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#TuneTuesdays – Some Pick Me Ups – Gospel Themed!

Hello everyone! Apologies for the limited posts recently! As I’ve mentioned before January is the slowest in terms of music! I’ve really been struggling finding new music to enjoy!! I know it’s the start of a new year and a fresh start for many but this week’s tune is dedicated to all of you that may be struggling.

I’ve always maintained that Music is life because there are songs to always explain or comfort how you’re feeling. Bad days, weeks and even months are always guaranteed life. Another thing however that is guaranteed is that over time, things get better. Sometimes it’s hard to see the sun when you’re stuck in the clouds but you have to have faith the sun will shine.

Here are some songs that may help.

Koryn Hawthorne – Won’t He Do It

Kirk Franklin – 123 Victory

Kirk Franklin – Revolution

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Music and Life Podcast – Episode 2!!! – “Loading”

Episode 2 of the Music and Life Podcast is out!!!

In this week’s episode I touch on the music drought this month, my plans and hopes for music this year and some of my current music faves! Check it out below! Available on all platforms!! Tune in for the reason for the episode title!

Apple Podcasts:

https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/music-and-life-podcast/id1543981409?i=1000504950280

Spotify:

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Throwback Thursday: Curing these January Blues!

Hey Everyone! It’s honestly such a boring and slow time in music at the moment but I’m sure like me, many of you are revisiting old bangers and reminiscing. I’ve compiled a list of some old school hits that have been on my shuffle in the past week! The list contains a few different genres because really we’re probably all a bit over the place! Hopefully some of these can suggestions can help you all get over these early January blues!

Drake – Dreams Money Can Buy

Drake’s new album comes out this month but until then, I’ve been listening to some of his old material. I’m praying this new album is more like his older releases and the old Drake makes an appearance. This is one of my favourite songs from Drake and is part of his re-released ‘Care Package’ compilation he released in 2019. The song contains a sample of Jai Paul’s “BTSU”. Personally, this is the best type of Drake music where he strips back and relies on mostly his bars and emotions.

Talay Riley – Make You Mine

This is a major UK throwback here! I recently did an article on my newly discovered artists of 2020 and Talay’s brother Scribz was on the list. Ever since that article, I have taken some time to remind myself of some of the songs I loved from Talay. This is one of them and I still think its a great song! Talay’s voice and harmonies on this track work so well. Check it out!

Olamide – Bobo

Olamide released a great album last year as I mentioned in the last post but it’s also nice to remember an artists’ older music. This song at the time it was released in 2016 was a huge song and is still considered one of the most popular and well known afrobeat song! I’ve had this playing in the background recently as a reminder of how far music and afrobeats has come. Check it out below:

Rick Ross Ft. Diddy – Holy Ghost

Yesterday was the 9 year anniversary of Rick Ross’ second mixtape “Rich Forever”. I’m sure you all know by now, he is one of my favourite rappers alive. Nobody does luxury rap as good as Rozay! This mixtape was legendary with hits upon hits. This particular song serves as the intro to the rest of the tape; “They say I’m getting money, must be Illuminati” is enough to get you out of your seat! Diddy’s prayer; “Father, please protect me from brokeness” are words to live by! Rick Ross has the ability to make you hyped for anything! Listen to this song if you’re feeling demotivated and need a pick me up for sure!

Jay-Z Ft. Dr Dre, Rakim, Truth Hurts – The Watcher 2

Another one of my favourite rappers Hov and one of my favourite songs from him! The song is a sequel to Dre’s original “The Watcher” released on his second album. In the original, Dr Dre expand on how he feels about the rap scene at that time. This song uses the same tone and melody of the original track. I love how Jay -Z takes control of this song and reminds everyone that he is a legend in the rap game. This is real hip-hop!

Side Note: I am still praying for Dr Dre and I hope he has a fast recovery.

Dj Khaled Ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – Wild Thoughts

I always mention that music is more than just words and production, sometimes it’s a deep connection between memories and thoughts! This song will ALWAYS provide me with amazing memories as I remember the summer this song was out! The song was played at every event and I just associate happy and fun memories with it! Listening to this song now just reminds me of when we were allowed outside to have fun and dance without a care in the world and without the fear of a global pandemic!!! This song also lowkey had me thinking I should take up salsa lessons!

