SZA’s in CTRL of 2017

There’s something that I love about calming melodies paired with raw lyrics.  Sza always seems to pull through with both.

As a huge fan of her 2014 EP Z, I knew that CTRL was going to be nothing short of amazing and I was right! The singer’s much anticipated debut album is all about love, communication, life, heartbreak, growing up, and self acceptance.

I feel like CTRL was made for young women like myself. I’m 21 and it’s so relatable. Sza makes movie, music, and TV references throughout the album. She’s a pop culture queen that seems to embody what it means to be working on being comfortable with oneself, in falling in and out of love and being forced to learn new things.

Because of its chill and magical vibe, CTRL will be an album you’ll want to listen to on loop. It’s emotional, raw, and will leave you feeling as if somehow, you aren’t alone in the world.

 

Tracklist includes:

  • Supermodel
  • Love Galore (ft. Travis Scott)
  • Doves in the Wind (ft. Kendrick Lamar)
  • Drew Barrymore
  • Prom
  • The Weekend
  • Go Gina
  • Garden (Say It Like Dat)
  • Broken Clocks
  • Anything
  • Wavy (Interlude ft. James Fauntleroy)
  • Normal Girl
  • Pretty Little Birds (ft. Isaiah Rashad)
  • 20 Something

 

I love this album and I know you will too. So, Go! Vibe! Relax and lose Ctrl to the elevating sounds of Sza!

Kehlani’s: Sweet Sexy Savage

If you didn’t think it was possible for one person to be all three of these awesome adjectives, then I’ve got news for you.

Last month singer, songwriter and rapper, Kehlani released her first album, SweetSexySavageThe album embodies old school R&B giving off 90’s vibes, balancing with the perfect amount of soul.

Kehlani is no stranger to the music industry, infact I first fell in love with the singer’s sound after listening to her second mixtape You Should Be Here , released in 2015. (Her first being Cloud 19 released one year prior.)

This 19 track album will have you wanting to dance! (be it in your room, the car, or the club) It’s an amazing combination of poetry and life, with spoken word, opinion, and personal short story transitions. SweetSexySavage gives you an inside to who Kehlani is and if you didn’t know, you will now. It’s honest, It’s raw, It’s dope.

Tracks Include:

  • Intro
  • Keep On
  • Distraction
  • Piece Of Mind
  • Undercover
  • CRZY
  • Personal
  • Not Used To It
  • Everything Is Yours
  • Advice
  • Do U Dirty
  • Escape
  • Too Much
  • Get Like
  • In My Feelings
  • Hold Me By The Heart
  • Thank You
  • I Wanna Be
  • Gangsta (From “Suicide Squad The Album”)

I promise you will want to blast this album on the highest volume. It is the epitome of confidence and honesty. Focusing on self love, it also expresses very real and very human flaws/emotions. Above I’ve linked her youtube which houses a few of the songs. This album however, will be one that you want to buy! Of course, you have to listen and interpret for yourself. So, Go! Vibe! Dance! and enjoy the tough sounds of Kehlani’s debut album. I know after listening you will feel sweet, sexy, and savage.

Bruno Mars and his 24k Magic!

Who does Bruno think he is making an album like this?!

To say that Bruno Mars is one cool dude would be beyond an understatement. For the past two months the only album thats been bumping in my car is none other than his third studio album; the eccentric, funky and soulful, 24 K Magic.

This album will make you feel as if you’ve time traveled back to the 80s, giving you Michael Jackson, and James Brown vibes. Vibes, of course, that automatically put you in a great mood, making you want to dance and sing to the top of your lungs.

Tracks include:

  • 24k Magic
  • Chunky
  • Perm
  • That’s What I Like
  • Versace On The Floor
  • Straight Up & Down
  • Calling All My Lovelies
  • Finesse
  • Too Good To Say Goodbye

 

I promise this is an album you’ll want to blast,so go, vibe, and get down with the funky rhythms that Bruno Mars lays on us with all of his 24k magic.

Let’s show some Mad Love to JoJo’s return!

For all of us little girls that were obsessed with JoJo’s debut album entitled JoJo (Seriously, I had all kinds of pictures taped on my walls) we remember being 12 years old jamming, singing, and feeling rebellious with each track. Now we get to feel like that all over again as we listen to her 3rd studio album entitled Mad Love.  Even though it’s been nearly a decade since her debut, one thing I can guarantee is that JoJo’s sassiness in her music hasn’t changed one bit. After battling with her former record label, our girl is finally free and we’re so excited and happy.

This album is a good mix of pop, hip-hop and soul! It will make you want to go beast mode in the gym, dance the night away with your friends, or sing extra loud for your millions of fans in your shower concert.

Above I’ve added the link to JoJo’s YouTube where you can stream this new music. You can of course purchase this amazing album on iTunes, Mad Love (Deluxe) for $10.99. Tracks include:

  • Music.
  • I Can Only. (feat. Alessia Cara)
  • F*** Apologies. (feat. Wiz Khalifa)
  • FAB. (feat. Remy Ma)
  • Mad Love.
  • Vibe.
  • Honest.
  • Like This.
  • Edibles.
  • High Heels.
  • I Am.
  • Clovers.
  • Reckless.
  • Good Thing.
  • Rise Up.

I love this album! If you’re a JoJo fan like myself I’m sure you will love it too, and if you have no idea who JoJo is, crawl out from under your rock and give this beautiful work of art a listen. (I promise you’ll become a fan) Go! Vibe! Enjoy the powerful, soulful, and bold melodies that make up JoJo’s sound.

