What ever happened to Midterm breaks being the time to lounge? Gone are the days when teachers gave homework, and you’d never do it, then go to school the next week praying they forgot about it. Then it was fun, there was never really any consequences – well apart from detention, and maybe being a bit slower than those who did it. University is a different ball game, if you don’t do the work…you won’t get the grade, and even if you do do the work, you might not get the grade you think you deserve. Sigh.
Ed Sheeran keeps me on track though, as well as the calming effects of Chamomile tea. Which brings me to the title of this post. X, I can’t get enough of this album. I’ve literally had it on replay for more than two weeks. EVERY song on the album is a hit…to me anyway.
A little tip: get a head start on the workload as soon as possible, so they don’t pile up (easier said than done, but doable)
Until a few days ago, I didn’t know there was an artist by the name of Kelela, but luckily I found her IG page on one of my never ending Instagram cruises, and as cliché as this sounds, I think she’s a breath of fresh air, her voice filled with an emotion, and a calmness that makes you want to leave whatever it is you’re doing, take a seat, and chill. Listen to her latest track – “A Message” & stay tuned on the Video, the Visuals are pretty cool and be sure to check her out on SoundClound.
Allow me entertain you with my definition of Hip Hop. I wish I could say Quest was one of my favourite groups back in the 90s, but that would be a lie. I wasn’t even mature enough to understand their lyrics, talk less of understanding their message, sure I might have bopped my head here and there to the beats of the 90s (thanks to my Aunt) but I don’t really remember loving it for it, but rather because I liked everything my Aunt did (this is a good thing btw).
I do however, remember walking home from school under the heat of Nigeria’s Sun in the early 2000s and hearing Diddy’s “I need a Girl” blasting through Car Stereos and also on the weekends when my Aunt and I had mini cleaning parties where we’d dance to Kool & the Gang‘s “Get down on it”, or lip sync to Shaggy‘s “It Wasn’t Me”.
Span 15 years later, I appreciate Hip Hop for what it was with the raw talents of artists like Quest, though they’ve now disbanded, their music is still tight. Up until recently I wasn’t feeling their sound, perhaps it was their lack of over powering beats, or maybe it was the fact that they actually made me think of something other than how many “bars” they had –no, that’s not it. I think it was their constant portrayal of their reality without the need to embellish that threw me off, but now I know better. Hip Hop need not be plastered with arrogant and self-righteous lyrics about how many females the Emcee penetrates per night or the labels on their collar, because realistically speaking too much money ain’t enough many and no matter how many females you bag, there’s more to life/music than that.
Their Low End Theory album did it for me – lyrical excellence. Where facts of life, culture and reality aren’t embellished, but appreciated for what it is and put into context to spark conversation and provoke thoughts. Artists like Tribe, MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Eminem, Ice Cube, TLC, Naughty by Nature, and many others portrayed this genre of music in a way that exceeds Gang culture.
Let’s for one sec. forget what music channels and popular “Hip Hop/Rap” artists today perpetuate as “Real”, and hop on YouTube, and get on that old skool vibe with Tribe.
This post is not to discredit the hard work and dedication of our Hip Hop artists of today, but rather to appreciate some of the pioneers of the Genre.
I don’t know what rock I’ve hiding under, to not have known an artist by the name of Joss Stone. I mean , she’s amazing and thanks to Spotify, I now know who she is. Her voice is very big and soulful, full of emotion, sultry and raw all at the same time.
Jocelyn Eve Stoker better known as Joss Stone is an English soul singer, she also writes, and is an actress (haven’t seen her acting yet but will do) Her voice and style reminds me of artists like Chaka Khan or is it just me? *shrugs* Check her out though, and if you already know/knew her stuff, what are some of your favourite songs by her? Lemme know! These are some of mine. Continue reading “MUSIC: Joss Stone”→
New music from New Zealand singer Ella-Yelich-O’Connor best known by her stage name “Lorde”. Everything about this song is nothing but perfection, from the finger snapping beat to the lyrical content, I especially love the lyrics, which focuses on being satisfied with your humble beginnings and the obsession with what fame and fortune entails.
“But every song’s like gold teeth, grey goose, trippin’ in the bathroom
Blood stains, ball gowns, trashin’ the hotel room
We don’t care, we’re driving cadillacs in our dreams
But everybody’s like cristal, maybach, diamonds on your time piece
Jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash
We don’t care we aren’t caught up in your love affair
And we’ll never be royals
it don’t run in our blood…”
The 16 Year old singer also has a new video out for her song “Tennis Court”. The video to me oozes simplicity. I’m in love with her music, lyrics and style considering the fact that she’s only 16 and her lyricism is insane. Check it out!