/can sleep with whoever, wherever, whenever. I connected with NOTHING on this album. Its not mature music. This is so dumb-high-school-girl music. I don't know if Teyana is writing this music, has writers, or both but I don't care because this music sucks.  Oh, and the features do nothing for me. NOTHING!

I'm just a bit upset at how wack this album is. And to know that people where hyping this bullshit up like, "Yo, her album is actually dope bruh." What?! No, y'all tripping. Compared to other R&B artists out right now, this is trash. I had higher expectations and hopes for a debut album from Teyana and this is just not it. 

Rating: 3/10
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More Than Music: Senegal.

Got wind of this awesome documentary in the works titled, More Than Music: Senegal. The documentary's director, Babacar Ndiaye, aims to capture the essence of the Hip Hop scene/culture in Senegal and the importance it serves to their society. I think this is such a dope and necessary project for two main reasons. First, because people STILL have this ridiculous (lowkey ignorant) concept of what Africa is, who Africans are, and what Africa can be. Secondly, because of the crap that most people hear on the radio, they think that Hip Hop is only for entertainment purposes and don't realize the true power of the art form and the culture of Hip Hop.

There is currently a Kickstarter campaign going on for the film and there are 24 days to go to meet their goal. If you want to see this film and see how music could impact a nation for the better, donate whatever you can! And yes, I will be donating to this project-I'm no hypocrite.

Check out the Kickstarter page for more information and to donate to More Than Music: Senegal, A Hip Hop Documentary.
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Ends (Money).

Follow JMSN and his lady of the night in his latest video, Ends (Money). And yes, there's a pole and some skin is shown, so it's NSFW. But for us not at work, this video is pretty dope.

If you are a fan of JMSN or have seen some of his previous videos, you know that his videos are unpredictable and intriguing. For his upcoming self titled album (aka The Blue Album), JMSN's aesthetic is VCR tape like visuals with present days aspects. It's dope and somewhat comically. Like the overlay of him counting and making it rain with the money cracks me up. But JMSN will always keep it interesting and I love and appreciate that.

Besides the video, this song goes! This shit dope as hell. The evolution of this guy's artistry is beyond dope. Excited for this project. Get your ones out and start a rainstorm on someone.

Check out the infomercial (which is freakin' hilarious) for the upcoming album, then pre order it!

For more JMSN, check out:
iamjmsn.com
twitter.com/iamjmsn
soundcloud.com/iamjmsn
youtube.com/iamjmsn
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Poster Girl.

Houston artist, Jevon Doe delivers his ode to a close yet far woman titled Poster Girl. This track is served up smooth and chill. Jevon blends his singing and rapping well on this production too. This is literally one of those songs where I just pressed played and could easily vibe with it. Nothing too extra, just some feel good music. We need more of that nowadays. Cut the lights down low and enjoy!

For more Jevon Doe, check out:
soundcloud.com/jevondoe
youtube.com/user/mauricejevon
'Always More, Never Less'-Es

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Brick.

As you switch out your t-shirts and shorts for your tuck away sweaters and long johns, check out the latest visual from Canada's own, Rich Kidd, for his song Brick.The self produced winter anthem features Gudini and is off Kidd's latest project, In My Opinion.

Rich Kidd goes straight Frozen on this dope production. And I turn up with the hook every time. I literally start doing that bounce girls with 28" weaves be doing in the club-you know what I'm talking about! This is song truly emobodies the winter season. It reminds me of all the snow filled winters I endured growing up in New England. But I love the winter and Lord knows I miss the snow.

But enough about weather. On a side note, Rich Kidd is the truth y'all. He makes Grade A music. Ill emcee and amazing producer. And I rarely say this about artists because only a few deserve this compliment, but Rich Kidd is one of the livest performers in North America. If you're going to a show and you see his name on the bill-get excited! Had the opportunity to see him perform twice during A3C this year and his energy is through the roof. You don't even have to have know his music to enjoy his set. And that is what makes him one of the best. Also, he is a super smart and cool dude. Awesome individual.

I SWEAR there is something in the water in Canada. Too much talent there... it's not fair.

Check out Rich Kidd's In My Opinion below!
For more Rich Kidd, check out:
richkiddbeats.com/
twitter.com/richkiddbeats
youtube.com/user/ridgewaymusic
'Always More, Never Less'-Es

Review: Dear White People.

On Halloween, a friend and I were bored and weren't into handing out candy to the kids that rang the doorbell. Evil of us, I know. So we celebrated the holiday like some true boring grown ups-we went to the movies.

We tried our best to avoid watching the social media and critically acclaimed film, Dear White People. I've heard mixed reviews about it though and not much else was in theaters. So we got our tickets for the film.

Before I get into my own opinion/concerns with the film, let's talk about the set up leading up till it was in theaters. This film was so hyped up! People made it seem like it was going to change race relations amongst young people. Or that it would accurately depict the reality of being young and black in America. Bruh, the set up was real! And the excitement from everyone who is young and black was genuine. I mean, how often do we get so see our reality, done right, on the big screen?! And the trailer and other promo made it seem like this film could really, really shake shit up.

*Inserts spoiler alert here*

Friday, October 31, 2014

Event: Day Off Atlanta.

ATL! If you're still in the partying mood after Halloween, hit up The Masquerade for Fool's Gold and The Fader's Day Off Atlanta! Performances by some of Fool's Gold's own and some of the hottest names in the city. Tickets are still on sale, so get yours now!


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Waves.

Producer Michael Uzowuru released his EP, Pink Orchids, and all of the music on it was just smooth, moving, and dope. But this one song on there titled Waves-I want to marry this song, I'm in love. It features these memorizing vocals from Chicago's own Vic Mensa and every time I play this song, I melt. This song is therapeutic to me. There have been times when I was pissed off or just stressed, played this, and all was calm in my mind. This is just pure magic. And the artwork is just so bomb. Make my blog look pretty real quick.


For more Michael Uzowuru, check out:
twitter.com/michaeluzowuru
soundcloud.com/michaeluzowuru
uzowuru.tumblr.com/

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Quickie: Childish Gambino's STN MTN/Kauai.

 Quickie? What the hell do you mean by "quickie", Es? 
I mean a way for me to still give you honest and insightful nonsense about projects I come across in a brief fashion. In other words, it's a quick review on projects (EPs, mixtapes, & albums). I like doing reviews and you all like to read them. Therefore, I had to think of a better (and more efficient) way to do them. Enjoy this first one!

Childish Gambino's STN MTN/Kauai

I was excited about this. I'm always excited about new releases by Gambino, but I was dumb excited for this one. Not only because I am from(for the most part) and currently live in Stone Mountain, GA but because I was just ready for a new set of music from this guy.

This is a creative project. Gambino's aim was to put a street like mixtape and a indie like EP into one whole piece and have it make some kind of sense-which he did. I think most of these new age Hip Hop artists wish to have a DJ Drama hosted mixtape but feel their music doesn't match that aesthetic and I agree, but if you really want it to happen, just get creative like Donald did.

Hearing old beats from songs like Partna Dem and Nextel Chirp was nostalgic for me as I remember when those songs was fresh on the radio in Atlanta. Surprisingly, Gambino got on these beats and was able to still stay true to his own sound/style. And it did not feel forced at all. The multiple ATL references throughout the mixtape portion made me fall in love with this place all over again.

For those who didn't grow up in Atlanta, visited the city back in like '03-'06, or listened to Atlanta Hip Hop back then, a lot of this mixtape will not make sense to you. The references, that interlude, why the beats he got on should make you say "awwww shit!"-all of this will mean nothing to you! So I guess that's why he added the Kauai EP.

The EP portion was cool. I honestly could have done with out it. Jaden Smith spoken word pieces went right over my head-didn't care for it.

In short, this was a creative and refreshing project. Childish Gambino is one creative muthafucka and you can't take that away from him. STN MTN mixtape was on point. Kauai... eh.

Rating: 8/10
'Always More, Never Less'-Es

Thursday, October 30, 2014

No Type.

Just in case Rae Sremmurd's latest hit, No Type didn't have enough class in it for you, check out this 38 second clip of Francis Farewell Starlite, better known as Francis and the Lights, giving us his piano (or is that a keyboard?) version. I think this is just delightful and it made me hype.

Francis has a Youtube page dedicated to clips of him practicing various tunes on the piano. I think it's dope for an artist to let us peek into the process of their progression. Press play, do a little bounce, and enjoy!

