2015 BET Awards Highlights

Another award show has come and gone and as much as I convinced myself that I wouldn’t be watching this years BET Awards, I ended up watching. The show was hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson with a whole bunch of fluff and mediocre performances in between.
I won’t touch base on every performance, but let’s get into my favorites.

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This Week In Music (V. 37): Video Mash-Up

Cheers to knocking out another week and cheers to Summer! Before we get into music news, click the links below for posts of the week:

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BET Awards 2015: The Nominees

It’s that time of year again or the BET Awards. I remember when I was in middle school I would be excited to watch the show. Now it’s just gotten to be too generic, the winners are too predictable and there’s nothing really special about the performances. It’s amazing that the show has lasted 14 years. Maybe next year they’ll do something special for the 15th annual. Check out my 2014 performance review here.

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NEW MUSIC: Beyoncé x Chris Brown, ‘Jealous (Remix)’

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A new remix has surfaced from Beyoncé, this time she’s teaming up with Chris Brown. They’ve remixed ‘Jealous’ and it’s not one of my favorites from her self-titled album. Interestingly enough Chris says the track was supposed to be featured on the re-release, but didn’t make the cut. The remixes to ‘Flawless,’ ‘Blow,’ and ‘Drunk In Love’ did. The remix doesn’t really do anything for me. Sometime a remix can make you fall in love with a song or fall even more in love if you weren’t already. Maybe that’s why it didn’t make the cut, but fans get to her Breezy and Queen Bey on a track, right?

Anyway, take a listen to the track below:

Video Review: Chris Brown x Tyga, ‘Ayo’

Chris-Brown-x-Tyga-AYO-2015-1200x1200-300x300Chris Brown and Tyga will be releasing the follow-up to their 2010 mixtape, Fan of a Fan, but instead of Fan of a Fan 2 mixtape, it will be an actual album. No special name for the album just, Fan of a Fan: The Album. I did enjoy their mixtape and ‘Deuces’ was a huge success and I also loved Tyga’s flow on ‘I’m So Raw.’ This time around I’m not sure how the music will sound as both artists have grown over the past 5 years. I’m not really feeling this single and as for the video, I wasn’t expecting much.

So the concept of the video from the beginning is a battle between Chris and Tyga of who has the most outlandish possessions, to put it nicely. Chris Brown takes a pic of a money pool and sends it to Tyga while switching to Tyga receiving the picture as his throne toilet is being put in along with a tiger strolling around his house. The beat drops and it the concept gets even more sporadic from there.

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There’s no scene of Tyga on his “throne”, but Chris is floating around on a gold bed with chicks floating around him. They do pay homage to ‘Mo Money, Mo Problems.’ I see Chris as Diddy with the over the top dancing and Tyga would be Mase. Similar attire, just no metallic sweat suits. There’s also a scene with the two sitting in what appears to be Tyga’s house, Tyga’s rapping and girls are fencing behind them. Then there’s a typical Cali scene with bikes in the back and more chicks and more cars. Chris sings exactly what the video is about, both him and Tyga being bougie. That’s their style.

Other scenes included the two racing each other, Fast & Furious scene, and to add foolery to the foolery, Mike Epps makes a cameo. I do find it funny that he called Tyga, tigger, and that he called both of them light skin Bruno Mars (bleep). There was even not to Chris’ recent jail stint and how he needs to be serving community service. The video ends with the two dancing on top of the building in fur coats and final scene is Mike Epps tracking them down. Thank goodness there was no “To Be Continued…”

Overall the video is what I would expect from Chris Brown and Tyga. Chris Brown could come up with some creative stuff, but they’re rapping about chicks and what not and it’s really the two of them just stunting against each other. I mean I guess it’s better than the generic club concept, but it was a lot going on.

Fan of a Fan: The Album is set to be released February 24th with 12 tracks and features from Ty Dolla Sign, 50 Cent, Pusha T, Schoolboy Q and more. The two will hit the road along with Trey Songz on the ‘Between the Sheets Tour’ once Chris Brown has completed his community service.

Check out the video below:

Video Review: Chris Brown, ‘Autumn Leaves’

Chris Brown is back with another visual for another single off his latest album, X, titled ‘Autumn Leaves’ featuring Kendrick Lamar. I had to watch the video a few times to really grasp the concept. This one was one of my favorite songs from the album although I would’ve liked to see a visual for the self-titled track, ‘X’, first.

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The leading lady in this video is Chris’ on-again-off-again girlfriend, Karrueche Tran. She looks absolutely FABULOUS in this video. I think that the setting is beautiful. I instantly thought Mulan.

When listening closer to the lyrics, it’s no wonder why his girlfriend is the leading lady. They’ve been through a lot together that has played out in the media and this song is a beautiful expression of that. I thought the video would be a fight for her love type video, but that wasn’t the case. It was mellow just like the song, which is understandable.

As noted, Kendrick is featured on the track, but unfortunately not in the video. So during his part there’s this girl who add first looked to be doing yoga then she just started rolling around in the sand. It just looked like a slow-mo of a behind-the scenes of a photo shoot. With Karrueche being the leading girl it could’ve just shown a different angle of her. The visual for Kendrick’s section was bleh. The video ends with the two being alone, away from everything and everybody. Really nice and serene. I get why he was following her now and keeping the distance. Happy ending.

chris-brownWhile the video was beautiful I was expecting more. It’s a Chris Brown video so I wanted some action, some dancing, something MORE. I was waiting for him to be fighting for her love which would’ve been a perfect scene during Kendrick’s bars, but that wasn’t the storyline. Ultimately it’s about the two always meeting up back in the end regardless of how much they play their distance in front of others. Beautiful video, I just wanted more action.

Chris is currently on the “Between the Sheets Tour” with Trey Songz & Tyga. Speaking of Tyga, Fan of a Fan: The Album, will be released February 24th. You can check out my album review to X HERE. Check out the video below:

Single Review: Sevyn Streeter x Chris Brown, ‘Don’t Kill The Fun’

sevyn-dktf-340x330Sevyn Streeter came on to the scene as a solo artist with ‘I Like It’ and followed that with the mellow radio smash ‘It Won’t Stop.’ The version with Chris Brown is what had it all over the airwaves, but her voice is not one to go unnoticed. She can be real smooth, but if a high note is needed she can slay that too.

She’s back with a new single titled ‘Don’t Kill The Fun’ and she’s enlisted the help of CB yet again. When I first heard the track I was not interested at all. It still is just an alright track to me. Being that she doesn’t have an album out, just an EP (Call Me Crazy, But…), I would’ve expected a stronger track. This is not a “Hey, I’m coming with an album soon,” track. I was expecting more.

Despite the title of the track look how FIERCE she looks on the single artwork. That alone made me think it was a dancing track. I mean she didn’t have to dance in the video, but hell Chris could. I absolutely love her look with the blueish grey hair, red nails and lips and caged in. Points for that. It’s more than just the simple words on the artwork. It looks cool.

The song sounds like elevator music with a twang and there is nothing wrong with that. That’s her vibe, that’s her vibe. Based off the title of the track I was expecting more “fun.” Something a little more upbeat. Instead I was bored listening to it. From the beat to the lyrics. I see that she’s trying to do something different with her sound and while ‘It Won’t Stop’ was a smash I don’t see this going the same way. I’m still interested in seeing if this will hit urban radio and maybe the visual will change my mind. For me though, I didn’t have “fun” listening to it.

I’m still waiting on that Sevyn Streeter album plus I’d like to hear more of her range on future tracks. The mellow sound is cool, but I know she can bring more than that. The song gets a 2.5/5 for me (extra .5 for the artwork). Listen to the track below: