Ella Mai Album Review

SO I’ve been jamming to Ella Mai’s new (AND first official) album all weekend self-titled  Ella Mai and it took my two times to get into it. Overall I enjoyed it.

[Side bar] Remember in her last EP, when the songs would end, she would stat talking and intro the next song? Well that’s what she did with this album. She uses the first letters of her name to describe the song.

She starts off the album with E for “Emotion”, in the song Good Bad. She just talks about being good and bad for a guy; just like guys can be good for us but at the same time can be bad for us.

The next song “Dangerous” is about being with someone can be dangerous but she’ll take the risk because of love. (that’s deep , right?)

The fourth song is “Sauce”, she talks about having sauce, swag in simpler terms, and how she’ll be cool with a guy but she can’t deal with him on a different level and she’s honest with him about it. 

The fifth song is “Whatchamacall it, which she intros as L for Lust. The song features the talented Chris Brown, and they talk about cheating but sugarcoat saying it’s not cheating but instead it’s a “What cha ma call it” LOL. 

 The next track is “Cheap Shot” is Ella talking about how a guy caught her attention when she wasn’t looking, probably at a vulnerable place in her life. She goes on saying that the pain she had plus having him in her life makes her do things that she wouldn’t typically do. That could be good or bad.

The seventh track Shot Clock is one of my favorites. It’s about a dude trying step to her but he kind of stalling and she telling him he’s got 24 seconds to say what he’s got to say or he’ll miss his opportunity.

The eighth track she intros as the second L in her name, signifying Love, which is what Boo’d Up; which everyone knows since the radio has played it out. Self -explanatory.

The 9th song, “Everything” featuring John Legend is another one of my favs. She talks about how he, a boyfriend, pays attention to everything about her, and how he keeps her on her toes. She sees their relationship as being something that can last forever. Mr. John Legend himself comes in and sings his verse from the man perspective of course, stating the same things, how he loves that his lady pays attention.

The next song, she intros as A for assertive, for the song “Own It”. Ella Mai gets naughty and samples Adina Howard’s “T-Shirt & Panties”. She talks about waiting and wanting her man and saying she’s ready for him. She said she’ll let him play in it, stay in it, taste it ALL DAT! But y’all gotta listen to it lol.

The 11th track she intros as M for mystery for the song Run My Mouth. She’s naughty in this song too, saying she wants her guy satisfaction, so good that it makes her wanna run her mouth and tell. UH HUH! I know that’s right Ella.

The 12th song “Gut Feeling” features H.E.R. and it’s self-explantory, having a gut feeling that your guy is cheating on you. Could it be your institution or just you overthinking the situation?

The next song is “Trip” which stands for A in Mai, for Aware. I think this is a good transition from “Gut Feeling”, because that’s her possibly overthinking, then Trip comes on and it’s like “dang my bad, I’ve been trippin.”

The 14th track, “Close” is about her wanting to be physically close to her guy, so she can kiss on him. Pretty simple right lol

The 15th track intros the last letter, I for Inner for the track “Easy.” Another simple songs, she says Love is easy so why make it hard. It’s easier said than done for some people.

The last song “Naked” another favorite and was even on her previous EP. Ella want her guy to love her naked, not just the clothes but without make up and all that. (Ain’t that beautiful?)

Well, like i said, I really enjoyed her album and I’ve been listening to it non-stop for 4 days.

What are your thoughts on the album? Comment below and let me know!

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CARDI TALK: Album Review & Other Successes

The past few days have been magical for Cardi B. She has been killing music game for the past few months and now it came to a full circle this past weekend.

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On Friday, she released her first album titled Invasion of Privacy, and guess what?? It went GOLD in the same DAY. By gold, that means she’s sold or “moved” 500,000 units of her album, but there is a slight catch to that. According to Forbes, her single “Bodak Yellow” went certified 5x-multi platinum in September, which we all heard, but just on the strength on Bodak Yellow’s success, she’s moved 500,000 units of her album already!! PLUS “Bartier Cardi” her second single just earned platinum certification as well, which is 1 Million units. So Cardi’s album won’t be shy of a plaque at all, even without the her singles booming on the charts. I’ve listened to the album at least 5 times PLUS the radio stations have been playing her whole album too; so if her album sales aren’t out of the roof, IMMA BE PISSED!

