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:

2015 Grammy Review

Musics biggest night, The Grammy’s, has come and gone and social media has created a lot of buzz surrounding the show from the red carpet to the usual Grammy snubs. This review is not a play by play of the show being that I wasn’t fully interested. A lot of the performances were very somber and nothing made me jump out of my seat. Anyway, here are my highlights.

sam smithFirst of CONGRATS to the biggest winner of the night, Sam Smith. He won 4 Grammy’s: Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Album, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year. His feat reminded me of Adele as they both capitalized on breakups to make amazing music.

FAVORITE Performances:

tumblr_njholmKhZ41r7mjwxo1_500The first performance that I loved was Hozier’s ‘Take Me To Church’ alongside Annie Lennox who then performed ‘I Put a Spell On You.’ I’ve heard Hozier’s song before, not any of his other music, but I do like his voice. Annie Lennox MADE the performance with her energy. I absolutely loved it.

giphyThe second performance that I loved is of course from Sia. She brought Maddie Ziegler along with her, of course, and added actress Kristen Wiig. I’m upset ‘Chandelier’ didn’t win anything. I guess she’s invisible to the Acaedmy. 1000 Forms of Fear is still my favorite album of 2014. I’m for any and all things Sia. Unfortunately Sia didn’t win any Grammy’s DESPITE ‘Chandlier’ being an amazing song with amazing performances.

I’m not discussing all performances simply because there’s nothing for me to discuss. I will say that I did like the Target ad being Imagine Dragons performing ‘Shots’ (click HERE for that review) LIVE from Vegas. Other performances were ok. I did like Katy Perry’s ‘By The Grace of God,’ and Miranda Lambert’s, ‘Little Red Wagon,’ but that’s about it.

Performances I DIDN’T Like:

There was talk of Pharrell performing a different version of ‘Happy’ which shouldn’t have been allowed based off the title of the song. He came out looking like a hotel Bell Hop speaking the lyrics and having it spoken in different languages, excuse me, creepily whispered in different languages before the song took a dark turn. What was supposed to be ‘Happy’ sounded like something that belonged on a soundtrack to a scary movie.

Another performance that I didn’t like was Rihanna’s with Paul McCartney and Kanye West. they all came out in suits and what not and did the song. As I stated in my review (click HERE for that), I don’t see this as a comeback track, but I’ll stick around for what’s coming.

Speaking of albums, Album of the Year went to Beck for Morning Phase. Other nominees in the category were: Beyoncè (Beyoncè), Sam Smith (In The Lonely Hour), Pharrell (G I R L), and Ed Sheeran (X). Kanye was about to go on stage and interrupt as he did to Taylor Swift at the VMAs, but he had a change of heart. Beck invited him to come back, but talk about another awkward moment. He did rant in an interview after the show saying:

And Beck needs to respect artistry and he should’ve given his award to Beyoncè.

I can’t sit here and completely agree with that although it would’ve been great to see Beyonce win an award she’s never won before. I will say that every artist has their own form of artistry and that it’s the people who pick the artist as the winner, no the artist that should get the backlash. Another artist that had something to say about Grammy snubs was Trey Songz. He tweeted (see right):

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In certain areas of music, I will say that there are a lot of artists that could be nominated yet they do get snubbed in one way or another. There’s not a huge presence of R&B aside from Beyoncè. Speaking of she won Best R&B Song for ‘Drunk In Love’ and fans watched her perform ‘Take My Hand Precious Lord’ as the introduction to the final performance of the night, ‘Glory,’ by John Legend and Common. The song on the Selma soundtrack was performed by Ledisi, a Grammy nominee, but she just sat back and watched as Beyonce did what she should’ve done.

Also Kendrick Lamar might have been snubbed last year in the Best Rap Album category, but he ended up winning not one, but TWO Grammy’s this year for his track ‘i’; Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song. Better late than never.

Overall while the show moved rather quickly with few interruptions, it wasn’t all that entertaining to me. I love that there were a lot of performances, just not any that were upbeat enough to make the crowd dance like last year. Another thing was that these artists need to work on their acceptance speeches and keep them from 30-45 seconds. If you’re nominated you should have a speech prepared just in case.

Click HERE for full list of winners. Until the next award show…

Black History Month In Music

bhm1Hello lovely readers. I did a series last year of historic moments in black music. This year I’m doing something different, but I wanted to share last years series. Be sure to click the links below. Enjoy!

Album Review: Trigga (Deluxe Edition)

trigga-cover I’m no stranger to reviewing music from Trey Songz and I’ve decided to do a full out album review for this LP. Be sure to click the links below to check out my reviews to some of Trey’s previous works:

Before I get into the review let’s talk pricing of the album. Of course it’s available in stores and online. Via iTunes you can get the standard or deluxe editions. The standard edition comes with and is $8.99 and the deluxe comes with 17 tracks for $10.99. I will say that for an iTunes copy that’s pretty cheap as albums can value up to nearly $15 upon first release. Over on Amazon it’s the same price the perk is when you buy a hard copy you receive the MP3 right along with it. The Target version features three bonus tracks in addition to those on the deluxe edition: ‘Hard to Walk Away’, ‘Serial’, and ‘Sneaky’. Those three bonus tracks are featured in the two-disc set which values for $14.99. All depends on what you want, I just like giving prices. As always though, I recommend the deluxe, more BANG for your BUCK. Now on to the review. (Be sure to click the links the links above.) As for this album I was very hesitant as to how I would like it.

