“Make moves for those of you not born with a silver spoon”

Firstly, I want to start this with my deepest condolences to everyone that has lost someone close to them this past week. It seems as though there has been a series of unfortunate tragedies across the globe. My prayers go out to the lives lost in the Orlando Shootings at Pulse Nightclub, The Voice USA former contestant; Christina Grimmie and 2 year old; Lane Graves alligator incident at the Walt Disney World Resort. Along with this, the terrorist attack against French police commander and his wife in Paris, and lastly, the most recent with UK Labour politician Jo Cox.

It’s been horrific commuting to work on the tube and reading a new killing in The Metro newspaper every single day, I was on the verge of tears whilst sitting on the Piccadilly line for those 10 minutes. People die all the time and it’s not always in the media, but when it does happen so unexpectedly, it’s important to take time to reflect on your own personal life, because you never know – you could be here one day, and gone the next. Just like that.

With everyone wrapped up in the UEFA Euro 2016 and EU referendum; it’s easy to dismiss how much violence is actually going on out there, it’s pretty scary when you realise how dangerous this world is, yet nevertheless I still believe you shouldn’t live in fear.

Having said this, it feels almost wrong to say that I’m happy (with my life I mean, not the above of course). I woke up this morning and had butterflies in my stomach, not wanting to eat (the same sensation you get when you really like a guy) and if you know me – I’m that slim girl with a fat soul, I ALWAYS WANT TO EAT lol.

It was like a moment of excitement and slight nervousness because I’m overwhelmed with how many opportunities are present to me right now. I completely forgot how much I loved writing whilst in the midst of being so damn busy and working 7 days a week. I barely have time to chill, although as this is my only first day off. I’m making it priority to reflect, and share it with you all.

“This is crazy, I’m on the right track, I’m finally found. You need some soul-searching, the time is now” Nas – One Mic.

I’m not the most eloquent speaker, in fact I’m just a common north London chick and honestly I dig that. I’m cool with not being your perfect stereotypical woman. When I hear tracks like Ray BLK ft. Stormzy – My Hood and how authentic it is, I just feel so incredibly blessed to be that average British person. We all have to work hard to get where we want to be especially coming from not necessarily privileged backgrounds, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t appreciate what we already have.  Home is where the heart is.

P.S I must say overall our music scene at the moment is BANGING. If you’re a reader from abroad, I urge you to invest some time in discovering it (I should probably post a UK Only playlist on here soon and pay homage). Remix She Blogs Hip-Hop lol.

It’s exactly half way through the year, 6 months in and I’ve already accomplished so much and have continuous ideas on how I want to progress. So apart from blogging, I’ve trained in radio presenting, currently marketing in the events industry, bartending, training in photography, will soon be DJ’ing and will also be launching my own project called KJ & AJ with a close friend – I won’t give too much away about that yet.

Whether you believe in horoscopes or not, this was mine today and it is so on point, I’m choosing to.

“Some big element in your life is transitioning Taurus. This could mean big change, and you are not someone who loves change. If you don’t evolve with this transition though, you won’t be able to reap the benefits that come with it. While this change may make you feel frightened, exposed, and uncertain of where you are going, it will eventually bring a sense of closure and a feeling of newfound hope. Be brave, and be open to the many possibilities that are opening up for you.”

It’s amazing how much can change in short amount of time only by altering your mind frame, finding inner-peace and positivity being key. I wouldn’t say I’ve reached my goals, aspirations or dreams but as of now I’m embarking on the journey towards it and for that reason, I’m happy.

I really do believe everything happens for a reason and in within certain timing so be patient, however at same time.. make moves for those of you not born with a silver spoon.

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Drake – Views: Album Review

You know when you cook something fresh and you just gotta let it marinade for a while so it can digest well? I don’t know if that makes sense to ya’ll but it was basically my outlook whilst listening to Views. I had to hear it a few times to be like.. “yeah I actually like this” although, there hasn’t really been a Drake album I haven’t liked or even song for that matter. He’s dope, no denying it. Pretty sure I’ve mentioned that I’ve seen him live 4 times and would probably go a 5th? Yup.

So as a London girl, when I first heard One Dance get played on the radio – I was GASSED because Drake had sampled UK funky house track Kyla – Do You Mind (Crazy Cousinz), one of those old-skool tunes that give you a nostalgic vibe and fusing this with a dancehall feel. My immediate reaction was “rah this guy is a genious”.  You can’t help but buss some moves especially when afro-beat artist Wizkid jumps in.

