The Way (Remix) – Kehlani ft. Trey Songz

R&B Vibes. . .

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Girls on Drugs – Wale

First, my dedicated Purple Album lovers, I apologize for the huge span in between posts. I’ve been working and applying to internships/jobs like a maniac.

“Girls on Drugs” by Wale is one of my favorite songs from his new album The Album About Nothing, alongside the song “The Pessimist” which features J.Cole (I will post that in a separate post). It’s not the lyrics so much, but the background vocals, alongside the beat and his voice that captured my attention right away.

This album is dope. You can either purchase it on iTunes or listen on Spotify (Spotify is seriously a gem, I always use that when I’m not sure if I want to buy an artist’s album yet).

Music Mondays: “I know” by Big Sean ft. Jhene Aiko

If you haven’t bought Big Sean’s album on iTunes yet, please just do yourself a favor and purchase it now.

“I Know” is SO dope. Big Sean’s signature deep voice juxtaposed with Jhene Aiko’s smooth vibes rocks so well on this track. I think it’s definitely in my top 3 favorite songs on the album, if not my overall favorite. I can’t tell who kills it more – Sean or Jhene?

The background beat is just THAT VIBE too. I know that’s not terribly descriptive – I’m almost failing at grasping the right words to really exude the same emotion the song gives through my writing. It’s chill, so you can sit back and also bop your head to it. It’s intense, but at the same time just “smooth” enough.

I’m really impressed with both Big Sean and Jhene Aiko on this track. I hope they make more music together, especially with how great their voices sound together.

I Usually Wait Til Monday, But…

I couldn’t wait until this coming week’s Music Monday to start sharing Big Sean’s new album, Dark Sky Paradise. It’s actually dope, and while I’ve always been a fan of Sean, I’ve never been a fan to the extent that I would sit down and listen to his work. On this album he really brings it. I’m going to post another song from the album for next week’s Music Monday but I wanted to ensure that people are really starting to get into this and hype it up so here ya go.

Kanye, of course, kills it, reminding us that he is Yeezus, and Big Sean goes hard too.

Bump to this in your car with the volume up. Trust me.

Music Mondays: “Co-Pilot” by James Davis

“Co-Pilot” is the first song I’ve heard from the sibling trio that comprises James Davis. I haven’t heard anything from them before, and I’m struggling to find more about them as I’ve googled their names and the song a few times. If you want to read an interview with them on the blog Noisey.Vice.com (the only blog I’ve been able to find of them so far – granted, my research hasn’t been in depth yet, but still), you can do so here.

I like the record because it gives me that old-school “vinyl vibe” that Noisey.Vice’s blog also mentions, but it also has an OVO sound to me (do you agree?).

Point, blank, period: It’s beautiful. You can close your eyes and have the music transport you. Even if you’re alone, you can close your eyes to this song, and suddenly you’re lying in bed with your arms wrapped around the one person who has loved you and touched your soul more than anyone else on this earth. That’s where this record takes me.

How is that music can be so transcendent?

Interview: Kanye West with BBC’s Zane Lowe 2013

Even though Zane Lowe’s 2013 interview with Kanye West was done two years ago, I thought Kanye was saying a lot of similar things (and more in depth) about race, religion, and class in THIS interview than the one he did with Power 105.1 this past week (you can find that interview, which I also enjoyed and recommend, here). I was originally going to post Power’s interview, but it has been causing a lot of hype on the internet the last few days on it’s own, and is a little too “gossipy” for me (who cares about Tyga and Kylie??).

I wanted to publish the BBC interview to my blog so any readers out there who want to get to know Kanye’s mind a little bit more, and on a deeper scale, can get a chance to listen to his beliefs. It’s amazing how other artists really contribute to Kanye’s growth, and even though he really thinks he is “the” rockstar of our era, he also wants to get rid of racism, classicism, and embrace humanity for all of it’s differences. I think Kanye is also very open about topics that many people get squeamish about – like who really holds the power in the music industry, fashion industry, industry in general – which raises questions as to who really controls the public’s life. Kanye West gets very in depth, and sometimes I had to take breaks while I was watching this so I could really appreciate and understand what he was saying before continuing. Kanye is definitely what I would call an “artist” – not just a rapper, fashion designer, etc.

Kanye West is nothing short of an incredible, eccentric artist.

Music Mondays (Part 2): 50 Shades of Grey Soundtrack

So this Valentine’s Day, my best friend was my date as we rocked our single girl swag. We met up and got a drink before heading to the movies to see the infamous 50 Shades of Grey. I think we were both a little apprehensive about it: we’re both recently graduated English majors, and can both agree that the actual 50 Shades of Grey novels are knock-offs, “soft porn,” and bad literature. I’d also like to point out that if I was Stephanie Meyers, I’d be a little miffed that someone’s fanfiction based off of my novels was making millions now, but – that’s not the point of this post.

Sam Johnson-Taylor, the director, did do the best she could do with crappy literature. The settings looked immaculate, the casting was well done (I liked that they didn’t have any big name actors in the leads), and they did manage to make the movie have humor too. However, my favorite part of the movie was the soundtrack.

The Weeknd blessed us with Earned It:

We had Beyonce’s Haunted:

And Beyonce graced us with her 2003 Crazy in Love remix: