Friday, December 28, 2007
Heres the rumored tracklisting for the upcoming Janet album entitled Discipline set to drop on the 26th of February. "Feedback" was recently rushed released to itunes 3 weeks before its even scheduled to hit radio, i guess miss Jackson is out for blood this time around..Now as far as i kno this is only the rumored tracklisting so its a chance it could be the hopefull wishing of a bored and lonely stan, ugh isnt there a Noahs Arc episode to be watched or something?...but anyhoo along with the listings you can see the producers to each song...now what do u guys think about it?
1. "Lessons Learnt (Discipline Intro)" (produced by Rodney Jerkins)
2. "Naughty Naughty" (produced by Rodney Jerkins)
3. "Feedback" (produced by Rodney Jerkins & D'Mile)
4. "Let Me Know When" (produced by Jazze Pha and Jermaine Dupri)
5. "Your Way" (Interlude) (produced by Pharrell Williams)
6. "All Up" (produced by Pharrell Williams)
7. "Between Me & You" (featuring Maroon 5) (produced by Johnta Austin)
8. "Creep (Interlude)" (produced by Polow da Don)
9. "High" (produced by Polow da Don)
10. "Leave It" (produced by Rodney Jerkins & D'Mile)
11. "Steady Hands" (produced by Jermaine Dupri)
12. "Class (Interlude)" (produced by Pharrell Williams)
13. "Deeper" (produced by Pharrell Williams)
14. "To The End" (produced by Ne-Yo)
15. "I'll Always" (produced by Johnta Austin)
16. "Low" (produced by Jazze Pha)
17. "Dismissed (Discipline Outro)" (produced by Rodney Jerkins)
Now i could careless about this cocktail of producers any other time, but for Janet i think it will work nicely...and its GREAT to see Jermaines name up there only twice, lawd knows thats too many as it is tho....Im interested to hear that maroon 5 callabo, and if it were 2001 i would say the same about the songs produced by Pharrell Williams, but since its 2007 they will most likely sound like every other underwhelming zing pop powie soundin track hes produced in the past 5 years.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Hey readers, I LOVE old school music and truthfully I listen to it more than the popular music of today, so i figured id share some of the stuff i have in heavy rotation with you guys...reminisce, discover new-old music, or just jam out..but either way, every Thursday will bring a different throwback song that Ive been listening to, i figured we gotta get some type of consistency in this joint...By throwback, NO I'm NOT talkin about a SWV song or an old Badboy artist...This week we have Miss Loleatta Holloway with her 1970s hit "Dreamin"...Ive ALWAYS loved the over the top sass of this song, and of course the back up...with lyrics like "I see that look in your eyes when he walks by...I know you wanna touch him but honey don't u try...Cuzz u dont stand a snow balls chance in hell, you'll make out better trying to unring a bell" you CANT HELP but do a neck roll and a finger snap...see...SASS!
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This week the numbers came in for the Billboard 200 and it warms the heart to report that Mary J has pushed nearly 630,000 units to come in at number 2 (Damn that Groban!). While I would have LOVED for her to come in at Number 1, id take a number 2 pushin over a half a mil than a number 1 during a low sales week pushin only 100k. This is an AMAZING triumph especially considering that this time around Mary didnt have a "Be Without You" type success of her first single, as a matter of fact "Just Fine" didnt even crack the top 20 (although it is climbing) on the hot 100 so Miss Blige doin over a half a million in one week is something BIG and only shows that the lil engine that could is now the fiercest thing on the tracks...and now that Jay is stepping down, can someone please tie Rihanna to them?
So alots been going on in the past week, folks May or May Not have been getting touched, babies are havin babies and Jay's finally tired of Pullin a Diddy on half of the Def Jam roster...but in news I actually give a shit about...Dwele is gearing up a new album! he talks with Billboard.com about the direction and the sound of the new album along with the excitement that comes along with a Grammy nomination..Heres the snippet...
