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06 October 2014

New Video: Beyonce feat. Nicki Minaj - ***Flawless

Posted one hour ago from Beyonce's YouTube page is the video for ***Flawless featuring Nicki Minaj. The clip is the final edit from the Paris On The Run Tour show. No word on if this will act as the official video for the song. It's still dope to watch nonetheless.



24 September 2014

Album Review: @IAMJHUD - "JHud" (Track By Track)

Jennifer Hudson has been on my radar since her 'Dreamgirls'  days. She gave me all of life with her portrayal of Effie White and that soundtrack is a staple in my car even now. Those songs got me through many a road trip.

I have been here for her career ever since and her first album didn't disappoint in the least. I loved every single track. Her second album kind of flew over my head though...but here we are. JHud has released her anticipated third solo album and it's a different sound for her. We're so used to the powerful, ballad filled, JHud releases yet this is more of a dance album. But not just any dance album. This album is giving me "Saturday Night Fever" type old school tease. This is for sure a blast from the past. She's dabbled in disco before but she's all in this go round. As far as public opinion? Not really sure how much the teeny boppers of this generation will appreciate it.  

Check out this "track-by-track" review of "JHud":

1. "Dangerous"

This track sets the direction for the album. Low key singing along to a variety of instruments. Old school, disco feel. I like it.

2. "It's Your World" (Feat. R. Kelly)

This track is a lot smoother than the first track. Her vocals are still on point and the background vocals are dipped in gold. SLEIGH. I'm not sure why R. Kelly refuses to go away though. He made ZERO impact on this song. This is a time where you drop a part 2 and remove the featured singer. You have my full support in this. R. Kelly, sir, as far as listening to ANY MORE tracks with you on them?

3. "He Ain't Going Nowhere" (Feat. Iggy Azalea)

Iggy doesn't fit on this track at all. GWORL. Why did you choose her? I get trying to broaden your audience and expanding your horizons by whyTF did you go down under to Australia? Like no. Return to sender.

Work harder.

4. "Walk It Out"

Wait. LMFAO. Did JHud just curse? I don't think I've ever heard that. I actually love this song. She's giving us just enough. She does tend to overpower songs. This track is PERF. Kind of reminds me of "Pocketbook" in terms of quality. The cursing though. You better show your hood roots.

5. "I Can't Describe (The Way I Feel)" (Feat. T.I.)

This song just viiiiiiibes. I feel like this is what Jhene Aiko attempts to accomplish but she lacks the vocal prowess to make an impact. T.I.'s chill ass rap style compliments this track completely. Finally! A feature I support.

6. "I Still Love You"

The way JHud is singing on this track I'm not sure if she really loves them or hates them. The passion is real. I'm a little scared though. Don't mess with her. She got me feeling like you better love her ass back...or else.

7. "Just That Type Of Girl"

Solid track produced by Pharrell. We're still in dance fever mode but I'm still vibing. JHud is killing the adlibs. I'm looking at you boy/I'm thinking about the things we can do and explore. Well, okay then. It's all about what she wants.

9. "Bring Back The Music"

The first ballad! I've been waiting for this track. I missed my Jennifer. I'm not sure why she strayed so far from what her fans love to appease the masses. She beautifully croons Somewhere along the line we lost sight/ And it made the music go away and the way she utilizes her falsetto on this chorus??? I fell TF out. Won't you say that we're bringing back/Gotta bring back/Bring back the music...Mission ACCOMPLISHED.

10. "Say It"

Michael Jackson and afro funk all in one track?!? I am in HEAVEN! JHud implores "Do you want me? Do you need me?" I don't know about you but I want AND need more of this on the album! I promise the "The Way You Make Me Feel" tease had me like

11. "Moan"

TAKE ME TO THE KING JHUD!!! If this ballad isn't beautiful? LORDT. She better dammit sing! I'm every bit of slain in the blood right now. Long tracks usually piss me off but I wanted all 7 minutes of this, mmkay? EVERY. SINGLE. SECOND. She was giving me Effie White. You better channel heavyset Jennifer!!!

This album was solid. It wasn't typical JHud so I'm slightly disappointed. I know people like to complain that she tends to scream a lot but I need some screaming in my life. Outside of the final track she didn't give me the vocals I've come to expect and love. You happy people? She's toned it down. But I'll take loud ass JHud over this tame one any day.

Purchase "JHud"  online and in stores NOW!

