X COVER

Chris Brown ‘X’ Album Criticised

When I first heard ‘X’, based on my review of the album, it was clear I was impressed by the work he had put in. However not everyone felt that way.

The other day a range of reviews were released and it was not all good for Chris Brown. It seemed his album was rated average. Below are the critics comments posted by the Rap Up;

Los Angeles Times: Though it sags toward the end, the long-delayed X contains some of his sharpest work, including the propulsive “Time for Love” and “AddMe In,” a chewy soul-funk tune in which he accents his vocals with percussive gasps a la Michael Jackson. 2.5/4

The New York TimesX is one of his least ambitious releases. … ["Fine China," "Love More," and "Loyal"] are the standout songs in what’s primarily a sea of mediocrity.

New York Daily News: Thanks to producers like Diplo, the album features EDM-style club beats and motifs. But other than those on the prerelease smash single “Loyal,” the synth blasts here lack the savvy and appeal of the ones employed on the excellent Fortune. Many are watered down by soggy pop. 2/5

USA Today: Without losing sight of his core audience, Chris Brown makes some commendable, if measured, steps toward a more mature sound on his sixth album, X2.5/4

TIME: It’s hard to get a handle on X because so much of the album is spent trend-chasing. … The overall impression is that of an artist whose guiding light is commercial performance, rather than any sort of creative aspirations or overarching identity.

It seems that the Media are still not impressed with anything that Chris Brown has to give to the fans. The singer has been struggling with the media ever since his situation with Rihanna, which stunned the public a few years ago. Since then Chris Brown has apologised and has even gone to rehab etc, to attempt to sort out any issues he had, yet it seems some individuals will never see past this to actually see how talented he really is.

 

Souled out

‘Souled Out’ Album Review

Jhene Aiko’s studio album was very anticipated for a while now, as she had been featured on various artist’s singles and had not previously released an album, but a mixtape and EP.

Listening to the album I feel like she does have her usual alternative R&B touch on her singles, however there are a few singles on the album which I was quite disappointed with, as I thought she could of done better overall.

However the whole album is not so bad, as there are a few singles which are good and worth to be put on repeat. My favourite single on the album is ‘Wading’, as it is such an intoxicating track with her soulful vocals, and it is the classic Jhene Aiko we all know.

‘Eternal Sunshine’ is another soulful track with her vocals gliding over the piano chords. ‘Brave’ has that dark Lana Del Ray feel to the track, whilst ‘To Love & Die, and ‘The Pressure’ has that 808’s type of feel.

Her first mixtape Sailing Soul’s was definitely her best, followed by Sail Out, as both featured great singles.

It is a chilled out album that you can zone out to, I still recommend the album as it is worth the listen.

 Souled out is out now 

LOVE AND HIP HOP

Love and Hip Hop Hollywood Episode 1 Review

So first we had Love and Hip Hop, which later turned in to Love and Hip Hop New York. Then the creator Mona Scott- Young decided to bring us Love and Hip Hop Atlanta, which I thought was way better than New York’s one.

Now in the mist of Love and Hip Hop Atlanta finishing, we have Love and Hip Hop Hollywood to tune in to.

The show features a few familiar faces such as Omarion, Soulja Boy, Teairra Mari, Ray J  and Fizz. It begins straight in to drama with Teairra Mari and her crazy obsession over Ray J, even though they haven’t seen each other in 8 months. She even has a tattoo of his name on her, crazy right?

So Ray J throws a party for his website that is launching and decides to invite her, which does not please his friend who is helping plan his party, so from there you know that some form of drama will take place. His girl threw out Teairra’s stuff, which including vag creams (ewww), so you know when they both meet things won’t go down well. Drinks of course get thrown, then we have to wait till next week to see what happens, typical!!

Everything seems to be going great for Omarion and his girlfriend as they are expecting their first child, however nothing is ever perfect, so of course we have our own form of Momma Dee drama with Omarion’s mum who dislikes Omarion’s girl as they moved to Hollywood, so it will be interesting to see if they ever actually get along in the end.

Soulja Boy’s girlfriend has issues that he has been messing around so there’s plenty more drama to come with the pair.

Fizz has baby mamma drama, as it seems she is that crazy that he had to apply for a restraining order just to keep her away, so he currently takes care of their son and she sees them every so often. It’s quite weird as she comes across pretty normal, as Omarion even stated, however the way Fizz describes her, you don’t want to be around her.

