A SEAT AT THE TABLE (ALBUM REVIEW)

HI GUYS!! Hope you guys have had an awesome week! I know I have. Today I’ll be reviewing a new masterpiece released by Solange Knowles which she called “`A Seat at the Table”.

I think it’s safe to say that 2016 has been a pretty awesome year for music. We’ve had a lot of unique and diverse albums come in different forms this year and I’ve been loving every bit of it. I haven’t been one to listen to any previous Solange albums until this one but, I know I loved two singles from her last album “True” which are Lovers in the parking lot and Losing You. Solange Knowles has never been a mainstream musician, that is to say that her sound is definitely an acquired taste and its very likely that a lot of people would not appreciate the artistry behind her music. Her sound is very unique in the sense that it reminiscent to the likes of Anderson Paak and Frank Ocean but still manages to set its self apart and solidify its ground as Urban Contemporary R’n’B.

With a track list of 21 songs including features from Lil Wayne, Sampha, Kelela, The Dream and BJ The Chicago Kid, “A Seat at The Table” is a very coherent album which explores very present human emotions at the same time telling an unapologetic story of black excellence. Aside from the music there are also heart felt interludes giving more depth and emotion to the story of this album. The first track is one of my favourite tracks and I feel it was a brilliant intro to the album, it’s kind of like a soft pillow preparing for the sweet sleep that is “A Seat at the Table”. I can’t even pick my favourite tracks at this point because every song has something different to offer from the next but the album is still so coherent so much so that its almost difficult to point out when the next track comes on (The Key is the interludes). As for her vocals on this album I was really surprised to hear her hit some notes, they weren’t big notes but that doesn’t matter because her music doesn’t need the big boisterous notes, there’s something about her vocals that just speaks to my soul.  The interludes are also amazing and somewhat uplifting, my best has to be Mama Tina’s interlude (Tina taught me) which comes right before Don’t Touch my Hair (listen to it and you’ll know why).

I’m really just in love with this album and it’s good to know that Solange has a very different sound from Beyonce and they really can’t be compared although lemonade and A Seat at the Table can be seen as companion albums in some ways. It’s not surprising though because they grew up in the same household and heard the same conversations. According to Solange they both have been pro-black their whole lives and I’m glad it’s very inherent in their music. I’ll definitely be snagging Solanges previous albums but remember if you don’t appreciate the music doesn’t mean it’s bad, shit or crap, it just isn’t your cup of tea but if you appreciate good music then this album is the right fit.

Sorry this is coming so late guys, the internet struggle is real. Please make sure you leave a comment, Let me know your best tracks from A Seat at the Table. Also, be sure to check my previous material, like and share this blog please!! See you next time!

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THE LEGEND OF TARZAN

Hey, hi, hello, yo, what’s up? I’m back again and today I’ll be reviewing “The Legend of Tarzan”. Yes, I know it’s been almost 2 months since its initial release but I just watched it today and my I was shooookkkk. So a few of my friends know I had plans to actualize my dreams of being a movie crawler (watching at least 3 movies at a go) but I made the mistake of watching Tarzan first and I couldn’t take it. I didn’t want the possibility of a garbage movie polluting my mind, so once I was done seeing Tarzan I headed home immediately.

So it’s been over a decade since Tarzan also known as John Clayton III and his wife Jane left Africa to live in Victorian England. He’s called back to his home to investigate the activities in a mining encampment by a supposed “royal invite”. This takes places in the late 17th century after the slavery abolition act had been passed but in spite of the act, men and women of Africa were still being enslaved. I don’t want to give off too many spoilers so I’ll just get down to business. This movie definitely was a breath of fresh air to me and I think it’s the best of all the live action movies I’ve seen so far this year (sadly I’m still yet to see Jungle Book). I also think this movie takes first place for 2016 releases and I’ll tell you why.

Alexander Skarsgard who plays Tarzan was absolutely exquisite in playing the role of Tarzan. I mean if you remember the Disney animation of Tarzan (not that horrid 2013 reboot, the 1999 film) you could see traits of that 1999 Tarzan in Alexander. Although this movie told a different side of the Tarzan story (more like a continuation) it felt very organic and authentic. At this point I would like to acknowledge how good of an actress Margot Robbie is. If you’ve watched a good number of movies that Margot Robbie has guest starred in, you can see the diversity in the characters but you can also see something similar as well. Her characters are usually very strong, demanding women and I think that’s a major reason why I’m sort of drawn to her characters. The creation of this movie must have cost a fortune because everything was impeccable, from the part where they jump off the cliff to get on the train and the very intricate details of the jungle, the Congolese people, the animals down to the very climax of the movie which had me shook to my very core. I mean that stampede at the end? Honey, they weren’t ready!!!! You could see the fear in their eyes (in fact if played close enough attention you could smell it) as the hoard of animals with Tarzan running in their midst approached them, it was perfection. Another beautiful part to this movie is Tarzans interaction with the animals and how he understood every animal they crossed paths with. Lastly, what’s an action movie without the titillating romance between the protagonist and his damsel? The love between Tarzan and Jane is unmatched (Yes, not even Joker and Harley Quin, I’m Kidding though). No but let’s be serious, the scene where Tarzan was making mating calls of various animals?! That was something else!! I’ve never seen anything like that in any movie (and I’ve seen a lot). Tarzan literally did everything humanly possible and impossible to save his love and when they were finally re-united it was bliss.

Well generally I really loved the movie, I was honestly so wrapped up in the movie that I didn’t notice when the couple behind me started making out (they must have been really touched). Anyway, if you haven’t seen The Legend of Tarzan please don’t waste any more time, go find it and watch it. Also, if you’ve seen it already let me know your thoughts and your favourite scenes from the movie in the comment section below.

