PERFECT ILLUSION OR A PERFECT DELUSION?

Hey guys!! Lady Gaga released her latest single a few days (September 9th) titled “Perfect Illusion” which serves as the lead single for her upcoming fifth studio album but more importantly it’s her come back to pop music since her previous pop release ARTPOP in 2013. ARTPOP was lady gaga’s fourth studio album which had quite the tasteful sound; meaning, ARTPOP was a bit ahead of its time. Following ARTPOP, the pop songstress took to creating a jazz masterpiece with music legend Tony Bennet titled “Cheek to Cheek” another album of acquired taste.  It was not a flop for jazz music but compared to her legacy it was probably her worst album. So this single needed to have character (which it did) it needed to have pizaz (which it also did) but above all it needed to speak volumes to the masses and it needed to have an inequitable over the top bang which it lacked.

Her working on this song with Mark Ronson, Blood pop and Kevin Parker I would have expected it to have that IT factor but it didn’t do it for me. Listening to the song the first time it seemed to paint the picture of a new age on further analyses you can tell it sounded somewhat unfinished (or is it just me? Leave a comment). The start of the song was rather electrifying but along the line I was a bit lost in the instrumental (which Is typical for me listening to pop rock songs but don’t worry I found myself). Her vocals were undeniably strong and clear though which is her strong suit given her limited vocal range. I really liked the chorus it has this element that would make it stick even hours after listening to it. The bridge was amazing and then the key change happened and I was teleported to another dimension. Now my problem with this song is not that its bad but it just doesn’t scream comeback to me and it’s too short. Being a big gaga fan I really hoped for a longer experience but alas Miss Germanotta had something different for me.

It’s a bit different from Gaga’s usual sound but still very reminiscent of Madonna’s Papa Don’t Preach and some of Gaga’s older songs. I like the song and I would still continue listening to it, I think you guys should give it a listen if you haven’t and if you have lemme know your thoughts in the comment section.

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SONG OF THE WEEK

Hey guys!! Its your boy back again with another song of the week. I know I said I was going to upload one every week but being totally honest it was a failed attempt because my demographic behind this isn’t just to share with you guys awesome music, but it’s to share songs that I think I have a personal connection with. So on that note I will be dropping one of these once in a while, you know whenever I feel motivated to.

So if you’re one to follow the activities of the music industry/society, then you definitely don’t miss the Annual Grammy Awards. There were some amazing performances this year, I’m sure you all remember Lady Gaga’s David Bowie tribute (Epic!!) and you definitely remember the duet between James Bay and Tori Kelly. Yeah those performances were awesome but when this particular artiste who I had never heard of took the stage with Ellie Goulding I knew I had to get her song. That leads to my song of the week; Rise up by Andra Day. Rise up isn’t your conventional pop song, it’s a song that takes root in the somewhere from the mid 80’s to early 2000’s (in the same tone with the rest of her album).

I love this song not only because of her amazing vocals, but this song has a strong message and I believe we all need this in our lives. When you’ve been let down enough times in this life or you’ve been pushed around more than a couple times, you begin to believe people when they tell you you’re not good enough or you’ll never be anything more than a name that they call you. Being through what I’ve been through this song gave me a new sense of hope. It made me feel again. It has almost a chemical effect on me and because of that it’s become one of my everyday listen s just because I love how it makes me feel.

So if you haven’t listened to rise up, I strongly suggest you get to your nearest music provider (ITunes, Apple music, Spotify) and make this a part of your favourite playlist.

 

BRITNEY SPEARS: MAKE ME FEAT. G-EAZY

Hey everyone, I’m back again! Today it came to my notice that the so called “princess of pop” (no shade but shade) has released the first song of her ninth studio album (which is untitled to the best of my knowledge) and it’s called Make Me. Let’s just hope that this song doesn’t make me want to jump off a bridge (like her last album did), and let’s hope it’s a more successful attempt at a comeback than that Britney Jean and bubble-gum popping pretty girls she released last summer.

In retrospect it always sounded like Britney had a never ending cold, but now I can hear here words more clearly and her vocals seem to be smoother than ever. Please can I just contact the vocal coaches who have been training girls like Britney and Rihanna? (no shade again but shade!!). the song is very mellow and subtle at the start but the production builds up towards the chorus and I know I’ve said it already but her vocals on this song are so smooth seems like I’m being sent into a trans once the chorus comes on. It’s one of those songs I want to lip sync to in the shower LOL. The production really goes well with G-Eazy’s verse, his intro was pretty smooth and it fit perfectly with the song.

