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Do Not Disturb

Recently I watched an interview with singer, dancer and actress ‘Teyana Taylor’. I found her quite refreshing as I hadn’t really taken time out to listen to her talk before. I know she was signed to Kanye’s ‘GOOD Music’ label and always wondered why I had never heard of her songs. After some research I concluded that I don’t think she was marketed enough. Anyway, I listened to her previous albums and was pleasantly suprised at what I heard. She said that she uses 90’s r&b as her inspiration and I can see how that is the case.

This particular song is one of my favourites. It features Chris Brown & of course their voices compliment each other.

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Permission.

I remember when I first heard this song and the context! Rotimi (The artist I have previously mentioned) was doing a cycle workout to it. Ro James has such a soothing voice. This song is basically him asking his woman to give her consent so he can give her the love she deserves. I feel this song is so fitting at a time where consent is talked about so much. It is refreshing to hear a man asking for permission so politely instead of assuming what a woman consents to. My favourite line has to be “I just wanna put a little smile on you with your permission”. There’s just an element of Ro acting the absolute gentlemen throughout the song and I love that.

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Closure

I was recently at an event where they played some R&B songs that stuck with me. Due to this, I discovered an artist called Sy Ari Da Kid. I checked out some of his songs and one in particular stands out as a favourite. The song called “Closure” features Tink and unsurprisingly the song is exactly about closure in a relationship. One thing I love in particular is when Tink sings “I love you, but I don’t wanna cuff you” which I find refreshing to hear from a woman’s perspective. With artists like Bryson Tiller recently, we usually hear this from a man’s point of view.

I like that she seems to have some sort of control in this song. She sings that she’s used to his games which is why she knows she cannot be in a relationship however he still has a hold on her. This song ends as confused as they were in the beginning and I think it’s such a great representation of life. Nothing is ever in black and white and sometimes we experience that.

I will definitely be listening to more of his music.

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Jupa

As soon as the verse starts and Stormzy raps “You can take my hand in marriage it’ll be my honour” I knew I was gonna love this song. I like how Stormzy incorporated an Afrobeat theme with his music for once. I also enjoy how there is Yoruba infused in this song with lines such as “Omo oshe baby”. The video to this song is quite poor though so I wish they could have done it better. Other than that, this is one of my favourite Stormzy songs for sure.

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Mr Carter

Ayyyyyyy. This song cements the two Carters of the rap industry. I feel this song provides us with a raw version of Wayne. I have a few favourite lines; “Winter hatin’ on me ’cause I’m colder than y’all
And I will never, I will never, I will never Fall”. You can’t recite those lyrics without feeling it in your soul!!

I also believe a line that Wayne says “And next time you mention Pac, Biggie, or Jay-Z, Don’t forget Weezy, baby!”. There was a time Lil Wayne was seen as one of the best. I don’t know though…I don’t know if I can put him on the same steps the other greats. 🤔🤔

https://open.spotify.com/track/71XCHbCxGNvTjZqupUf0h1?si=ahuLlrL3S7un3_bgf_DYAw

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Excuse Me Miss

Jay Z is one of my favourite rappers. I recently stumbled upon a playlist with his greatest hits and came across this classic. The song reminds me of back in the day in my childhood when it used to play on the radio. Pharrell compliments the song beautifully. My favourite line would have to be towards the end when Jay Z says “But, before I jump out the window, what’s your name”. I don’t know why I find that line so funny even to this day 😂😂.

https://open.spotify.com/track/6TEmTMfqIXLBIMbQtct1GG?si=zUJhr2qLQHumVu4iETJtuA

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September Song (Don Corleon)

OK so this song is pretty big and popular at the moment. However I was shopping in Zara one day and stumbled upon this version. It’s the Don Corleon remix featuring Seyi Shayi. Her voice is beautiful and fits the song so well.

My favourite line “Memories don’t live like people do, baby I will always remember you. Everytime the dj play that tune I wanna make it to September real soon”. This sums up how I feel about music. Everyone I hear a song I am reminded of a memory.

Definitely a song to be playing in the summer as this remix has a very nice vibe to it.

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The only Reason…

JP Cooper is someone I have only discovered recently but I am a fan of his music. This particular song has beautiful words. You can’t help but feel warm inside when you hear it playing.

In particular the lines “The only reason God gave me eyes was to see you…the only reason God gave me ears was to hear your voice”. Such beautiful words to hear which match his sensual voice. I will definitely be looking forward to more music from him.

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The Real Her.

I once saw someone tweet “She’s an Andre 3000 verse in a world of mumble rap.”. That statement couldn’t be more accurate in this song. Andre’s verse in this song is so beautiful. He has the ability to make any song sound poetic.

My favourite line would have to be “Everybody has an addiction; mine happens to be you & those who say they don’t, souls will later on say to them that ain’t true”. You can deny all you want but everyone has a weak spot. Sooner or later it will be apparent.

I love the fact Drake let the song end after that verse and didn’t continue it with the chorus. Really, after Andre’s verse nothing more needed to be said.

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Making Love (Into the Night)

Listen. I am the BIGGEST Usher fan EVER. My biggest wish is to attend a concert where he can perform every song from his classic ‘Confessions’ album.

This particular song is just a casual underrated song he previously released. My favourite line/bit is actually towards the end around the 3 minute mark where he sings “You gonna wanna tell everybody ’bout how I got you all”… where the beat changes and his voice gets deeper. The song is classic Usher. He sings about pleasing his woman in all the right ways.

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Free Mason

I recently stumbled upon a debate about whether Rick Ross is one of the best. I never considered his discography before but I must admit…he is a living legend. He actually is one of the best lyricists we have in rap at the moment.

This particular song is based on Rick Ross’ rise to success.

The lyrics that stick out to me; “Biggie Smalls in the flesh livin’ life after my death”. This line resonates with me because Ross is often compared to Biggie and I think it’s because of the physical similarities. While they both have amazing flows…Biggie is definitely one of a kind. Another line; “Lookin at my Rollie it’s about that time…white man had a problem with mine
And we suppose to be shy?”. <<<<<< THIS LINE IS SO RELEVANT.

There is a stereotype associated with Black men and their love for fancy things. A prime example of bias is the MMA boxer Conor McGregor and the boxer Floyd Mayweather. They both talk and mention money…however Floyd is constantly criticised for his mention of it. Similarly the black Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton is also criticised for his love of fancy things. Rick Ross is simply saying why should black people keep quiet about their fancy things? Simply because ( some) white people have a problem with it.