New Music: “Songs On 12 Play,” Chris Brown feat. Trey Songz (2014)
So, Chris Brown’s new album “X" came out on Tuesday. I’m finishing up my first listen right now and was intrigued by this one. I mean, any shout out to R. Kelly’s "12 Play" is more than welcome in my world. But moreso it makes me stop to think about the people behind art that I enjoy and what it means to support (i.e., listen to the music of, watch the films starring, share the photos by) artists who have made personal choices ranging from questionable to downright outrageous.
Just some food for thought, I suppose. Feel free to leave comments about this topic, Chris Brown’s album or whatever else is on your mind.
N.C.-rapper Rapsody’s “Hard To Choose” was released this Monday on the Jamla Records Soundcloud page. The track serves as the lead single for her upcoming “Beauty and The Beast" EP. HipHopDX reported that project will be out on Oct. 7.
Thicke says he was just “lucky enough to be in the room” when Williams wrote the song. Afterwards, he gave interviews to outlets like Billboard where he repeated the false origin story surrounding “Blurred Lines” because he says he “thought it would help sell records.” But he also states he hardly remembers his specific media comments because he “had a drug and alcohol problem for the year” and “didn’t do a sober interview.” In fact, when he appeared on Oprah Winfrey's show with his young son and talked about how weird it was to be in the midst of a legal battle with the family of a legendary soul singer who “inspires almost half of my music,” Thicke admits he was drunk and taking Norco — “which is like two Vicodin in one pill,” he says.
This is wild to me. Not at all unbelievable, but still wild.
Given the title and artwork, you can probably guess how this sounds even before you press play. I wonder who produced it, though, because the beat makes it especially worthwhile. DMV’s own (gotta put on for the home team) Wale just released this smooth track with Jeremih, but there’s no word on if it’ll be on his upcoming project “The Album About Nothing.”
And while we still don’t know when TAAN will actually be out, Wale did release this trailer today. Considering how loved “The Mixtape About Nothing” was and still is, this next project surely has a lot to live up to.
New Music: “Merlot,” Down 2 Earth feat. Kehlani (2014)
Gems like this remind just how beneficial it is to follow folks on Soundcloud and to let the stream play freely every now and then.
This one is a new track by Oakland trio Down 2 Earth. I think it’s Kehlani's vocals and the Amy Winehouse sample that make me fall in love. But if the rest of their upcoming LP “Wildfire” sounds anything like this, I’m sure we’ll all be very pleased.