The Coldest Winter Ever 21st Anniversary

Can you believe it’s been 21 years since the great Sister Souljah released her best selling book The Coldest Winter Ever? Even though it came out in 1999, it kept its relevance for….over 20 years. The GEN Zs are probably reading it even though they were barely born when the book came out or just babies when it did.

Sister Souljah wrote in the perspective of a spoiled, grimey, ratchet, hoodrich teenager who had her priorities ALL OUT OF ORDER–Winter Santiaga. She got her saddity ways by being the oldest and most spoiled daughter of a big time drug dealer. She was gifted with diamonds since the second she was born and every birthday until—shit hit the fan like it normally does. Her house was raided by the feds, her sisters had to go into foster care, her aunt sold her out to the Bureau of Child Welfare because she didn’t want to deal with her.

Winter’s goal is to get money so she can pay for a lawyer to help her dad AND to maintain her appearance because that’s all she cares about. But mainly she is a hustler and will cross anyone just to get ahead. Fast forward—-Winter has to stay in foster care and has to learn that she is no different than anyone else and she needs to humble herself. Of course, that didn’t adjust her attitude. Her close friends became her enemies because she only looks out for herself and she’s selfish. She stole from people who took her in and provided a roof over her head. She pretty much said forget her sisters who were in childcare and only focused on herself. She did get the chance to see her father before it would be a few years for her to see him again.

Winter starts dealing with an old boo thang who is a big timer and has money in his pockets. He was part of a crew who was an enemy to her dad’s crew at the time he got incarcerated. Per usual, Winter didn’t really care after a while because her father could no longer provide for her, her mother got addicted to drugs and her new man could provide for her–at a minimum. Once she thought everything was all good, it wasn’t. Winter’s boo had her on restrictions because he really couldn’t 100% trust her, (which makes sense). Once she started trusting him, things went array.

It took for Winter to get locked up in order for her to be humble. Per usual, she had a good hustle going on and the same friends she turned on are the same ones who were in prison with her, holding her down and she doing the same for them.

To me, this book is relevant after 21 years due to the fact that it addresses karma, real life situations, hustle and loyalty (or lack thereof):

Karma–> Winter stole from Sister Souljah and her house; her karma was leaving there broke because she tried to steal again. She also was disloyal to her best friend, who was boosting clothes for her. Once she got locked up, Winter didn’t want to help her nor bail her out.

Real-Life Situations–> Being in foster care, father is sent to prison, mother  on drugs, having to start from nothing and hustle to the top, plus a slew of other things

Hustle–> Winter had kept some of her clothes when the feds invaded her home. Once she was placed in foster, the kids there would get a weekly allowance plus whatever money they had from their part-time jobs. Winter would sell her styling services and let the girls there borrow her clothes.

Loyalty–>She had loyalty to her family. She was defending her mother when she knew she was on drugs. She was hustling to pay the lawyer for her father. That loyalty then turned to disloyalty when Winter started having a relationship with her father’s enemies. She also finds out that her father cheated on her mother and had an outside child, that’s when she lost all respect for him. She still kept him in her heart but she couldn’t deal with his infidelity so she decided to start screwing the enemy. Karma had a way of making it’s way back to Winter when the same guy left her hanging as she was getting jumped and had his drugs on her. He was also selling drugs to her mother. When Winter found out, she was disgusted—by her mom; she never address him nor her mother about it.

In conclusion, any pre-teen or teenager or grown ass woman can read this at point in life. It’s a timeless boo. Yes, it was based in the 90’s but the message still remains the same:

Be Loyal.

Be careful what you do because karma always catches up to you.

Remain humble.

Exclusive Donell Jones Interview on The Gold Spot Podcast

 Award-winning artist Donell Jones graced The Gold Spot Podcast to talk to me about what he’s been up since his last album in 2013. He addresses the music industry in regard to records labels and being independent, artist sampling his timeless work such as “Where I Wanna Be” “Get it Together” and more, AND his new album coming in December.

Here’s the video version of our interview:

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Meg Thee Stallion and Cardi Dropped a Much Needed Collab “WAP”

The collaboaration that we’ve all been waiting here is finally here. Meg and Cardi finally dropped their song “WAP” today anddddd ISSA HIT!

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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.

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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…

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To other female artists…

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And a random appearance from Kylie Jenner 

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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 Taylor “The Album” Review

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. 

What are your thoughts on this album?

NO NEGATIVITY ALLOWED BECAUSE IT WAS PERFECT! 

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Wale “The Imperfect Storm” EP

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.

What’s your thoughts on the new EP?

Kehlani “It Was Good Until It Wasn’t” Album Review

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.

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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.

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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?

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.