This Week In Music (V.25): Kanye, Rihanna, Big Sean + More

Welcome to another edition of This Week In Music (my usual intro) and this week I’ve finally come up with a schedule for the blog that I want to share PLUS music news of the week. So expect a post every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Now let’s get into the news.

kanye-westFirst up, Mr. West has announced via Twitter that his new album will be titled So Help Me God. Kanye is now trainer to having themed album titles. I mean look at his first three: College Dropout, Late Registration, and Graduation. His last album had the controversial title Yeezus along with the track ‘I am a God.’ As for what’s to be fettered on this album it’s safe to assume that ‘Only One’ (click HERE for video review) and ‘All Day’ will be featured on the album. As for the tracklist that is circulating, it’s been confirmed that it’s fake. Come on, as secretive as Kanye is, it’s a given that the tracklist would be fake. No date as to when the album will be released, but the video for ‘All Day’ is on its way. In the meantime, check out his Brit Awards performance below:

Kanye isn’t the only rapper that has a new album on the way. Kendrick Lamar has a date set for his album which is available for pre-order on iTunes, but the only confirmed track thus far is ‘The Blacker the Berry’ (click HERE to listen). His Grammy winning single ‘i’ is not included on the imaginary list so who knows if it will be on the album. The yet to be titled album drops March 23rd.

dark-sky-paradiseThird times a charm for G.O.O.D Music artist, Big Sean, as Dark Sky Paradise lands in at #1 on the Billboard 200. This marks his first #1 album on the Billboard 200 selling 173,000 copies. His previous works Finally Famous and Hall of Fame did not exceed 100,000 sales. The album features 15 tracks on the deluxe edition (more bang for your buck) with features from: Drake, Kanye West, Chris Brown, Ty Dolla $ign, John Legend, Jhené Aikp, Lil Wayne, PARTY NEXT DOOR, and his booskie Ariana Grande. It also features the smash hit ‘I Don’t F*ck With You’ featuring E-40′ and ‘Blessings’ (click HERE and HERE for those reviews). CONGRATS BIG SEAN!

rihanna-american-oxygen-340x330Wrapping up this week is Rihanna who has teased three new tracks off her upcoming album R8. Is that really the title or is everyone calling it that? Moving on, the three new tracks she’s teased via her Instagram are ‘Higher’, ‘Towards the Sun’ (from her upcoming movie Home), and the anthem for this years NCAA March Madness, ‘American Oxygen’. I did hear ‘Towards the Sun’ on the radio. The ‘Higher’ snippet is another slow track. I’m still waiting for her to release some party music. Who knows when her album will be released, just hopefully sooner than later. Check out the NCAA promo below:

That’s it for this week. Until next time…

Video Review: Kanye West, ‘Only One’

kanye-west-only-one-music-video-spike-jonze-00-570x450When I saw that Kanye released  a video for his latest track ‘Only One’ I knew I should give it a review simply because I didn’t review the song. The track features Paul McCartney, but he would not be featured in the video. When reading YouTube comments to see what people thought about the video I saw that some people didn’t know who the hell Sir Paul McCartney was, which is disturbing, and went as far to say Kanye discovered him. The ignorance of this new generation. I’m not sure if it was sarcasm or if they were being serious. It could’ve been a combination of both.

The video shows a different side of Kanye similar to the life he’s living now of very low key. I mean he’s never been in the limelight, but with a wife like Kim Kardashian it’s amazing how low key he can be. The video begins with him running/jogging down this empty road with some one recording him. The voices are distorted, but you can hear what is being said.

The music begins and it’s auto-tune Kanye singing yet another tribute song which I enjoyed. Listening to the lyrics he’s speaking from his mothers perspective, the message he hears. In ‘Hey Mama’ he was talking to her now in ‘Only One’ she’s talking to him. Then North comes out in her cute little outfit matching her daddy’s swag and it’s just the two of them as the music plays.

Overall the video was pretty basic and generic, but the song speaks for itself. This is the type of song where a video wasn’t needed, but I don’t think it was all that bad. Some might find it boring because it wasn’t over the top, but a personal song like this didn’t need be. It displayed his personality. Away from everyone with his daughter.

Check out the video below:

Teyana Taylor Reveals Debut Album Artwork

IMG_0733Teyana Taylor is currently on the road with August Alsina as the opening act of his ‘Testimony Live’ tour, but it’s more of a promo tour for her debut album VII. She’s been performing new material on the road although so far she’s only released her single ‘Maybe’ featuring Pusha T & Yo Gotti. Other features include Fabolous, ‘Broken a Hearted Girl’,and Chris Brown, ‘Do Not Disturb’. The album was originally set to be released October 21st, but has been pushed back to November 4th. Check out her artwork to the left.