Chemistry is Everything

There is something to be said about the chemistry between an artist and their producer. When a producer and artist understand each other the results are phenomenal. They create a joint message through their work, and it’s something that shouldn’t be taken for granted, especially in this ‘fast food’ music industry.

I got to thinking about this when I was listening to Drakes newest offering ‘Marvin’s Room’. Continue reading

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Video: ‘Moment 4 Life’

It only seems appropriate to post a music video after my earlier story. Nicki Minaj and Drake premiered the highly anticipated video to their song ‘Moment 4 Life’ tonight on MTV. The song is the fourth official single from Nicki’s debut album Pink Friday.

The clip follows Nicki in a fairy tale world, with her own Fairy Godmother and Prince. The video Nicki’s best to date, and the arrival of her alter-ego Martha as the Fairy Godmother was Continue reading

Release Dates Galor

This week has brought the announcements of a few excited release dates. We’ll start first with Wiz Khalifa.

The rapper went to ustream to announce both his album title and release date. Rolling Papers is set to be released on March 29th. Following the success of ‘Black and Yellow’, Wiz should have a nice welcoming when his albums drops.

Speaking of ‘Black and Yellow’, the track sold 201,000 copies this Continue reading

Drake and Florence Welsh Perform Together

Drake treated his UK fans to a huge treat when he brought out Florence Welsh, the lead singer of Florence+The Machine, to perform his song ‘Fireworks’.

As always Drake was fantastic on stage. He is one of the most vibrant rappers to watch perform. displaying his passion for music every time he’s on stage. I have to say that Florence Continue reading

2011 New Years Eve Performances:

I still can’t believe that it’s 2011, but in the words of Jay-Z ‘on to the next one’. Before we do that I want to quickly post a few of the performances that occurred last night. I already did a post on Nicki, and here are a few more that I wanted to highlight.

I have to mention Lil Wayne on his own though because he is really winning me over with ‘6 foot 7 foot’. Anyone who knows me knows that I was real skeptical of ‘Tha Carter IV’ and Continue reading

Drake Talks Second Album

Just fresh off of his Grammy nominations, Drake is slowly starting to reveal more about his sophomore album ‘Take Care’. MTV reports that Drake was a guest on Shade 45’s  morning show. He said-

“I’m really going back to the So Far Gone where, first of all, as much as the label and people are fighting me, I’m not doing 14 songs, ’cause it doesn’t give me enough. I want to do interludes, transitions and different moments. I have an overabundance. I’ve never had this many raps.”

Going back to the sound on ‘So Far Gone’ is a good direction for Drake. That mixtape is what set him apart from all Continue reading

The Vault: ‘Street Lights’

With finals week consuming me I have been listening to a lot of low key music to keep myself from wandering. Slow song play a key role in every finals week for me, so I wanted to mention one song that I really have forgotten about until recently.

Kanye West released ‘808 and Heartbreak’ back in 2008. While a lot of his fans were angry with the album I actually loved it. I thought that it was a genuine representation of where Kanye was in his life at that time. While there were clear cut radio songs on the album, the best tracks were those that were not. Continue reading

Rihanna Proves Herself Yet Again

Rihanna continues to prove her power and influence this week as ‘What’s My Name’ shoots to number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. This marks Rihanna’s 8th number 1 on the Hot 100 and her third this year. It really is hard to deny how big of a star she is considering that she has had 3 number 1 songs this year alone.

So far both of Rihanna’s singles from ‘Loud’ have been in the top 3, which is much better than her first two singles from ‘Rated R’. While ‘Only Girl’ is a decent song, ‘What’s My Name’ is one of the best singles from Rihanna career. It’s a song that I could only hear her doing, and that makes it success all the more great. Continue reading

Thoughts: ‘Pink Friday’ + Tracklist

Over the weekend Nicki Minaj added her album as a pre-order on itunes, thus revealing her hotly anticipated tracklist.

It has been a long time since there has been an album by a female rapper that is so widely anticipated. One could argue that it is one of the biggest female rap albums ever, but that’s talk for a different post. There is no doubt about the pressure being on for Nicki, but if her tracklist reveals anything, I think we will are in for a treat.

The album has 6 features, leaving 7 solo songs for Nicki. I’m pretty excited about this, because considering she has been the biggest featured artist of the past year, Continue reading

The Vault: ‘Shut It Down’- Drake

Rating: A+

If this is released as a single then I’m going to have to take it out of The Vault, but it has yet to be released so it belongs here for now. ‘Shut It Down’ was originally rumored to be the first single from Drakes debut album ‘Thank Me Later’. While Drakes album is full of hits this is by far his best song he has done to date.

The slow-jam proves itself to be the most R&B influenced song on the album. Written by both Drake and The-Dream the song is the slowest that we have heard from Drake thus far, yet could actually be the most exciting.

I’m glad that the song was pushed from being the lead Continue reading

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