2014: A Year In Music – Youth & Hysteria’s Best of the Best

December 19, 2014 § Leave a comment

As 2014 comes to a close with only a few days to spare, I’ve taken the time to look back at all the music highlights from this year. To be honest, the past 12 months were very basic and there was not much to write home about. Nonetheless, I’ve somehow managed to gather the best moments of 2014. This is my most jam-packed post of the year, so get ready!

Pop Song of the Year: “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith

R&B Song of the Year: “New Flame” by Chris Brown feat. Usher Rick Ross

Hip-Hop Song of the Year: “Worst Behavior” by Drake

Rock Song of the Year: I honestly don’t have one.

Indie/Alternative Song of the Year: “Two Weeks” by FKA Twigs

Remix of the Year: “***Flawless” by Beyonce feat. Nicki Minaj

Electronic/Dance Song of the Year: “Hideaway” by Kiesza

Dancehall Song of the Year: “Everything Nice” by Popcaan

Reggae Song of the Year: “Here Comes Trouble” by Chronixx

Street Anthem of the Year: “Hot Nigga” by Bobby Shmurda

Keep reading!!

New Music: M.I.A. – “Baddygirl 2 (***Flawless Remix)”

May 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

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After teasing the track on her Instagram back in March, M.I.A. has finally released her remix to Beyonce‘s girl power anthem “***Flawless.”

Following a tweet that alluded to her impatience, the British rapper proceeded to drop the track via Soundcloud.

 Titled “Baddygirl 2,” the remix puts a spin on the original “***Flawless” tune (“I woke up like this, I went to bed like this, we do everything just like this”) that is layered over an audacious beat courtesy of Partysquad. There’s also a “Diva” sample towards the end, because – why not?

Listen below:

With current tour dates and a new remix, M.I.A. has been on a roll! Look out for her new video for “Double Bubble Trouble” to be released later this week.

The Weeknd Remixes Beyonce’s “Drunk In Love”: Listen

February 16, 2014 § Leave a comment

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After Kanye West had a raunchy romp with Beyonce’s fan favorite – Drunk In Love” – The Weeknd has decided to put his own spin on the club banger.

In celebration of his 24th birthday, the singer remixed the tune to create a woozy, explicit and seductive track that oozes raw sex.

Check it out below:

Seven Reasons Why The 56th Annual Grammy Awards Was A Big Joke

January 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

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It’s no secret that the Grammy Awards are becoming more bland and a political favoritism-fest, but last night’s 56th annual broadcast proved why award shows like this don’t really matter anymore. Mediocrity is praised, while deserving artists continue to be snubbed. There are many reasons why The Grammys are becoming such a joke in music, but here are 7 reasons why last night’s broadcast was a fail.

1. Kendrick Lamar Snubbed For “Best Rap Album”

On October 22, 2012, a young rapper from Compton single-handedley shifted the way we think about hip-hop. Kendrick Lamar’s major label debut, Good Kid, m.A.A.d city told an insightful story about the harsh realities of growing up in the hood and Lamar’s struggles to get out. Supported by lush production, atmospheric rhythms and poetic lyrics, K. Dot took rap back to a time when it more about storytelling – and less about gimmicks.

Fast forward to 2014 at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, and Kendrick Lamar (along with Drake, Kanye West, Jay Z and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis) is nominated for Best Rap Album. Guess who takes it? The most gimmicky rapper out of the group – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. The Heist is so incomparable to Good City that it hurts to even think that it won against a future rap classic. Who is going to remember Macklemore in the next 2 years? Riddle me that…

2. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Same Love” Performance/Wedding Ceremony

People love to complain that the “sanctity” of marriage is becoming a stunt, yet no one seemed to have issues with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ major “Same Love” performance stunt. Shocker! Macklemore, the master of gimmicks, has taken something as serious as gay right and equality and turned it into a puppet show that was boosted by his cringe-worthy tune “Same Love.”

Queen Latifah came to ordain the weddings of 34 couples (both same-sex and heterosexual) while Madonna joined the crew onstage to sing the newlyweds off with “Open Your Heart.” Once again, Macklemore uses his popularity to exploit a cause that people have died for in order to be crowned the Ultimate Gay Supporter. There are many rappers who are gay and who support gay rights, but check their skin color and you’ll see why they don’t get recognized for their efforts. The entire ordeal was cheap, tacky and made a mockery out of a ceremony that some people actually take as sacred.