“Strength and guidance, all that i’m wishing for my friends”

Views definitely has some dancehall Caribbean theme running through it with Controlla (Drake all up in his feelings again, committed to his lady ) which has two versions. One with Popcaan which got leaked but for some reason didn’t make it on the track-list (the version I personally much prefer!) and another with Beanie Man with a small sample of his tune Tear Off Mi Garment.  Slightly random.

“I think I’d die for you. Jodeci ‘Cry For You’ Do things when you want me to”

One of my favourite songs features Rihanna with Too Good. I mean, when these two collaborate it’s just magic lol great chemistry. Also sampling Popcaan with Love Yuh Bad, the song is definitely relatable to couples in a similar situation where they feel their love is taken for granted and all their efforts aren’t reciprocated resulting in distance. Sometimes it’s hard to reconnect.

“I don’t know how to talk to you, I just found myself getting lost with you. Lately you just make me work to hard for you, got me on flights overseas and I still can’t get across to you”

Now when i heard Pimp C on Faithful; I was like “whaaaaaaat yo turn this up” literally. It just felt so good to hear the late artist after so long! It was old blended with something new as OVO signed dvsn is also sings last verse. Those chill vibes, Drake again pouring his heart out lol.

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Unfortunately I’m running out of time to give a low down on the entire album, let me finish off by saying Views may not be his best but definitely has some really great moments. Drake once again, proves his consistency in the music game. Nothing but salutes out here.

 

Beyoncé “Lemonade” (Full Movie)

“When life gives you lemons, Beyoncé gives you life”

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Kanye West – The Life of Pablo: Album Review

Another reason for TIDAL, Kanye West; The Creative. Let’s start with giving him that title because he is one hell of a character. As a fan, I’ve seen his journey from a musician to a businessman with his fashion line and marrying a Kardashian, you can either love him or hate him but regardless, the guy will not stop till his persona is considered an ‘Icon’ on this earth.

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*Takes a deep breath* The Life of Pablo where do I begin, at least it’s finally been given a name, and I quite like it as opposed to the previous options Swish and Waves. Very “Kanye”, and when I say that, I mean because he is pretty weird – just see the album art cover. If I’m comparing this album to his last dark one Yeezy then yes it’s a massive step up! Legendary like good-feel College Drop Out? I dunno.

It’s definitely hard to communicate or try and describe the album in words to you guys because there’s no genre box you can really put it in, even though he is considered a hip-hop artist. The Life Of Pablo runs through a number of Kanye emotions but ultimately an energetic, slightly messy but enjoyable album making it debut at No.1 on the billboard charts.

The first track Ultralight Bean showcases some gospel vibes with a number of vocals and preaching ‘this is God’s dream’ I hear that (the holy Kanye). Father Stretch My Hands Pt.1 the complete opposite, it’s got a Kid Cudi hook and speaks on fxcking a model, getting in an argument but still loving her (the douche Kanye). Pt 2. of this track samples Panda – Desiigner (BIG TUNE!) but yeh apologizing for putting work before his women (the sympathetic Kanye).

Rihanna features on Famous with a Nina Simone sample speaking on his conflict with fame and all the crap he dealt with the media, he even addresses the Taylor Swift incident when he cut her off at the VMA’s 2009 with “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex, why? I made that bxtch famous” (the IDGAF Kanye).

Track 7 – I Love Kanye is a freestyle which doesn’t even need brackets, ya’ll know what that’s about – his bighead. Real Friends was the first single from the album which came out featuring Ty Dolla $ign on the hook expressing his struggles with relationships, friends and family.

I could potentially go through all songs with interpretations like the fact that he mentions “I feel liberated” a few times, feeling blessed that his continuous ideas can be executed.. BUT I won’t bore you, have a listen below, Chris Brown also features on the album. The Life of Pablo is 100% getting space on my iTunes.

Rihanna ft. Drake – Work [New Video Alert]

IT’S HERE. NOT JUST ONE, BUT TWO VIDEOS FOR RIHANNA FT. DRAKE – WORK (single taken from new album ANTI). The capitals were necessary , they didn’t lie when they put (Explicit) next to it.

First video: pure twerking.
Second video: cute af.

UK Clapback Season – Yungen vs. Chip

Beef amongst North London Chip and South London Yungen.
It’s clear who won this grime battle.

It all started when Chip drew out Yungen with a subtle line in ’96 Bars of Revenge’ in referral to the MOBO Awards where he says:

“Some of your best newcomers ain’t new,
So if you’re gonna nominate Yungen,
Big up, but nominate Sneakbo too”

Then Yungen retaliated in his second verse on ‘Comfy’

Yo, man wanna talk about me at the MOBOs like I ain’t heard it
Man wanna talk about my nomination like I don’t deserve it

Man wanna bring me down, I know man was happy with the verdict

And the rest is pretty much history, see for yourself.

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