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”

Kelly Rowland Returns with New Single 'Coffee' | Rap-Up

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!

Ye Album Review

Kanye dropped his 8th album this past Friday and despite his crazy antics, his album is good. From addressing him being bipolar, to dedicating a song to his wife Kim and his daughters North and Chicago. YES, He’s been on some crazy shit lately from saying slavery was a choice to picking Whitney Houston’s drug infused bathroom as the cover art for Pusha T’s album that he produced…BUT, dude does have talent.

The Album Cover

His wife Kim (Kardashian-West) tweeted out that he JUST captured the cover art for his album Ye on the way to the listening party, literally hours before. That’s cray cray. I mean, the album cover really isn’t anything too crazy but the fact that he did it last minute just show his brain is very sporadic lol.

The Tracklist

“I Thought About Killing You”

It isn’t a secret that Kanye has some mental health issues, and specifically he came saying he was bipolar, so the first song on the track is “I Thought About Killing You.” I know….it sounds strange but in that song, some can debate that he was talking to and about his self. It literally says “Today I seriously thought about killing you, i contemplated, premeditated murder–And i think about bout killing myself and I love myself way more than I love you. You only care enough to kill someone you love—Sometimes I think really bad things.” Like I said, He could’ve been talking about someone orrrrrrrrrr he could’ve been talking about himself.

“Yikes”

In this record, he talks about some… yikes shit lol.  Pretty much how life can get hectic and specifically his personal life. He referenced  Russell Simmons getting #MeToo’ed. Then he talks about himself in third person–“See that’s why I fucks with Ye” and says that his bipolar is his super power, which is a good way to look at it to keep a positive mindset, Dude is something else.

“All Mine”

 The title is self explanatory and just women in general, from Tristan (Khloe Kardashian baby daddy) cheating on her. The production on this record is dope AF.

“Wouldn’t Leave”

Kanye addressed the “Slavery Was A Choice” statement and pretty much said he could’ve said worse. All in all, he stands by his statement. BUT on the flip side, he says his wife, Kim Kardashian-West. I like how he speaks of Kim in this song, as annoying as she can be at times, but he stated that she stuck by his side while he was battling his demons, and she could’ve left him but she did and she’s appreciated for that.

“No Mistakes”

Kanye sampled Slick Rick “Hey Young World” in this song, along with having legendary singer Charlie Wilson on the record and even Kid Cudi, whom he has an album coming THIS FRIDAY June 9.

Ghost Town”

This is probably my second favorite song on the album. Kid Cudi comes back on this record singing the main chorus saying he’s been trying to make you love him but everything he does is not good enough; that’s pretty sad. Then, a young singer by the name of 070 Shake comes in on the outro of the record talking feelings of being a child and doing childish things like putting your hand on a stove knowing it’s hot, but to see if you still bleed or even hurt in general. But she also references being free saying “And nothing hurts anymore, I feel kinda free.” To me, that symbolizes having so many feelings to the point where you have to numb yourself to it and when you’re numb to certain things, it doesn’t bother you anymore. Then, sometimes you have to snap out of the numbness and see if you still have feelings, hence, putting your hand on a stove to see if you still bleed, to see if you still feel pain and have feelings. (kinda deep, I know) lol.

Lastly….

“Violent Crimes”

Long story short, this is dedicated to his daughter and it is absolutely beautiful. The lyrics are clear and self explanatory:

“Don’t grow up in a hurry”

“Niggas is savage, niggas is monster, niggas is pimp, niggas is playas, till niggas have daughter”

“I see women as something to nurture, not something to conquer”

Ye pretty much views women differently after having two daughters. He had Ty Dolla $ign hitting some vocals on the chorus too and brought 070 Shake from track 6 on this records, singing towards the end. I can’t relate but I can definitely tell where he was coming from and I respect him for that.

Overall

I love the album. I haven’t listened to a full Kanye album in a while because he’s been an asshole for a while now and even though this is the worst time to listen to his album but I was curious and I’m glad I listened to it. I STILL don’t agree with his way of thinking and antics but he is a talented artist, without a doubt. I mainly loved the slow melody tracks on this album. Him being bipolar affected his album in a positive way because with him battling his crazy thoughts is what made the album sound so dope.

I give him 4.5 stars…only because of his slavery comments, maybe even 4 stars lol. But I fucks with this Ye album.

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What are your thoughts??