Hello everybody, I hope everyone has been keeping well and safe!! It’s been a while…
Firstly I apologise to all the loyal readers as I’ve been away for a while this year. It’s been a busy year and if I’m honest, I’ve lost my love and passion for music recently. It felt like music wasn’t exciting me as much, so didn’t feel right to write about it! However, I’m feeling a bit better and a bit more motivated.
I just wanted to explaon my absence but I have been excited by some music projects in the meantime and I will list some of them in the following posts.
Hello everyone! Hope you are all well and continuing to keep safe and healthy! I just wanted to make everyone aware that I have released an album review episode of the Music and Life Podcast. The album review is on US artist Rod Wave and his latest album “SoulFly”. The episode is exclusive to Spotify as it features some tracks from the album!
I really enjoyed listening and taking in this album. As mentioned on the episode, I talk about how Rod Wave is great at demonstrating his pain through his music. The album was emotional and raw but highlighted the beauty of expression in music.
Have a listen and let me know what you think! The episode is out now!
I could dedicate a whole blog to Blxst or even Russ. There aren’t many artists out there at the moment that I can say I have liked every single song they have put out. (UK group WSTRN would probably be next in the list). Seeing Blxst and Russ collab was everything I expected it to be. Both of them could easily drop a collab tape!!
Their song “Fck Boys” was released on Friday with Blxst’s 2 song project “Just For Clarity“. The song focuses on Russ and Blxst singing about a woman who has been burnt and hurt by a “Fck boy” in the past and is finding it hard to let other guys in. Both artists are perfect at serenading and singing about women.
My favourite line in the song would have to be from Russ when he sings “Girl, who the fuck is he to fuck you up for life?”. A word!!!!
Hello everyone, in the latest podcast episode I talked about 4 tracks that I’m loving at the moment.
Drake Ft. Rick Ross – Lemon Pepper Freestyle
As mentioned in the podcast, Drake and Rick Ross always have incredible duets! This verse is one of the reasons why Rozay is one of the best rappers we have. For me Rick Ross glided on this song so smoothly. There’s no way you won’t want to replay his verse again!
Yaw Tog Ft. Stormzy & Kwesi Arthur – Sore Remix
Ghanaian artist Yaw Tog’s hit song has been in circulation since last year and this remix is even better. He recruits Kwesi Arthur and UK rapper of Ghanaian heritage Stormzy. It’s a great collaboration and will be the perfect song for the summer!
Big Sean Ft. Nipsey Hussle – Deep Reverence
Big Sean has been on fire recently. The deep meaning and passion that is portrayed through his music as of late has been amazing. This song features no other than the late great Nipsey Hussle. A great song with wonderful meaning. I love the video too!
Jessica Akin – Roots
I came across this song recently and what a pleasure! I really love the tone of Jessica’s voice! The song is a wonderful ode to culture and heritage. I hope this is the beginning of more music from here and potentially a project too.
Check out episode 4 of the Music and Life Podcast which is out now below.
24 years ago on March 9th 1997 we lost one of the greatest rappers, The Notorious B.I.G. I have always mentioned that Biggie will always be one of my favourite rappers of all time! His flow, delivery and energy is still unforgettable. To have music still affect, inspire and entertain people so long after your death is a real privilege. If you were to ask someone what their favourite Biggie song was, I’m sure they will struggle to narrow it down to only 1!! It’s hard to imagine how much further he could have gone if he was given much more time on this earth!
I haven’t checked out the Biggie documentary that is currently out on Netflix but I will give it a try! This week’s #TuneTuesday is one of the many Biggie hits, “Sky’s the Limit” featuring 112. The song is a great song to describe Biggie. Each verse on the song describes and portrays different parts of Biggie’s life. The intro of the track also contains a clip of Biggie’s mother Voletta Wallace.
In other news, March 9th is also Bow Wow’s birthday! Bow Wow was my childhood crush and I am still a huge fan of his previous music! If you haven’t, check out my earlier appreciation post on him:
I love hearing upcoming Nigerian artists so it was a pleasure to hear this project. The new EP is by Nigerian born British artist K4mo. This EP is a follow up from his 2020 project ‘Spider‘.
You may recognise his voice from the hit song by Mr Eazi and Major Lazer which also featured Nicki Minaj! The song ‘Oh My Gawd‘ feature K4mo’s vocals on the intro and the hook.
The EP starts off with the vibrant track “2 Slugs“. One thing you can always guarantee with afrobeat inspired projects is that the production and beats will always be top tier! You can usually feel the energy trying to be conveyed via the song and this EP is living proof of this argument.
One of my favourite tracks from the EP would be “Lamba” featuring SK. I love the fusion of K4mo’s different tones on the song. SK also adds a bit of spice with his input . This is the perfect track to zone out to.