Natasha Marie


New Music: @KeyshiaCole - "Remember Pt. 2"


I, personally, am a proponent of letting great songs remain that. No remixes and for sure no part twos. This track is definitely no exception. In fact, it is the rule. Keyshia Cole is giving me everything that I didn't ask for on this track. Please, by all means, do not listen to this song at a high volume in headphones. She is pitchy, shrill, and TF hurt. I mean, we all know she could stand to take voice lessons and we've come to expect mediocrity from her in the vocal department but this is a new level of IDGAF. Like did you even try? Keyshia, GWORL, you better sing through that pain, and from the sound of it, tears. You gotta be choking on somebody's emotion to have produced this garbled mess. But alas, the "Hurt THOTS of America" are going to be praising Black Jesus for this abomination of a track. Meanwhile myself, and the other sane women (and gays), will just stick to the original "Remember".

Listen to this new butt ass hurt anthem below. THOTS unite.



Video By Singersroom.com

Natasha Marie


23 September 2014

New Music: @kendricklamar - "i"

King Kendrick Lamar has finally released his anticipated single following the release of his 2012 debut album "good kid, m.a.a.d. city" which proved to be highly successful...although he was ROBBED at the Grammys but we're not going to talk about that sham of an awards show. "i" is a very different sound than we're used to from Godrick but I can dig it. I was already a fan of his work but ever since his verse on "Control" I've been waiting with bated breath for his next release. He literally had thee entire rap universe like 

He has yet to bless us with his album title or cover art. But until he does take a listen to his newest track and relish in his new sound, courtesty of Rahki:








19 September 2014

Unwanted Music: @JessieJ Feat. @ArianaGrande - "Bang Bang"


I have absolutely ZERO respect for this bullshit release. Let me tell you why. Jessie J and Ariana just used thee entire fuck out of Onika. They rode her coattails to ensure this single was a success then dropped this tacky ass rapless version with not even a true bridge, just them screaming back and forth over the looped chorus. Who exactly are we appeasing with this change? "Bang Bang"  was without a doubt a track with crossover appeal that went platinum in no time and remains at the top of the charts. Which brings me back full circle. Stay with me.

Jessie J is no Adele. She may have some platinum singles under her belt but she has yet to make an impact on U.S. charts. And we all know Ariana can't chart to save her life. She can't sell any singles that don't feature another artist and those barely sell. Take for instance that VMA's performance. Onika stole the show, wardrobe malfunction and all, while Jessie J served us uncomfortable dancing and Ariana served naked toddler playing dress up. I need to know who we're marketing this new trash ass version to? To be completely honest, Onika MAKES the song. If they were so pressed for a rapless version, the SMART move would've been to extend Onika an invitation for the remix. But then again their version as the original wouldn't have touched a chart. Every sane person is looking like


Listen below, around 1:50, if you have time to waste:


Natasha Marie


16 September 2014

Album Review: @ChrisBrown - "X" (Track By Track)

There's an age old adage wherein we discern whether or not we have the ability to separate an "artist" from his "art". Chris Brown has certainly fallen on that sword more times than we can count. There are those who are, so to speak, "rooting for the underdog". Likewise I'm sure many are relishing in the fact that many of his early releases failed to break the top 20 on any chart. However, despite this stigma I'm reviewing his album. All the "but Ray Rice..." nonsense can cease and desist. You don't have to read it and please don't tweet me no bullshit. Now that that is out of the way...Chris Brown has finally released his sixth studio album "X" and I can say that I am pleased with the final product. However I will also say this: there are far too many tracks on this bitch. 21 on the deluxe version like my nigga for why? I very nearly didn't review it due to his audacity to make me write about that many damn tracks. This gahtdamn album packed like a Mexican clown car. Clearly he has something to prove to me, you, himself, God. TBH I almost gave up on him even releasing this album with all his delays and run ins with the law. He is truly his own worst enemy. He refuses to be great. This nigga wanna be a convict sooo bad. As if the Rihanna fiasco wasn't enough to derail his career he just wants to keep playing Russian Roulette. Iono if it's because he's light skinned or because he's from Virginia or a compilation of both but I won't be surprised when he ends up like Mr. Garfield in 'One Eight Seven' (Figuratively so calm TF down). He's letting all his pent up homosexual energy cause an influx of testosterone resulting in this neanderthal ass behavior. Nobody has the time or patience for it. Well except maybe Karrueche but that's neither here nor there.

