There are undeniable similarities, shared lineage and parallels to be drawn between contemporary pop music from our continent and the one produced by our counterparts in the Carribean. We’ve alluded to it before. We’ve also hinted at the constant exchange and meld of flavors, patterns, sounds, and techniques between them. We love it, we’d love...Continue reading
We’ll start on a rather bouncy note. On the heels of the shock waves caused by a Beyoncé “love letter“, one of the notable Afrobeats absentees from Lion King: The Gift released his own single (“Blow My Mind”) featuring an other American pop heavyweight, Chris Brown. It’s the strongest indication yet (“Démo” aside) that all...Continue reading
The summer is just around the corner and, as Sen remarked, artists are lining up with their best in order to strike gold, win our hearts and be crowned the song-of-the-summer. Along with a comeback narrative, Katy Perry has swung for the fences with “Never Really Over”, her first solo outing in two years. It’s...Continue reading
I remember that Darius Rucker, back when he was tearing through the charts with Hootie & The Blowfish, admitted that he provoked arguments with his spouse because he found out he could write great songs out of strife. I say that to say this… Though, I wouldn’t wish the pain of heartbreak on anyone; you...Continue reading
Top Dawg Etertainment, home of Kendrick Lamar and SZA, recently added Reason, a Carson CA rapper, to their quality-loaded roster. Along with the announcement, Reason released an intro-of-sorts titled “The Soul”. We lead off with that fiery one and some of the lyrics (quoted below) justify why.
You can’t escape the song. Why would you even try? The dance challenge videos (and associated recklessness) have been everywhere. At this point, you might as well embrace it and ride the wave. “In My Feelings” will go down as one the bigger — if not the biggest — hits of this year. And the...Continue reading