"Dwele describes the as-yet-untitled album as "kind of a mixture. I have a couple songs that are more radio-friendly, but I'm actually trying to take my time and elevate. It's all about going with the music and trying to follow that."
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Sunday, December 23, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of his Thriller album, Michael Jackson will release a new edition of the album in February with remixes, rare recordings and other good stuff. Heres the remix to "Billie Jean" which is produced by Mr West himself. I personally was expecting more, or atleast something new and creative, just slapping the bassline from "Stronger" on the original song is not my idea of a remix, or atleast a good one.... I have to thank my brother in bloggatry Showtime over at Talk of the Town for sending me this one...many thanks!...so check it out and tell me what u think, I pretty much could live without it.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
This year has brought us many musical heartbreaks, a slew of one hit wonders, a shockingly GOOD album from Britney and an endless supply of ugly rappers with no talent (its like, whats the use?!?!)..There has been a hand full of albums thats been worth keeping the faith over! This is my 3rd year doing my top 10 albums list, first on Rhythmicwords, so if u wanna take a gander at 2005 and 2006 than u go right ahead, but kno that i do look back at a few selections like WTF..no goldfrapp on the 2006 list? wth was i thinking..but anyhoo...what we have right here is 2007 and oddly enough with all the crap polluting the airwaves this past year, it was the easiest year i had picking my top 10...
#10. Chrisette Michele - I AM
Released: June 19
Chrisette Micheles debut was a blend of classic soul, R&b, and Jazz with a dash of hiphop in the mix on tracks like "BE OK" and "In This for you". The album was an absolute breath of fresh air with songs that could only be described as BEAUTIFUL, some of which being "Golden", "Love is you", "Best of Me" and "If I have my Way". Vocally she was the best thing ive heard in YEARS and is showcased perfectly on the throwback/ Jazz infused "Lets rock".
#9. Common - Finding Forever
Released: July 31
After his instant classic BE, Common and Kanye West went back into the studio, good idea..if it isnt broken why fix it? On this album more of the good stuff that made Be so good is was delivered to us along with production from Wil.I.Am and the late J Dilla aswell as collaborations from Dwele, Bilal and everyones favorite MIA soulstar D'Angelo. This album solidified that Common is an artist that will definitely be around forever, in some form or fashion....too bad he couldn't find a better album cover...
#8. Mark Ronson - Version
Released: April 16
The Brilliance behind majority of the highlights on Back To Black by Amy Winehouse released his sophomore album full of nothing but clever covers earlier this year with help from such artist like Amy Winehouse, Lilly Allen, and the late Old Dirty Basterd, among others. The way he gave Funky soul makeovers to indie-rock songs can inspire anyone fond of ANY musical genre. The man covered "Toxic" by Britney Spears and actually made it something not only tolerable but...good..someone give him some type of award STAT!
#7 Alicia Keys - As I Am
Released: Nov 13
This album by Alicia turned me into a believer, not necessarily making me think shes deserving of all the hype that has surrounded her and her career, it just made me see the girl is definitely talented and light years ahead of many that have come and gone. In my opinion, her best album perfectly blends and crosses genres almost effortlessly without coming off...yanno...in desperate need of being eclectic and deep.
[Click Here to read my review for This Album]
#6 Kanye West - The Graduation
Released: Sep 11
Kanye not in someones top 5!?!?! BLASPHEMY!!!!...well..not really...just dont tell him, yall know how HE do...but this album I thoroughly enjoyed and thought was brilliant and definitely a display of growth from an artist thats already a grown ass man compared to his Rap counterparts. With songs like "Flashing lights" and "I Wonder" he should be in everyones top 10 by default.