Stefflon Don Ft. Haile – Favourite Girl

This is by far my favourite Steff song!!! The flow in this song is unreal! I didn’t realise how good Steff was as a rapper until I first heard this track! Haile of course kills the hook, check out the song below:

Blxst – Falling

Blxst was an artist I discovered last year and since then I’ve been a huge fan. I’ve been going back to his older releases and this song is one of my favourites. I’m really rooting for him this year to do very well! He is extremely talented. Check out the track below:

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#TuneTuesdays – Olamide Ft. Omah Lay – Infinity

Hello All!! I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Years! Finally we are in 2021!! The first #TuneTuesday of the year is from Nigerian artists Olamide and Omah Lay.

The song was released along with Olamide’s recent album “Carpe Diem’ released in October 2020. I’ve recently gone back to the album and this song is one of my favourites from the project! I love the tone of both their voices on this track! It’s a catchy one!

If you haven’t already taken the album in, I recommend giving it a try! Olamide did an amazing job with this project!

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Music and Life Podcast – Episode 1!!!!

Hello everyone!!! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!! Some great news for you all!! The first episode of my Podcast is finally out!! In this episode I recap on all of the madness from 2020! I talk about all the albums and artists I’ve loved this year as well as some news and current events that have taken place this year! Hope you all enjoy the first episode and stay tuned for more episodes releasing on Mondays!!!

Links below!

Spotify:

Apple Podcasts:

https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/music-and-life-podcast/id1543981409#episodeGuid=6743f6c5-f89d-4a94-978e-451736d75c19

Google Podcasts:

https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8zZmM1ZmZkYy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw==

The song inspired by this episode:

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My Top 5 Newly discovered Global artists of 2020!

Hello everyone! I’m sure you’ve all read my article for Spotlight First where I discussed my top favourite newly discovered UK artists! If you haven’t, please check my previous post!

This post however is dedicated to my top 5 newly discovered artists from around the world! 2020 as I said before has been a big and monumental year for us all. Unfortunately, most of it has been filled with anguish, fear and uncertainty. Music however has been the one consistent thing throughout the year! Despite everything, it’s wonderful to have discovered and stumbled upon so much new music to enjoy this year. Have a read below of the artists!

Tems

Where do I even begin with Tems??! What a voice!! I could listen to her all day! Nigerian singer Tems dropped one of the best projects of the year in my opinion and earned her place in my top artists of this year. Her voice/sound is sensational as she delves into a bit of alternative R&B, afrobeats and Neo soul. This has been her breakthrough year with the success of her debut project as well as featuring on Wizkid’s recent album. I really believe this is just the beginning for her and we are yet to see the pinnacles she can reach! Can’t wait!!

Favourite Track from her this year: Damages

Blxst (Prounounced Blast)

I was so happy to stumble upon Blxst this year. I think I missed a sound like him without even realising. As a producer as well as a singer, he’s clearly a talent in all areas! He can rap, sing and actually make excellent use of legendary samples!!!During the chaos and madness of 2020, his music is comforting to the ear. I am so excited to hear more music from him in 2021.

Favourite Tracks from him this year: ‘Overrated’

Yung Bleu

Yung Bleu’s “You’re Mines Still” remix with Drake will definitely be in a lot of peoples top songs of 2020!! I first listen to Yung Bleu on his original of that song. Drake’s feature however levelled the song in a way that only Drake could do. Despite the song, Yung Bleu also dropped a great project and has gripped many with his melodic sound. I really love his sound will be rooting for him in 2021. I think he would be great as a feature artists on some hooks too!

Favourite Track from him this year: ‘You’re Mines Still’

Fireboy DML

I actually can’t believe this is the year I discovered Fireboy DML as he has an album that he released in 2019. His song “Champion” was one of my most played songs and I feel he really delivered on his second album “Apollo”. He refers to his music as “Afro life” as it contains all sorts of sub-genres along with afrobeats.

Favourite Track from him this year: ‘Champion’

Tiana Major9

Tiana has actually been about for a while however I only really took her in this year. She featured on UK rapper Stormzy’s song “Rainfall”, from his recent album released in December 2019. The song was actually one of my favourite tracks from the album. Fast forward to 2020 and Tiana is being nominated for Grammy awards for her hit song “Collide”. The song also featured on the soundtrack for the ‘Queen & Slim’ movie. I’m sure this is just the beginning of her global impact and 2021 will be an even bigger year for her.

Favourite Track from her this year: “…Exclusively”

Coming Up: My favourite projects of 2020…

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Breaking News!!! NEW PODCAST ALERT!!

I finally have some news to tell you all! I have started a podcast!!

The Music & Life Podcast will be released on Mondays! I will talk all things music! At the moment please have a listen to the trailer which is available on Spotify and PocketCasts at the moment. I’m really excited to start this new journey with you all and hopefully you all enjoy! Check out the teaser below and check out the Spotify and Apple Podcast pages too.

