Music Recommendation – Single – Big Sean ft. Drake and Kanye West, “Blessings”

BlessingsMost reactions to this song so far have been much unlike my own. Listeners have said this song has a great beat and weak verses. Meanwhile, I was impressed by each artist, mostly because of how surprised I am with Big Sean’s development up to this track. Most people call him things like “wack” and “not dope” (I’m not very up-to-date with the lingo of the young people), but I believe he has the ability to do what he does in “Blessings” on the rest of his album.

“IDFWU” has been a big hit, but Big Sean is still treated like three-day-old potato salad leftovers. He is dumped on like crazy, and while I may not be the biggest fan of his music and do agree his lyrics feel very empty, I have heard way worse. I was going into this song expecting it to be a “Hear It First” and I would briefly cover it, but all three rappers do a solid job of carrying a low-key and difficult beat to work with and make the best of what they are given.

Big Sean starts out slow but picks up quick and goes on about a typically-empty subject with easy rhymes. Both of his verses have good flow, but just don’t seem to be conveying anything. Drake, meanwhile, connects the song well with his chorus (though it is disappointing for Drake’s vocal skills) and his own more consistent middle verse. Kanye’s outro had my favorite verse on the song (that’s a first) and I just love the idea of a pre-school run by Kanye West. I would absolutely send my child there, no regrets.

It was hard for me to pick up any meaning from “Blessings”, but all three rappers make a good Hip-Hop radio hit and a song that will most likely achieve Billboard Hot 100 status. Before judging, I would hear it out; That was the only reason this made it to “recommendation” status. Overall, I would rate the song at:

7.5/10

This song is nothing new, but I like it and see the appeal. You can hear the new single first below:

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Favorites Friday – Drake, Best I Ever Had

DrakeMy caption for the image to my left? “When your girls’ ex’s keep messaging you saying they gonna find you.” Because Drake is stealing all the women, you better hide yo kids (if they are above 18, of course), and hide yo wife (if she’s above 18, of course).

To my macho man friends, I act like I enjoy hearing Drake rap better than his singing. Unfortunately, my love for Drake’s vocal potential will never be manly enough for anyone. Best I Ever Had does not have to a closet favorite of mine, like Take Care does (oops!), but it always showed off Drake’s best singing voice.

The transition from song into rap into song was always so smooth and the beat kept it interesting throughout. Everything about this song is so catchy and appealing to any listener. Best I Ever Had was not my first Drake song, though, nay; Find Your Love blared before a championship hockey game (which I now realize was a rather bland option for a pre-game pump-up song, but it’s whatever now), and Best I Ever Had came about 2 years after that.

The chorus still disappoints me to this day, mostly because the censored version ends up being better (though I do not care much for the censored version of the song in full very much). That would be my biggest complaint, as per most listeners.

Overall, I would rate this favorite of mine at:

8.5/10

Another slight thing that always bothered me was the fact that Drake’s singing voice was clearly at its best in the first part of the hook, so why not continue that through more of the song? I just hate how one part of the song played three times is the most satisfying part when I want it to be the whole track. The Hip-Hop aspect is not necessarily bad, but the song could be better (without being too much like Find Your Love, which is good but does not have the easy-to-love sound of Best I Ever Had).

So yeah, that was me rambling. Go ahead and check out one of my all-time favorites below (Dirty version, sorry):

-Austin Heath

Music Recommendation – Single – PARTYNEXTDOOR ft. Drake, Recognize

partynextdoorTo be honest, I am not sure how I feel about PARTYNEXTDOOR yet. I see he has a rather loyal following, and some of his music is enjoyable (see this song), but he almost sounds like a copy of Future. That seems to be the trend anymore, though, so I will just pull up my big boy pants, quit pouting and get over it.

I saw someone make a comment about Drake stating that he has helped establish modern RnB/Soul. I laughed at first, but I can now see the reasoning behind it. You can call me white, gay, whipped, or any other true adjective describing me, but I prefer hearing Drake’s singing voice over his rapping. This song only gives a preview of his singing voice, but it is a highlight of the track.

The song is appealing in the way Turn On The Lights was, in that you want to disregard it at first but have to finish the song for whatever reason, then you end up listening to it again. Then this process repeats for a few weeks. In essence, this song has a superficial appeal to it where it reminds me of a previous song that I liked and has a catchy Hip-Hop/RnB effect to it. I wanted to share this song though to introduce everyone to PARTYNEXTDOOR in case you had been in the dark before.

Overall, I would rate the song at 8.25/10. I find myself coming back to it often, so despite my lack of commitment to the song’s quality, I still do recommend giving it a listen. I find myself drawn to it and the sound of PARTYNEXTDOOR. You can hear the song below:

-Austin Heath

Hear It First – Nicki Minaj ft. Lil Wayne, Drake and Chris Brown, Only

HotNewHipHop.com has been the first site to inform me of the much-anticipated sequel to Anaconda. Nicki Minaj brings on Lil Wayne, Drake and Chris Brown to make this song a hit. Everyone sounds decent (though Lil Wayne makes me feel like I need to cough something out of my throat), but it has more of the YMCMB sound that I tend to not enjoy anymore. I still felt like this should be posted though, especially for a rather unique beat. Production was the first star in this game.

“I like my girls BBW.” Drake, your raps make all people in the room uncomfortable. I am still surprised that Chris Brown and Drake could be on an official song together, especially with their constant girl-fights. Drake’s entire verse just made me uncomfortable in a weird way, hard to explain it unless I quote lines from it, which no part of me wants to do.

Minaj’s new album, The Pink Print, is due for pink release on pinktember pink two thousand and pink. But in seriousness her album will drop December 14. Anyways, go ahead and click the link to hear it first:

http://www.iheart.com/talk/show/iHeartRadio-World-Premieres/?episode_id=27065963

-Austin Heath

Music Recommendation – Single – DJ Drama ft. Drake and Future, We In This (Remix)

DJ Drama is known for his remixes, which often times are even more popular than the original tracks. I would not go as far to say that this one is better than the original, which I just wrote about, but it is still damn good. Drake’s verse is some of the best rapping Drake has ever provided, and will earn some respect for him as an artist. Future, though hard to understand, sounds better than most of his songs and the catchy hook is still the same.

Not much else to say other than what I said before, the beat is easier to hear and appreciate in this one but the remix gets a bit boring by the end. Future’s part just does not have anything keeping you there. This was actually one of DJ Drama’s singles for Quality Street Music. Overall, I would give it a 9/10. You should give it a listen below:

-Austin Heath