3. Beyonce’s Snooze-worthy Performance

For all of the people who truly believe in their hearts that Beyonce gave a performance of a lifetime last night, then you’re sadly lying to yourselves. Yes, it is true that she is one of the best entertainers of our time – but that does not make her exempt from giving a bad performance now and then. First off, she performed “Drunk In Love” – a club favorite but a trashy song for something as highly regarded as the Grammys. It just shows how brainwashed “stans” have become.

Who in their right mind made that decision to OPEN the show with a song like that? There were plenty of other songs from Beyonce that could have been performed, and she let that opportunity slide out of her fingers. The lighting was off, she looked sloppy and the entire vibe of the performance was lackluster. Not to mention that our very own King Bey who you all worship had the nerve to lip-sync about 75 percent of the song while doing ZERO choreography. It was simply mediocre, yet so many people continue to praise and create foils for her mistake – not believing that their queen or “Motha” can do any wrong. If Beyonce really wanted to wow us, she and Jay Z should have performed all their duets – showing us why they’ve become the power couple of music. Keep reading!

Daft Punk, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Lorde Win Big At The 2014 Grammy Awards

January 27, 2014 § 1 Comment

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Daft Punk snags the biggest award of the night for Album of the Year for Random Access Memories at the 56th annual Grammy Awards! The French electronic duo also took three more awards home, including Record of the Year. It was also a big night for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who managed to somehow snag four awards – including Best New Artist. Also, newcomer Lorde took home a well-deserved Song of the Year Award.

There were also some decent performances throughout the three-and-a-half hour long show. Beyonce and Jay Z opened with “Drunk In Love,” Daft Punk took the stage with Pharrell, Nile Rodger and Stevie Wonder for “Get Lucky,” and Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons brought together rock and rap for what was the best performance of the night.

Check out the full list of winners after the jump! Keep reading!

Beyoncé – Beyoncé: Album Review

December 30, 2013 § Leave a comment

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On December 13, Beyonce had the entire world in a media frenzy as she dropped a musical bomb – her fifth, self-titled album. After a year filled with constant confusion, endless snippets and unanswered questions, the singer finally shut everyone up with the release of a surprise record. What makes Beyonce so special is the combination of the flawless execution (zero promotion, zero announcements) and the music, which is arguably the best she has ever recorded. Beyonce has come into her own as a person and an entertainer, as she has found the balance between mother, wife, artist and woman.

The album opens up with “Pretty Hurts,” a heartfelt testament to the cruel world that women live in as they struggle to keep up with society’s idea of perfection. Beyonce has always been about self-empowerment, but what saves this tune from becoming another cheesy anthem is its more personalized turn – thanks to its hints about the singer’s own experience with pageants: “Mama said, ‘You’re a pretty girl. What’s in your head, it doesn’t matter’.” Following is “Haunted,” one of the more overlooked songs on the album due to Beyonce’s departure from generic R&B sounds.

The mysterious, trip hop-meets-PBR&B inspired mid-tempo is truly haunting – as it begins with Beyonce denouncing the “boring” media and record labels in a refreshingly new spoken word flow that echoes inspiration from Andre 3000. The song then transforms into a “Justify My Love” for the new generation, complete with weighty bass drops, chilling 808s and Beyonce’s seductive vocals commanding the listener to slap, kiss and bite her.

Beginning in 2003, Beyonce and Jay Z have been “Crazy In Love,” Dangerously In Love” and now in 2013 the power couple is happily “Drunk In Love.” Producers Detail and Timbaland lay out a smooth trap beat for Beyonce to rap (yes, she’s rapping!) about how she’s going to give it to her man using naughty, made-for-Instagram entendres (wood graining and the ubiquitous surfboard).

Beyonce takes it back to the carefree, feel-good B’Day era with the innuendo-laden “Blow.” The tune continues the sexually liberated Beyonce as she discusses oral sex, which is masked underneath an insanely catchy disco-ready, funk beat courtesy of Pharrell. Following is the ode to Houston – “No Angel.” The singer channels her inner Prince as she uses her vocals as an instrument to create breathy and beautifully pitchy sonic tics in all shapes and sizes. Keep reading!

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