Smino releases Spotify playlist based on his song “Netflix & Dusse”

Smino created a playlist inspired by his new single “Netflix & Dusse.” Featuring the ultimate music to set the mood for chill time…or more, with your significant other, highlights include OutKast’s “Vibrate,” Lumidee’s “Never Leave You,” and Saba’s “Most.”

I made my own playlist inspired by this. Featuring throwback “SpottieOttieDopaliscious” and current hit “Slide,” its great songs to talk and chill with.

Cashmere Cat announces “9” track list featuring Kehlani, Ariana Grande

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After releasing the lead single “Wild Love” feat The Weeknd and Francis and the Lights back in August, Cashmere Cat has finally released the track list to his debut album 9 via Instagram. Denoting each track with emojis, the album will feature acts like Kehlani, Ariana Grande, Jhene Aiko and Ty Dolla $ign.

I’m excited for all of these tracks, but I’m really looking forward to the track with Ariana Grande. His previous tracks with her, “Adore” and “Be My Baby,” are amazing, so I’m looking forward to a third track

9 is set to be released April 29.

Kendrick Lamar releases “The Heart Part IV”

On Thursday, Kendrick Lamar deleted all his Instagram posted, just an image of the roman numerals IV. Many thought this was the announcement of his fourth full length studio album (people argue that Section.80 was his first album). But later that night he released “The Heart Part IV,” which featured the image he posted on Instagram.

Supposedly Kendrick is calling out both Drake and Big Sean on the song:

Big Sean alleged diss:

My fans can’t wait for me to son your punk ass and crush your whole lil shit
I’ll Big Pun your punk ass you a scared lil bitch
Tip-toeing around my name nigga you lame
And when I get at you homie don’t you just tell me you was just playin
‘I was just playing K-Dot, c’mon you know a nigga rock with you, bro’
Shut the fuck up you sound like the last nigga I know
Might end up like the last nigga I know
Oh you don’t want to clash? Yeah nigga I know

Drake alleged diss:

Don’t tell a lie about me, I’ll tell the truth about you

I guess these are disses? I guess in a convoluted way I can connect them to Drake and Big Sean? I personally feel like these are more general statements, but I like the song regardless.

He may have mentioned the release date of his new project at the end of the song by saying.

Y’all got until April 7th to get your shit together

He has since deleted his Instagram post again and now the profile is bare.

“More Life” is not an Apple Music Exclusive, available on all streaming services now

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Unlike Drake’s last album “Views,” which was an Apple Music exclusive for a week upon its release, “More Life,” Drake’s followup “playlist” project is not.  Like his previous projects “What A Time To Be Alive” and “Views,” “More Life”  premiered on Drake’s Apple Radio show “OVO Radio”  before being released to streaming sites on Saturday. You can check on the project below, featuring Young Thug, 2 Chainz, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Travis Scott and Kanye West.

 

Smino announces Swanita Tour

A few days after the release of his debut album “blkswn,” Smino has announced the Swanita tour to promote the album. He is hitting the road pretty soon, with the tour kicking off April 26 in Chicago.

I’m very excited for this tour. I love the album so much and have been listening to it non-stop. I’ve also seen him live before and know he can put on a good show.

Tickets are on sell now. Look at the tour dates and stream the album below.

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[Review] Camila Cabello teases her solo career by being featured on two new singles

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Camila Cabello is gearing up for her solo career, with her debut album slated to drop this year, by being featured on two new singles. Camila is paired with some heavy hitters, including Pitbull and Cashmere Cat. One song goes well while another could be better.

“Hey Ma” Pitbull & J Balvin featuring Camila Cabello

“Hey Ma” is from “The Fate of The Furious” and features artists Pitbull and J Balvin. The song definitely has a Latin feel to it; most of the song is in Spanish, including Camila parts. I think this song shows great promise for Camila. The Latin market is major and connecting with those fans in Spanish give her another layer of authenticity that she was missing in Fifth Harmony.

“Love Incredible” Cashmere Cat featuring Camila Cabello

I’m a huge Cashmere Cat fan. I love his songs with Ariana Grande, “Be My Baby” and “Adore.” I feel like his production is incredible.

