Jazmine Sullivan’s “Heaux Tales” : Double Standards & Accountability

Jazmine Sullivan is a talented soul that is often overlooked because she doesn’t put out music as often…until now. She released her fourth album on Friday January 8 and it was everything–from honest to controversal to acceptance.

The album title is exactly what the songs are about, hoe tales & hoes escapades. The skits are the best parts of the album. Jazmine starts the song off with an intro of a night not memorable–drinking too much and going home with a random guy. It goes into woman explaining that men can’t handle women who own up to their shit and that women who do have the same reckless behavior as them. The perfect transition was “Pick Up Your Feelings.” Men seem to feel a kind of way when you “pull a you on you,” meaning you pulled a move that they normally would do, but you pull their move on them. Women have been taking back the control, men aren’t the only ones who can be “hoes” and have sex with whomever they want.

The next tale/skit was from singer Ari Lennox who bowed down to a man because he had good dick. She was willing to submit and accept unacceptable behavior all because he “put it down” in the bedroom; which transitions into the next song “Put It Down”. The record explains that you’ll do anything for a man because it has good dick, from giving him money to paying his rent, to tricking off on him period. Jazmine brought our good sis Ari in for “On it.” It’s about sitting on it and spitting on “it;” I’ll let y’all figure out what IT is, but the track was the BEST one on the album.

Another interesting tale/ skit was addressed and that was tricking; women tricking to get what they want even from their husband or a guy they are just having sex with. That song transitions into “Pricetags.”

“Rashida’s Tale” leads into a beautiful transition to “Lost Ones” which is about losing someone you loved and it being your fault. You want the individual back but you know it’s a lose cause.

Everyone can relate to “The Other Side”— working hard, never getting a break and wanting to be on the other side, the side of financial freedom. That may entail meeting a millionaire or a rapper who can buy you a booty, diamonds, cars, etc, but overall just wanting to live a life free of worrying about money.

The last track featuring H.E.R. titled “Girl Like Me” is about wanting to be enough for a man and hope that he doesn’t cheat. Instead, men cheat with hoes and in the end, the hoes be winning. Knowing that, it makes women want to turn into a “hoe” and leave their good girl behavior in the past, because their good girl ways doesn’t get them anywhere but cheated on.

Our sis Jazmine did THAT on this album and if she wasn’t on people’s radar before, she is now.

What did y’all think of the relatable album?

Happy Birthday Teyana Taylor: Here’s Some TT Appreciation

Happy 30th birthday to the talented, sexy, entrepreneur, successful, director, producer, dancer, artist Teyana Taylor.

Sis is the shit and beyond and very much underappreciated. Recently, Spotify released their year end wrap up of analytics for artists and for us regular folks, the top artists we’ve listened to all year. Here’s Teyana’s below:

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Around this time, the Grammy nominations were announced and Teyana was not nominated….at all. Now let’s check the facts–According to Billboard “Album debuts at No. 6 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 8 on the all-genre Billboard 200.” Her single “Wake Up Love” landed at #14 on the billboard charts; along with other non-singles “Boomin” featuring Missy and Future peaked at 21 on the charts, and “Morning” featuring Kehlani at number 15 on the charts. Her first week sales were 32,000.

As far as the Grammy nominations go; Chloe x Halle were nominated for Best Traditional R&B Performance, Best R&B Song, and Best Progressive album–they’re first week sales were 25,000.

New artist Giveon released an EP titled Take Time andddddd he was nominated for Best R&B Album, but not Teyana who actually released an album.

Dont get me wrong, I liked Giveon’s EP and Chloe x Halle’s album but i feel as if Teyana should have been nominated for Best R&B Album.

Let’s talk about her directing abilities. She’s directed all the videos from her current album including “We Got Love,” “Made It,” “Bare Wit Me,” “Wake Up Love,” “Still,” “1800-One-Night,” “Concrete,” and “Lose Each Other.” WHO do you know would do all that WHILE pregnant??

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With all these accomplishments and accolades, sis has decided to retire from music. She posted a message on her Instagram on Dec 4 that she felt underappreciated as an artist and was not getting much support from the machine aka her label.

A few days later she confirmed that her decision had nothing to do with not being nominated for a Grammy but more so directed towards her label. She explains that she puts in 110% and they only match 10% of that, which make sense because she is directing all her videos and her first week sales could’ve been better. If you are a TT fan, then you’ll follow her and her music but if you aren’t, having a supportive label behind you will help with gaining more fans and sales.

All I’m saying is–let TT go Def Jam! Sis can be successful without the machine, especially with her other talents like directing, dancing and acting.

Anywho, Happy Birthday TT. May you enjoy 30 years on this earth and finding peace of mind during your retirement.

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Jeezy & Gucci Mane Verzuz Battle

The moment we’ve been waiting for…

It’s no secret that Jeezy and Gucci Mane have had beef for 15 years. As you know, the two started out cool, hence their “So Icy” record. But that’s where the trouble started; Jeezy says he was never paid for the record, which is probably why he never showed up to perform the record with Gucci when it was first released. Matters got worst when Jeezy created a Gucci diss song, and “allegedly” put a hit out on Gucci. When Gucci realized his life was at stake, he shot back when approached by several men. One of the guys he shot was Jeezy’s friend. That let Gucci know that Jeezy set up the hit job and from then on, the beef became detrimental.

Gucci started out with his 2005 diss record towards Jeezy titled “Round 1”. It got real disrespectful because Gucci took shots at Jeezy’s dead friend Pookie Loc, who was the man Gucci shot during a failed hit job. Jeezy responded calm stating “I get it, I get it” and went about intro to introduce his first song on the first round. Once he finished, Gucci kept going with the shots by saying “that was cute” in regards to the record Jeezy played.

Round 2:

“Benchwarmers” – Gucci

“Trap or Die” – Jeezy

Round 3:

“I Think I Love Her”- Gucci

“Standing Ovation” – Jeezy

Round 4:

“Plain Jane” – Gucci

“Gangsta Music” – Jeezy

Round 5:

“Imma Dog” – Gucci

“Bottom of the Map” – Jeezy

Round 6:

“Vette Ride Past” – Gucci

“Jeezy the Snowman” – Jeezy

Round 7:

“Wake up in the Sky” – Gucci

“Dem Boyz” – Jeezy

Round 8:

“Thats My Hood” – Gucci

“Let’s Get It” – Jeezy

Round 9:

“Both” – Gucci

“Go Crazy” – Jeezy

Round 10:

“Bricks” – Gucci

“All There”- Jeezy featuring Bankroll Fresh

Jeezy payed respect to Fresh who was on the record with him; Gucci (being shady) said that Fresh saved Jeezy on the record. (SHOTS FIRED)

Round 11:

“Say Aye” – Gucci

“Who Dat” – Jeezy

Round 12:

“Steady Mobbin” – Gucci

“They Know Remix” – Jeezy

Round 13:

“Heavy” – Gucci

“Lose my Mind” – Jeezy

Round 14

“Street Niggaz” – Gucci

“Way Too Gone” – Jeezy

Round 15:

“First Day Out” – Gucci

“Air Forces”- Jeezy

Round 16:

During this round, Gucci HAD to mention his outfit cost 10k and shaded Jeezy

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“Photoshoot” – Gucci

Jeezy did a slight flex and said he may not have on a $10k outfit but he owns half of ATL

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“Everythang” – Jeezy

Round 17:

‘Wasted” – Gucci

“Trap Star” – Jeezy

Round 18:

“Truth” – Gucci

This song was the biggest diss of the night because it mentioned Jeezy’s dead friend.

Jeezy had to check Gucci by saying he extended the invite because he’s a real man but Gucci’s still talking about old street stuff. Jeezy said they doing it for the culture and the younger generation and he shouted out King Von, Nipsey, Dough B, Mo3, and more.

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“Get ya Mind Right” – Jeezy

Round 19:

“745” – Gucci

“Put On” – Jeezy

Round 20:

“Trap House” – Gucci

“Seen It All” – Jeezy

Round 21:

“Get the bag” – Gucci

“Thug Motivation 101” – Jeezy

Round 22:

“Bitch I might be”- Gucci

“Soul Survivor” – Jeezy

Round 23:

“East Atlanta 6” – Gucci

“J.E.E.Z.Y” – Jeezy

Round 24:

“Lemonade”- Gucci

“Welcome Back” – Jeezy

The coming to Jesus moment was when they played “So Icy” and that was the best non-shady moment of the night.

Gucci shouted out Jeezy and appreciates him extending the olive branch, and he ACCEPTED IT and he said it was all love.

THAT’S ALL WE WANTED GUCCI!!

Who do y’all think won the battle?

Donell Jones is Back With a New Single “Karma (Payback)”

One of the best to ever do it, Donell Jones, is back on the music scene after 7 years and he just dropped his new single “Karma”!

Donell could be singing from the woman’s perspective or from a man’s perspective; but the song is about karma that you get after cheating on someone who has been good to you. He used the sample “Payback is a Dog” by the classic 70’s group The Stylistics. Since karma is something everyone has experienced, this is another timeless Donell record that you can look forward too. He’s also releasing a new album next month and you can expect more singles and hits!!

Donell is best known for making love and relationship records that woos his fanbase. His voice sounds as soulful as it did over 20 years ago when he entered the music industry

To give it a listen, click here > https://www.donelljonesmusic.com/

If you missed my full interview with the talented R&B singer, check it out here on my podcast, The Gold Spot Podcast or the video on YouTube.

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.

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The Gold Spot Podcast is Available on all Streaming Networks

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I know it’s been a little minute since you’ve from me on this platform BUT I’M BACK and I have launched my podcast, The Gold Spot.

What it entails is the same thing you’ve been reading on this forum, except in audio version and you actually get to physically hear from your favorite artists. Check out the trailer below and subscribe to The Gold Spot Podcast on all streaming sites.

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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?