ALBUM REVIEW: Amine- ‘Good For You’

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Before going into this album, I’m going to address a question that many are probably asking themselves. So, who is Amine? Amine (uh-MEEN-ay) is a 23-year-old rapper from Portland, OR… I know, random huh. I do not have the full backstory on him but those are the basics that I do know about him. He began releasing music in 2014 with his debut mixtape Odyssey to Me, another mixtape in 2015 titled Calling Brio and then his debut single “Caroline”, released in 2016. “Caroline” went on to peak at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and the song also reached triple-platinum status. So early success for the young Amine. Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Amine- ‘Good For You’

NEW VIDEO: Kendrick Lamar & Rihanna- “LOYALTY”

Kendrick Lamar has dropped another visual, this time it’s featuring Rihanna! Kendrick released his video for his song featuring Rihanna, “LOYALTY”. I love seeing Rihanna in videos so I was so happy when the video dropped.

The video is really dope, it’s like an “action” themed video. Kendrick is like the only one right now that is actually releasing VISUALS to go with the song. This video keeps you watching and I just love seeing Rihanna… and Kendrick, they’re a good duo.

NEW ARTIST: Tone Stith

This is my first time using the “New Artist” title for a blog but it seemed like there was no other way to introduce this artist than by calling him a “new artist”. He goes by the name of Tone Stith and he is a 22-year-old singer/songwriter/producer hailing from my hometown, Houston, TX. Tone Stith was first introduced to the world when he received writer and producer credits on the 2015 Chris Brown hit, “Liquor”. I love reading writing credits and all that so when “Liquor” came out, I remember going to Wikipedia and first discovering Tone Stith that way. I’m almost positive I then searched for him on Instagram and began scrolling from there. Tone Stith is signed to Young Empire Music Group, which is run by Jas Prince. 

Tone Stith is an R&B singer and to me, he’s not like any of the other male R&B singers out right now. Tone Stith has actual vocal talent, vocal ability, unlike many of these mainstream R&B singers, and that’s not shade, it’s just facts. I find myself not enjoying many of the current male R&B acts right now, but Tone Stith’s music is not like what I have been hearing from the others. Again, I love his voice and I love his writing style. He has old school lyrics with new school beats. I think Tone Stith can make some head way in this industry, especially with the likes of Drake cosigning you. Last week, Champagnepapi posted to his Instagram a video of Tone Stith rehearsing while covering his song, “Maddiba Riddim”. I loved the cover, I felt he gave “Maddiba Riddim” a new life with the way he sang it. I hope to be hearing more from Tone Stith very soon and also, check out his EP titled Can We Talk on all streaming services.

a couple videos and songs below…
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NEW SONG: Tyler, the Creator- “911/Mr. Lonely”

New music from Tyler, the Creator! This time featuring Frank Ocean!

Tyler, the Creator must be gearing up for an album release because he recently released a few new songs. One song was called “Who Dat Boy” featuring ASAP Rocky and the other song is a two-parter titled “911/Mr. Lonely” featuring Frank Ocean. “911” has an easy-going feel to it, sounds like a song that could have been on Tyler’s last album, Cherry Bomb. “911” is just about Tyler wanting this girl to call him sometime, so simple yet direct. The chorus also features the incredible Steve Lacy on the backing vocals, adding his impeccable tone to the chorus. He’s so dope. Frank Ocean also comes in towards the end of the song, singing a couple bars. Then Tyler raps a couple bars to end this part of the song. I just love hearing music like this and to know that this is the direction music is going in makes me so happy, just good music that’s not about drugs and other bullsh-t, just music that makes you feel good. Makes you want to sing along.

“Mr. Lonely” is the second part of the song. It has an intro and it features Tyler, ASAP Rocky, and Schoolboy Q and they’re repeating, “I can’t even lie I’ve been lonely as f-ck”, they say that line multiple times then Tyler goes off for many bars. The way Tyler raps, you can’t necessarily catch what he’s saying, you always have to read the lyrics to understand what he’s talking about. But it’s really good nonetheless.

I am not sure when this untitled Tyler, the Creator is coming out but I will stay updated on that. I haven’t anticipated a Tyler, the Creator album in awhile but I’m ready for this one.

NEW SONG: SZA- “Broken Clocks”

SZA is gearing up for her debut album release and building a huge buzz in the process. SZA has now released three singles in preparation for her album, “Drew Barrymore”, “Love Galore”, and now “Broken Clocks”. All three of those aforementioned songs could individually be lead singles for anybody’s album but SZA has all three on her album and it’s not even out yet! Continue reading NEW SONG: SZA- “Broken Clocks”