For more Francis and the Lights, check out:
twitter.com/andthelights
soundcloud.com/francisandthelights
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Recognize.

ForteBowie is truly on his way to becoming the king of remixes and covers. And if you think I'm bullshitting you, check out his take on PartyNextDoor's hit, Recognize. Forte adds passion and soul to the originally blunt and to-the-point song. And plus, Forte is like actually singing-no shade to PND, I like his voice. This remix consists of like four different vibes yet they all mesh together so well that you can't help but to rock with it.

This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what ForteBowie has on the way for the people. And just in case you missed it, check out his "comeback" track, Blasphemy 3! It's officially ForteBowie season-stay woke.

For more ForteBowie, check out:
fortebowie.com
twitter.com/fortebowie
soundcloud.com/fortebowie
'Always More, Never Less'-Es

Mona Lisa.

Forcing the viewer/listener to utilize more brain power than usual when checking out new music Philly emcee, $wipe grabs your attention with his visual, Mona Lisa. The song has great energy and $wipe consistently hits you with lines you might have to run back a few times to fully digest. And video will throw you off with its dark, morbid vibes. It's weird, but it works.

$wipe definitely has some skills but I'm interested in hearing more of his upcoming work to hear what makes him unique. And I think Mona Lisa is a great start from differentiating himself from the rest of the pack. Hopefully, he continues to grabs my attention. Will he grab yours? Check out the video.

For more $wipe, check out:
twitter.com/spacejamswipe
soundcloud.com/newflashmob
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Ras Griffin III.

It's happened again. That moment when I find a gem accidentally and it blows me away. This gem is by DC artist, Ras Nebyu and is titled Ras Griffin III. This project is infectious and undeniably dope. The project consists of 10 tracks and includes features from Money Four Drugs, The Arckitech, King Matho and more.

I feel like someone opened the door to a whole new world to me when this project started playing on Soundcloud. His sound... the sound is so different and perfect! I was hooked off the first song but the other nine tracks are dope too?! Bruhhhhhh!!! His vocals and tone, how the songs are composed, what he's saying-it's so fucking epic. It's been a while since I heard some music that made me stop what I was doing and just had to vibe with it.

Ras Nebyu is quite an interesting individual. He channels his Ethopian heritage and Rastafarian/Pan-Africanist beliefs into his work which forms the unique aspects of his music. In the project, he worked with multiple producers yet everything sounds like it was made to all at once for the some vibe.

This project is just so meaningful and beautiful. I will definitely check out the rest of Ras Nebyu's work and I bet the rest of you will be doing the same after hearing Ras Griffin III. Gosh, I'm in love with this music!

Rating:
Ras Nebyu's Ras Griffin III
9.9/10

For more Ras Nebyu, check out:
twitter.com/RasNebyu
soundcloud.com/rasnebyu
'Always More, Never Less'-Es

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Stay With Me.

I've had Sam Smith's album, In The Lonely Hour, on repeat recently and of course one of more powerful songs on there is Stay With Me. Fellow British artist, FKA Twigs visited BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge and decided to put her on own spin on the hit ballad.

She did that y'all! This cover is so ill! I love that she wasn't afraid to deconstruct the song and build it again in her own way. She makes the song have an eery and even more lonely vibe but yet you're still comfortable with it. Isn't it awesome when your favorite artists are fans of each other? Amazing shit happens. Enjoy!

Be sure to check out FKA Twigs debut album, LP1, out now! Listen to it on Spotify!

For more FKA Twigs, check out:
fkatwi.gs 
twitter.com/FKAtwigs
'Always More, Never Less'-Es

Judas.

Nashville's own, D.O.U.G.H. gives us a theme song for those of us building our own empires titled Judas. Oh yes, when you are trying to establish anything, you need to be aware of those Judas-like characters trying to mess you up.

The production of this song literally makes me want to grab a hammer and literally build something-feels so strong. I fucks with D.O.U.G.H. besides he takes on concepts/topics for songs that the typical emcee probably won't think of and executes them so well.

Solid release, I enjoy this!

For more D.O.U.G.H., check out:
www.iamdough.net
twitter.com/_iamdough
soundcloud.com/iamdough
'Always More, Never Less'-Es