Artist Recommendation – Tes Swanks

tes-swanksWell, I am back. I gave myself a week, and my first inclination to write was about RnB up-and-comer Toni Swanks, otherwise known as Tes Swanks. Swanks’ presentation as an artist strikes immediate comparisons to Tinashe’s style, especially vocally. Her sound is soulful but catchy, much similar to that sound Beyonce.

The music of Swanks shows great instrumental influence and she finds a way to balance her voice with the beat. The effects production add to her voice are presented well, especially when high notes comes so natural to her.

My favorite songs come from her lone debut album, Heart Stringz. These include “Under The Influence”, “Won’t Turn Down”, and her first recorded song, “Who Am I”. Her music is perfect for any RnB fan and I highly recommend it.

Overall, I would rate her music at:


You can give her music a listen by checking out her bio on by clicking here:

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Hear It First – Tinashe ft. Iggy Azalea, “All Hands On Deck” (Remix)

all-hands-on-deck-remixI actually liked the original “All Hands On Deck”, but Tinashe decided to remind us of the sobering fact that she will be going on tour with Iggy Azalea soon with a perfectly fine song remixed with a rap verse. As Iggy Iggs puts her spin on the song, her role simply gives the song an extra boost in popularity. Sadly, most people did not even consider listening to this song until Iggy was squeezed into 40 seconds of it.

That being said, it may be one of the better contributions by Iggy, so I can’t say she completely ruined it. The remix simply offers nothing more than the original already did. If you’re interested, you can check out the remix below. The original song is still enjoyable, so I recommend looking it up as well. Hear the remix first below:

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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 – Nick Jonas ft. Tinashe, Jealous (Remix)

I won’t lie, I actually liked the original Jealous. Wait, no, that was just Nick Jonas’ abs. I hadn’t actually heard the song until recently because I’m too hipster for mainstream apparently. I liked it, but not enough to write about one of the most popular songs available, or course. Who do you think I am, Billboard?

Last night I heard the radio rip of the remix, then this morning I heard the real deal, and around noon I wrote about it on The Jealous remix’s last stop seems to be AMP and my YouTube playlists of favorites.

Because I liked the song to begin with, I was a bit worried when I saw a remix. Would this be a failed attempt to make an already sound song better? Then I saw Tinashe’s name and was less worried. Then I listened to the song and stopped worrying.

I was conflicted on whether to write about it, but look what you’re reading now. The remix was officially released today, so this one is fresh. Tinashe adds an RnB twist to the song and makes it a duet, which I feel like this song really needed to be.

In essence, I would say the remix is better than the original. Unfortunately, it at first seems that Tinashe’s voice will contradict the background and Jonas’ voice, but they turn it into a duet rather than taking their own portion of time on the track. The song is played off very well and would be hard to place as a remix if you had not heard it before.

So overall, I would rate the song at 9.25/10. I was very impressed by the remix and have been keeping an open mind on Nick Jonas’ music, which has yet to truly disappoint me. His new self-titled debut (but not really) album comes out November 11 for kicks and giggles. Meanwhile, Tinashe sounds passionate and her voice reaches melodic heights. Plus, did I mention Jonas abs?

I recommend you give the song a listen below:

-Austin Heath

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Hear It First – Nas, The Season

Produced by J Dilla is Nas’ latest track This Season. I have ranked Nas as my #1 best rapper all-time, and I still stick to that. I’ll leave the song below, and you can see what you think. I like it, but it has already had plenty of plays and I do not think it really needs much reviewing to know it’s a good song. Also, how about those shots at Jay-Z?

Go ahead and go over to to hear it first below:

-Austin Heath

Music Recommendation – Single – Lil Wayne ft. Bun B, Nas, Shyne and Busta Rhymes, Outro

Let me just start my first article featuring Lil Wayne with a little piece of information: I am not a Lil Wayne hater. I really don’t hate any artist, as I try to be open to any and all music. However there are some artists whose music/songs I tend to not like. But even still Lil Wayne is not one of those people.

Luckily for anyone who does not like Lil Wayne, this song does not actually have him in it. It was the outro to his album Carter IV (my favorite of his albums) and has some great verses on it. The hook-less track features a freshly-released Shyne after being in prison for over a decade, as well as my all-time highest ranking rapper, Nas. Busta Rhymes and Bun B both deliver huge verses and make this one of my rap favorites.

Overall, I give it a 9.25/10. Some very excellent verses (except for Shyne unfortunately) but no hook and these talents were saved for an outro instead of put on a single sadly. Still deserves a listen as it is often overlooked, here it is:

-Austin Heath

Music Recommendation – Single – DJ Mustard ft. Tinashe, Checks In (Extended Version)

So Check In was bothering me because the beat was way too familiar, but I couldn’t place from what track. Then it hit me, and in fact I already wrote about it in my review of Eric Bellinger ft. The Game: Awkward. Last time I checked these were not produced by the same person, but seems like it hasn’t caused any trouble so far. However, if it does let me just say that I noticed first.

Onto the song. It’s damn good. I’m a sucker for Tinashe though (see all my tweets about/at her) and I also tend to lean towards songs produced by DJ Mustard (then again, who doesn’t?). This song was originally an interlude on Mustard’s album 10 Summers, but Tinashe gifted us with the extended studio recording.

The song is excellent and features one of my favorite beats (which I praised in my Awkward review). I love Tinashe’s sound on the track as well. Hard to get the message from this one though, sounds like she’s upset about a guy choosing another girl over her I believe. Regardless, I still love the song.

Overall, I give it a 9.5/10. I seriously recommend a listen, but I will not guarantee that it will be a hit to every listener. Edited vocals and sound can ruin small parts of the song and the hook leaves a little to be desired, but in the end the song is near-perfect. Listen below:

-Austin Heath

Hear It First – Tinashe ft. Dev Hynes, Bet

Tinashe gave us something special by dropping one of her album’s tracks a little earlier, Bet featuring Dev Hynes. This was less than 12 hours ago, so I’ll just leave this here. I’ll be reviewing the whole album upon release (including Pretend and 2 On).

In the meantime, listen to Bet here:

-Austin Heath

Music Recommendation – Single – Tinashe, Ecstasy

More Tinashe incoming! This one is also a bit older, from her mixtape Reverie. Her voice sounds great, though a little edited and worked on. Reminds me of Rihanna, though Tinashe herself is very different from Ri-Ri.

Ecstasy is another one of my favorite Tinashe songs and is a lot closer to the modern Tinashe we hear more often now. My overall rating is 9/10. Go ahead and give it a listen below:

-Austin Heath