Overall it seems like it will be an entertaining show, not sure if it will match up to Atlanta’s drama, as everyone on this show is irrelevant in the industry, minus Omarion, but hey isn’t that what reality shows are about these days! But this one should still be watched as it will definitely keep your interest and it’s something to watch since Atlanta’s one is finished for the season now.

Watch the full episode HERE. 

X COVER

‘X’ Album Review

Chris Brown’s album ‘X’ has been such an anticipated album from when he first released his single ‘Fine China’. Now we had the pleasure of listening to his album and it was worth the wait!!

I have to say this album needs more then one listen, then you will be constantly listening to it on repeat,as there are so many tracks on the album to grab your interest.

The album has 21 tracks, with each track sounding different, with Chris Brown’s usual touch on each one. You have the R&B tracks combined with the club bangers. He has a few artists featured on the album including; Brandy, Jhene Aiko, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, Aaliyah, Akon, R Kelly, Rick Ross, Usher and of course Tyga and Lil Wayne. Okay so I know that is more then a few features, but they all work well on the album.

I actually like the whole album, however the tracks that stuck out to me, excluding the tracks that have already been released on the album, would have to be ‘Stereotype’, ‘X’, ‘Lost In Ya Love’,  ‘Drown In It’ and ‘Do Better’.

It is an album you can listen to whilst you’re driving somewhere, whilst you’re playing on your PS4/Xbox, whilst your even working if you want to be cheeky, and of course it can be gym music too.  It actually grows on you that much. This album is definitely one of his best ones. I highly recommend you listen to it, even if you are not a fan of Chris Brown.


‘X’ is officially out 16 September.

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Party Next Door Two Review

I liked Party Next Door’s first mixtape, so when I heard that he is about to release Party Next Door Two, I was eager to hear how it would sound. Personally I believe when I first heard his music, I noticed he had a similar vibe compared to The Weeknd, however their voices are different as PND’s is more robust, whereas The Weeknd’s is more soft. Overall they are both different in their own way as artists.

Back to the review, listening to Party Next Door Two, I feel like it is an album that you can definitely zone out too, which is good, as this genre of music is not so common amongst artists, currently in the industry. Only the likes of The Weeknd, Frank Ocean and JMSN, who are apart of this type of genre.

Through the album he does go from being mellow to having an energetic vibe, so it creates variety within his music. My favourite track would have to be ‘Recognize’, which was a track released at the time he announced his album date. The track features none other then his boss Drake and it really does have Drake’s touch all over the track, from the way PND even flows over the beat.

Another track, which I like on his album, would be ‘Bout It’, as it is very catchy because his tone changes throughout the single, which makes the track enjoyable to listen to. ‘Muse’ is a track to zone out to and I like the calm vibe of the single, so it is one I would listen to again.

Overall it is an album you would either love or you would prefer his first mixtape instead, for me I definitely prefer his first mixtape to this album. It is a decent album to listen to; so I would still recommend it, as there were a few tracks that I would still listen to again. I think the second half of his album is better then the first half, as the first few tracks sound very similar, therefore sounds quite repetitive.

 

Party Next Door Two is out now. 

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UK Rap..

I think for a while now I have not been much of a fan when it comes to UK Rap. I think that is because I feel there is no originality within this genre. The major artists known within UK Rap are doing their thing however it just sounds similar to what the American artists have been doing.

However when it comes to Grime, it is my favourite genre, I have been the biggest fan from day one. I feel like Grime was UK’s own type of genre that no one could test them on, like that is one thing that is only associated with the UK, mostly London I would say, as Grime originates from East London.

In terms of Rap, I feel like in the UK, everyone just kind of sounds the same or does the same thing. For example one hot beat from America drops, then in the UK you have various rappers making their own remixes, rather then to actually make their own original track with their own original production. I think when Giggs was first out, I really grew to like his music because he had something different., as his flow was different and he had his own sound, that is why I believe he has done well for himself. I would also put Wretch 32 in that category as well. I think if a lot of artists thought to bring a new flavour, a new vibe in to the UK Rap scene, they could actually help to make UK Rap to be in a league of it’s own.

jme skeppy

You need to know not to confuse both UK Rap and Grime, as their both different in terms of the flow, Grime is more fast and came as a sub genre from Garage through Wiley. Grime became a platform for many artists to break through in to the industry starting from Wiley to Dizzee to Tinchy Stryder to Skepta and so on. Only a few remained in the grime scene and did not resort to going “mainstream”, such as JME.

