It’s only June and the number of albums released this year have been genius and anticipated and some I didn’t care for or listen to. Breaking it down Month by Month, here’s the album releases up until June:
Migos- Culture 2
Dave East- Paranoia 2
Kendrick Lamar- Black Panther Soundtrack
Money Bagg Yo- Heartless 2
Nipsey Hussle- Victory Lap
Tory Lanez: Memories Don’t Die
Jeremih- The Chocolate Box
The Weeknd: My Dear Melancholy
XXXTentacion : ?
Cardi B- Invasion of Privacy
J. Cole- KOD
Janelle Monae- Dirty Computer
Rae Sremmurd- SR3MMlife 3
Wale- Self Promotion EP
ASAP ROCKY- Testing
Pusha T- Daytona
Kanye West: Ye
Kids See Ghosts- Kids See Ghosts (Kanye & Kid Cudi)
Teyana FINALLY released her album and I’ve been slowly but surely getting into. For one, since it was released under the Kanye and he produced by him, I knew it would be a catch 🙄
First off, it didn’t follow the 7 song guidelines that Kanye was so stern on producing. There was 8 songs on the album which is still short, especially since the total album is only 23 minutes long.
Disclaimer: I don’t care for the short album trend. I miss the 12 track or more albums.
Teyana starts off the album with “Manners” which is just a repetitive song but mainly a minute and a half intro to start the album off.
The second song “ Gonna Love Me” is my FAVORITE song, which is about not taking certain things for granted. It gives me soulful Common vibes.
Hold on, HOLD ONNNN, DON’T LET ME GO. The third song “Issues/Hold On”, is my second favorite track on the album. She talks about working out a relationship and not giving us so easily. This could be a correlation to her marriage with Iman Shumpert.
“Hurry” is a freaky song, just talking about making a move and…fucking pretty much lol.
“Keep your eyes all on this fatty If you like what you see take your hands and grab it“
Yup, that’s self explanatory lol.
“3 Way”, the fifth track on the album is about having a threesome, another self explanatory song and she even got Ty Dolla $ign on the album, which is always a plus.
“Rose In Harlem” is another one of my favorites. It has a sample from the 70’s group The Stylistics in the chorus and she talks about people who are close to you, that be faking and don’t get caught up with them. Since you aren’t sure who’s real or fake, you just gotta watch your back. Also, she references Tupac’s poem “The Rose That Grew From Concrete” with the Stylistics sample– “A Rose In Harlem (sample), Grew out the concrete (Tupac Reference). The song has a hip hop vibe to it.
“Never Would Have Made It” is a reference to Marvin Sapp’s gospel song “Never Would Have Made It.” In this song, she indirectly talks about her daughter.
Lastly, “WTP” which stands for “Work This Pussy” is another naughty song lol but also can be taken as a workout song.
Teyana has a variety of songs in this album from traditional R & B, to soulful R & B, to freaky dicky songs, to gospel influenced songs. I liked the album, but it could’ve been a tad bit longer as far as the length of the songs and the tracks on the album. I can jam to the whole album buuuuut it could’ve been a little better. Her first album was VII which had her single “Maybe” did pretty decent and was slightly longer than this album.
I like that Teyana is a woman with many talents such as singing, acting, model, businesswoman; plus she’s a wife, and a mom. You can’t do nothing BUT respect her.
What are your thoughts about the album? Yay or Nay??
On Monday, Kim Kardashian West met with ole president dude Trump to discuss prison reform. Sounds off but also interesting in a good way. She specifically wanted to get help for a woman by the name of Alice Johnson who’s been in prison for 21 years, for drug trafficking charges .
As of yesterday, Trump granted clemency for Alice Johnson with the help of Kim of course. I have a few thoughts on this, positive and negative.
Kim could have been touched by Alice’s story and wanted to sincerely help her.
She (Kim) somewhat has a powerful voice to some communities and knows her voice could be heard by talking to Trump.
She wants this to be the start of prison reform and be the celebrity face of it.
Since its known that she likes attention, maybe she was doing this to get MORE attention, maybe some extra content for her show.
She could want acceptance from the black community OR anyone who’s said that her and her family brainwashed Kanye since there’s a Kardashian curse with the men–Lamar, Kanye, Tyga, etc.
Lastly, she COULD be doing this for Kanye..here me out. Since Kanye is pro-Trump, he could’ve talked Kim into meeting with Trump about prison reform to make Trump look like a decent guy. To top it off, she probably brought up Alice Johnson’s case and since she is a black woman, this would make Trump look like he cares for black people and he would/could have support from the black community; and with him granting clemency for the woman, there will be a positive light shun on it. AND it also help Kanye not look as bad for supporting Trump.
I know the last is one hell of a theory, but it does make sense when you take it into deep thought.
I think what Kim is doing is good, as far as helping free this woman. Whether or not she did it for attention, or out of the kindness of her heart, there is a woman who served a 21 year bid for a non-violent crime, is now free with Kim Kardashian’s help.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
So…Kanye sat down for an exclusive interview with Charlamagne The God to talk about his recent remarks and what he’s been doing the past year.
Kanye talked about pretty much being black balled in the fashion industry. He went into detail about him parting ways with Nike dealing with his Yeezy shoes. Ye says that Nike didn’t want him to profit from the shoes but instead have a certain percent go to a charity of his choice. I can definitely agree with that decision to part ways. They didn’t want him to grow and build something big and now he’s with Adidas and the company is at $15 million. Things got a little darker when Ye says he was late to a fashion show that we was part of and people were upset about it, then the following week Kim Kardashian-West, his wife, was robbed. This made him really paranoid. He’s already a black man who’s powerful in the music industry and making big bucks in fashion and to some of the jealous white eye, that’s not a good thing.
After these series of events, plus what could have been many more, Ye was hospitalized for “exhaustion” and stress. BUT he went to see TMZ yesterday and said that he had to get liposuction and the doctors gave him opioids and he became addicted to them and that’s what caused him to go to the hospital. Back to liposuction….yes Kanye got liposuction and he said he got it, supposedly, so people wouldn’t call him fat like they did Rob Kardashian. That’s sad. What’s even sadder is him getting the procedure done to please the public then becoming addicted to the drugs he was prescribed. He tried to wheel of the opioids for two days but ended up in the hospital.
Just when I thought I felt sorry for the man, he goes on to say, on TMZ, that after 400 years of slavery, it sounds more like a choice…I’m sorry, say what now?
HOW SWAY?? So you mean to tell me my great-great-great-great grandma decided to be put in shackles on a boat uncomfortably, shipped away from her family, on her free will; along with being raped?? Naw Ye, you tripping Ye. I don’t know what’s been going on with Kanye but he’s clearly in a sunken place. Of course, he tried to clean it up saying that’s not what he really meant, but regardless..it sounds fucked up to use that analogy. His mind is GONE and he could still be mourning the loss of mother. He could be wanting a reaction out of people and trying to be the center of attention because his album drops next month OR he could be wanting acceptance from the white community because they are the ones who tried to blackball him. Or he could possibly be in the state of mind…of a white man. Either way, the black community, including myself, are very disappointed in this man.
Speaking of disappointment, while Ye was at TMZ, one of the writers, Van Lathan spoke up and said that Ye can feel how he wants but there is a fact that there’s a consequence of what he said regarding “slavery was a choice.” HE goes on to say that Kanye “goes on making music and being an artist and living the life that you earned by being a genius, while the rest of us in society have to deal with these threat to our lives with the marginalization that comes from the 400 years of slavery that you said, was a choice.” He says that Ye has morphed into something that’s not real. It took some balls to speak out to Kanye like he did. He says he is hurt and disappointed by him. You and me both Van, you and me both.
So what are your thoughts about Ye’s recent antic? Comment them below!