Hear It First – Rihanna, “Bitch Better Have My Money”

rihanna-untitled-album-2015While we ignore the long hiatus I just took from writing, here’s anew song by Rihanna. This time, we get a piece that comes from the artist’s discography. It will be a single on her eighth studio album.

You can check out the song below and hear it first:

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Favorites Friday – Rihanna, “Disturbia”

rihanna-good-girl-gone-badEarlier this week I spoiled that I would be writing about Rihanna this Frid – Saturday. Of course, I had to start with a personal favorite of hers, “Disturbia”. What made this song a favorite of mine, you may ask? Either hours of playing Just Dance 4, how unique the concept of the song was, or how catchy that “bum-bum-be-dum-be-dum-dum” part is.

The lyrics are way off from the low standard of most Pop music, and even better than most of Rihanna’s lyrics from other songs. In the end, nothing she ever releases will top “Good Girl Gone Bad”, but I’ll save that rant for another time.

Really, the chilling sound yet easy listening of the track makes it the most interesting. Vocally, there is quite a bit of autotune and work done, though I can’t say I still don’t love singing along to it.

Overall, I would rate the song at:

8.5/10

You can go check out one of my favorites below (Hopefully you’re not claustrophobic like me):

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Hear It First – Rihanna, “Towards The Sun”

rihannaRihanna released her first new solo music in a while. I have a serious soft spot for Rihanna’s music, something about certain tracks just get me. Note that foreshadowing for my next “Favorites Friday”.

The song sounds like a collected group of singers and features plenty of heavy production, but I can admit the song is decent. “Towards The Sun” is vague lyrically, mostly because it’s use is for the upcoming movie Home. You can check out the song by following the link below and see what you think:

http://www.complex.com/music/2015/02/rihanna-towards-the-sun

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Hear It First – Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney, “FourFiveSeconds”

fourfivesecondsI cannot say I expected this song to be anything else than Kanye West trying to out-sing Rihanna (to no avail). Rihanna’s vocals may be the only tolerable part of this song (which takes up about half the song). The beat is minimalistic, comprising of an acoustic guitar stringing the same chords more than often.

While I will not talk about the lack of relevance the title has to the song, the subject as a whole is hard to decipher. The song disappoints quite a bit, at least by my standards. Much of the song is just noise layered on more noise, and Paul McCartney’s presence is virtually invisible (but then again, maybe that’s what we needed after his butchered vocals in “Only One”).

You can buy the song on iTunes here, or find your chance and hear it on YouTube before it is taken down (As History will call it, “The Streaming Struggle of 2015”):

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57th Grammy Awards Predictions And Thoughts

grammyI will be going through every Grammy category and post my predictions for the winners. This will be a bit long, so I am adding a “Read More” tag below this paragraph. Keep in mind, just because I post the predictions, does not mean I agree with them. So without further ado, let’s get started:

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Music Recommendation – Single – Willow Smith ft. SZA, 9

3I never actually thought I would type on this computer and say “Hey, you should listen to that Willow Smith song. No, not Whip My Hair, the other one!” Yet here I am, recommending the neo-soul-esque by Willow.

The song features SZA, another artists who I know little to nothing about. This was a first impression on both artists, mostly because I do not count one popular song by a 10-year-old Willow Smith as a good introduction to the artist’s sound. All I can say is that I hope that Willow Smith continues on this path.

The vocals are a little rough and choke here and there, but otherwise the song is smooth and actually worth a listen. This is still weird to me, so give me a break. I thought I would sooner write about Russian folk (yes, I have a song of that genre lined up for later) than I would Willow Smith. But how does the saying go, “If you go out of your comfort zone that celebrity might retweet you to get your blog some extra traffic” or something to that effect.

To cap this off, I should say that most RnB/Soul fans will find this song highly appealing. It almost reminds me of a smooth, RnB-based Rihanna (In other words, good Rihanna, or Hate That I Love You Rihanna). So I would rate it at 9.5/10. I recommend a listen below:

-Austin Heath