Check out this "track-by-track" review of "X":

1. X

I can make you a believer if I turn the nonsense down. Well look at God! Who knew that jail could make Chris see the light? I'm not even sure if at this point in time he could everrrrrrrrr make me a believer but here's to trying and here's to him giving his life to Christ. I think this was the perfect start to his album. Great title track. If you're only as good as the company you keep/Then I'ma blame you for what they say about me. Truer words were never spoken.

2. Add Me In

Bruh. He really just said Your body is an isosceles/And I just wanna try angles. Those kind of pick up lines are PRECISELY why the light skinned population will never prosper. What makes it worse is this entire track involves math and it's very clear to me that Chris has ne'er taken even a Special Ed math class. So per his request to "divide his lover’s legs and subtract her boyfriend to "add me in" I'm gonna go ahead and multiply that by 

3. Loyal (Feat. Lil Wayne and Tyga)

This track is my guilty pleasure. I know these lyrics ain't shit and Chris Brown and Lil Wayne ain't shit but I like it anyways. Sue me. Clearly you're saying "these hoes ain't loyal" but your fan base is comprised primarily of these quote, unquote "hoes" but what do I know? I mean let's throw logic out the window for a sec. When I'm out running and I'm like 3 miles in and ready to call it a wrap this is my power track. And that's all that matters. I don't have to walk for hours or hitchhike with some rapey ass Mexican to make it back to my apartment. The beat is banging, the video is sick, and although Lil Wayne's existence annoys me, I'm gonna continue to appreciate this track for a long ass time.

Just got rich/Took a broke nigga bitch/I can make a broke bitch rich/But ion fuck with broke bitches. LMFAO. The ratch in me LIIIIVES. Let me be great!

4. New Flame (Feat. Usher and Rick Ross)

This single came out EONS AGO but of course Nephew Thugnificent spent too much time doing time to make any impact with his singles. I plum forgot about this track. Besides when it first came out the radio obliterated any love that I had for this song. The thing about Tampa radio is they will stomp each and every song into the ground. Unless you're a flop, in which case they don't give you any spins at all. But that's none of my business though...at least Chris and Usher aren't women bashing like that butt ass hurt "Loyal" track.

5. Songs On 12 Play (Feat. Trey Songz)

I like the track. I really do. I just feel like Chris and Trey paying homage to R. Kelly exudes far too much homosexuality for me to deal with at this current moment. They're singing about who reminds them of sex songs and I'm over here thinking they're talking about each other. 
Mmm hmm. I bet he is.

6. 101 (Interlude)

This is unnecessary. He's stuck in traffic. Chhh...it's LA. There's ALWAYS traffic. Although a full version could've replaced "Drown In It".

7. Drown In It (Feat. R. Kelly

So not only do we do an ode to the Perv King but we do features with him too? Way to change your image. This crass ass musical about swimming in what kind of waters only God knows. How do you justify making a track with a misogynist who has a worse track record involving women, or GIRLS I should say, than yourself? The only waters you're currently drowning in is that of public scrutiny.

8. Came To Do (Feat. Akon)

The repetitive "came to do" killed me. This is definitely somewhere near the bottom for me. It's not terrible though. It's giving me "Loyal" tease sans hurt. I accept it. Nothing to write home about.

9. Stereotype

Riddle me this: how hurt do you have to be to have so many "He-Man Woman Hater" tracks? Like dawg...what does Rihanna possess in her pooswah?!? There's no way you talking about anybody else. You can speak in plural all day long but we all know the truth. Another question that plagues me dearly: why is it okay for you to call ANYONE a stereotype? I really don't wanna label you a stereotype...like sir...

10. Time For Love

The lyrics are simple. The beat is nice. And you can just vibe to it. Let me get in your comfort zone/Girl we can move together. Quite frankly there is nothing comforting to me about you being in my comfort zone. But that's just me. That's most definitely too close for comfort. I wouldn't want you to have any flashbacks and nvm...