Apple Podcasts:

https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/music-and-life-podcast/id1543981409?i=1000501756071

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#MusicMondays – Abra Cadabra Ft. Krept & Konan – Seen It All

Happy Monday everyone!! Hope everyone has had a great weekend! Today’s Music Monday entry is one of my favourite songs from UK rapper Abra Cadabra’s newly released mixtape! The mixtape is called “Product of my Environment” and the project contains so many gems, however the song ‘Seen It All‘ which also features Krept and Konan has been on repeat since the release for me.

Krept and Konan and Abra have already showed us that they have excellent musical chemistry with their hit songs ‘Robbery Remix’ and ‘I Spy Remix’. For me all artists do amazingly well on this song but personally Konan was really the main star! His switch up with his flow amazed me on this song!

Konan starts off with his usual greaze rapping signature style then oozes into a melodic sound that suits him perfectly. His lyrics also stood out to me: “How can I tell these kids put the knife down when akh came with a Rambo“. True words!! A ‘do what I say, not what I do’ situation

I feel this song really demonstrates how legendary Krept and Konan really are. Considering their length in the UK music/rap scene, the fact they can feature on tracks with newer artists and still have the same consistent energy and talent is credit to them!

Check out the song below:

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Playlist Picks: What I’ve Been Listening To…

Hello everyone!!! Firstly I just want to say I have some very exciting news that I will be announcing very soon! Stay tuned!!

Today’s post is long overdue! I have made a list of some of the music I’ve been loving and listening to the past week!! Please have a read below to see some of the songs that have made the list!!

Kojey Radical Ft. Mereba

After watching Kojey Radical live at a festival last year, I became very intrigued with his music style. He’s so energetic and passionate and you can hear it translate so well with his sound! I stumbled upon this song recently and I absolutely adore it! the content of the song is beautiful too. There are some great hidden lessons within the lyrics. On top of all this, Mereba’s voice is absolutely sensational. Her tone is so unique and adds to the sombre feeling of the track. Her verse even switches flow towards the end which was a pleasant surprise. Really beautiful song. Check it out below:

Jeezy Ft. Rick Ross – Almighty Black Dollar

Jeezy, fresh off the success of his Verzuz battle with Gucci Mane releases a new album! (The Recession 2). This was the track on the album that stood out for me! I love the message of the song! Jeezy tells everyone to understand how important it is to support Black businesses. He also touches on the image many prople feel they have to maintain: “Went broke just to wear it, you can even tell it Jesus piece, I ain’t prayed one time today”. I’ve always been a fan of Jeezy and of course Rick Ross is one of my favourite rappers so this combination was always going to be enjoyable. Have a listen below:

Shana – No Rainy Days (Jiffthegeneral Garage Mix)

Shana is back with a remix to her already great single! Personally I wouldn’t say I listen to a lot of Garage music however I really enjoyed this remix! Jiffthegeneral manages to maintain the afrobeats sound on this mix! I found myself having this song on repeat, the fast paced sound and Shana’s vocals mixed so well! It’s the type of song that I could imagine playing on radio and playing in clubs! You definitely feel like shaking a leg listening to this song!! Have a listen below!

Cuuhcraig Ft. Blxst – Keep it 100

Blxst is my new favourite artist as I’m sure you may have picked up with my previous review of his latest EP. He features on this track with a fairly new artist Cuuhcraig. The song is just a feel good track!

DaVido – Jowo

After ‘Holy Ground’, this was my second favourite song from DaVido’s new album. The song has such an authentic Afrobeats sound and feel. For me, this is the kind of sound DaVido does best!

SAINt JHN Ft. 6LACK & Kehlani – Randsom

Looking at the lineup of this song, you just know what kind of beautiful sound we were going to get! the track is very tender and for me 6LACK steals the show! Have a listen below:

Asya Ft. Leemz – Ride For Me/ FWU

Asya is an artist I’ve recently discovered. She is a British singer with an R&B sound who recently released an EP titled ‘Love Me till I’m Me Again’. The UK R&B scene is finally growing and it’s great to hear new artists coming up. From the project these 2 songs were my favourites.

Russ Ft. KXNG Crooked – Stockholm Syndrome

We all know I’m a big fan of Russ but for me the king of the song is KXNG Crooked! His fast, gritty glow blew me away! The song is taken from Russ’ latest EP ‘CHOMP’ which contains 5 songs with features with artists such as Busta Rhymes and Benny the Butcher that I recommend you have a listen to.