Wale “Sue Me” Video: Powerful

Wale is one of the most slept on, underrated artists. Yes, he can be deemed as emotional at times but what it really is, is passion. He’s passionate about his craft and creative AF so when he’s slept on, of course, he takes it personally, especially since he’s been about for over 10 years and has radio hits and features.

Wale released the video for “Sue Me” yesterday and it was powerful. If you’ve been out of the loop, he got the line “Rooting For Everybody Black” from Issa Rae. She said the infamous line in 2017 on the Emmy’s red carpet. She spoke out about it stating she didn’t want to be there anyway and it showed on her face. When asked who she was looking forward to winning, she said….what she said.

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Okay, so back to Wale. The video depicts the life of what some black men do everyday and go through–living in an urban neighborhood, listening to their music through headphones, speaking to folks in the neighborhood, minding his business, etc. Even going into a Starbucks and being wrongfully profiled and arrested. Sounds familiar right. –>Check out the real story HERE

Crazy right! Well, the irony of all this is—Wale depicted the day in a life of a black man BUT the main character is a white man. The roles were reversed from the beginning of the video, starting with a picture of a black family on a box of tooth paste; the “white oats” being Melanin Oats; depiction of BLACK JESUS instead of the typical white Jesus depiction; a billboard for “White People Meet dot com”; newspaper headlines, “Are We Ready For A White President” and “The Horror That Happened In Central Park” that shows 5 white men. It even shows the race reversal of being in Starbucks and seeing two innocent men arrested for no reason and Wale added the real video clip of the incident that happened in April of 2018.

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Wale showed a scene with the boy visiting his father in prison and explaining to him a new law that is being passed for people with nonviolent drug offenses to be appealed. The father said, “there’s no hope for people that look like us.” That correlates to the present day, especially with Covid-19. Wale clipped in a video of a man in prison who recorded the conditions they are living in. The inmate is explaining the Care Act that is for people who aren’t gang members, sexual offenders and/or not on death row. With the inmates being at risk of catching Coronavirus, the prison can send you home on home confinement [house arrest]. The man went on to say that the prison won’t let them leave because the prisons make money off the number of inmates they have. SAD.

Leave it up to Wale to enlighten us all; Black, White, Asian, about what is going on in the world. Not only does he speak on his feelings and normal life shit but he speaks on relevant life issues. He needs the recognition that he DESERVES. Check out the dope video below and SUPPORT WALE!

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New Music Friday 4/17: Da Baby, DVSN, The Dream, Kelly Rowland, 21 Savage featuring Summer

This past Friday was packed with new music. I guess these artists decided to release some anticipated music for us during this quarantine. 

Da Baby- Blame It on Baby

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Da Baby released his 3rd album Blame It On Baby, with some nice features such as Roddy Rich, Quavo, A Boogie, Meg Thee Stallion and Ashanti. He’s known for having the same sound and flow but he switched it up some on this album.

The Dream – Sextape 4

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This is his 7th album and he is usually lowkey with his drops these days. He only has one feature on this album, which is Jhene Aiko; how could you resist putting her on an album. If you’re already a Dream fan, then you’;ll easily vibe to this but if you’re a distant fan, it’ll take you longer to get into this album.

Dvsn- A Muse in her Feelings

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They dropped their 3rd album and per the norm, it has a sexy sultry sound. They can’t do wrong honestly, especially with the features they have on the album like PARTYNEXTDOOR, Jessie Reyez and the lovely Snoh Aalegra. This, to me, is considered a full album; it has 16 songs, an array of features and a little kick to it.

Kelly Rowland- “Coffee”

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Kelly has popped back on the scene with this sexy single “Coffee” which coincidentally mimics her poppin melanin. The cover art is dope and hopefully we’ll be getting an album from her by the end of the year. She’s been dropping singles for the past two years but her last album was Talk A Good Game in 2013. Come on Kelly, we waiting for an album!!

21 Savage featuring Summer Walker- “Secret”

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This was a different collaboration but needed. This pair decided to sample Xscape’s “Little Secret” and it doesn’t sound bad. Honestly, it’s starting to become a trend for Summer to sample 90’s hit like “Come Thru” featuring Usher, which was sampled from his song “You Make Me Wanna.” Another is “Summer Reign”, which was Rick Ross song she was featured on, that sampled “Rain” by SWV. Summer isn’t making it sound bad, but let’s hope it doesn’t become her “thing”. Granted, she has more non-sampled songs than sampled songs so let’s keep it at that.

What did you think of these drops over the weekend? Comment below and let me know!