11. Lady In A Glass Dress (Interlude)

Those falsettos are A1! Chris is offering to heal the hurt but I'm not sure that hurt people can help other hurt people. It's just a jumble of low self esteem and skewed views on life but perhaps he knows something that I don't. Alas, he said he can make your dreams come true. I mean he got Karrueche a verified check on twitter and various appearances because Lord knows otherwise we'd be like

12. Autumn Leaves (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)

And the saga of hurt continues but Kendrick hops his ass on the track more mad than hurt. I'm always here for a verse from Kendrick though. He may look like a hobo but he rap like he gaht muh-nayyy. And they won’t let me live/Even when it’s remorse that I give/When are they gon' rejoice and forgive/Tell me how [do] I stay positive? I felt every word. But Chris over there crooning sullenly to a soft guitar. LMFAO. It seems that all the autumn leaves are falling/I feel like you're the only reason for it. I know Rih Rih over there like 

13. Do Better (Feat. Brandy)

Brandy can do no wrong. Her raspy ass singing voice gives me EV-VERY-THING, you hear me?!? I was really upset when I heard that Chris was going to release the version that didn't have her on it. I know her publicity sometimes resembles a car crash but she can sing though and that's all that matters. It's about the art not about sales.
14. See You Around

At this point I'm just gonna think he's talking about somebody else. There's no way that he is so blatantly pining after Rihanna when he has Karrueche dumbly answering to his every beck and call. This track is definitelty a different sound for him, very folksy. This is a welcomed change. I do know one thing he need to stop singing through the hurt. Talmbout "I should have loved you way more." No my nigga. Love shouldn't hurt. 

15. Don’t Be Gone Too Long (Feat. Ariana Grande)

This track didn't really give me much and that was surprising. Both Ariana and Chris are vocal beasts and I expected so much more. Queen Ariana always sleighs my soul so I definitely got the sads. He's giving me "Jhene Aiko spoken word" tease and Ariana is barely there. The adlibs were amazing though. The video they dropped yesterday though...not really sure why, what with the current race relations, we thought it was okay to have a black man thrown in jail for fraternizing with a white chick. Like bish wheeetttt?! Who came up with the concept of this video? The Ferguson Police Department??? Not that Chris Brown knows anything about being appropriate but still...TBH I'm more concerned with Ari's well being. We all know she tends to get with anybody who she features with on a track like she for real be like 

and Chris isn't like them other dudes. Girl...you better stay your hot ass far, far away from him.

16. Body Shots

I'm not sure why they put this song right here. It just seems out of place. I guess after all the sad songs he said FU*K IT! LET'S TURN UP! So now we're in Vegas doing body shots to EDM music. Cool.

17. Drunk Texting (Feat. Jhene Aiko)

I won't lie. This song is actually cute. Chris definitely decreased the quality of his vocals to match the subpar performance of Jhene yet he still overpowers her which is a shame. And whyyyy would you choose the Whisper Queen to duet with? I try so hard to hear her when she's singing but I just can't. She just be talking and talking and I be like BITCH SPEAK UP! I CAN'T TF HEAR YOU!!! Like WTF Jhene?!? This bitch over there in la la land for hippies smoking rainbows and call herself making music. I'm sick of her shit man.

18. Lost In Ya Love

Vocally he sleighs this song. He was lacking a lot of that on this album. Which is the only reason I'm going to accept this addition to this LONG ASS ALBUM. Bonus tracks have to be NECESSARY.
 
19. Love More (Feat. Nicki Minaj)

This track may not have done well on the charts but I really love this song! And no it's not because I'm fake gay for Onika...although if professing my love for bae makes a difference then I LOVE YOU ONIKA!!!


Aw! She loves me back! (Don't judge me...)
 
20. Don’t Think They Know (Feat. Aaliyah)

One of my favorite tracks for sure. I was always an Aaliyah fan. Her voice was beautiful and "One In A Million" was one of my first musical purchases independent of my parents. So, of course, I like the track because Aaliyah vibes like no other. That being said...it truly boggles my mind that people keep making music with dead artists. Like who are you asking for approval for this shit? Not my good friend Jesus that's for sure. How do we know that Aaliyah would've wanted to make a track with your ass had she been alive. Who knows? Maybe she would've been a feminist and boycotted your woman beating ass. MAYBE. Why can't you just let these people rest in gahtdamn peace?!?

21. Fine China

I like to call this Breezy's "Suit and Tie". He's definitely channeling his inner Justin Timberlake in this song. Although he said that he was channeling Sam Cooke and Stevie Wonder. Whatever. Same shit. It was a different sound for him and I'm not about to go on and on about this old ass song. I don't know who he was channeling in that damn video though.

Though this album lacks a personal touch, it's easy on the ears if you disregard most of the lyrics. An all around good album, yet unnecessarily long AF. I can't recommend that you purchase it because I'm not involving myself in the politics surrounding supporting him. Do what you want. If you like good music and want to support the "artist" for his "art" and not concern yourself with his personal life then go get it. If you don't, well then that's his problem, not mine.

Natasha Marie

 
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