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.

 

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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.

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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Rihanna – ANTI (Deluxe): Album Review

That’s right, Rihanna’s awaited album ANTI was finally out on January 28th 2016. I even downloaded TIDAL to stream it first.

I wanted this album to slay for three reasons:
1. It’s Rihanna.
2. It’s been 4 years since her last album.
3. I’m seeing her in concert this summer.

I think everybody went a bit crazy when single ‘Work’ featuring Drake dropped a few weeks ago, including me. When I first heard it, my reaction was “wtf is this? I’m not impressed, I expected more.” BOY has my opinion drastically changed. The more I hear it, the more I LOVE it. It’s officially become my office anthem; of course some of the lyrics had to be googled though lol.

ANTI (Deluxe) is definitely not her best album to date, but there are some decent tracks on it. I like the fact she’s explored with different sounds. It’s not an ‘R&B’ or ‘Pop’ record; it’s a RIRI record – only she could do it.

Tracks 1-8 are probably the songs I enjoy the most opposed to the second half of the album which personally wasn’t produced that great. The first song Consideration ft. SZA (only other collaboration) has some Barbados vibes to it whereas James Joint is that tune you listen to whilst rolling a blunt. Kiss It Better has an upbeat ‘80s pop feel with a beautiful guitar instrumental, then you got Yeah I Said It with a slowjam  R&B touch to it, and finally Work – say no more.

My personal favourite is Needed Me which uses a DJ Mustard beat. Here’s a little taster:

“But baby, don’t get it twisted.
You was just another nigga on the hit list,
tryna fix your inner issues with a bad bitch.
Didn’t tell you that I was savage?
Fuck ya white horse and ya carridge”

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The last song on the album Rihanna expresses zero shame in admitting she is amazing in the bedroom with Sex With Me. I can just imagine females out there getting big headed, dedicating it to certain guys, and screaming “this is my tune!” smh.

Have a listen below:

Craig David [Live Performance]

Legendary UK artist Craig David recently performs his own spin on a cover of Justin Bieber’s Love Yourself as well as his new hit single When The Bassline Drops (ft. Big Narstie) on BBC Radio Live Lounge. Watch them below. Giving fans a reason to fall in love with him all over again.

Chris Brown – Royalty: Album Review

I was super excited for this album to drop when first announced. I’ve always been a Chris Brown fan and the hype for it was so real, I really thought it was going to be masterpiece and go down as a classic. You can see where I’m going with this.. I was wrong and frankly I’m slightly disappointed.

When hit singles Liquor, Zero and Back To Sleep released, everyone screamed YES he’s back with some dope songs for his seventh studio album. It’s not terrible; I just expected some soulful R&B with a couple club anthems not a commercial pop record which it feels like. He spoke in various interviews about taking his time in the studio, creating something great, something personal, and with the album title being named after his daughter – it just didn’t deliver unfortunately.

We all like songs about sex and relationships, its natural but it lacks vision and growth from him as a person, especially after going through so many changes this past year. I wanted to hear so much more, feel more. Don’t get me wrong, Picture Me Rollin, Little Bit, Fine By Me, Blow It In The Wind and couple others will get played on my speakers occasionally but overall it’s not my favourite album out at the moment. If you’re a CB fan like me then it’s worth listening to, just don’t expect to be amazed. Oh and check out all the visuals on YouTube – pretty sick.

Anyways, this is just a slip up – he still remains as one of the biggest male artists right now and I’m sure we have a lot more of his music and creativity to look forward to in the future.