Hear It First – Mike Will Made-It ft. The Weeknd, Swan Lee and Future, “Drinks On Us”

drinks-on-usDespite a less-than-relevant 2014, Mike Will Made It grabs an artist we love and two artists we cannot stand to make a song that is not necessarily terrible. Swan Lee’s verse is much better than anything I have heard by him, and Future sounded like more of the same. The beat is signature Hip-Hop but does feel a little repetitive.

The Weeknd is the best part of the song, which makes it good that he has the most singing time. You can check out the song below and hear it first:

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Favorites Friday – Future, “Turn On The Lights”

HaFutureve you ever had a song that you liked, but knew it was terrible and hid any acknowledgement of existence from others while you failed to pinpoint why it appealed to you as much as it did? Meet my candidate for that ever-so-specific category, Future’s “Turn On The Lights”. Any Future song, really, makes me question the quality of my choices in music recommendations. However, “Turn On The Lights” ended up being one of my favorite songs for two months and almost made the cut for the Top 50.

I do not expect you to like this song, or even tolerate it for more than 30 seconds, but somehow I found it to be incredibly easy to pick up and repeat. The rap verses are so vague lyrically just mumbling felt like knowing the lyrics. The hook and chorus always had the most style and was crafted well. Mike Will Made It was big in 2013, and his beat definitely tunes out the vocals a bit to make the song a bit more tolerable.

I will not waste time writing too much about “Turn On The Lights” as about 90% of the readers of this article will hate it. However, I found it catchy and it made me believe in my own singing skills when singing along to it. Overall, I would rate it at:

5.75/10

Go ahead and check it out below (or not) and hear one of my all-time favorite songs (somehow, I don’t know how or why but the song just makes me happy to hear):

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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

Music Recommendation – Single – DJ Holiday ft. Meek Mill, Future, T.I. and Stuey Rock, Flexin’ On Em

First off, how come there is an apostrophe after “Flexin” but not before “Em?” Is the whole song subliminally aimed at Eminem and I just missed it the first couple of listens?

Whenever I see the words “flex” or “flexin” I instantly compare the song to “No Flex Zone.” In other words, I assume that each of these will be way better. I actually find Flexin’ On Em a solid Hip-Hop track despite a couple of shakey names (notably Future and Meek Mill).

I cannot decide if I actually like Meek Mill’s verse. When I first heard the hook I was a bit put off, as it is annoyingly repetitive. The fact that Meek Mill kept me around meant he did something right, despite hearing many complaints about his verse. Future was also on point with his flow, though I have to admit his voice induces an immediate throat-clear for me. T.I. sounded back in shape after a few inconsistent and disappointing months (save for announcing the dual album with Jeezy, that was pretty rad news). And we all know how I feel about Stuey Rock on the hook, who has virtually been silent up until now.

DJ Holiday keeps the track relevant and provides an appropriate beat, and there are not really any bad verses on this track. Overall, I would rate it at 9/10. If you are a Hip-Hop/Rap fan, you should go over to HotNewHipHop.com and give the song a listen:

http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/dj-holiday-flexin-on-em-feat-meek-mill-future-ti-stuey-rock-new-song.1959113.html

-Austin Heath

Music Recommendation – Single – BUNT., Harmonica

I do not want it to look like I messed up the title, BUNT. actually has the period at the end of its name. Just like fun. and why. No I mean like why would you do that, it only confuses me.

In all honesty I find Harmonica a decent Country song, though it is hard for me to judge a song of a genre I hardly pay attention to. This review is basically the same as Gordon Ramsey reviewing bicycle brands or the viewers of HotNewHipHop.com rating, well, any song. I never listen to the biased viewer votes (all the Young Thug lovers can screw off to another site please).

Again, I will not be very good at this, so even in a Country recommendation I am bound to mention Hip-Hop for some uncalled-for reason. But Harmonica is an upbeat track that almost sounds like Future on a country song. The beat is quite different from what I imagined Country music sounding like, and the originality of the track is definitely notable. Unfortunately the acoustic guitar alongside the beat can get a bit tedious and just feels like it is forcing the song to be Country. Basically what I am trying to say is the song is closer to EDM/Dance than Country.