#5. Lupe Fiasco - The Cool
Released: Dec 18
The fact that I LOVE
this album as much as I do suprised the hell out of me, considering im not a big BIG rap fan and my favorite artist in the genre have pretty much been the same and haven't changed for years. I do own Lupe's first album and I thought it was a good debut but it just never grabbed me the way I thought it would, but this album here had me at hello. Great stories, amazing production and Lupe's ability to make u actually listen to what hes SAYING makes this my pick for rap album of the year.
[Click Here to read my review for This Album]
#4. Joss Stone - Introducing Joss Stone
Released: Mar 20
If Mary had her breakthrough back in 05 than Joss definately had hers in 07. With the musical GENIUS Raphael Saadiq aiding her, she developed a funky, retro sound that was all her own that perfectly complimented the strength of her voice. No matter how much dumb shit this girl says in the press (and trust me, its been alot) i still dig her, why? because shes talented, young, sassy and black...oh..wait..scratch that last one...but u get my drift.
#3. Jill Scott - The Real Thing
Released: Sep 25
After the slight let down and complete sidestep that was Beautifully Human, JIll knew she had to come harder, fiercer, stronger on her 3rd studio album, and thats exactly what she did, completely exceeding my expectations. Divorce proved that Jill wasnt going to go all sour grapes on us, instead she went passion fruit, homegirl straight up got all freaky on us but in a way that didnt require a parental advisory sticker..way to taint the masses Jill, i love it.
#2. Mary J. Blige - Growing Pains
Released: Dec 18
The Queen of hiphop soul didnt fail with this follow up to the hugely successful Breakthrough one bit. All stanning aside this is an R&B album at its purest that, at moments, takes you back to the 70s, when times were simpler, music was FUN and artist had actual talent to speak of. Take a listen to Mary's version of "Hello, Its Me" and you'll know EXACTLY what im talking about.
[Click Here to read my review for This Album]
#1. Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
Released: Dec 19, 06
All potential gimmicks aside (tortured soul abusing drugs and doing dumb shit = publicity, which = album sales) this is one of the best albums ive heard in YEARS, flawless from start to finish, theres very little I can say thats negative about Amy Winehouse's second album. While this one isnt as diverse and jazzy as her debut Frank, it rides the fence of vintage SOUL and blues brilliantly giving us INSTANT classics like "Love is a Losing Game" and "Wake up Alone". I eagerly anticipate what chapter amy will share with us on her next album... if yanno...she doesnt die first.
Ofcourse there were albums that I DIDNT forget about that I loved. Feist, Bjork, Maroon 5, Musiq and a few others all came out with albums that were good, its just that 10 other albums were better. Now tell me which were YOUR favorite albums of this year...do u agree with mine? do u think im crazy for my picks? discuss....
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Growing Pains is the eighth studio album from the everyones favorite underdog and peoples champ! Mary J Blige. The Queen of hip hop Soul manages to make an album that treads new ground, yet sticking to the very familiar path that fans, stans and haters alike have come to know, love and hate. The 16 track offering is as honest as a My Life but without the pain, No shes no longer hurting, Yes she still experiences downs, but this time around she doesn't force either extreme like she has in the past on less successful releases (Love and Life anyone?) This outing shes being true to not only her fans but most of all herself.
The album opens up on a perfect note with the upbeat/inspirational second single "Work That" co-produced by Sean Garrett and Theron Feemster. The song is IMMEDIATELY followed by the head-nod inducing track "Grown Woman", which marks Marys best club ready, trunk blasting track since the 2001 infectious number 1 hit "Family Affair". Tracks segue into each other beautifully and without hesitation, grabbing the attention of your ears and keeping it until the very last track, which happens to be one of the best on the album. "Come To Me (Peace)" is arguably the apex of the album, showcasing a synth-heavy sound that's not typical of Mary's yet still familiar, relatable and experienced enough to be VERY MARY, much like the song that precedes it, the piano and string filled "Smoke".