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I honestly haven’t loved an entire Trey Songz compilation since Ready. When I heard that he’d be titling his sixth album, Trigga, I figured that he’d be rapping all over it being that Trigga is his alter-ego. I’m so glad when listening that the album didn’t consist of all that. Leading up to the album he released singles: Na Na‘, ‘SmartPhones’, ‘What’s Best for You’,  ‘Foreign’ and ‘Change Your Mind’. The five tracks are the perfect example of what the ‘Trey Songz Formula’ consists of. He has the club bangers, the sexual innuendos, the breakup to makeup, and at times not caring if his female interest has a man or not. (Click the track links above for the reviews I’ve already done.)

My Top 5 —

  • ‘Cake’
  • ‘SmartPhones’
  • ‘Foreign’
  • ‘Love Around The World’
  • ‘Y.A.S’

On this album he’s also teamed up with Nicki Minaj, ‘Touchin, Lovin’, and I must say that I like ‘Bottoms Up’ better. This track could easily make its way to the clubs and have some good airplay the song is just not anything spectacular. It sounds like the the current mesh of music on the radio right now like like ‘Loyal’, ‘Don’t Tell Em’ and ‘Main Chick’. There’s nothing really original, but I do appreciate Nicki getting back to basics with her rhymes and actually rapping with thought and Trey plays up the Notorious B.I.G./R. Kelly classic, ‘F*ck You Tonight’. Decent track, not my favorite though.

As for that ‘Foreign (Remix)’ with Justin Bieber, Trey Songz did NOT need to include that. Biebs did not add anything to the track and it’s just a waste. It should’ve been a version leaked or something. It didn’t need to be on the album. His track with Juicy J, ‘Late Niight’, is a banger. I can see it doing well on the radio and once it gets to the clubs it’ll do great there too.

Overall I love this album WAY more than Chapter V. There were just too many songs on Chapter V that I could do without. I really like this one. Is there anything super special or experimental on this album? No. Trey definitely stuck to what he knows, but it turned out great. I’ll be honest. I’m not completely in LOVE, but I do like this one quite a bit. Congrats on having the #1 album in the country. On another note, I would love another Trey Songz mixtape for old times sake.

Take a listen to the album in its entirety below (via Spotify):

NEW MUSIC — Jim Jones x Trey Songz, ‘The Shit’

It’s been nearly a decade, 2005 to be exact, since the first collab between Jim Jones and Trey Songz, ‘Summer Wit Miami’. Since then they have had a few more: ‘Fly Together’ ‘Cocaine’, and ‘No Drama’.

Check it out their latest collab below:

Video Review: Michelle Williams, ‘Say Yes’

michelle-journey-to-freedomI just want to start off by saying that I LOVE this track. The vibe, the message, everything. Michelle Williams has teamed up with her fellow DC besties,Beyoncé and Kelly, and has released the track ‘Say Yes’. Now aside from Beyoncé and Kelly sticking to R&B, Michelle went in a different direction once the group initially disband and did Gospel. She’s done one R&B album our of the three she’s done as a solo artist, but I think Gospel really suits her vocally and personally. She’s in her element.

The track ‘Say Yes’ is an upbeat track that makes it hard NOT to dance. She didn’t really need assistance on this one, to be honest, but it’s great when she, Beyoncé, and Kelly, team up. The other collabs that they’ve done weren’t great. Yes, they were ballads, but maybe this is what they needed. This upbeat track is so infectious and it’s in my head.

The video takes place in an urban yet clean cut setting. Different spots feature all three ladies separately singing their notes and at the end they’re putting on an impromptu show in a house party type setting. I absolutely loved it. All three ladies look stunning and extremely happy. Aside from the happiness of the lyrics in the song they just look like they were having a ball making this. Michelle’s new album, Journey to Freedom, his stores/online September 9th. Check out the video below:

Sevyn Streeter Double Play

SInger and songwriter, Sevyn Streeter, is back with a video to another remix of her track ‘Next’ from her EP Call Me Crazy. The remix features YG and as the video is identical to that of the original version, I see this as a marketing tool to get the song airplay on the radio. YG is hot right now and has more of a buzz than Kid Ink. Her track ‘It Won’t Stop‘ with the Chris Brown feature had a lot of buzz surrounding it and I see that her music is well liked with a feature on it. Check out the video below:

On top of that she’s released yet another video, ‘Sex on the Ceiling.’ This video does not contain a love interest just her in different scenes and capturing her silhouette. Vocally I love how strong this is. She’s a great singer with a lot of versatility, but vocally she hasn’t released a song this strong since her debut, ‘I Like It’. Check the video below: