Hi Blair. So, I’m bringing us back to life… ha, HEY!
…Anyway, if you know me at all, you know that only The Weeknd has the power to resurrect my blogging. Aaaaaaand Kiss Land dropped yesterday, so my mind has been in trippy-R&B heaven for the past 24 hours. YEEE.
Overall, the album is what you probably expected. Nothing strays from his usual sound. Even Drake has his default cameo. But if you are like me and love his soulful, brokenhearted, come-down sound, then you’re a happy kid. And we can always appreciate that one song with an extra MJ vibe, (like D.D.) which this time around is Wanderlust and will be the soundtrack to my life for the indefinite future.
If I were to change one thing, I have to say that I wish there were a few more guest appearances. Though Abel’s voice is amazing and we can always count on Drake, it’s good to spice up the sound. Even hearing the Juicy J say 2 sentences at the end of Same Old Song on Echoes of Silence was welcomed.
So ya, provided is the full stream and track list provided by the beloved Hypetrak.com. Go dig.
Produced by Mike Will Made It (obviously). Another jam from him. His ad lib is so fun to say! He really just needs to make it the hook to a song already. And where have you been Ciara? “One, Two Step” was my ish in 2005. ish.
Please excuse me, I’m gonna go listen to this three more times in a row. I just wish it had a verse from Future. The sample is such a tease! BTW, recently realized I’m totes on Team Future.
I’ll be honest, sometimes I get pretty stubborn with my music. I know how it sounds, I know it makes me feel and when I need that feeling, I don’t like wasting my time with the unknown. I have to be feeling adventurous or it takes a rec from a respected friend to get me to open my ears up.
Today, it must have been the extra egg in my omelet, but I was feeling adventurous and let my Spotify choose for me (feeling similar to jumping off a cliff). BUT, Spotify ran with the opportunity and led me to Ra Ra Riot. Their newest album, Beta Love, is a GOLD MINE. In particular I can’t get enough of “What I Do for U.” HOLY MOLEY. It isn’t as “pop-y” as the others and I only wish it was 5pm so I could listen to this bad boy in my car with the volume turn up to the max instead of with my earbuds at work right now. The base is just like BAM.
Channel Orange will be my album of the year EVERY YEAR. Without Fail. No question. Every year.
I’m oozing with pride and happiness as i watch this, like I had anything to do with Frank’s success. Whatevs. Just enjoy the video CBS put together honoring this gift from God and know that too many blog post about Frank Ocean are being written by me right meow.
For those of you who follow Hypetrak like its the Bible, like myself, you caught A$AP’s cover of Gnarls Barkley’s Who Will Save My Soul. I’m not really sure why, but I love it when rappers try to sing, even if it sounds like a dying cat. I guess, to me, it shows their softer side? Ya, who knows, whatever. But his freestyle at the end is icing on the cake… and now I have “who’s gonna save my hoes now” stuck in my head. It’s glorious.
Sidenote: can we all agree that Cee Lo should go back to soulful crooning instead of being the freak judge with the cat and the parrot on The Voice? Ok, thanks.
OK, I’ll be real in saying that the only songs of Jeremih’s I knew before hearing this mixtape was “Birthday Sex” and “Imma Star;” and neither have ever been on my iTunes’ 25 Most Played. So when a friend queued up “773 Love” in my car, I was pleasantly surprised to hear what else this R&B artist was capable of.
Released in mid-2012 and entitled “Late Nights with Jeremih,” this mixtape was produced by DJ Drama and DJ Pharris. Jeremih didn’t stray far from his R&B roots, (you definitely get your “baby-makin fix” on here) but the electronic-y influences that the DJs bring are also obvious and just mesh soooo well with Jeremih’s voice. Also, the mixtape includes over a dozen rappers you’ve definitely heard of: Fab, E-40, 2 Chainz, YG, Gucci, and Twista just to name a few. So it’s safe to say that there is something on here for everyone.
Downloading (or at least listening to) the mixtape will be the best decision you make today, so do yourself a favor.
Interesting article on Noisey today about A$ap’s album, what it means for rap, and what rap means for it! Singles? Mixtapes? The all-knowing internet? What is mainstream anymore? Will the song with Skrillex be the next single from Long.Live.A$ap? (Please?) Where do we go from here??!
PS- I hereby declare today “A$ap Rocky Day” cuz it’s probably all we’ll be talking about. Deal.
I wasn’t sure how much I liked these LA-based sisters on my first listen earlier this year. For some reason I decided to give them another chance today. And now I can’t for the life of me figure out what I didn’t like before?? They have the perfect combo of 80s synth and poppy vocals, while still sounding like something new.
If i’m not jamming out to their set early Friday afternoon at Coachella 2013, something is not right with the world.