I see myself listening to this song a million times before the summer is over and I hope you guys will feel the same way when you listen to the song. It’s a very easy listen, pretty short if you ask me but it’s probably the tip of the iceberg of what is to come from the 34-year-old pop artiste in the nearest future.

SONG OF THE WEEK??

So I want to start a new segment of my blog where hopefully, every week I would write about a song or possibly an EP or album that I really liked that week.

This week in the spotlight is Waiting Game by Parson James. I can’t just talk about this song alone; I have to bring the whole EP to you. His EP is titled The Temple with a total of 5 songs which he released with Sony music earlier this year; he also has a full studio album set to be released with RCA Records later this year. Parson James is a bi-racial singer songwriter that absolutely blew me away with these songs which seem to be a cross between pop music and electronic music. He teamed up with Norwegian producer Kygo for the song stole the show, a single off The Temple EP.

If you’re tired of hearing people make noise and ready for an artiste who has a message with the stellar vocals and production to back it up, then Parson James is definitely the artiste to watch. This EP was completely mind blowing not because he has the best vocals of the bunch (his vocals are amazing tough don’t get me wrong) but because he isn’t conforming to the rules of the recent media. He’s putting music out there with genuine emotion its almost like he poured a piece of him into the music. This is why I will forever praise works of art such as LEMONADE which have set a standard for a certain kind of artiste who plans of leaving a mark in the sands of time and not just be a trend that would pass away. I love the EP but my favourite song is waiting game and I strongly recommend this EP to music lovers everywhere, this music is timeless.

Thank you guys for reading, hope you liked it. Make sure you share this blog, like, follow and please comment, your opinions and ideas are so important. Oh!! The Temple EP is available on itunes and spotify. Till next time people Stay Slaying!!!!

FORMATION

“Bitch I’m back!”

On Saturday, the 6th of February, I literally dropped everything I was doing to catch my first glimpse of this video. Following the trend of her 2013 album, Beyonce the Queen of the music industry dropped a surprise single accompanied with the video, a day before she was scheduled to perform at the 2016 50th super bowl halftime show. The 20 time Grammy award winning artiste probably got us all talking about her new video, I mean it’s Beyonce who wouldn’t be. It’s been a week since this post- formation world and we have officially sorted through the emotional rubble, grown our edges back, and resurrected from being slain by her awesomeness. Now there is a crucial question. What does it mean to get in “formation”? And are you going to get in formation? Or are you going to be a bystander and watch events unfold before your eyes?

This is probably her most political piece yet, using various scenes from New Orleans, Louisiana to produce an unapologetic black anthem which took the world by storm. Beyonce presents black humanity in ways we haven’t recently seen in popular art or culture. Everything in the video was strategically placed to make meaning to those who are observant enough and the juxtaposition of lyrics with imagery absolutely ties this video together. This song showcases a genre of music which originated from NOLA, “bounce” (a faster paced hip-hop). She also pays homage to her southern roots and shows what being from the south is all about. While some people praise Beyonce for the song, others have called her; racist, cop hater, black supremacist among other things. Black people cannot be racist because racism is all about oppression and uhm………white people have not been oppressed. These people have chosen to feel offended by the imagery in this video because, this song is an absolutely amazing black power anthem. I don’t see how promoting empowerment, self love and encouragement/motivation for a people who have been called ugly, uneducated and worst of all “less than”, could be thought of as anything other than iconic. Beyonce is a millennial and this song just solidifies her place as an artiste, an icon and a major influence in pop culture. Anyway enough with this politics, let’s get into why this song is so poetically defiant and still so fierce and sultry.