 

 

 

H.E.R., Vol. 1

The truth is always spoken through poetry and art, and this EP  embodies all three of those things.

H.E.R., Vol. 1 is super relate-able as it highlights young love, insecurities, and the functionality (should I include complexity? haha) of dating in the millennial age. Released in early September, the EP has gotten quite a bit of traction however, the artist herself remains a mystery. *GASP* Wait…what? Yes, I dove into the inter-webs to find as much information as I could on the artist, but unfortunately that information was limited. (I was able to find the artists’ twitter after the original blog post upload, so follow her @HERMusicx)

It actually isn’t unfortunate at all, in fact I think it’s genius. Right now, we are focused on the music, we are listening exclusively for content, we are not judging this EP by the artist herself before listening to her art work. How incredibly clever?! This is a really good PR move in the sense that she’s giving us a taste of who she is, without giving too much away which naturally stirs up our inquisitive nature and desire to want more.  I’m sure this arcane being will completely reveal herself to the world in her debut album.

Of course I put the YouTube link above, but you can buy H.E.R., Volume 1 on iTunes for $5.99. It’s worth every penny as you will hear familiar melodies with a personal twist. Tracks include:

  • Losing
  • Wait For It
  • Facts
  • U
  • Focus
  • Jungle
  • Pigment

You won’t be disappointed as this music will launch you straight into cloud 9. Our mystery woman’s voice is hypnotic with a note placement that is out of this world. Go! Vibe! Enjoy the unflappable artistry that is H.E.R., Volume 1.

 

 

Artist to Listen to: Maurice Moore

If Trey Songz and Bryson Tiller’s sound morphed into one, it’s components would make up the sound of Maurice Moore. (Let me preface this by saying, it’s a compliment!)

The 19 year old Canadian R&B star is working his way to the top of the charts and inside of our hearts with a collection of his remixes and songs on SoundCloud.  His music is perfect for vibing with friends, or just chilling solo.  The 13 tracks posted on his sound cloud (linked above) are just a taste of what’s to come,-as he is working on his debut solo project- and I’m honestly so excited to see what will happen next.

This young man does it all! He sings, produces, writes, and is very much in charge of his own direction, defining himself as a melodic novelist. (I have to say his music one hundred percent embodies the self proclaimed title) Listening to his collection of singles makes me want to dance and is an amazing mix of R&B, soul and hip hop. I promise your ears will thank you, and when you’re jamming to these songs in your Snapchats I hope you’ll think of me.

The tracks as posted on Soundcloud include:

  • Please You. (prod. instupendo + auracle) ~this one is my absolute favorite
  • The Feels. (prod.TheAuracle +Sober Rob)
  • Play. (prod. Maurice Moore)
  • Stay Up. (prod.BNJMN x Krs x Oshi)
  • The Loudest Silence. (prod. Maurice Moore)
  • Typhoon. (prod. KDaGreat)
  • Christmas Eve. (prod. Maurice Moore)
  • Ready.
  • Sex U Back to Sleep.
  • #MyGirl (prod. BNJMN)
  • LOL. (prod.BNJMN)
  • Rich.

 

Of course, you can’t just take my word for it! You have to go over to soundcloud or YouTube and vibe, chill, jam, and give your soul what it needs! Follow him on social media: @mauricexiii on twitter, check out his website , and find him on Instagram @maurice_xiii

If all of this isn’t enough, can I just say he uses the cutest sound bites from How I Met Your Mother in his song The Loudest Silence and that should tell you everything you need to know about how awesome this young man is…Okay maybe not everything, but it should definitely seal the deal for you. So go! Share! Dance! and Enjoy the sound that is Maurice Moore.

 

It’s been too long/ Denitia & Sene: His and Hers

Hello!

It’s been so long, I’m sure a lot of you are feeling like “Who is this posting right now?” Trust me, I know…I make the same excuse for not posting “I was busy” “I missed Music Monday, I’m so sorry” “YADA” So to skip that all together, I’d like to propose an idea…

I would like to make this blog a miscellaneous blog (as if it weren’t a hot mess all ready) But I want to talk about music, poets, art, EVERYTHING. So what we’re gonna do from now on is 86 Music Mondays because it seems that all the hip blogs are doing it, and I’m not hip, I’m just weird.

What I want to talk about today is a wonderful group that I LOVE and it is Denitia and Sene! My very cool and very hip mama put me onto them last summer and I have been so in love with their album His and Hers which they released in 2013. Denitia and Sene provide a vibe like no other as you feel like you’re chilling with old friends while listening to this album. You will feel like you’re on another planet listening to this album. Their sound is the epitome of smooth. (It’s great for long car rides!) However, smooth is not the only word I would use to describe them! They are electric, soft, and idiosyncratic throwing you into a very relatable headspace, forcing you to feel the euphoria of their voices and instruments.

Now let’s get to the best part THE TRACKLIST (also, I mean how cool is their album cover?!) Here we go:

  •  trip.fall
  • lucy, loosie
  • she’s not the only one
  • call u
  • Because We Are Fools (my favorite)
  • again
  • how to Satisfy
  • feel better
  • the nude
  • breathe.scream.dream (okay another favorite. The lyrics are incredible)
  • stupid world
  • casanova (which I believe was the very first song of theirs that my mother played for me)
  • blah blah blah

This album is pure magic! Seriously, you will feel intoxicated with poetry and electricity. But of course, as always you have to listen for yourself! So go go go. Breathe. Scream. Dream. everything that is Denitia and Sene. And of course…you’re welcome. 🙂