With Lyrics like "Holding on isn't healthy, but its killing me to let go/ Trying to stare at your picture but i cant see it not for all the smoke" and Production/writing from heavy hitters like Brian Michael Cox, Neyo, Tricky Strewart, The Dream, and Stargate, it only proves that Mary can still relate to those going through it, because at times she still is too. Proving that shes still human and, contrary to popular belief, Kendu is not God and flubs up like anyone else. Songs like smoke and my personal favorite "Roses" only adds to the conviction of the albums push for positivity and love, or at least the up and down personal journey to that.
Like any album there are some weaker moments (not necessarily ineffective tho) within the album. The unbalanced "Shake Down" features Usher and comes off as a teaching lesson from Mary to the R&B crooner more so than anything else. A more logical and worthy opponent like Jaheim would have been a perfect counterpart for the maturity and polished honesty, in Mary's voice, that even with 45623345245645 million records sold later Usher still lacks. The weak moments are forgivable and completely overshadowed with gems and overall FUN tracks like the throwback sounding "Till the Morning". Produced by the Neptunes, this track takes Mary to an era where she would have fit in perfectly and solidifies the overall 1970s cohesion that this album gives, from the Michael Jackson inspired first single "Just Fine", to the cover shot, to the Wilona Woods inspired hair. Now is it just me or Would a remake of the CLASSIC 1976 track "Sparkle" By the QUEEN OF SOUL herself, Aretha Franklin, been more than suiting for this album and for Mary?
This album comes at a perfect time in Marys career, unlike past albums that weren't as appreciated as they should have been due to bad timing. 2003's Love and Life, which came 10 years too late, or one of Marys best, 99's Mary, which came out about 5 years too early for many to appreciate the growth, musicianship, and over all genius of that album. Not an overnight icon, A 15 year spanning career has groomed, trained and polished the coal turned diamond Queen of HipHop Soul and she continues to shine. Mary takes us to a familiar destination with a alternate route filled with beautiful scenery and new surroundings and shows us that Growing Pains is easily one of the best R&B albums since...well...The Breakthrough
I give Growing Pains an A
In Stores NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!
In stores today: Growing Pains by Mary J Blige, The Cool by Lupe Fiasco, Hate it or Love it by Chingy, and Makings of a Man by Jaheim...I think we ALL know which ones im purchasing (and which ones im not)..click here to read my review of The Cool and come back later for my review of Growing Pains
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Im sure some of you have seen the new commercial for Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle fragrance, entitled Coco Mademoiselle, with
In recent interviews with MTV and various other media outlets, Mary made it known that the Umbrella song by Rihanna was originally intended for her..she passed, i sighed a pray of relief, and the world went on turning as it should. According to Pr-inside.com Mary said in an interview with them? or someone?
"I'm not going to chase what (mainstream) fans like. It might work for a Mariah. It might work for a Beyonce. But Mary J. Blige is looked at as some sort of organic thing."
People are getting rubbed the wrong way by this quote but me personally? i cant see why..Mary isn't necessarily saying anything negative about neither beyonce or mariah, wanting a mainstream sound isn't exactly saying "THEM HOES WACK!" by a long shot..and the honest truth is, she isn't exactly saying anything that...well..isnt true. Both Mariah and Beyonce have formed a type of mainstream sound that flows with the now, not exactly showing growth as much as its mirroring what the radio sounds like at that specific time their album or a record is released (Rainbow and B'day anyone?) and that ISN'T a bad thing at all, if it sells it sells..like Mary said, it works for THEM. Saying Mary is dissing or talking down about those 2 is like quoting Mary saying "24inch long indian remy may work for a Beyonce or for a Mariah, but it does nothin for my scalp chile!" it doesn't mean if u wear ur hair down to ur calfs your any less fierce than she is..its just not HER...Now im not saying that Marys material over the years hasnt become more radio friendly, but its still MARY regardless of how it sounds or how it differs from her first recordings...but u have to admit you would go to Mary expecting a more organic sound, style and overall feel of music than u would any other high profile R&B/pop female out now. I honestly would look to Mariah or Beyonce to do a collaboration with someone hot right now like Timbaland (post timberlake and furtado take over of course) or a Polow da Don before i would Mary. If YOUR perception of wanting a mainstream sound is a negative one than that's YOUR opinion and not necessarily where Mary may have been coming from...now on that note..
