Hear It First – Ty Dolla $ign ft. Charli XCX and Tinashe, “Drop That Kitty”

drop-that-kittyIf you feel uncomfortable with listening to this song due to its title, I don’t blame you. The lyrics’ content isn’t much more gratifying either. Luckily, Tinashe makes this song slightly more bearable and may be the reason I find myself coming back to the song.

The whole thing just tries way too hard to merge Pop, RnB and Hip-Hop and just flops. I can picture listeners enjoying it, just not on this planet. Still, you can check out the new song and hear it first below:

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Music Recommendation – Single – Pusha T ft. Kendrick Lamar, “Nostelgia”

pusha-t-kendrick-lamar-nosetalgiaIt seems like every third post on here is a song somehow featuring Kendrick Lamar. I have to hand it to Pusha T for keeping me interested until Kendrick’s verse, as it might be the best by Pusha T and draws up comparisons to a classic and elegant Kanye West.

Of course the song is about cocaine, because what else would Pusha T want to talk about? Kendrick Lamar gets a bit more open and personal with the song and delivers a massive verse that ranks among his best. Production does a huge part in making this song fascinating because of how difficult it had to be to make a verse for the beat. The flow of both rappers is superb and I could see no way in which their roles could be filled by any other rapper.

The song screams classic Hip-Hop, and steers away from a hook, which I generally look down upon. However, it fits with this song, despite it lowering the appeal rate and ultimately the biggest reason it did not go big. It takes dedication to go back to the song and appreciate the lyricism when you find it hard to keep up with (hence why Twista will never find true fame, only awe).

Overall, I would rate the song at:

9.5/10

You can check out the song below:

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Hear It First – O.T. Genasis ft. Chris Brown, “CoCo Part 3”

coco-part-3If you were in love with the CoCo before, you may have loved the second part. And if you are overdosing on the song, Part 3 may just be a relapse. Chris Brown contributes a stanza to make this song actually slightly more tolerable, but not worth being remixed over and over again.

You can check out the new remix below and hear it first:

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Favorites Friday – Trey Songz, “Last Time”

Trey-Day“Last Time” has got to be one of my favorite songs by Trey Songz, and ranks up in my favorite all-time RnB songs. Though, it may not be the best song to post on Valentine’s Day.

“Last Time” is incredibly passionate and features a smooth rhythm that feels harmonized all the right ways and is paced quite well. Songz always struck up comparisons to R. Kelly when he first launched his career in music, and while that may no longer apply, Trey Day is a prime example of their similarities.

The biggest reason I love this song oh so much is because of how strikingly soulful it is, lyrically and rhythmically. The vocals are not perfect, but they contain the amount of passion, lust and desire needed to make the song feel meaningful (a subject that Trey Songz is probably experienced at dealing with). The song would end up placing in the Billboard Hot 100 briefly, but never got the attention I feel it quite deserved.

Overall, I would rate this song at:

9.25/10

“Last Time” might be a cheater’s anthem, but at least those bastards have a great taste in music. You may notice the chorus returns quicker than hoped for, but it has such a flow to it that its repetition really is not a bother.

You can check out one of my all-time favorite songs below:

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Throwback Thursday – Jim Croce, “Time In A Bottle”

Jim-CroceSometimes I regard artists who died young to be a bit overhyped, but my feelings for Jim Croce’s music is the exact opposite. Despite dying incredibly young at only 30 years old from a plane crash, Jim Croce created some beautiful music and his #1 hit “Time In A Bottle” may be the best example of what creative talent this man had to offer.

The ballad is soft (rock) and focuses heavily on the singer’s vocals, with a light acoustic guitar guiding the sound. Its inspiration comes from the discovery of his wife’s pregnancy in 1970, but has always applied to the singer’s death and how fans and lovers of good music felt after his passing. Lyrically, the song is a masterpiece and incredibly reflective. Those sick handlebars guarded the mouth of a talented singer, and Croce finds a way to show off his voice without pushing his vocal chords’ limits.

Overall, I would rate this song at:

10/10

I consider this a perfect song, and a piece highly deserving of #1 spot (even if it was only for five weeks). You can hear the song and take a trip down Memory Lane below:

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Music Recommendation – Single – Epic ft. B. Simm, “Hold On”

girl-group-epicWhat is one thing I love more than male RnB groups? The answer is female RnB groups. Female RnB singers always sound appealing to my ears, because of the range and flexibility in their sound. and taking four of them and putting them onto Epic is just an awesome thing. “Hold On” is a great sample of what to expect from this group’s sound and represents what each member has to offer.

A Rap feature never hurt anyone, but I probably would enjoy this song better with B. Simm. While his portion is a great effort, the flow that these girls had just feels interrupted. The upbeat groove shows signs of being managed by producers who helped bring us gifts from groups including TLC and Destiny’s Child. As the music industry looks for the next big RnB girl group, Epic provides their case with such a catchy song.

Overall, I would rate the song at:

8.75/10

I will definitely keep an eye on this group and see how they follow up “Hold On”, but in the meantime you can check out the song and its corresponding music video below (Song starts around 1:22):

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Hear It First – Kendrick Lamar, “The Blacker The Berry”

kendrick-lamar-2Yesterday, Kendrick Lamar celebrated his two Grammy awards for “i” with a new song. Kendrick has yet to reveal much about his new album, but “The Blacker The Berry” is an interesting change from “i” and feels more like the Kendrick Lamar audiences know and love.

The song has a slight Reggae and Soul influence to it, but definitely feels like real Hip-Hop. You can check out the new song and see what you think of it below:

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Music Recommendation – Single – Lloyd ft. Trey Songz and Young Jeezy, “Be The One”

LloydLloyd’s “Be The One” is everything you can expect from his most recent album to date, King of Hearts: Great rhythm, sensual vibes and quality singing draped over sub-par lyricism. However, back when I first heard this later in 2011, this song was my jam. Of course, the biggest reason I discovered it was from the massive success that Lloyd found with (the clean version of) “Dedication To My Ex (Miss That)”.

Lloyd has always been an underrated part of RnB, and for me his general absence from music has been disappointing. His music on King of Hearts was intriguing, but “Be The One” is probably the best song on the album. Having Trey Songz helps the cause quite a bit, and Jeezy’s verse is some of his best to me. Then again, a rap stanza is needed to make an RnB song actually popular. Meanwhile, production is complex and, though not incredibly original, gives the song an easy rhythm to it.

Overall, I would rate the song at:

8.75/10

“Be The One” is a killer RnB hit, save for the songwriting, which feels sloppy and a bit cringeworthy. The pieces are there to make this song great, and that is the biggest failure. I still highly recommend this song, which has been a favorite of mine for a good while, making it an all-timer on my list. You can hear it below:

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Music Recommendation – Single – Gemini Syndrome, “Stardust”

Gemini-SyndromeAnyone who was here for Rock music has probably left by now. It has been a good while since I have shared any kind of pure Rock or Alternative music, but Gemini Syndrome’s “Stardust” should start a pattern of writing about your parents’ favorite genre again.

That being said, Gemini Syndrome are probably closer to Metal than they are Rock. However, “Stardust” is most likely their most universally appealing track from their debut album Lux. It is everything your punk girlfriend will adore in a love song.

I don’t have a whole lot to say about the song. Vocals are a bit shakey, but conviction comes off alright and instrumentals are superb. The lyrics are slightly repetitive but the song finds a way to stay interesting. Overall, I would rate the song at:

8.75/10

You can hear the song below and see what you think:

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