5 Songs to start off your Week… #MusicMonday

Can you believe we are already halfway through January!? Before you know it, this week will be over just as it’s beginning! I’ve made a list of 5 songs (old and new) to start off your week. Look out for more posts this week too. Enjoy!

1. Headie One Ft. Dave – 18 HUNNA  (Rap)

UK rappers Headie One and Dave unite on their first collaboration to create a new song for the streets. I personally think Dave makes this song and his feature is definitely one of my favourites from him. Have a listen below.

2. Bhad Bhabie Ft Tory Lanez – Babyface Savage (Rap)

I know… I cannot believe I am suggesting a song from Bhad Bhabie either. Surprisingly, this song is hard! I was very very surprised at her flow on this track and the feature from Tory in my opinion has to be one of his best rap features. Opinions for her aside, the song is worth a listen.

3. Benny Blanco Ft. Halsey & Khalid (Dance-Pop)

I’ve been playing this song for a few days. The fuse of voices from Halsey & Khalid is just magic. The song is focused on two people falling in love and reminiscing on their memories together. I like in particular how Halsey and Khalid provide different perspectives but with the same agenda. The song starts off with Khalid singing the verse and chorus before Halsey songs her verse and chorus. The song eventually finalises with both of them singing the chorus together. This demonstrates the narrative that while they both have their own versions, the main idea is that they come together. Such a beautiful song with beautiful voices.

Check out the song below;

4. Trey Songz Ft Ty Dolla & Tory Lanez  – Shootin Shots (R&B)

If you’re looking for a nice r&b melody this is the one for you. I mentioned this song on the Instagram page last week but I just want to elaborate on it. Trey Songz is arguably one of the best male r&b singers we have at the moment and this song is one of those that are pleasing to the ear.

5. Rick Ross Ft. Kanye West & Big Sean – Sanctified (Rap)

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this song in the past but I gotta mention it again! One of my favorite songs from Ricky Rozay and the features were spot on. There is no way you wouldn’t know all the words after a few listens.

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30Day Music Challenge – Day 14-20

Day 14: (A song played at my wedding);

I love today’s challenge!!! As a Nigerian, music is very important to our culture so song choice is very vital. the song I will be picking is by Nigerian Superstar D’Banj. The song is D’Banj singing about how he has fallen for a woman who has changed him in the best way possible. I have loved this song from the beginning of time and I can guarantee this song will be played.

D’Banj – Fall in Love (2009)

Day 15: A song that is a cover by another Artist;

It’s crazy to think that some covers of songs sometimes sound even better than the original versions. The first song that came to my head would have to be the late Aretha Franklin’s song ‘Respect‘ ( 1965). Most people probably have not even heard the original version of this song by Otis Redding. Needles to say it was Aretha’s version that propelled this song into the hall of fame.

Day 16: One of my favourite songs from a movie;

I’m feeling very motivational at the moment so the first song that comes to mind is an upbeat song! The song is called “Believe” from the film Honey and is from US artist Yolanda Adams, released in 2003. I used to play this song every morning before my exams when I was in school and is still one of my favourite songs. With lyrics such as “You can never give up, you can reach your goals, just talk to your soul and say…
I believe I can (I can)”.
This song is beautiful and the lyrics and sentiments that you should always believe in yourself and keep going are lessons everyone needs to be reminded of.

Day 17: A song that features my favourite artist;

I have more than one favourite artist so I will pick a song that features some of my favourites. Rick Ross and Jay Z are two of my favourite rappers alive. This song is amazing enough to feature the both of them. The common theme between Hov and Ross is that they both have the ability to rap and tell stories that you want to listen to. Both rappers remind me of Biggie and his rapping style. Have a listen below.

Day 18:A song from the year I was born (1993);

Day 19: A song that makes me think about Life;

Again this is hard to pinpoint. Most songs I love make me think about life in different aspects. It could be about love, heartbreak, happiness, sadness, God, family…all aspects of life. A song by Gospel group The Walls Group called ‘Satisfied‘ is an example of a song that made me think about life. The song made me question my priorities in chasing materialstic things when I should be chasing my relationship with God.

Day 20: A song that reminds me of my mum;

Wow!! My mum loves music as much as me so this is hard to pin to one song! My mum always told me whatever you go through in life, know someone else has gone through it already and has a song about it. Any Motown song reminds me of my mum but this song in particular is one her favourites!

Throwback Thursday! Pusha V Drake?

So! Its nearly the end of the week even though with the bank holiday, this has been a quick one! Today’s features for throwbacks are based on current events happening in the hip hop community. I’m sure we’ve all heard the “rap beef” happening between Drake & Pusha T…& if you haven’t, you better update yourself! In the spirit of it, I’ve selected two throwback songs that feature Drake and Pusha!!!

1. Future Ft Pharrell, Pusha T & Casino – Move That Dope

Pusha T is famous for his references to drug dealing or drug taking as previously stated and this song by Future released in 2014 contains a very memorable Pusha T verse. His verse contains famous puns such as “Young enough to still sell dope but old enough that I knows better” in reference to what you do with the drug Cocaine. Additionally in the verse he raps “Pablo, Versace way before Migos” which is a clever reference to the famous drug dealer Pablo Escobar as well as a reference to the famous “Versace” song by Migos. It can be argued that because Pusha T only raps about the same thing that he can not be considered versatile but it could be argued he raps about what is his reality and that could mean he is not fake.

2. Dj Khaled Ft Drake & Rick Ross – I’m on One

Drake has many features on songs and his verses are usually always memorable just like the one in this song by DJ Khaled, realeased in 2011. The first line from the song is classic & is well known; “Uhh, I’m getting so throwed, I ain’t went this hard since I was 18”. Pretty sure everyone that knows this song gets excited just from hearing those words!

3. Rick Ross Ft Drake & French Montana – Stay Schemin

I had to add this song very quickly because Drake’s verse on this song has to be one of his bests. Just gonna add the infamous lines; “Kobe ’bout to lose a hundred fifty M’s. Kobe my nigga, I hate it had to be him. Bitch, you wasn’t with me shootin’ in the gym”. Hands down one of the most memorable Drake lines!

Overall both artists are great in their own right & both have excellent features and individual songs. ‘Rap Beef’ is great for fans but should not be taken seriously as it really just showcases the talents of the respective artists.

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.