The collaboaration that we’ve all been waiting here is finally here. Meg and Cardi finally dropped their song “WAP” today anddddd ISSA HIT!
In this day and age, female rappers are always pitted against each other an with that comes beef. For instance, there was the Remy Ma and Nicki beef then the Nicki and Cardi beef. Even though Nicki and Cardi collaborated on “MotorSport” together, it was mainly for the fans and not a genuine connection/collaboration. Luckily the narrative is changing over time; artists like City Girls have collaborated, Nicki Minaj and Meg Thee Stallion; and FINALLY Meg and Cardi.
The two ladies sampled Frank Ski’s “Whores in this House” but it has its modern touch to it. The video is EVERYTHING from snakes to splits…
To other female artists…
And a random appearance from Kylie Jenner
Anywho, after a long day of folks debating on how “hot or not” the record is, Danii Gold approves. Men talk about their dicks and promote drugs, but it seems as if when women do it, they’ve looked at differently. Women are keeping that same energy as men and there should not be a double standard to it.
More importantly, there was unity in this video, women coming together, having fun, shaking their ass, and then some!
What are your thoughts on the video?? Comment below and let me know!
Teyana released her anticipated lengthy album a week ago on Friday June 19th and she definitely made up for the seven song KTSE album. After taking a full week to listen to the 23 track album, I can give a legit review. Teyana has been on an incline for the past 2-6 years from acting in the VH1 show Hit The Floor, to her album VII in 2014, then KTSE in 2018.
This album starts off with the audio of her giving birth to her first child Junie, in which her husband Iman helped deliver in their bathroom. You can hear the excitement and emotion from him and it’s a tear-jerker just listening to it. The next song “Come Back To Me” has a vocals from Junie and a Rick Ross feature. This song is special because it’s something that everyone has dealt with– a relationship or situationship that could or could not be meant for you, but if that person is meant to be with you then he or she will come back into your life.
She has a lot of female influences on this album such as featuring Erykah Badu on “Low Key” which is paying homage to her song “Next Lifetime”. Another influence was Blaque’s song “808” in her song “Boomin;” “Ever Ever” which is a Lauryn Hill “Sweetest Thing” sample; “Try Again” –clearly an Aaliyah & Timberland sample; and “How Do U Want It” is sampled from Total and Mase’ “What You Want.”
A few others include “Friends,” sampled from Musiq Souldchild’s “Just Friends.” “Made It” has the Juvenile “Back That Azz Up” sample. The last song on the album was sampled from a 1970s group called The YoungHearts and their song “We Got Love.”
One of Teyana’s powerful songs is “Still”; in a recent interview she said it’s not about wanting love from someone but instead being Black in America and crying/wanting for love, hope and peace. Majority of the album is about love, relationship ups and downs and happiness of course. She did not disappoint with the album and you can tell she put her best songs on this thang.
Wale doesn’t stop working! He dropped his newest EP on Friday June 19th, ironically Juneteenth. The album addresses the current state of the word, which is police killing innocent black PEOPLE, the uproar it’s causing and the lack of justice that needs to be served. His first song “Movin Different” has excerpts from the news reporting on protests. His next song “Empty Wishing Well” featuring amazing vocals from Eric Bellinger. The song is about everyday things with a touch of lovey dovey in there. “Blue Yellow Green Pink White” has the Cha Cha Slide” sample, which is a given that this song is more of a dance upbeat record; it reminds me of “Debbie” on the Wow…That’s Crazy album.
“JUNE 5th / QueenZnGodZ” speaks on what happened on that day a few weeks ago; more protests and justice still not being served. The best verse in this song is
“We the sports and the music, do the math we the culture.”
He talks about the Karens of the world and the popular excerpt from Tamika Mallory’s speech not long ago–
“I don’t give a damn if they burn down Target because Target should be in the streets like us.”
That was in response to Rayshard Brooks being killed. The song then goes into the “QueenZnGodz” song states that we, women are Queens and the Men are Gods, which is really mythological.
“Shit Don’t Stop” is another banger with Eric Bellinger; Wale talks on him still being here on earth is due to someone praying for him because it’s so much going on in the world and the odds are against him, a black man. The next song “Maajo” is another upbeat dance record but Wale briefly talks about COVID, people wearing masks and even The Last Dance.
Overall, this was a great EP especially since he dropped his last album back in October, which didn’t disappoint. Wale has a way with staying current with the times and keeping a sense of relevance to a dedicated, intimate fan base. He may not seem mainstream and may even be underappreciated, but the real fans of his know what’s up.
Issa Rae and writers of Insecure never disappoint when it comes to the show. This season did start off slow with the developing friendship between Condola and Issa, Molly’s new relationship with Andrew and more, Nathan coming back in the picture and more.