Camila is the only vocalist on this track, and honestly her voice is disappointing on this song. It is too high pitched, and takes away from the song. Lyrically its good and I do believe Camila sings well, however for this song, her high pitched voice go-to move isn’t right. Camila doesn’t always sings like this, for instance “Hey Ma” doesn’t feature this. The song shows promise because obviously Camila is working with major producers, but vocally, this is a miss.

Smino announces release date to debut album, shares tracklist

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St. Louis’ own Smino is releasing his debut full length album, blkswn on March 14. While most albums are released on Fridays, there is a special reason for this date. 314 is the area code for his city which correlates with the date 3/14.

I wasn’t familiar with Smino until I saw him at the Red Bull show. I had never heard his music before, but I was really impressed.  I had been listening to his music on Spotify and Soundcloud so I’m happy a full length release is coming out.

Check out the tracklist below

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The Weeknd releases two new songs and tracklist

In anticipation of the release of his third album “Starboy,” The Weeknd has shared the tracklist and two new song “Party Monster” and “I Feel It Coming.”

The album includes features from Future, Daft Punk, Kendrick Lamar and for the second album in a row, Lana Del Rey. I think the number of features is good. Not too heavy handed, but enough to give the album some texture.  I’m curious if The Weeknd will rap more on his song with Kendrick. Previously, when he featured on a rap song, he follows that flow, a la his feature with Future on “Low Life.” I also enjoy that type of flow, so I’m looking forward to that.

I like the two songs that he released more than “Starboy” and the other previously released track “False Alarm.”

“I Feel It Coming” is the Michael Jackson feeling that to me The Weeknd missed on his previous “Michael Jackson lite” tracks. I enjoy the ethereal Michael Jackson, not the weird rock phase. I automatically started grooving to this song, which says a lot from a girl who doesn’t dance and has no rhythm, that is saying a lot. It also reminded me of the work that Daft Punk and Pharrell has done together on “GIRL.”

“Party Monster” is my jam and got me really excited for an album that I wasn’t initially sure about. It is definitely a nod back to his party lifestyle that he is known for, but also progressive in sound, giving a nod to the rock sound he’s been leaning toward.

Overall, I’m excited for Nov. 25 and hoping that one of his pop up shops comes to a city near me.

Yogi releases “Blow You Up” single and video with AlunaGeorge and Less Is Moore

Yogi released the new single “Blow You Up” featuring AlunaGeorge and Less Is Moore. I’ve always been a fan of AlunaGeorge, and I always love when they team up with a dance producer.

This music video also reminds me of a Mya music video with a futuristic twist. It is the big tails for sure.

3 reasons why Beyonce’s surprise album should be of no suprise

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When Beyonce released her sixth studio album, “Lemonade,” after the HBO event of the same name, people were surprised that she released a new album. However, it was pretty obvious that she was going to release a new project for the past few months. Here is 3 reasons why Beyonce’s “Lemonade” move was very obvious.

  1. She finally gave an actual interview: After Beyonce’s September 2015 Vogue cover story came out and did not include any actual quotes from Beyonce, people wondered if she actually still doing interview. Her publicist told the New York Times that she hasn’t answered a question to a publication in over a year, and many attribute it to the infamous elevator fight between her husband, Jay Z, and her sister, Solange at the 2014 Met Gala Ball.
    However, Beyonce appeared on the cover of ELLE magazine’s May 2016 issue where she gave an actual interview about her athleisure line, Ivy Park. Although this was seen as publicity for her forway into fashion, the fact that she was willing to do an interview showed she was in publicity mode for major projects, not just Ivy Park.
  2. She announced a tour: Did you really think Beyonce was going to go out on tour to support the “Beyonce” album again? She has already had two tours to support that album, the 2013 Mrs. Carter Tour and the 2014 On The Run Tour with Jay Z. When she announced the Formation Tour after releasing the song and video with the same name and her Super Bowl performance, it was obvious she had a cannon of new music to perform.
  3. She’s done this before: In fact, she practically invented this move. For her last album, “Beyonce,” she set the new standard of surprise releases by dropping it on iTunes with no single back in 2013 with a video for every song. She’s even done the whole visual album thing back in 2006 by releasing a video for every song on her second album “B’Day.” Most artists give little to no notice of an album release date, and Beyonce is no different.