Here, in “Uhlalu’kwenza”, is a tale of triumph over adversity. In the last quarter of 2017, South African singer Busisiswe Thwala — her nom de plume is Cici — released a self-titled album, wherein she channeled her emotions, her traumas from an abusive relationship and her resolve into heart-wrenching and heart-warming songs. An accomplished actress,...
Chris Brown’s new single “Undecided”… First of all, you have to respect the timing here: the first smash hit to take over the first weekend of 2019. Then, tapping into our fond memories for the early nineties R&B sound (remember Shanice’s “I Love Your Smile“?) will have us undoubtedly hooked — Bruno Mars rode that...Continue reading
There’s strength in numbers. That’s the running theme behind most of the videos in this week’s Roll and Coasters. From one-two punch combinations (Bas with Cozz, Juicy J with Kanye, Pryse with Eva Alordiah) to massive posse cuts (DJ Juls, DJ Khaled, Khuli Chana), it’s all here.
Here are some quick thoughts about this week’s roundup. The Florida Georgia Line video treatment for “May We All” could have easily been expanded to a short film. It’s that good! Just as good: the visuals for the excellent DJ Shadow and RTJ collaboration. Lastly, I look forward to a near future where (almost all)...Continue reading
I hope you’ve enjoyed the chill (and slightly uptempo) vibes that we shared ealier in our recap playlist of the more memorable popular hits of this year. Similarly, we now propose a complementary playlist of party anthems. So, say goodbye 2018, but get off that seat and let us drive your hips into 2019. Happy...Continue reading
The last time we were on the subject of 50 Cent and his legacy — that is still being written, mind you — I hinted that a third volume was on the way. Though he’s more active as a thespian these days and a social media commentator, he’s still as controversial as ever. Through it...Continue reading
DJ R-Tistic is as dope a DJ as the best in the business. If my word isn’t enough for you, then the growing list of his plaudits and achievements should be. For a few years now, Ronald has been putting out seasonal mixes every quarter. It just felt appropriate to throw this one out here...Continue reading
First of all, this new collaboration between Guinean Frenchman MHD and Nigerian Wizkid is a banger! I won’t belabor you with my assumptions about how it came about and how much sense it makes commercially. I rather romanticize the whole thing and wish the success will to more cross-countryculture collaborations. (And we have a few...Continue reading
Faheem Rashad Najm has been a game changer for R&B. Derided at first, T-Pain’s genius method of “misusing” a pitch correction tool (Auto-Tune) has become a go-to technique for so many of the current chart toppers in hip-hop and R&B. Speaking of charts, since his debut album (Rappa Ternt Sanga in 2005), he was a...Continue reading
If the game was going to have one multi-tasking mogul, then it’s pretty obvious that 50 Cent was the chosen one. Curtis James Jackson III is a businessman at heart. We’ve been privileged to witness his evolution throughout the years as he built a multimedia empire. But in the beginning, his music and the energy...Continue reading