Well this sucks, now I am hardly even reviewing a Country song like my goal was. So much for changing things up tonight, procrastination wins a deceitful victory over me. Regardless, the song deserves a solid 9.25/10. It is Country x EDM and is innovative in that it leans more towards Country than, say, Wake Me Up tries to. The Harmonica is evident, so the title does not lie.

Give the song a listen below:

-Austin Heath

Music Recommendation – Single – Kelly Rowland ft. Future and Bei Maejor, Need A Reason

Take a walk through the Museum of Music History (Thank you Google for interpreting my original “musaem”) and take a left in Movie Soundtracks. One of my favorite soundtracks is Think Like A Man, which had an all-star class of singers and some huge hit RnB hits. I actually have yet to watch the movie, which is on my large list of “unnecessary things to do.”

I loved the track Think Like A Man by Jennifer Hudson with Ne-Yo and (unfortunately) Rick Ross. That Rick Ross verse puts that song just shy of my Top 50 this year, but without him it is easily up there in my favorites. Of course you did not click on this article (or used the Home page like a normal person, seriously why does no one just do that?) to read about Jennifer Hudson’s song. So you want to know: Is Need A Reason good?

Well, obviously if I am writing about it, on my music RECOMMENDATION blog, so yes, it is good. But in fact it is better than good. It is borderline excellent, save for Kelly Rowland’s stanzas which, while carrying the song to its best part, are a bit slow compared to the other artists on the track. Meanwhile, Future introduces the track with one of my favorite all-time Future verses. It is quick and catches on quickly, unlike most Future songs.

However, Bei Maejor caps off the song so well (except for his completely uncalled for two-line rap verse), with smooth vocals and uptempo pace at the perfect times. This also leads into the best part of Kelly’s contribution, with an upbeat and passionate hook that should have been what the original chorus sounded like.

So overall, I would rate the song at 9.5/10. The song is an RnB favorite of mine and was in my Top 20 in 2012 for being such an incredible RnB song on an incredible RnB soundtrack for a not-so-incredible (from what I have heard, again have not watched yet) motion picture. Give the song a listen below:

-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

Music Recommendation – Single – DJ Drama ft. Future, Young Jeezy, T.I. and Ludacris, We In This

We In This is one of my favorite rap/hip-hop songs out there, and DJ Drama is one of the most underrated artists in the game. This track is sick and a real pump-up song. Every verse is consistently solid, especially T.I. and Ludacris, who absolutely slay their spots. The beat is hard-working and production was successful in making the song excellent.

This was one of the singles off of DJ Drama’s debut album, Quality Street Music. The sequel, Quality Street Music 2, is on its way and should be here next year. I will be recommending other DJ Drama tracks as time goes on, as overall some songs are not my thing but there are a few that are worth sharing. This is one of them.

Unfortunately, Jeezy’s verse is a bit bland and Future’s hook, while catchy, is impossible to understand. The song is very easy to listen in full, it is entertaining and definitely worth a listen. Overall I would rate it at 9.5/10. This is an all-timer for me, so I seriously recommend a listen below:

-Austin Heath

Music Recommendation – Single – Slice 9 ft. Future and Levi Leer, Another One

Dating back to 2012, Another One features vocally-gifted Future (</sarcasm>) and rapper Levi Leer. In case you did not know, Slice 9 is a hip-hop/rap duo. I share this song for it’s hypeness.

To be honest, I have no idea what these guys are talking about in the song. But lyrics feel kind of pointless, it’s more or less a “club-hopper.” All three verses are solid but are tailored to highlight the party-vibe beat. The hook is catchy but more of the same.

I can find a lot of reasons not to like the song, but I know I liked it when I first heard it and I figure maybe others will. Overall, I would give the song a 6.25/10 but you can be the judge. I still find it worth a listen, so go ahead:

-Austin Heath