Not-So Mainstream Artists Who We Should Cherish

It may sound weird, but I love the artists that aren’t mainstream. Often at times, when artists become mainstream, they create music that tailors towards the radio. Producers, songwriters, writers, etc know how to create a song strictly tailored towards the radio. You do have some artists that are so hot, that when they drop a single that isn’t a radio song, it doesn’t matter because they have such a huge following, that no matter what they produce and drop as a single, people are going to gravitate towards it, such as Meg Thee Stallion’s B.I.T.CH record. CLEARLY, that song isn’t meant to be on the radio but since it got so much attention on social media, Meg and her team edited it down to be radio-friendly.

BUT, there are artists who make poppin music, who’s poppin on Apple Music, YouTube, Instagram, etc but their music doesn’t get much play on the radio; those are the artists to cherish and watch out for. These artists are the ones who make that unique music, that different shit, that “I wanna clean the house, write in my journal, and reflect” music. Here’s a list of those dope artists:

 

Xavier Omar

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He’s been making some dope music  for a while now. His biggest hits on Apple Music are “Afraid”, “Runnin’ Round”, and “Blind Man”. I love his sound and he’s one of the artists that you want to keep near and dear to you without them being mainstreamed and their sounding changing for radio standards.

Snoh Aalegra

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Ms. Aalegra is getting noticed out here. She does have one song on an r&b station but she’s not 100% mainstream. Snoh is Swedish and she crossed over to American music. Her popular songs are “Woah” and “I Want You Around” which is on the radio. She’s becoming more noticed and more than likely will become full mainstream by the end of the year.

Kiana Lede

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This lady has been singing covers on YouTube for years now; (that’s how she got my attention.) Some of her most viewed covers was “Come and See Me” mixed with “Location”, “Hotline Bling” and “White Iverson.” She just made her way into mainstream with her single “Ex”. Her latest song is “Forfeit” but it’s not on the radio. Kiana should be recognized because she’s been working her ass off, making herself noticeable for years now. GO KIANA!

Alina Baraz

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Alina Alina. She’s a Ukrainian artist born in the US and she makes that sensual sexy music. She’s been lowkey on the scene since 2015. Some of her best hits are “Electric” featuring Khalid, “Fantasy”, and “Floating” featuring Khalid again. She has an album coming out this year in which she’s released music from it. Her music hasn’t made its way to a radio in my city (St. Louis) but she’s an artist who’s going to go far even if her music doesn’t make it to the radio.

Nao

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Nao is another great artist who’s sound is just as melodic as the above artists. Her popular songs  include “Another Lifetime”, “Bad Blood”, and “Orbit”. She hasn’t released any new music since her last album Saturn. 🗣WHERE YOU AT NAO??

Victoria Monet

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Victoria has been recognizably making music for 5 years but her music has been generating in Apple Music playlists and more streaming sites for some time now. Her single “Ass Like That” is personally one of my favs. Another one of her reason singles is “Moment”.
Sometimes when you hear the same artists on the radio, you get over them real quick and you want to listen to something different. Try listening to these artists and if you’re already to listening to them, keep it up and support them.

Comment your favorite song by these artists if you’re already fans.

 

Music To Listen To While Quarantined:

Music is the best therapy and the best way to occupy yourself during this down time. A lot of music was dropped this month and even last month; if you need something to listen to, here are some R&B and Hip-Hop projects you can dive into.

Young Jeezy- Twenty/20 Pyrex Vision

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The Weeknd- After Hours

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Childish Gambino- 3.15.20

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Megan Thee Stallion- Suga

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PartyNextDoor- PARTYMOBILE

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Jhene Aiko- Chilombo

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Lil Baby- My Turn

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Yo Gotti- Untrapped

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Bonus:

Snoh Alegra-  Ugh, Those Feels Again

Snoh Aalegra: -Ugh, Those Feels Again Album Review | Pitchfork

If we’re still in the house a month from now, be on the lookout for another list lol.

 

Toodles y’all!

March 31: Death of Nipsey & Selena

March 31 is a day that everyone can remember, especially if you’re a music lover. On this day 25 years ago, Selena Quintanilla was shot and killed by Yolanda Saldivar, the president of her fan club and even considered to be her friend. On this day last year, Nipsey Hussle was killed by Eric Holder, by someone he knew as well.

Two idolized musicians was killed by gun violence and by someone they knew. Selena was glorified in the Latino industry and even the Pop Industry and Nipsey amongst the hip-hop community. Not only was he an artist, but also an activist and entrepreneur; he was very involved in his community. Selena crossed over from Spanish music, to American music during her time here. Also while living, she won a Grammy for Best Mexican American Album in 1994 and Nipsey was nominated for Best Rap Album last year.