Friday, December 14, 2007
Now im no eskay or a big hip hop head (hell i don't even subscribe to XXL) tho i DO enjoy hiphop, just not yanno..crap... so when it came to reviewing this album, my first hip hop album to review, I was abit intimidated..where do i start? what do i say? I cant exactly make any Aretha references, what am I gonna do!?!?!?!? but then I remembered one thing...THIS is my blog, I can say whatever the hell I want! score!... And after listening to this album, I was put to ease because I knew I would have more than enough to say about this brilliantly crafted Sophomore effort from the Chi-town lyricist...
A concept album of sorts that expands on "The Cool" track from Food and Liquor album, he breaks the album down into 3 parts, The Cool, The Game and The Streets, but LUCKILY only 4 songs really follow this concept, which means he only kills someone on wax on about 1 song. This makes it easier to just sit back and enjoy the album for what it is, a GREAT album that tackles different issues, personalities and point of views. Want something witty without coming off one bit condescending? see "Dumb It Down", want something light and fun? see "Go Baby", craving something a bit heavier thats no laughing matter? see "Intruder". The beauty with this album is that theres a bit of something for every type of Hiphop Fan to appreciate, lyrically and production wise, was this a goal for Lupe? probably not, but yanno it happened, and im happy for it.
What attracted me to Lupe his first go around was not only the fact that he had something to say but that he said them over sometimes soulful, sometimes choppy, sometimes random beats that HE made cohesive throughout the entire first album, why? because as a listener u tend to actually LISTEN to what Lupe has to say instead of how much the beat makes you want to do the opposite (even if at times that was a downfall). The difference with The Cool is that you no longer ignore the production all together, with STRONG contributions from Mike Shinoda, Chris and Drop and the bulk from FNF producer Sountrakk, you see the beats manage to no longer be upstaged by Lupe and his remarkable story telling skills but provide a solid backing that assist in the story and add more depth, Perfect example "Gold Watch".
From the De la soul reminiscent "Paris, Tokyo" to the schizophrenic "Hello/Goodbye" all the way to the unexpected and overall FUN "Hi-Definition" featuring Snoop Dogg, Lupe still proves that he's capable of randomness that works and somehow mixes together to make one of the best Rap albums of the year (amongst those Ive listened to, so sorry to u Curtis stans)
(Im changing the grading system to something easier, lazier and permits me to no longer look for witty attatchments lol..To go along with the whole feel of Finals, out with the number system in with the actual grades!)
I give The Cool an A-
Lil Wayne will Murder your newborns..or some shit (Talk Of The Town)
Karma Will Get that ass!! (Sugar and Spice)
Lets hope this new makeover will stop making Lilly Allen as enjoyable as a piss soaked blanket (Does this come in Pink)
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Well well well...maybe my judgement the other day about miss Janet was abit too hasty...maybe she knows what shes doing after all, and judging from this new Promo shot of Janet i think she does...I must say that I love being proved wrong by artist I love...This is how i like my Janet..fierce with a side of sass...she can save that homely mess from 20 y.o....Lookin like she was about to goto a Luncheon hosted by Oprah in every damn picture...give me glam! give me sequence! give me wind machines!!!!..Yea the pic is photoshopped to the point where it could be considered an oil painting..BUT she looks fierce....More info is out about the upcoming Janet project which is reportedly titled Discipline and is set to be released the day before MY birthday..the 26th of February..something tells me that month is gonna be something BIG with rumor releases from Madonna and Mariah i think its safe to say February is gonna be Fabuary (sorry i had to do it)
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Amazing vocalist and all around beauty Chrisette Michele has a brand spankin new video out for her third single "Be Ok"...I think this is one of the best tracks on the brilliant debut so im glad to see
So my favorite time of the year is rolling around...AWARD SEASON! ontop of 534654646 award shows that occur during that season..its my birthday!...the weathers cool! and most of all the holidays are OUT of the way!....the nominations for the only 50th Annual Grammys came out last week and i must say for the most part..this year...its the best showcase of talent and deserving nominations that the grammys have seen in YEARS...ofcourse in true grammy fashion when they hit they HIT (Amy and Kanye deserved every nomination!) and when they miss they MISS (Souljah boy? seriously?)..and most of all WHERE THE FUCK IS JOSS STONE!?!?!?...But Im throwing in my 2cents on the categories i give a shit about on who should win and who will win while adding alil commentary here and there
Record Of The Year (Award to the Artist and to the Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s) and/or Mixer(s), if other than the artist.)
