Sound Off: Crazy Kanye?

Cheers to a bonus blog post and Happy early Thanksgiving. I haven’t done a Sound Off since the election, but be sure to check that one out here. That’s one of my main goals of 2017 is to make this series more regular. At least a few a month. Ok, realistically, at least one a month. A few would be great though.

From the title you can see that I’ll be talking about Kanye, but on a different level. Let’s get real.

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MTV VMA Instagram Moments

The 2015 MTV VMAs aired last night, ,and in case you missed it there were plenty of hashtags on Instagram to keep you up to speed. Congrats to all the winners including:

  • Best Female Video / Pop Video / Collaboration: Taylor Swift, ‘Bad Blood’
  • Best Male Video: Mark Ronson x Bruno Mars, ‘Uptown Funk’
  • Best Hip-Hop Video: Nicki Minaj, ‘Anaconda’
  • Artist to Watch: Fetty Wap, ‘Trap Queen’
  • Best Editing: Beyoncé, ‘7/11’

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Sound OFF: Kim Kardashian Hate

Warning: This sound off might be all over the place. Just rock with me and keep reading.

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This Week In Music (V.35): Florence + The Machine, King Kylie, & More

Welcome to another edition of This Week In Music. Be on the lookout for MAJOR changes coming to the blog. I’ll save that for another post. Check out what’s been posted this week below:

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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…

Sound Off: Kardashian Krew VS. Amber Rose

I’ve been debating how I wanted to discuss ALL the drama that’s happened this week via social media and what’s come up in recent interviews concerning the Kardashian Krew (including Ye and Tyga) and Amber Rose. So here’s my take on the drama and where it all stems from, the 8 year age difference between Tyga and Kylie Jenner. Continue reading “Sound Off: Kardashian Krew VS. Amber Rose”

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:

Splitsville: Why Celebrity Relationships Don’t Last

The world of a celebrity is a gratifying yet invasive lifestyle. It’s great to have people screaming and cheering your name, but there’s also no privacy at all. It’s clear with the latest leaking of celeb nude pics that there is no privacy, but that one just takes the cake. Social media has evolved into this world that sucks you in and you can’t get enough. Everyone has an opinion. People leave filthy comments to celebs whether it be on Twitter or Instagram. Everyone has something to say. That was one of the reasons of why I started my blog, to voice my opinion. There’s also a way to do it and not be malicious.

FullSizeRenderIn the latest of celeb breakups, one of my fav couples was rumored to be getting a divorce, Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose. I absolutely love the two of them together, but as much as I do I do not know their life. Fans and social media creepers know what is presented. They know what is glorified whether it be Wiz in a picture with a bong or another chick or Amber twerking. There’s always something wrong, always. Well as much as I hate for them to be over, Amber did release a statement via Twitter confirming that the TMZ rumors were true.

This leads to the topic and question, why can’t celebrity relationships last? There are two types of extremes of the relationships. There are the ones that get together really fast and they either take the step of getting married or they can’t get past the engagement before breaking up. Then there are those that stay together for 10+ years before breaking up. For instance, take Kris and Bruce Jenner. Most might say that the power and fame of KUWTK is what drove the two apart, but again we don’t know their lives. They could’ve been headed for divorce ages ago, but now that their youngest Kylie is 17 and she’s old enough to understand, they could just be going their separate ways.

As for the couples that get together without getting to really know each other is what baffles me. No, it’s true, we (as in social media stalkers) might not know how long people have known each other. Take Ciara and Future, he stated in an interview with Wendy Williams that they had met years ago, he just never pursued. Now here it is they have a gorgeous son, they were engaged, now they’re not engaged, they’re working things out. Who the hell knows.

Then you can take Tyga and his baby mother/ex-fiance, Blac Chyna. I though there relationship was cute, but when you look at how long they had known each other, along with how young each of them are, it’s no surprise that they’re no longer together. To make that situation any stickier they’re linking Tyga to Kylie Jenner and it’s even shadier if that story were true as Chyna & Kim K are “friends”.

Moving on and getting back to the question, it really all boils down to TIME spent together. I think in order for a relationship to grow and flourish there needs to be a strong foundation before jumping into marriage or kids. yes, there are relationships that have lasted with getting to know each other along the way, but Hollywood divorce has a track record. Does anything really last? Granted, blogs add fuel to the fire, but time is of the essence and these celebs do not waste time shacking up.

Putting time aside, fame and power really switch up a person and can turn a relationship that was great into something else. Take Robin Thicke & Paula Patton. They had been together since they were teenagers and while Robin was doing pretty well in the music scene, ‘Blurred Lines’ took it to another level. I knew that the ship was about to sink after that scandalous performance with Miley Cyrus at the 2013 VMAs. With success comes more time on the road, more exposure, and it can change a person. Look at Jordin Sparks and Jason Derulo. This is another case of fame possibly being taken to the head as Jason Derulo has been riding high with the success of ‘Talk Dirty’ and ‘Wiggle’.It was just announced that the two had broken up after 3 years of what the public deemed, pure bliss. They were just coupled up at the VMAs, but again WE DON’T KNOW (Kanye voice) their lives.

Hopefully fans will stop gawking over these celebrities and thinking that everything is perfect. The only thing a celebrity has over the next person is a bigger connect and (depending on who the celeb is) an even larger income. Other than that they’re regular people. Regular people love and leave on a daily basis. No surprise celebs do too.

This Week In Music (V.9): BBMA x Ciara x The Wests & More

I’m a day late in posting my weekly music recap, BUT let’s get right to it.

Nicki Minaj has released a new track off her upcoming album, The Pink Print, titled ‘Pills and Potions’. The track is a reflection of her career thus far in terms of the people that come and go and her growth as an artist. I really like this one although sometimes I don’t catch on to her music conceptually. I’m still interested in seeing where she’s going with this project since she’s stated in numerous interviews that she’s getting back to the basics.

https://soundcloud.com/hits-only/nicki-minaj-pills-and-potions

 

In other new music, John Mayer has officially released a studio version to his cover of Beyonce’s ‘XO’. It’s a great rendition and I discussed in an edition of Original v. Cover. Take a listen below:

https://soundcloud.com/johnmayer/xo

 

The Billboard Music Awards aired last Sunday and no I did not do a full review, shame on me. I did want to take not of the big winners of the night. As I’ve mentioned before, Jennifer Lopez was honored with the Icon Award, Justin Timberlake was a big winner as he took 7 awards including Top Artist. For the full list of winners click here.

 

The lineups for the Made In America music festival have been announced. This will be the first year that the festival will be expanding. The shows will be happening simultaneously August 30-31st. Click here for more details and check out the lineups below:

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Time for CELEBRATION!

Ciara gave birth to her baby boy this week, Future Zahir Willburn. She instagramed:

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Photo Cred: @Ciara

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West officially tied the knot yesterday (5.24.14) in Florence, Italy. Celebs in attendance included: Common, Big Sean, LaLa Anthony, John Legend, Tyga and of course the Kardashian/Jenner gang was there (minus a couple). The dress code was all black minus family and the bride being in white.

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