I have heard some artists who are currently building their way in to the UK Rap scene, and I do hope they succeed because they are clearly talented and could be a part of reviving the UK Rap scene. I feel like in the UK, there are some artists that get very known for what they do, then they sign to a major label and want to go on to make their career in America and to forget about the UK. The world is bigger then the UK, that is for sure, but this is the reason why there is no consistency within the UK in terms of the music scene, as the same pattern seems to occur with majority of the artists from the UK who get famous.

I always thought it would be good if someone from the UK who has achieved success within the music industry as a whole, such as Estelle, in terms of Urban, if she could open up a record label that would help break through some UK artists, therefore helping the UK music scene to have a mark of its own, even within UK rap. Currently this is something what Skepta and Wiley are planning in terms of producing a Grime label, which they will sign various artists to. Hopefully this will be the start to the UK music scene having a consistent platform thats solely for the UK. Hopefully a platform will also be created for UK Rap as a whole as well.

 

LIVE REVIEW: The Weeknd In The O2 Arena, London

Abel Tesfaye, more famously known as The Weeknd, returned to the UK for his fall tour, Kiss Land, for the first time in the O2 Arena for his one night sold out show.

This show was the last of his Kiss Land Tour as he said to the audience “We have not done one bad show at all”. So it was clear to be a memorable night. Zane Lowe and Banks were the opening acts for the show, and they did a great job getting everyone hyped for the night.

The stage set up resembled the Japanese theme of his Kiss Land album with loads of bright bold coloured traditional Japanese spoken videos and advertisements shown throughout the show on the screens, which the live band was surrounded around.

The show kicked off with ‘Adaptation’; where Abel, dressed in all black, appeared on stage behind a gloomy hung curtain, which got pulled down as he continued to perform Love In The Sky’. He then went on to perform his earlier material including ‘What You Need’, which the band, alongside his smooth vocals, sounded intoxicating and sexual.

This sexual theme continued as he performed ‘Kiss Land’ and the screens projected raw lesbian Japanese porn to accompany his explicit lyrics.

While Abel mixed his current material with his previous, the crowd sang along to every word, as when he pointed the microphone to the crowd, they could of performed every song without his help.  He was overwhelmed by the atmosphere and said “I never makes songs without thinking what the UK would think”. In light of this he stated ‘Wanderlust’ was made for the UK and then he went on to perform this, which had the crowd dancing along to the upbeat 80s track, resembling Michael Jackson’s vibe and pleasantly mellow vocals. Abel is a very energetic performer, as he never stayed in one position on stage.

The show ended with an intimate moment with Abel and his fans as he asked for the lights to be turned off and for everyone to light up the arena with their phones and lighters. Before ending the show with ‘Wicked Games’, he stated “I will return to the UK every fall tour every year, I have plenty more music coming for you, as the UK is very important to me”.

The Weeknd will be returning to the O2 Arena in March as Drake’s supporting act.

 

(http://www.mtv.co.uk/music/urban/11783-review-the-weeknd-live-in-london)

You made me feel

Just a little something I wrote:

Felt so closed up inside,
Felt like I didn’t know how to feel,
Felt as if I had no emotions,
Like I didn’t sense anything

What could of made me feel this way,
What could of made me feel so lost,
It was of course a situation,
A situation where I gave it my all,
In return received hurt and disappointment

My walls had been brought back up,
Forever holding my cards close to my chest,
Would I ever feel safe again?
Would I be able to feel emotions again?

That’s when you came along,
You made me feel so confident,
Just when I thought I didn’t feel anything…

I started to feel butterflies,
I forgot how good that feeling felt inside,
You made me trust again,
You made me understand again,
You made me feel safe again,
Safe to be able to bring down these walls I had built…

I was able to just be me again…

Pusha T Album Cover Revealed!!

Kanye West revealed two album covers for Pusha T’s new album ‘My Name Is My Name’. Both covers are designed by DONDA and the first cover features a barcode on a white background, whilst the second cover features a blacked out image of Pusha T’s upper body with this head tilted back. The two covers are very unique and received positive feedback on Twitter.

My Name Is My Name will be released October 8 and will feature artists such as Kanye West, Future, Rick Ross, Kendrick Lamar and Chris Brown.

Cover One:

pusha t cover 1

Cover Two:

pusha T cover 2

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