- Beyonce - Irreplaceable
- Foo Fighters -The Pretender
- Rihanna - Umbrella
- Justin Timberlake - What Goes Around...Comes Around
- Amy Winehouse - Rehab
This award isnt for the actual artist but for the Producers and the Engineers and what not...so stans NO beyonce doesnt deserve this award simply because she can make gale force winds seem "fierce"...Im going with Rehab because Mark Ronson is an absolute Genius! but we kno the Foo Fighters will take it because yanno...U2 and the Dixie chicks sat this year out
Album Of The Year
(Award to the Artist(s) and to the Album Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s)/Mixer(s) & Mastering Engineer(s), if other than the artist.)
- Foo Fighters -Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace
- Vince Gill - These Days
- Herbie Hancock - River: The Joni Letters
- Kanye West - Graduation
- Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
I have a feeling Herbie is gonna snatch this one up, throw some upset in the game something wicked...but Amy Winehouse should definately take it in my opinon..Back to black was an absolute FLAWLESS album.
Best New Artist
(For a new artist who releases, during the Eligibility Year, the first recording which establishes the public identity of that artist.)
- Taylor Swift
- Amy Winehouse
Now this absolutely warms my heart to see the nominees for this category, To see two of my favorite artst Feist and Amy get recognize. But its a breath of fresh air to see Ledisi get some love to...Amy Winehouse should and WILL win.
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)
- Big Girls Don't Cry
- Say It Right
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)
- Just Fine
Mary J. Blige
- When I See You
- No One
- If I Have My Way
- Hate On Me
Now Lord KNOWSSSSSSS i LOVE my Mary! and my Jill! but This time im rolling with Chrisette Michele..after all this is a VOCAL PERFORMANCE category and for that fact alone Chrisette DESERVES it. But we ALL know its going to Alicia because she plays the piano and has long pretty hair or some shit
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)
- Because Of You
- Future Baby Mama
- Please Don't Go
Best Urban/Alternative Performance
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)
- Make A Baby
- That’s The Way Of The World
Lupe Fiasco Featuring Jill Scott
Now lemme just say im alil salty that Alice Smith isnt what Corinne Bailey Rae was last year (yanno, the artist that came out of NOWHERE to get a shit load of nominations) BUT i must say Iam thoroughly shocked and happy she even got atleast one nomination for a BEAUTIFUL song..but i think Lupe is grabbin this one
Best R&B Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)
- Funk This
- Lost & Found
- The Real Thing
- Sex, Love & Pain
All i have to say about this category is...If Jill doesnt win, there is no good in the world...that is all
Best Rap Solo Performance
(For a solo Rap performance. Singles or Tracks only.)
- The People
- I Get Money
- Show Me What You Got
- Big Things Poppin' (Do It)
Best Rap Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)
- Finding Forever
- Kingdom Come
- Hip Hop Is Dead
- T.I. vs T.I.P.
