Video Review: Janelle Monae, ‘Electric Lady’

Janelle Monae has released the video for her track ‘Electric Lady’ off her latest album, The Electric Lady, which was released September of 2013. Let’s get into the review.

Introducting … Electro Phi Beta from South Atlanta.

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Janelle Monae is getting ready to head out with her Soros. She takes a pic of her ladies on her fancy Samsung watch which of course links to her phone, she jumps in the car (a Cadillac) and pops in this cool ‘Electric Lady’ 8-track and the next stop is the Sorority House. UntitledThere’s a party going on (duh) and near the end of the video it hints at it being a bit of a Probate introducing new members into Electro Phi Beta. The albumni of the Sorority that were skyped in on the wall (so cute) were: T-Boz, Esperanza Spalding, Estelle, Monica, and Kimbra.
Untitled2The party goes on as this fraternity rolls in and they get there dance on with this choreo that I keep playing back so I can learn it all. It gets later and later and Janelle breaks into rap and then the Neos. I assume they’re Neo’s as their faces are covered with cool futuristic (oversized) visors and their shirts are numbered. [For those who don’t know, Neos are the abbreviation of Neophytes which are new pledges in a sorority/fraternity.]4 Just when you think it’s over, here comes the cameo from the King of the South, T.I., with his baseball cap, ‘Blurred Lines’ two step, and a red solo cup. Lastly, shoot to the outside where the band comes and there’s Majorette Monae.

Janelle Monae is just so gorgeous in this video. She sticks to the black and white and adds a pop of color with her pink crop top. Her letterman jacket is super dope with the quilted sleeves, JM monogram, and Electric Lady embroidered on the back. Then as majorette she sticks to the same black and white outfit except with her purple hat & cape. Her HAIR, boy that fro.

I give this video a 5/5 for sure. I haven’t been rating videos lately, but this one sure deserves it. So much though and concept behind it. This has been on a favs list before, but here it is nearly a year later back on top of my rotation. Major props for this one.

This is a super DOPE video and too bad Solange isn’t it. She would’ve been great as the DJ at the party.

Check out the AMAZING video below:

This Week In Music (V.4): Video Overload #1

Welcome to another edition of This Week In Music. This is a weekly series that I have incorporated on my blog to highlight the music news of the week. Here are links to the other 3 volumes. Be sure to check them out:

Now for this week. There have been a ton of new music videos released this week so let’s get right into it. I blogged recently about the collab between Alicia Keys and Kendrick Lamar titled ‘It’s On Again’ for The Amazing Spiderman 2 soundtrack. I won’t go too much in depth with my thoughts on the track. Check my review here. As for the video it’s pretty basic. City lights and an edgy A. Keys. The song has a great vibe. Check out the video below:

Next up the Young Money collab (Tyga f/ Nicki Minaj & Lil Wayne), ‘Senile.’  I will say that I’m not really a fan of the whole Young Money project, Rise of an Empire, in general. I haven’t really liked anything released from the project aside from the popular ‘Trophies’ and ‘Lookin Ass’. As for the video, it’s like walking into different vortexes and what not. Tyga is dancing with the Jabawockeez then getting his Zen on with a couple hippies. Nicki is a thug, no surprise, and does her thing in Moschino attire with a Barbie stomach tatttoo. Then for Mr. Young Money himself, Lil Wayne, he’s rapping while having dinner with a family of hillbillies.Not really sure of video concepts anymore. Not surprised as far as concepts because Young Money videos never make sense to me. Check out the video below:

Next up we have Estelle with her video for her raunchy track, ‘Make Her Say (Beat It Up)‘. Although the song is very different for Estelle I do like the concept she had with the video. It was more documentary style by showing different couples and zoning in a little bit on their sex life and highlighting them in the video than herself. I guess that makes it more real and personal. I was expected Estelle to be getting down & dirty with this one, but this concept works for TV. Watch the video below:

August Alsina released his debut album, Testimony, this week and in last week’s This Week In Music I posted about his collab with Fab. After listening to the album I have my favs and will be doing a My Top 5 soon. As for the video I will say it’s a pretty basic strip club video. I mean he’s a singer with a rapper talking about money. I’m so not surprised. Take a look below:

I have been hearing this ANNOYING song on the radio for weeks and when I saw that there was a video released I was surprised to know that it was Mack Wilds. I absolutely love ‘Own It‘ and his album (New York: A Love Story) was decent for it being his debut. He teams with French Montana, Mobb Deep, and Busta Rhymes for this video that seemed to be inspired by the Craig Mack Flava In Ya Ear video. Looks pretty basic & boring to me. I guess I see where it was going, it just didn’t work. Check out the video ‘Henny (Remix)’ below:

Boy oh boy is this an interesting collab. Major Lazer teams up with Pharrell for the track ‘Aerosol Can.’ Let me just say that there’s no genre Pharrell can’t do. As for the video Major Lazer is no stranger to bringing out the creativity. This is more so of a lyric video with certain words being animated and there’s an artist drawing everything out. I love the simplicity of the video being that it doesn’t take away from the song. Check out the vid below:

Be sure to tune in next week for another edition of This Week In Music. Until next time…

Estelle, Love & Happiness Vol. 3: How Stella Got Her Groove Back

Estelle, Love & Happiness Vol. 3: How Stella Got Her Groove Back

I recently reviewed Estelle’s new track ‘Make Her Say (Beat It Up)’ and the free EP dropped today. How Stella Got Her Groove Back is the follow-up to volumes 1 and 2 of her series: Waiting to Exhale and Love Jones.

Here’s the track listing:

  1. ‘Stella Intro’
  2. ‘Make Her Say (Beat It Up)’
  3. ‘Drunk and High Convo’
  4. ‘Drunk and High’
  5. ‘Anyway’

DOWNLOAD HERE!

Single Review: Estelle, ‘Make Her Say (Beat It Up)’

Words cannot express how in AWE I am of Estelle’s lyrics on this song; and not in a  good way. Personally I respect an artists creativity and the direction they want with their tracks. This track for me is NOT ESTELLE!

Should I call you daddy. Should I call your name. You could f*ck me again babe, but never the same.

Those lyrics alone are an understatement to how raunchy the song is. I know that Estelle might be taking a new approach with her music, but I am not impressed by this. I’m not used to this side of Estelle.

On top of her explicit lyrics the album artwork released with the song is just as VULGAR!

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I think that Estelle is a great artist, I just prefer her ballads more than this. To get past the lyrics and cover art the song isn’t horrible. The beat stood out to me instantly, but this isn’t Estelle. It goes beyond what she’s talking about it boils down to this just not being her. It’s as if this is marketing plan, which it very well could be, to get her airplay on the mainstream, but I don’t see that happening. I’m not really impressed with the direction she’s taking and she’s not even singing. It’s like R&B version of the Ying Yang Twins, ‘Whisper Song.’ There’s really no other way for me to describe it.

The song will be featured on her upcoming EP, How Stella Got Her Groove Back which is the third installment of her Love & Happiness series.