As always thank you for checking in once again, please don’t forget to like, follow, comment and share. Please share this blog with your friends and family. Till next time.

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!!!!

IS DANGEROUS WOMAN ARIANA’S BEST ALBUM YET?

Hi guys!! I’m back and I know I’ve been gone for a while for various reasons but I finally got to listen to Ariana’s new album and I really do have things to say about it. Released on the 20th of May, dangerous woman would mark Ariana Grande’s 3rd studio album and we can tell that this is a new Era for the pop vocalist and that’s not just because of her contoured breasts on the album cover. Listening to this album I knew that Ariana had left the little girl she was perceived to be behind and unleashed the dangerous woman within with sexier songs, sexier lyrics and sultry vocals. This album has 18 songs which feature; Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Macy Gray and Future (some quite unexpected features). So here’s the track list to set the mood;

  1. Moonlight
  2. Dangerous Woman
  3. Be Alright
  4. Into You
  5. Side to Side Ft. Nicki Minaj
  6. Let Me Love You Ft. Lil Wayne
  7. Greedy
  8. Leave Me Lonely Ft. Macy Gray
  9. Everyday Ft. Future
  10. Sometimes
  11. I Don’t Care
  12. Bad Decisions
  13. Touch It
  14. Knew Better/Forever Boy
  15. Thinkin Bout You
  16. Step on Up
  17. Jason’s Song (Gave It Away)
  18. Focus

With the exception of the singles that we have come to know and love, the songs on this album are just……dare I say awesome!!! I mean like I wasn’t expecting this from this album but I honestly had a pleasant surprise.

Moonlight, the first track of the album, was an amazing intro to this album. It’s one of those love songs that can tug at anyone’s heart strings. Very emotional and her vocals on this song were on a 1000% like Ariana just slays me vocally hunty yassss!!!

Moving on to the next song I was really interested in, Into You. From start to finish I was feeling this song like no lie. Gosh this songs production is on a level higher than cloud 9, like this song is just something else I really love it. The sad part is that this song is the next single off this album so I’ll probably hear it a million times and get tired of it. Oh well! I’ll love it while I can.

Side to side just supports my theory that little Ariana is dead and gone. GURL!!!! This song is so dirty, I really couldn’t believe this was Ariana. The song is very chill, it’s a different sound for Ariana and I’m feeling it heavy. Let me love you wasn’t doing it for me though, I don’t know why. There’s just this element to it that doesn’t sit well with me. Leave me lonely on the other hand reminds me of I put a spell on you by Annie Lennox from the 50 shades soundtrack. This song is probably the spawn of some black magic that was going on in that studio. Yes, a bunch of people wouldn’t like this song but Macy Gray’s Vocal performance on this record is magnifique. Ah!! He gives you what Everyday?! Hmmm somebody is really a naughty girl, so provocative a song. I’m not a fan of future but his presence on this track was Gold and Ariana’s whistle notes here are perfection.

I don’t Care really just fully describes where I’m  at with some people in this life. It’s honestly easier not caring than caring period. Bad Decisions and Touch It are beautiful songs because the production and vocals on these two tracks speak to my soul, my inner spirit animal and that’s the simplest way I can describe them.

Generally this album is arguably Ariana’s best album yet because these songs are modern, their fresh, they’re in tune with the times and most of all, they’re grown! Honestly you should just get yourself a copy and enjoy this music. Your first time listening to it is going to feel like such a ride but trust me you’ll be hooked on the best of them. Till next time guys peace Love and stay Slaying!!!!!

Dangerous Woman is available on Itunes and spotify. Let me know your fave songs from the album and what you think as well in the comment section below. THANKS!!

Skepta – Konnichiwa (Album Review)

Just for the readers who are into “Grime” here is a review of the latest album released by British rapper Skepta, Enjoy!!!

TheDrowningMan

Your favourite Grime artist (Not mine though) Just dropped a hot new album. Skepta’s “Konnichiwa” is out and The Drowning Man has a thing or two to say about it.
I’d really like to do a track by track review of this but seeing as the albums themes are spread out over every track, I’ll take it generally. You recall the “Blacklisted” album that dropped in 2012 by the same artist; Konnichiwa is made using themes in the same range. You know, talking about the come up, how great he is, racial struggle, the life, haters, etc. As far as this goes we’ve heard this sort of stuff.
His delivery on this album is great as he presents his rap flows in a very “Skepta” way which would definitely please the fans. Amongst the other tracks on this album, we have two singles he had released “Shutdown” and “Man”. These…

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Drake – Views (A Review Of The Album)

I’M not an avid Drake follower, but I feel like I owe it to you guys to give you some kind of review of this album. Here’s an awesome review of VIEWS by TheDrowningMan himself. Enjoy!!!

TheDrowningMan

Canadian rapper drake released his fourth studio album under OVO Sound and Young Money Entertainment. On the 29th of April 2016.

This album came as a follow up to his mixtape “If you’re reading this its too late” Which brought us to see a new Drake. His recent music has been stylised by the R&B Trap and Downbass or Downtempo. He also moves away from talking more about personal affairs to a more “For the people” oriented motion. A classic fan of his would have taken a while to adjust to this change.

Views merges all the parts of Drake we know and love. From his topics of discussion off the Take Care album to the instrumentation and Production with styles similar to Thank Me Later and IYRTITL. He mixes his greatest strengths and of course producers. On this list the notable producers are Kanye West, Stwo, Murda Beatz, Boi-1-da, Daxz…

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