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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NEW MUSIC: Hits & Misses

It’s a lot of new music out right now and i didn’t want to wait to blog about what’s new, so let’s get right to it. I picked out a few tracks to give my take on whether it’s a hit or miss.

Sevyn-Streeter-4th-Street-2015-1200x1200Sevyn Streeter has dropped a new track titled ‘4th Street’ off her upcoming debut album, I don’t plan to hear this on the radio, but it’s great for her to express her love for the people that made her who she is. There’s circumstances/situations in life that make you who you are, but no matter how famous or rich you get, you never forget where you’re from. Great concept for a track. The video didn’t need to be lavish, but great that she included people from her city. Not quite a hit for me, but I like the vibe. Her album, On The Verge, is coming soon. No official release date just yet. Check out the video below:

Mariah-Carey-Infinity-2015-1200x1200Next up is new music from Ms. Mariah Carey. As for her last album, Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse. I had no reason to listen to it and as for what’s coming, I don’t really care to listen to that either. I will say that I wonder is Ms. Cannon-Carey is talking about her estranged husband. She doesn’t sound horrible, vocally, and the lyrics aren’t bad, but I would’ve liked different music. The music reminds me a lot of Ja Rule and Ashanti’s, ‘Mesmerize.’ This could’ve been a ballad ballad with a slower beat. As for her singing something like this live, eh. Who knows. I wouldn’t say that it’s a hit, but I like it. Listen to the track below:

Ne-Yo-Non-Fiction-2015-1200x1200I heard this track on the radio this morning and the more I hear Ne-Yo, the more I dislike his music. I guess since the track was on the radio it’s a possible hit, but I’m still not feeling the direction of his music. I’m surprised that his latest track with Pitbull, ‘Time of My Life,’ gets as much play as it does, but it does. That’s a song that had to grow on me. As for his new track, ‘Coming With You,’ maybe it will grow on me, but from first listen I’m not feeling it. The beat is similar to that of Rob Base’It Takes Two.’ The last compilation that I listened to of Ne-Yo’s was Because of You. To me that is still a classic. Now I think he’s just putting music out to stay afloat. For as talented as he is, it’s like a waste of the talent. His latest album, Nonfiction, is available. Check out the video below:

do-me-like-thatI am impatiently waiting for Monica’s return and she’s making her way back with the short cut, red at that, and is on a new track. She’s featured on Atlanta DJs, Trendsetter Sense, track ‘Do Me Like That alongside Yo Gotti and Jeezy. This track probably bumps hard in Atlanta, but I love Monica’s vibe as an artist. Her voice is just so on point, all the TIME, studio and live, and I just can’t wait to hear new music from her. This is a HIT for me simply because I love Monica. The beat is the only thing that’s mediocre to me. I get the point of the song, but I really want to hear Monica by herself. Listen to the track below:

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: