On Saturday Beyoncé once again surprised us with the release of the “Flawless (Remix)” featuring Nicki Minaj via SoundCloud and Beyonce.com. The new track is hot, with a new verse from Beyonceé referencing the elevator incident. Bey was keen to point out that families have issues even if the family is worth a billion dollars. Nicki Minaj’s verse just put the hammer in the coffin, making this remix one of the best I have heard so far this year.
check out the tune at flawless.beyonce.com or find it on SoundCloud.
In this interview, we get to see a somewhat different side of Tyler the Creator. Yes, he is still his usual self with a complete disregard for societal boundaries and standards, but we get an insight into his brain that we have never seen before. He talks about his desires to not just be a rapper, but a man of many different talents in many different avenues. He talks about his views on the N-word, racism, and anti-gay slurs.
Check out the interview here.
So a few months ago Nicki Minaj released the track “Lookin’ Ass”. The track has gotten some major backlash over the music video. Many saying it was demeaning of Malcolm X‘s message and the struggle of civil rights within America. Others are saying it has powerful message within itself because the lyrics of the song are representative of another struggle. The struggle for Women’s Rights and the need for feminism. The difficulty with this song, that a lot of other raps songs with a powerful message have, is that people get overburden with the so called graphic language. Graphic language is used often in rap music and due to this people don’t pay attention to the context or the conversation taking place.
“Look at y’all lookin’ ass niggas
Stop lookin’ at my ass ass niggas”
“I ‘on’t want sex, give a fuck about your ex
I ‘on’t even want a text from y’all niggas”
Yeah, there’s a lot of N-word usage, but the first stanza asks men to stop objectifying women. The second stanza I quoted asks for the same exact thing.
Similarly with “Bound” by Kanye West, there consistantly seems to be a disregard for the intellect behind music videos of rap songs. Sometimes there are no themes, no messages to be shared, but that is not always the case. These people are artists and artists rarely do anything without some meaning. Rap is an art form. It is their way of expression. And just like how we over analyze literature in the classroom that same kind of attentiveness needs to be shown toward music and music videos. For example, when I go out to the bars one song consistently played is “Born in the USA” by Bruce Springsteen. Drunks scream that chorus at the top of their lungs but how many people actually know that the song is about Springsteen’s dissatisfaction with the U.S. government during the Vietnam War.
“Got in a little hometown jam so they put a rifle in my hand
Sent me off to a foreign land to go and kill the yellow man”
I don’t think all that many know and I think that kind of lack of knowledge in Mainstream America will always blur an artist’s message.
Check out our overview of Nicki Minaj’s most recent track “Pills N Potions“
The United States music scene is very internalized. Rarely do we immediately appreciate an artist or music group when they are originally from a country that is seemingly foreign to the majority of Americans. Nico & Vinz are one of these groups.
Nico & Vinz (formerly known as Envy) are Norwegian hip-hop/pop artist. One of their biggest hits to date is “Am I Wrong”, which was released last summer. Though the song has just became available on the US iTunes, its very disturbing to find out this song is not new after hearing it on the radio for the first time this past week. The song has even been performed for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize Contest.
“Am I Wrong” is an anthem for promoting individual thought (which is why it was probably selected to perform for the Nobel Peace Prize Contest).
Am I wrong for thinking out the box from where I stay?
Am I wrong for saying that I choose another way?
Walk your walk and don’t look back, always do what you decide
Don’t let them control your life, that’s just how I feel
Vinz sings the first verse as well as the chorus on this track while Nico sings the second verse and bridge. There are obvious signs of their musical influences within the song such as African drums, Norwegian pop and American hip-hop.
Many other foreign-to-the-US artists had slow break outs, like Disclosure whose popular hit “Latch” which was released in 2012, did not gain any traction in the US market until late 2013 and now.
Music and art should flow more freely through all avenues we have. Copyright laws are important, but the United States needs to be more collaborative with other countries, otherwise Americans will continually be behind the curve when it comes to discovering new music.
Thanks a bunch USA Today and Bustle
“Emotion (Ain’t Nobody)” is the second single off of Maverick Sabre‘s soon to be released second album. Check out the video below and see if you can guess where the chorus line “ain’t nobody” originally came from.
If you guessed Chaka Khan’s “Ain’t Nobody” you are on it.
Maverick Sabre has been on a 2 year hiatus and if this is a prediction of the music to come then this upcoming album will definitely reach heights his Lonely Are The Brave didn’t, (especially in the US).
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The local LA homie Cozz released this track in early March. Within a week this video went from under a 1oo views to about 27,000 views. The video has lost some of its traction since its early release but we wanted to share it again and give it some new looks.
Cozz has also released his track titled “I Need That”.
We’ll keep ya’ll up to date on when the mixtape will be released.
Thanks to 2dopeboyz.com and passionweiss.com
Nicki Minaj, after releasing several hard hitting hip-hop oriented singles from her upcoming album The Pink Print, has shared the single “Pills N Potions”. This single is proof enough that Minaj can manage her hip-hop origins with popular music.
One of my favorite lines from “Pills N Potions”
All the bridges you came over, don’t burn that yet
Niggas want respect, but niggas ain’t earned that yet
Definitely check out this track. In the past, I have not always been a fan of the Minaj, but with the release of this track as well as “Lookin Ass” and “Yasss Bish” The Pink Print is an album to be excited for.
Shout Out to Stereogum.com