Another solid track that stood out for me would have to be “Diana“. The song has a Carribean/Dancehall feel to it with a steel pan kind of mood.
‘Chain Reaction‘ is also a stand out track on the EP. With this song we are able to hear K4mo’s rapping ability. His flow on this song is very impressive while still maintaining his melodic sound.
The EP is a great glimpse of the talent of K4mo and possibly a hint at even more to come!
Hey guys!! This week’s #TuneTuesday is an entry from UK rapper Headie One’s latest deluxe album. The song features Nigerian superstar Burna Boy. I really enjoyed Burna Boys switching of flow in this feature! Check it out below!
Hello everyone!! Apologies for the lack of posts! Valentines Day is coming this weekend and whatever some of you lovers will be doing to celebrate…I’m sure there will be music involved!
I’ve picked 5 tracks that may put you in the valentines mood from my Slow Jams Mix! Feel free to check them out below and follow the whole playlist!
Donell Jones – This Luv
Donell is one of my favourite artists and for me, his music is timeless!! Some of the best songs about love are from Donell! This particular song is one of my favourite tracks from him and possibly one his most popular!
Wyclef Jean Ft. Mary J Blige – 911
One of my favourite love songs. This is the kind of love that translates into the best songs! You can hear the passion through their voices! “If this is the kind of love that the old folks used to warn me about, man I’m in trouble” is the perfect description of this song. You can literally hear the pain on Mary’s verse especially when she screams out. This song also reminds me how love songs used to be, the dramatics and the rawness. I love the video too!
Yo Trane- High Off You
This is one of Yo Trane’s older songs and by far one of his best! The whole song is a reflection from Yo Trane’s point of view. He is realising what he had with his previous girlfriend, the main issue being that he was unable to fully open up to her and give her his all. He compares his love for her like a drug and he sings about how much he is in withdrawal.
Brent Faiyaz – Make Luv
Our toxic fave Brent Faiyaz has a catalogue of love songs to pick from but this song is extra special. The song isn’t so much of a love song but a middle finger up to those that have wronged you! Fortunately Brent can make any subject/topic sound beautiful!
Wale Ft. Jeremih – On Chill
There was no way I wasn’t going to find a way to fit this in the list!! One of my favourite songs of all time! This song just screams sexy love! I love the blend of Jeremih’s soothing voice and Wale’s rapping on this song.
Check out the Slow Jams playlist below and stay tuned for a special Valentines Day EP review out this weekend!
Happy Friday everyone! We’ve made it through a new week! Firstly I want to thank you all recently for the constant support for this blog and the new podcast! I’ve been writing this blog for 3 years this month! Time really flies! I am aware I have cut back with the lyrical analysis on tracks/albums and I assure you all this will be back very soon!
There’s quite a lot of new music to take in this week/weekend but for now, I wanted you all to check out this artist/song I recently discovered!
The song is called “Swear Down” and is by 22-year-old South-East London singer Chace DeVibe. Not only is this guy a talented singer, he is also responsible for producing, shooting and editing his music videos! The song is a nice melodic vibe and the music video is very creative. I can see where the inspiration for his name came from. Music in the UK is shifting and I’m so glad there is finally space to provide recognition for British R&B.
I’m interested to see him develop even more and provide us with more wavy music. For now, have a listen to the song below:
Following on from that infamous Verzus battle, Ashanti music has been on repeat! I was a big fan of her so it’s nostalgic to hear some of her older songs again! This song from her “Braveheart” album was played during the warm up!
MC Solaar – La Belle Et La Bad Boy
As mentioned on the podcast, this song has been in my head since watching the finale of Sex and the City!! It’s a fairly old song but still just as great! Even if you do not understand French, the beat of this song is enough for you to get stuck in!
Brs Kash Ft. Da Baby & City Girls – Throat Baby Remix
Well!! This song is very wild! As I mentioned on the podcast, it’s definitely not the song you should be playing out loud in public!!! For me, JT stole the show on this song. She experimented a bit and tried some vocals with this one! The song won’t be winning any awards for content but it’s a catchy and fun song!
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Hey everyone! This week’s #TuneTuesday is from Jack Harlow’s recent debut album! “Same Guy” features Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and such an amazing choir! The song is quite comforting as Jack reflects on his past mistakes and all the lessons he’s learnt as a result of them. He accepts that the temptations he faces being a star are sometimes hard to resist and sometimes he has fallen for them.
This was by far one of my favourite songs from the album and I love mostly the orchestral feel you get from it. Chrck it out below!
Also! Don’t forget episode 3 of the Music and Life Podcast is OUT NOW. Make sure to tune in!