For this song, Beyonce channels bounce queen Big Freedia, and Messy Mya (a controversial social media celebrity/comedian who was gunned down on the streets of NOLA in 2010). He starts us off asking “what happened after new Orleans?” we are then taken on a journey through the streets of NOLA, showing us some dancers, a police jacket while Bey crouches on a NOLA police department cruiser almost completely submerged in the flood waters of a post-Katrina NOLA.screen_shot_20160206_at_6_36_02_pm_png_CROP_promo-xlarge2_36_02_pmDuring all this, Messy Mya lets us know that the queen is back and she is coming back without remorse. Fast forward………..as I said before, Bey pays homage to her southern roots when she says “My daddy Alabama/mama Louisiana, you mix that negro with that Creole make a Texas Bama” (Bama was a word used back in the day to describe black people who lacked style, an insult which could only be reclaimed by the Queen). This line is pretty self explanatory but for those who don’t know, here is a history lesson. During the times of slavery Louisiana was a popular slavers port and a lot of different races came together there. Creole is a word that was used to distinguish people who were born in Louisiana or who were not born in mother countries. Creoles may be a mix of Africans, French, Spanish and/or Native American. Moving on, Beyonce addresses the garbage people who make fun of her daughter and husband while still making people see the beauty in natural kinky hair and prominent noses and blue makes a cameo in the video helping her mum conquer the world while sporting her natural lovely locks.beyonce-formation-music-video-blue-ivy-750x522 Throughout the video, Beyonce and her dancers also sport natural hair, and a few other choice hairstyles promoting black culture and black nativity. She also says another very interesting line “I’ve got hot sauce in my bag, swag” if you know you know. So for the first time, Bey addresses the rumors that she and her husband are in a super secret devil worshipping society (illuminati) when she says “y’all haters corny with that illuminati mess” and during the second chorus where she explains how dedicated she is to her work and how she doesn’t stop working until she gets what she wants. “I twirl on my haters, albino alligators”, its funny how this line may sound stupid until you really think about it. So she twirls on her haters which is similar to an alligator’s death roll and albino alligators just shows how unique she is in the way she does her work, I mean have you seen those animals?? While sending a powerful message, she still manages to bring out her cocky side, empower women and flip off her haters when she sings “when he fuck me good I take his ass to red lobster”.beyonce-formation-video

A number of things in this video and Beyonces performance at the 50th super bowl halftime show can be interpreted to Bey showing her support for the black lives matter movement, she addresses the continued police brutality against the black people and general oppression of the Negro man. In the video there are two very distinct scenes that are constantly repeated. The scene where Bey and a group of black women are seated in the parlor of a plantation (absolutely owning it) wearing corsetsbeyonce-formation-video-blue-ivy-carter-21 and the scene with Bey in front of a plantation with a group of black men who are looking dapper in nice suites while Bey is endowed with jewelry and a magnificent Chanel dress.beyonce-formation-still_custom-b2ffa23142f2b3d45799a09c60077d0811a00c5f-s900-c85 The former depicts the early 1900’s when the slaves were “free” but still heavily oppressed and the latter portrays a world where black people are more powerful and the lives of black people are solely in the hands of black people. Also, fast forward to the scene where a little boy in a hoodie break dances before a group of police men lined up in riot gear. At the end of his dance he raises his hands and the police officers raise their hands in response. Right after, there is a tagged wall which reads “stop shooting us”. Peace at last, these few frames have an important message of peace in the world, a world where there aren’t any unnecessary killings all because of someone’s race. This scene also references the killings of young Tamir rice and Trayvon martin. During her super bowl performance, Bey recreates Michael Jacksons outfit from his super bowl performance where he performed we are the world, while her dancers were dressed to reference the Black Panther party (1966 – 1982)

which was created to monitor the behavior of police officers and monitor police brutality in Oakland, California. People took offence to this act, because it is believed that the black panthers were a hate group aimed at opposing the government and killing police officers, (when in fact they worked to protect endangered communities and end police brutality) and the fact that she had no white dancers in her entourage. What these people seem to misunderstand is that for a generation that has experienced an all white nominations at the Oscars, these events are a big nudge from our post-racial slumber and this song couldn’t have been released at a more perfect time. Notice how she released the video on Mardi Gras weekend while it showcases her using Mardi Gras to critique police brutality. Also this video was released on a day after what would have been Trayvon martins 21st birthday and a day before Sandra Blands 29th birthday (both are people of color who were unjustly killed and they are focal points in the black lives matter movement). So everything Beyonce planned and did last weekend was a booming mediation of black identity, the validity and transience of a person’s roots and history, a befitting present for black history month.

This song and video make me love and respect Beyonce even more because it’s simply amazing to see something so profoundly fierce and unabashed pass on such a message to the general public. According to Beyonce “you know you that bitch when you cause all this conversation” she definitely is that bitch because this video has made people rethink the world they live in today and I believe it would spark up some action for the greater good. Her constant repetition of “I slay”, “we slay” and “let’s get in formation” is an official invitation for all of us to stick together and show people what exactly black people are made off and of course slay with her. I sure know that I am going to be in formation, the question is, are you going to be in formation? The choice is yours.From-Beyonc233-to-Dancing-Guy-The-best-memes-from-Super-Bowl-50

And that’s all ima say about that.

This video is definitely a must watch so I strongly advice you do, if you haven’t watched it a million times like I have. Anyway thanks for reading, I hope you had fun reading it and you appreciate this master piece like I do. Don’t forget to follow and comment. Till next time, peace bitches, stay slaying!!!!😘😘✌🏿️✌🏿