At the start of the season Issa is focusing on putting together a block party, and that requires a lot of time and effort. Molly, being the selfish person that she is, not only got jealous of Issa’s new friendship with Condola but also the less amount of time that she was spending with her [Molly]. In the midst of all that, Molly’s new relationship is getting serious but as always, she finds a way to make herself look selfish. One of the most intense episodes of the season is when Issa and Molly have a huge fight about Issa “neglecting” their relationship AND for Issa inadvertently asking for Andrew’s help with talent at her block party.
It seemed like they [Issa’s and Molly] needed to communicate a little more and even give themselves a break from each other. Molly needed time to focus on her relationship and Issa on her event. It seems like Molly makes everything about her and takes everything very personal, like the Thanksgiving episode when Issa didn’t come to her parents house but Issa kept in the loop about her not coming. Molly also showed her TRUE hating side when she didn’t want to ask Andrew for help with Issa’s block party. Andrew seen the hate but, by default he had to chose Molly’s side and shut up but in private, he told her about herself. Of course, Issa was the bigger person and reached out to Molly to meet up, talk and break the ice. There was an awkward moment in the midst of that where Molly seemed like she was forcing the mending of their friendship and Issa found out and decided to let it go and let them be–apart; BUT in the last episode at the very end, they met up to talk.
Let’s talk about how Tiffany was going through postpartum depression and there was baby steps leading up to the big scare such as her being nonchalant weeks after the baby was born, then being completely carefree at the block party and not wanting to even check on her sick daughter but instead wanted to continue having fun. Then, she went completely MIA for a day and a half. When mama needs a break, she needs a break!
At last– Issa and Lawrence rekindling the flame! I loved how they established a common ground on things when he was dating Condola. Eventually they got their friendship back and then spoke on their feelings and details about their breakup. Of course, Lawrence and Condola broke up (THANK GOD) and Issa and Lawrence were able to relive their relationship for days, probably weeks, even though Lawrence accepted a job in San Francisco. Issa being the optimistic person that she is, decided that they’ll make it work with distance or even her moving there with him. Then, all of a sudden Condola comes back in the picture to announce that she’s pregnant.
I was part of the hive that wanted to see Issa and Lawrence back together. She suffered enough from feeling guilty about cheating on him and Lawrence finally got his life together and explored the dating scene ( A LOT). Condola didn’t want a baby and barely her marriage BUT she wants a baby by her ex [Lawrence] whom she was only with for a few months. That makes no sense BUT in a perspective view, Condola feels like she is at the age where she wants to have children.
We ALL were rooting for Issa and Lawrence but Canola Oil- Condeleeza-Coronavirus CONDOLA just had to mess up they reunion. The question is what will happen in season 5? Will Molly and Issa remain cool? Will Tiffany seek therapy for her postpartum depression or just weigh it out? Lastly, Will Issa and Lawrence relationship last with a baby on the way??? W shall find out!
LASTLY Lastly, Kelli is the shit and one of the best characters. She has some of the best lines in the show, from her acting like a british lady, to being serious AF when looking for Tiffany. Kelli is DOPE AF!
Kehlani dropped her 3rd album It Was Good Until It Wasn’t and per usual, she didn’t disappoint. From features with Jhene Aiko and Lucky Daye to her dope interludes and outro.
Kehlani is one of those artists who isn’t 100% mainstream but you know who she is. She hasn’t had a top 10 or 20 song on the charts but she’s still respected. Yes, she’s been brought up in the media mainly for her relationships with Kyrie Irving, then PARTNEXTDOOR, and as recently as YG. But don’t let her relationships overshadow her great music, if anything let them be motivation for you to listen to her music and find out some tea on why the relationships didn’t last.
Anywho, the titles of the song are self-explanatory. “Toxic” is about being in a toxic relationship or situationship; “Change Your Life” is about changing a man or woman’s (because Kehlani is sexually fluent) life and uplifting them and making things more positive for them.
Can we talk about the skit “Belong to the Streets” and how it goes into “Everybody Business?” It’s plain and simple; people will talk crazy about you without even knowing the whole situation in which they are talking about. Prime example, her past relationships and people saying she cheated on Kyrie with PARTY. “I Hate The Club” is about hating the club but wanting to go because you want to see someone you’re interested in. Every other song is straightforward. What was special about this album was her “Outro” freestyle song, which is by her friend and artist Lexii Alijai who passed away suddenly earlier this year. She was also on Kehlani’s 2015 mixtape You Should Be Here.
For those who aren’t fans of Kehlani, can you give her a chance before judging her by her past relationships? She may be a toxic Taurus but she makes GOOD music and deserves some credit that she doesn’t receive.
If you listened to the album, what are your thoughts?
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:
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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
The Weeknd- After Hours
Childish Gambino- 3.15.20
Megan Thee Stallion- Suga
Jhene Aiko- Chilombo
Lil Baby- My Turn
Yo Gotti- Untrapped
Snoh Alegra- Ugh, Those Feels Again
If we’re still in the house a month from now, be on the lookout for another list lol.