Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirlwall, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jesy Nelson, collectively known as Little Mix, made their debut with DNA, a solid album packed with impressive urban-pop tunes. I expected the adorable, 20-something-year-old ladies to fill the girl-group void and experience the same success as their male counterparts, One Direction. However, the lovely ladies are making a slower climb to pop domination.
Personally, I think they’re too clean-cut and bubbly and lack that coveted sex appeal that makes female fans want to be like them and male fans be with them. I’m not suggesting they storm the VMAs in an ill-fitting outfit and act slutty with a foam finger, but I would recommend them studying Rihanna and Danity Kane—the leading contemporary purveyors of convincing and palatable eroticism. Read More
The “War On Drugs” and law officials killing innocent people during raids have nothing to do with J. Cole’s “Crooked Smile” song, but the 28-year-old rapper decided to shed some light on Aiyana Stanley-Jones’ story in the accompanying video.
In 2010, Detroit police officer Joseph Weekley shot and killed 7-year-old Aiyana during a raid targeting a murder suspect.
The music video finds J. Cole playing a drug dealer with a young daughter. A white man portraying a DEA agent provides juxtaposition. He too has a young daughter and is leading the raid against Cole’s character. Read More
Remember Nelly’s collaboration with Mariah Carey, “To The Floor”? One of two songs on The Emancipation of Mimi that should have never left the cutting room floor? That song came to mind upon my first listen of Nelly’s “Rick James” featuring T.I. Old-school funk meets hip-hop on “Rick James.” The genre-mixing production sounds like it was made on Neptunes, which is coincidentally where “To The Floor” was made. Read More
Some months ago, an awesome guy on the internet decided to dig up a few rappers’ old tweets. Many will argue that Wale was hit the hardest because everyone looked at him like he wore sweat pants and his name was Regina George, but I’m here to tell you that it was actually Danny Brown who took the biggest “L” that day.
Dude went from saying “Wale sucks” in 2009 to he has been riding with Wale since 2007 in 2012. He even said he loved and respected the D.C. rapper, and it’d be an honor to work with him. The title of an entry on KanyeToThe said it best: “Danny Brown licking Wale’s ass like he’s some kind of god.” Read More
For some reason, a lot of people have subscribed to the notion of ‘living for haters’. This logic is problematic, yet widespread. Budding singer Eric Bellinger is further perpetuating this imbecillic idea on his new song, “I Don’t Want Her” featuring rapper Problem.
Here are a few lines taken directly from the song.
If they ain’t looking at my woman, I don’t want that girl.
If they ain’t looking at my baby, then it’s something wrong with me.
If they ain’t hating on what we got, I’mma need a new woman.
Jason Derulo really wants you to give a damn about his music. Perhaps his desires will come to fruition if he stops blatantly jacking the styles of already popular artists.
The poor man’s Chris Brown surpassed his doppelgänger with the 2 Chainz-assisted “Talk Dirty,” but on his latest track, “Side Fx,” he sounds like Trey Songz and Mario in the more distinct parts of the song. On top of that, sections of the production sounds like the beat from Miguel’s “Pay Me.” (The “gimme pound gimme euro gimme yen” song.) Read More
In case you missed the memo from his first 11 albums, 46-year-old Robert Kelly would like to remind you that he’s a sex “Genius.” There’s not much else to be said about this song. R. Kelly being “blessed with the insight to please” women’s bodies is pretty much the premise and conclusion. His 12th album, Black Panties, is due out on November 11th via RCA.
Are you familiar with John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s two-week-long “Bed-Ins for Peace”? Neither am I. That’s why it’s great to have conscious contemporary artists like Jhené Aiko and Childish Gambino exposing neglected moments of American history.
The artistic duo appear disheveled on the grainy, Tumblr-friendly cover art. They both hold a single, colored flowers, clearly symbolizing whatever took place in the bed moments before the photo was snapped. Jhené details their sensual adventures on “Bed Peace,” a title taken from John and Yoko’s accompanying documentary. Read More