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:

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New Year, New Me

What’s up? Been a minute since we kicked it, I’ve been caught up (you better have read that singing it like Jhene Aiko). Yes I realise it’s nearly the end of January and yes I nearly threw up writing that title but whatever I’m back and I’m better (Bryson Tiller voice).

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Ok I’ll stop lol but I have a really good feeling about 2016 – no clue what’s in store for me but what I do know is that it can only get better.

2015 was literally one of the most mentally challenging years of my life, I definitely struggled. Going in between different jobs and a few other personal issues I won’t address and bore you with (but basically a series of bad luck and disappointments). Despite allathat, I really do believe everything happens for a reason and God has my back regardless. In hindsight, there were also some pretty memorable moments.

This month has slightly dragged; not necessarily a bad thing, although I’ve heard a couple crappy things happen recently so there must be something wrong in the air or water.

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No matter how cliché it sounds, I really did start the year by having a more positive outlook, keeping proactive and cutting out all the waste in my life. Do you know how good it feels when you don’t hold any anger, don’t overthink situations and just don’t care about certain stuff or people? FLIPPIN’ AMAZING. Honestly, stop complaining and start +44’ing.

Seriously, it’s the way to go. I’m not saying be sour or salty but make a change, keep yourself busy, find happiness and be confident (I’m not trying to be a preacher by the way – behave).

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If you set out certain goals, do them init (or at least attempt to), don’t just say it.

Everyone be like:

-Gonna start gym
-Gonna find a bae
-Gonna get more money
-Gonna loose weight
-Gonna go out the country

BLA BLA BLA.. bruh

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Good luck.

 

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.

G-Eazy – When It’s Dark Out: Album Review

Firstly, I don’t want to see any Macklemore comparisons because G-Eazy is also a white rapper from the south. There is no comparison; G-Eazy is doper by a long mile. I remember hearing I Mean It (ft. Remo) last year and loving it, in-fact I’m listening it whilst writing this.

I didn’t have any expectations when I decided to listen to the album, because even though I rated him a little, I wasn’t a huge fan although I think he may have just converted me with When It’s Dark Out. I am beyond impressed because it’s an album that I can thoroughly listen to without feeling the need to skip a song which hasn’t happened in a minute. The sound-track features hit singles Me, Myself & I (ft. Bebe Rexha), Random and Drifting (ft. Chris Brown and Tory Lanez) with a video soon to drop.

For a sophomore album, it’s not one to be dismissed. There’s been so much shade thrown but rather than being a hater, take time to listen. Couple of my favourites include Calm Down, Of All Things (ft. Too $hort), Order More (ft. Starrah) and Nothing To Me (ft. Keyshia Cole & E-40).

How much of it is really G-Eazy though? We don’t know. Is everyone going to like it? Probably not but I’m one of the few that do.

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Ty Dolla $ign – Free TC: Album Review

Free TC? That’s Ty’s little brother who’s locked up.

To be completely honest, I do really like Ty $ but I wasn’t heavily excited about his album coming out till I saw somebody tweet that it was solid and a few tunes were fire. He was right. I’m already diggin’ his singles including Sitting Pretty (ft. Wiz Khalifa), Only Right (ft. YG, Joe Moses & TeeCee4800), Blasé (ft. Future & Rae Sremmurd) and Saved (ft. E-40) which are killing it on the radio right now. Ty $ is raw, his content is anyway, but the man has soul which is why this is a great R&B album – a bit different to his previous ones.

Free TC is filled with collaborations, in-fact I’m sure there are only two songs on the entire track list without a feature. He really brought out the guns with this one, I’m talking the artists mentioned above alongside Jagged Edge, Babyface, Trey Songz, Sevyn Streeter, Kanye West and Fetty Wap to name more than a few! I aint complaining though because I’m really enjoying it, the funny thing is – when you actually deep the lyrics to some of these songs, you’ll be like wtf (sex & disrespect) but because he’s created them so damn smooth – you let the words slide. Some of my favourites are Horses In The Stable, Credit, Miracles and When I See You.

It’s worth a listen, he’s added a mix of gangster hip-hop, a lil pop but most def that good R&B. 8/10

Justin Bieber – Purpose: Album Review

Alright so I have to admit, I’m guilty of catching the Bieber fever and I’m not even sorry (hah get it?). I’ve given credit to the the guy since his last R&B influenced album Journals which was released last year where you could tell he definitely grew up and sounded more mature. Sometimes I can’t even believe he’s younger than me, I still bump to All That Matters and Recovery – plus a couple others to this day.

Although if we go back to this album – it’s different but I like it, I think it’s appropriate to say that it has BANGERS. Earlier in the year we heard Where Are You Now (prod by Skrillex & Diplo) he surprisingly tried something new – dance music and it actually worked. Following that, hit singles What Do You Mean and Sorry were released and they were similar.

I didn’t know I was in for a treat whilst listening to Purpose (Deluxe) . There’s a variety making it a good album, constructing sounds for every mood for a wide audience. The club hits and the slow jams. He brought on a couple hip-hop artists to feature including No Pressure (ft. Big Sean), No Sense (ft. Travis Scott) and We Are (ft. Nas) plus our UK’s finest Ed Sheeran decided to hop on Love Yourself.

You might not dig the whole album but if you haven’t at least heard some of these tunes already then you should.