A Tribute to Aaliyah: R&B’s Everlasting Princess

August 25, 2011 § 1 Comment

Today marks the 10th anniversary of Aaliyah’s untimely death. She left us at the tender age of 22 in 2001, yet her influence still lives on. I find it appropriate to remember Aaliyah’s musical legacy because she helped to change the face of R&B. She also opened my eyes to a new sound of music, hence becoming someone who I truly admired.

Aaliyah’s passing was a tough time for myself and her fans, her family, her friends, and the world. Right now R&B music needs revival, and I know if Aaliyah was still here she would’ve blessed us with something spectacular. But this is not the case. So all we can do is play her records till they break, watch her movies until our eyes glaze, and soak in her genuine beauty every chance we get. I happily present to you my personal tribute to Aaliyah, a musician and person that I will always love.

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Kanye West & Jay-Z – Watch The Throne: Album Review

August 15, 2011 § 3 Comments

When Kanye West and Jay-Z announced their collaboration on an LP, everyone went berserk. It didn’t matter if you were a fan of theirs or not, you knew that this collaboration would be deadly. In my eyes, Kanye West and Jay-Z serve as Hip-Hop legacies, royalties of the game who are awarded the audacity to flaunt their accomplishments. Plus, the duo is incredibly talented as well. So I, like many others, waited with frizzled anticipation when Watch The Throne was given to the world on August 8th, 2011.

The album begins with the killer No Church in the Wild, featuring up & coming R&B artist Frank Ocean. The rumbling bass line on the track gives off an old-school Action movie feel, making it a powerful album opener. Following the song is Lift Off, a space-age song that features the amazing Beyoncé. But her incredible voice couldn’t really hold up the track. You would think three music powerhouses coming together would create a hit; surprisingly Lift Off is one of the weaker tracks on the record.

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Frances Bean Cobain: All Grown Up!

August 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

Last week photography legend Hedi Slimane shot Frances Bean Cobain, the only child of fellow legends Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain. I’ve always waited for the day that Frances would come into her own without the help from her parents’ fame. This photo shoot reflects that day! Frances exudes confidence, sexiness, beauty, charm, and passion all in one. Slimane is known for capturing the unique essence of his subjects, and this photo shoot lives up to that.

When I first saw these photos, I was utterly shocked. I knew Frances was beautiful before, but these photos capture her stunning features given to the 19 year-old by her parents. The black & white quality, the various tattoos, those luscious lips, and those crystal-clear eyes all make for some great photos.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!


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The Kooks Are Back, & With a New Video!

August 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’m super excited to say that The Kooks are finally back! I’ve been a fan of the British indie pop band since their Inside In/Inside Out debut in 2006. Now in 2011, the band is ready to drop their 3rd studio album Junk of the Heart in September!

The Kooks’ musical style is very sunny and fun, but they also know when it’s time to get a little gritty and dark. This juxtaposition of sound (along with their unique British vocals) is why I love the band so much.

The band flaunts their signature poppy style in their new video for their promo single “Is It Me”, which you can view below!

While the music video only shows the typing of the song’s lyrics, it still displays the fun and artsy quality The Kooks have. Plus, the song isn’t bad either.

Check out The Kooks’ official 1st single “Junk of the Heart (Happy)” here & be on the lookout for their new cd Junk of the Heart that will be released on September 12, 2011!

Be sure to come back here, as I’ll be reviewing this anticipated album!

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Photo Courtesy of: Mersey Blogs

Video & Links Courtesy of: Youtube

Whatever Happened to R&B?

August 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

Growing up as a kid in the 90’s, the two music genres that I couldn’t get enough of were Pop and R&B. In 2011, Pop music serves as one of my many strong inspirations (including one of the reasons why I started this blog). Yet I can’t say the same for R&B music. 2011 has proved itself to be the year of Pop, placing pressure on artists who once were strictly R&B musicians.

R&B in the 90’s was lush and soulful. It could trigger a deep pain and also prevent pain from happening. The lyrics were honest and raw; they spoke about relationships, love, hurt, and happiness. Being an overly emotional kid who thought too deeply at times, I connected to the music on many levels.

My first R&B CD was TLC’s CrazySexyCool (released in 1994). Obviously I received this CD way after its release, but it was my first introduction to the urban & rugged R&B subgenre that was forming at the time. I remember bouncing to tunes like Kick Your Game, Waterfalls, Creep, & Diggin’ On You even though I was not mature enough to grasp the lyrics. But that didn’t matter; the hook and rhythm was all I needed.

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Dancehall Riddim of the Moment: “Sex On Di Beach”

August 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’ve always been a big fan of Dancehall music ever since I was introduced to it as a little girl. Being of Jamaican descent, I still support it strongly to this day. Within the realm of Dancehall, riddims (or “rhythms”) are what the music circles around. They are essentially catchy instrumentals that Dancehall and/or Reggae artists voice several songs on. Having so many various artists and sounds on one single instrumental is perfect for DJs and party people, making it easy to mix the singles.

Dancehall producers and artists are always in healthy competition with each other to make the best and most party-ready riddims and songs, and the summertime proves itself to be the most competitive season. I always look forward to summers in Dancehall, and the Sex On Di Beach riddim for summer 2011 is the best one out of them all!

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