So by now im sure uve guys heard the new track by Janet that has leaked entitled " "Feedback"
Welp I would have preferred if she would have named the song something abit more suiting to the sound and the overall feel of the record...something along the lines of "fuck effort" or..."my career? who cares"...OR my personal favorite "If So Excited didnt work, why would this?" ...Yup folks, basically this sounds like something that would have went beautifully on 20 Y.O....Im not saying thats a bad thing at all! i actually enjoyed that album more than a few in the past (Damita Jo anyone?)...BUT..I dont think its anything that will make people give a damn let alone buy the new album..kinda like...yanno... the material from 20 Y.O...BUT what do u guys think? hot or not? career saving worthy or album filler?
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
First off we have miss Jennifer Hudson singing "Somewhere"....now considering that everyone from Barbara Streisand to Aretha Franklin to the homeless man that roams the local circle K has a version of this song..i think Jennifer was the smartest choice to sing this song... with all potential arguments of her possibly shrieking the entire song aside...i dug it
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Heres beyonce performing Somewhere Over the
Head on over to RapUp to view some of the other memorable, and not so memorable, performances of the night...Nicole Scherrtosnbiuzinger singing "Diamonds are a girls bestfriend"? who in the hell authorized that and when did they get fired? geesh!...AND! i would have LOVED to see someone perform "Home" from the Wiz...wouldnt that have been HOT! if they had Mariah galivant her ass onstage and try to sing that? I love MiMi to death but in the past few years her ass has proved shes not the BEST live performer...so i pick her to sing that just because theres a chance her ass might pass out tryna hold the notes *shrugs*
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Love love love the video, absolutely gorgeous and this is the first time in a long time i see a video for a ballad that suits the over all feeling of the song. I actually thought, and would have preferred, for "heaven sent" to have been the third single but im digging this too...I dont know what keyshia was thinkin with that Miki Howard '"im in love under new management" hairstyle tho...but for the most part i give it an A girl..i aint mad atcha
Up next we have everyones favorite basterd child Miss Kelly Rowland herself.
Why this wasnt her first single and her first video is beside me, this is the most belieivable effort ive ever seen from her. while i could have done without the "showtime at the apollo dancer from the 80s routine at the end, i actually dug the video, she looked absolutely gorgeous and for a minute u didnt think it was a rejected treatment for a Beyonce video that Mathew threw her way (now yall KNOW Beyonce got the treatment for "like this" first and was like WTF???)
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
and in it the Queen talks about whos shes listening to, how happy she is, and who she thinks is comin for the crown...heres a snippet of the interview
Who are you listening to now?
"Amy Winehouse, her album is insane. I know it's old now 'cuzz you know it's been out, but it's just probably the best record thats been out and it's really good music"
I kno thats right Mary...i KNO thats right...and while were on Mary check out her cover for the new issue of Billboard magazine...Work it! and check back for the Growin Pains album review that im gonna put up within the next few days
Monday, December 3, 2007
This is how i like to return...with some sassyness! i love it, this is how i prefer my Jlo..glamorous...because we ALL kno that hoe aint been to the "block" in years, so she can save the gelled down baby hair look...This is my favorite song from the album and i just wish the this song could have gotten the choreographed heavy video it deserves that i KNOW jlo could have delivered...if yanno...she wasnt sperminated with the child of the undead...but what do u all think?
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Heres rumored second single and the very first track on the Growin Pains album (In stores 12-18-07), the song is called 'Work That'. My thoughts on the song? I love it, not head over heels about it, but its definately a grower. I think its perfect to open up an album to tho...I love the upbeat and positive vibe im getting from this album, who needs a self help book when u got Mary and a few uptempo tracks???