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Selena appreciated her fans a lot and her family even more. Her father dealt with the business side of her career, her sister played the drums and her brother the guitar in their band, Selena y Los Dinos. Nipsey opened a store called The Marathon Clothing in the heart of his hood Crenshaw and sold Crenshaw apparel, amongst other items.

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The irony of losing two greats on the SAME day, years apart, by gun violence, by some they know is uncanny. Both left a big impact on the music industry and their  presence on earth is still being talked about, especially Selena, and she’s been gone 25 years. Even though Nipsey died just last year, it feels like it just happened.

May Nipsey Hussle and Selena’s legacy be respected and remembered for many years to come.

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Women’s History Month: Lena Waithe

March is Women’s History Month and what better way to start it off then to have Lena Waithe on the cover of Paper Magazine, along with her the cast of both her shows on BET; Boomerang and Twenties. 

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She was the first Black Woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for her work on Master of None in 2017. Any Black Woman to be the first of doing ANYTHING is an accomplishment.

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Lena’s other great works includes:

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  • Dear White People 
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She’s continuously being a bad ass in the LGBTQ community and and film industry. Kuddos to Lena!!

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“The Photograph”: Generational Behavior

Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield starred in the romantic comedy The Photograph and it was a beautiful love story, but with a deeper meaning.

Mae, played by Issa Rae, lost her mother at the start of the movie. She didn’t know much about her mom’s life until she left her a letter explaining things. Mae’s mother Christina was invested in her work and less into love and emotion. She didn’t show much emotion around Mae and in her defense….it was because her mother didn’t show her much love.

When Christina, played by Chante Adams, was dating Mae’s father Issac, played by Y’lan Noel, her mother discouraged her from dating him because he was content where he was in life and wasn’t making much money. Her mother gave her the impression that she needed to be with someone who could take care of her…so she could move out the house. Christina’s mother told her she was getting too old to be living with her. That is what pushed her to move out the house, better yet the state and pursue her photography career in New York. Christina’s mother lacked emotion with her and felt that being taken care was more important than love.

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Once Christina had Mae, of course she’s going to teach her daughter what was mimicked to her, which is how to NOT properly love someone and somewhat be scared of commitment. Since Mae wasn’t shown much love as a kid, the feeling of commitment scared her. Mae said she broke up with a guy because he proposed to her. She is/was more content with living in the moment and not being married. She had a change of heart eventually once she got to know Michael, played by LaKeith Stanfield. He and Mae connected when was doing a story on a man who worked in the oil industry during the oil spill and he came across pictures shot by Mae’s mother and even a picture of her. The guy used to date Mae’s mother Christina. Michael was intrigued by Christina’s photos that he decided to find more of her images, and when he did, that’s how he met Mae.

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When Christina passed away, she left Mae a long letter and another to give to her father. Mae learned so much about her mother in a letter, than she learned about her her whole life. In the letter, she found out who her real father was and their love story. The man whom she thought was her father, wasn’t and the man who is her father was the man whom Michael did a story on, Isaac– hence, the reason why he had a picture of Christina in his home. Unfortunately, Isaac didn’t know that Mae was his daughter but they started to form a relationship towards the end of the movie. Christina had left her hometown in Louisiana to pursue a career in photography in New York. She left without telling Isaac and months later when she returned for her mother’s funeral, Issac had married someone else (HOW QUICK IS THAT!)

Where the generational behavior comes into play is the fact that Christina’s mother didn’t really seem affectionate with Mae and showed her tough love. Don’t get me wrong, tough love is fine but when it’s more tough love than affectionate love, that can have a long term affect on you and how you raise your children. Christina lacked some form of emotion when it came to her relationship with Mae, due to the way her mother was with her. Mae recalled a time when she was going away to school and her mom was too busy to take her to the airport. Mae’s step father told her that when he came home from dropping her off at the airport, Mae was crying in a corner because she was sad to see Mae go but she had a hard time showing emotion and was not good at goodbyes. Her mother was also a workaholic and expressed in her letter to Mae, “I wish I was as good at love than I am about working;” meaning, her mother was more into her work than she was with being present and transparent in her relationships with people such as Mae and even Isaac.

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Luckily Mae learned from her mother’s mishaps in relationships and decided to break the generational disconnect of loving someone and showing it with Michael. This movie is a prime example of “be who you want your children to be.” Tell them to learn from you mistakes and show them how. Leaving your child lost and left with question is not the way to go. Don’t hold back, show them love, be transparent with them.

What are your thoughts on the movie?

Comment below and let me know.