I was watching HBO’s show, Insecure, which features the channels first all black cast. The show is like the black millennials Sex and the City, which has made it interesting and provided perspective. On the Last episode of season two, Frank Ocean’s single, Biking, was played as the final events played out. It was the perfect song for the end of the season and it is also one of the best Frank Ocean songs I have heard in a long time (mind the fact that I did not listen to Blonde, his latest release). I have attached the track. Give it a listen and check out HBO Insecure while you’re at it.
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I was obsessed with m.A.A.d City when it was released but I have not done much listening to Kendrick Lamar since then. His new album DAMN. was released this month and all of my friends were encouraging me to give it a listen. I was definitely not disappointed. HUMBLE. is my favourite song off of the album. I really enjoy listening to Trap music and this song has those trap elements coupled with quality rapping. I just really like listening to this song while I am walking or on the subway.
1 NIGHT is a song by new rapper Lil Yachty. For some odd reason, I love this song. It is actually quite bad, the voice is extremely monotone, the lyrics are not intelligent, but it is so catchy and funny that I cannot stop listening to it. The beat is also good so it doesn’t hurt to listen to it for that reason. If you want to laugh along to the lyrics and bad singing/rapping, then just watch the video which also doubles as a lyric video.
P.S. The music video is just as hilarious as his aesthetic!
I have heard this song in the past but I have never truly appreciated its creative genius until about 3 days ago. I was browsing through a Spotify Playlist one day and this song was on the list. Since I haven’t heard this song in years, I decided to press play as a throwback moment. As soon as I heard it, I was absolutely drawn in by the upbeat sounds and the chorus. I also liked the fact that there wasn’t a ton of swearing in this song, compared to our Rap/Trap music today. It was kind of a nice moment to sit back and appreciate what Hip-Hop used to be in all its greatness. I may not be a hip-hop/rap connoisseur, but I can truthfully say that this is a good song!
Wow, 2 months later, and finally a blog post. This is what happens when you decide that working and taking 7 university courses is a good idea. Anyways, 2 weeks ago, I went on a field placement for a week for a credit (most fun way to earn a credit let me tell you). While partying (and obviously studying), my friends kept on playing this song and it eventually got in my head and I have been listening to it everyday since. This term ‘Hotline Bling” has even become a word in my vocabulary and I love everything about it. The video didn’t impress me as much, but really what was Drake going do in a music video with this song? I feel that his coreography is pretty good and the video is great in its artisic nature. For once, this song’s video has not been uploaded to youtube, therefore there will be no video at the bottom. However, if you click the link below, it will take you to the official video. Hopefully your hotline blings very soon…whether or not its your service provider telling your you used up your data or not.
Skrillex has been the motivating force on my workout playlist since 2011. I love the fast paced beats, the lack of words, and the fact that it sounds like two transformers attacking each other. Lately, I have been including some hip-hop/rap/trap music into my workout playlists in addition to my EDM selections. I discovered Wild for the Night just a couple of weeks ago and it has become one of my go to songs for the gym.
Wild for the Night takes the vocals of A$AP Rocky and combines them with the beats of Skrillex. Its like a Dub-Trap fusion song. It really is good and catchy and great for any workout.
Feds Watching is a song by rapper 2Chainz featuring, and obviously written by Pharell. This song is interesting as it moves away from 2Chainz regular style of music and ventures more into not only Pharell’s style, but more of a reggae fusion. More than the hilariously misplaced lyrics, the beat is extremely catchy and something that I can find myself dancing too.
One thing I appreciated about this music video was its ability to lean more towards appreciating the beauty of the dark-skinned woman compared to objectifying her. The video features many beautiful and gorgeous black women who are dressed in a more model-esque fashion. They are not appealing to a mans gratification, like in other rap videos, but they are simply just enjoying themselves in the sun at a pool house in each others company…and 2 Chainz company of course. It was refreshing to see a different depiction for once.
Notable Mention: My favourite line in this entire song has to be, “I just got some pants made out of Snake Skin”, when in actuality (and the music video) he does not wear snake skin pants. Must say I was truly disappointed about this.