Now let’s talk about the album…DOPE. DOPE. DOPE. And I’m not just saying that because I love her. Honestly, I was getting tired of her putting out all these songs and featuring on songs WITHOUT an album coming, but she made the wait worth it. She starts out her album with the song “Get Up 10” which was a Meek Mill “Dreams & Nightmares” vibe with the storytelling lyrics. She then has a song with Migos of course, with the song “Drip”, another banga! FEATURES FEATURES FEATURES. Cardi’s features on this album were “BRAZY”. Besides Migos, she got with Chance The Rapper for the song “Best Life” which is a more positive upbeat song. Then, she got my girl Kehlani on a song called “Ring”. She also collaborated with YG for the song “She Bad”, and last but not least….”I Do” featuring SZA, another dope record. I love the sense of women getting together and sticking together, especially with the constant competition and negativity that everyone wants to bring with it.

Cardi sampled a couple of records and made them sound just as fire as the original song. Starting off the first sample on the album, “Bickenhead”, this was sample from Project Pat “Chickenhead” which I definitely remember as kid. Another sample was “I like it” from the original song “I Like It Like That” by Pete Rodriguez, which is a Latin song that she channeled her roots in, being Dominican of course. Then, as stated before, she took the flow of Meek Mill “Dreams & Nightmares” on her first song on the albums.

Now, rumors have been circulating with her being pregnant over the past few months. She FINALLY showed off her belly during her performance on Saturday Night Live this past weekend. A video circulated of her came out of her after her performance on SNL, of her saying “I’m finally free.” By that, she’s free from hiding her pregnancy and she can finally embrace it instead of hiding it in shame. She’s been compared to Lauryn Hill because she had a baby in the middle of her career and of course she was the first female rapper to top the billboards with no features with ‘That Thing (Doo Woop) and here we are, years later, Cardi did the same thing with Bodak Yellow. Ironic ehh.

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Many other artists have congratualed on her pregnancy and album release including 50Cent, Rihanna, EVEN OPRAH! 

All in all, I’m sooooooooooo proud of her. From the strip club to being Instagram famous, to Love & Hip Hop New York, to being number 1 on the billboard chart to having a dope ass album! I love it and I love how her success has soared. 

GO BARDI CARDI!!!

Danii Gold out!

Another Great Album: Heartbreak On a Full Moon

After listening to this album for 6 days now, I realized that maybe I should do a review on it. CHRIS BROWN CAN DO NO WRONG, MUSICALLY!   You can say whatever you want about him but one thing you can’t say is he isn’t talented. This man is talented beyond means, from acting, to singing, rapping, dancing AND fashion designer.

Even though the media has caught some of his bad moments, he’s had more good than bad; for instance, from the time he stepped on the music scene in 2005, he’s been nominated for over 200 awards and won 89 awards, including 1 Grammy for his F.A.M.E. album, which happened AFTER the Rihanna incident, that seems to never die down.

Chris has had 87 songs charted on the Billboards, 13 of those were top 10 hits and 2 of them were number 1 hit. He has released EIGHT albums in his 12-year career. Let’s just give this man credit because it’s definitely due.

Now, let’s talk about this album…GREATNESS!! I can’t think of an artist who produced 45 songs on ONE album! He sampled Roger, an 80’s artist in his song “Juicy Booty.” His two songs “Questions” and “Hope You Do” are interpolations of Kevin Little’s “Turn Me On” and Donnell Jones “Where I Wanna Be.” Other interpolates are “To My Bed” referencing to “Nice & Slow” by Usher, and “Even” which is a sample of Michael’s Jackson “Remember The Time.” This Album has some familiarity within that’ll make you want to keep listening. It has some top 100 hits for the variety radio stations and of course your normal R&B tunes from Chris.

So, before you criticize him for all his wrongdoing, look at his accomplishments. I’m not saying let his accomplishments make you forget about all the wrong he’s done BUT there are more pros than cons to him music and personal life.

 

ALBUM RATING: solid 5 ✨✨✨✨✨

 

Danii Gold out ✌🏾✌🏾

 

Photo credit: Chris Brown IG