Monday, November 19, 2007
The show started out with everyones favorite musical mistake, Fergie..she opened the show and performed damn near every song from her album The Dutches. She was onstage with Wil.I.Am (now is it just me or does he LOOK like he smells like a public restroom at your local park?), and he soon went into his own song that no one knows. They both shared the same set with Nicole Scheroiznsoanfxinger of the Pussycat Dolls, where she performed
As the show started, host Jimmy Kimmel did something thats been rare with host when it comes to music award shows in the past few years, be funny. He grabbed Jordin sparks and Kelly Pickler from the crowds and they all began crankin dat soulja boy, and ofcourse Soulja Boy came out himself to juice some more time on his 15 minutes of fame..so where does that leave him? at about 14:56 minutes..4 seconds of fame left soulja! go adopt someone and put it to good use or something...Now onto the actual awards!...Ive never cared for the fact that the American Music Awards only have 3 nominees in each category! as if they needed any more reason to exclude GOOD artist from being nominated, that way they can say "theres just simply not enough room to nominate them!!! OOPSIES!..sorry bout dat Jill!" *rolls eyes* ...Justin Timberlake walked away with quite a few, the American Idol kids won a bunch (except for Fantasia ofcourse, but atleast she wasnt takin out back and put to sleep like Ruben Studdard), Rihanna won Best R&b Soul because yanno..she OOZES old motown...even she was like WTF? smh.... Not to be outdone Beyonce made them give her an award and ANY award would do, yall KNOW that big artist find out if their getting awards or not ahead of time, if they get nada some dont show OR the they get LIED TO just so they will (Kanye West anyone?).... hence her getting international artist of the year or some shit (lets keep it real, they could have gave her best long weave in a short form video and homegirl woulda been up there misty eyed..or maybe it was just Miss Ushers new cologne?)
As the show went on I nodded here and there from lackluster performances from the likes of Chris Brown, Maroon 5 and others and from the B- list of presenters that came and went through out the night... One of the FEW saving graces of the night came from Miss Alicia Keys, although her performance bumped up the UGLY factor for the evening, the performace was full of life and very active, even tho Alicia has about as much business dancin as Condaleeza Rice has attending a Wutang concert, i enjoyed it none the less... BUT! u ALLLLLLLLLLLLLL KNOW..what took the cake for me? right?
Chris Brown performing "Kiss Kiss"...as if i needed anymore reasons to call him Remedial Roy..smh
Beyonce Performed "irreplaceable" with Sugarhill...as if i needed anymore reasons to hate this song...smh
awwwwww look at these 2 in action, if u didnt kno any better u would swear up and down that they actually sounded good
The beautiful and ALWAYS bubbly Natasha Bedingfield presented an award with the Hamburgler, who appears to be wearing his little cousins shades..seriously, i think theyre cutting off circulation to his brain..
Usher presents Beyonce with her award for the night..they both tried to sound out the engraving that was on it, and if u watched the show u kno they failed miserably... If u look closely u can see a bead of sweat on Beyonces forehead
I ADORE how much Kirk is smiling with his eyes, Tyra would be proud...Lyfe, much like myself, is wondering what the hell he's doing there and Solange.....*sigh* Solange throws a smile at
Satan her dad for calling in one of his favors to the big wigs so they would let her useless ass present something she'll never recieve
And heres Fergie pretty much summing up my overall feel of the show..and well for her...
My sentiments exactly girl...
Saturday, November 17, 2007
The always radiant Keisha enjoys her babyshower with fellow total member
Lickemlow Pam, Brandy and others. Knowing that Kima is holding down security at the front gate, why wouldnt she? [Talk of the Town]
Heres Mary's Official Tracklisting, now THIS is more like it... [Rap-Up]
While were on Mary, listen to her show Adam and the rest of the Maroon boys how its done on the "Wake Up Call" Remix [Urban Review]
What is a metrosexual? REALLY?? chances are its not your uncle Leon that always matches his socks with a sassy church shoe at every family function like u thought. [Sugar N Spice]
Alicia isn't throwing on a flanel Tshirt and trading in her indian remy for a K.D Lang cut anytime soon [Does this come in pink?]
G's up, Pencils Down..The funny folks over at The Real give their humor to the strike [The Real]