Smino Announces New Album, Smino Noir, and Releases Video

Following the release of 2017’s blkswn, Smino announced his sophomore album, Smino Noir, coming out Nov. 8.

Instead of just announcing the release of the album in just a social media post, he did a freestyle instead. It featured subtitles, which allowed, rap fans like me to see some of his more subtle wordplay, like his Jersey Shore reference.

Smino also released the video to his single “L.M.F.” which features a kickback, him playing and old man, and a monkey? Nothing is out of the box for Smi.

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[Interview] Jesse Jo Stark talks about Music, Fashion, Doing It Her Own Way and, of course, Halloween

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If singer Jesse Jo Stark’s sound could be described in one word, it would be spooky.  Her mix of rock-n-roll and goth gives off a haunting sound which is introspective and fun at the same time. I got to talk to Stark about her new music, fashion, why she can only do things her way, and of course, Halloween.

Can you talk to me a little bit about your new body of work and the inspiration behind it?

I just put out an EP called Dandelion and I just put out A and B side tracks called “Wish I Was Dead” and “Rot Away.” And so those are newbies. And I guess the inspiration behind them are a little bit about love and death and just kind of like forever belonging to someone.

Do you feel like love and death go hand and hand?

I mean we all have to die and I believe we all should love at least once before we do. And I believe that the idea for me is if we get to love after, it is something to look forward to.

Do you believe in reincarnation?

Yeah I do.

You art direct all your visuals and your release your music independently. Is it important to have this level of control with your image?

One hundred percent. I work with a lot of amazing people that I love collaborating with and trust. I get to work with a lot of amazing people that understand my vibe but there is no way I’m doing this any other way but my own.

Do you feel you have been pressured by other people to do it another way?

I think I have been, but I don’t actually think people…I think people lend their opinions and give me support and ideas on what would make things easier for me, but I’m just not into that. I want longevity and I want to do what I love and I’m not going to take a shortcut. I don’t even know what that means because I’m already doing what I love and I’m enjoying it.

How did you find out that this is something that you were going to love?

I’ve always been immersed in music. I got to listen to a lot of amazing bands when I was younger because my dad is heavily into music so he really inspired me in that way.  I was fortunate enough to take vocal lessons and guitar lessons and experiment. I started recording a lot of covers when I didn’t know I wanted to write yet and it eventually just evolved. I’ve been hitting it heavy since I was young, but I feel like the past four years has been it has been a different vibe and going on the road kind of verified that this is what I want to be doing; this is where I want to be.

What is your favorite part of being on tour?

I would say it is so important to have the right people surrounding you. My band is amazing and even the crew is amazing. And we are kind of like this type of family and it makes every day, not easy, but it makes it special and being able to play with them on stage make it feel like this is exactly where I want to be. But my favorite part this round I love the bus and making it our home and knowing we’re going to play to many people every night and we are going to be inspired in a different way every night and getting to read the crowd, meet new people and play our songs.

What do you like to do in your down time at cities?

It is different at each one. Last night we spent a good three hours in Walmart and got matching dragon onesies and anything unnecessary that we could find. But depending on where we are, we love food or a good museum or a good record store. I love going to different vintage shops. Just kind of exploring.

What do you miss most about home when you are on tour?

I’m a family girl, so my family and my dogs. But you’re kind of in a vortex, and kind of just doing what you are doing, you know?

You’ve designed for Chrome Hearts and capsule collections for Vans, do you see yourself designing more in the future?

I love designing. I will always work with design. Chrome Hearts is my family, so its inevitable. That’s my blood and I will always be surrounded by that. Half of the things I wear on stage I’ve made. I love to wear my friends as well, what they make. So fashion ties in to what I do.

What are you fashion influences?

I love vintage clothes. The idea that someone else has worn them and they’ve had crazy experiences that I don’t even know about. I don’t even know where they were when they wore it. But I love that, because they have heart behind the garment. And I will say Cher is a big influence. My parents.  The Clash. I like weird pieces that are comfortable but sexy.

Why do you like Halloween so much?

I love the quirky side of horror and being able to express yourself. It is almost like a big fashion show, but for freaks.

What’s your favorite horror movie?

I don’t know because they are so many types of horror. I obviously live for Frankenstein  And then you got the gory horror movies. I would say Frankenstein , like old Frankenstein

What is your Favorite halloween costume?

I would say Bride of Frankenstein. I was Bride ofFrankenstein like 5 or 6 years ago and I did it again last year and I would say thats my best one yet.

What are your future goals with music and creating?

I would love to continue touring and playing festivals and writing music and collaborating. Just exactly what I’m doing now, but just grow. I love being on the road so at some point I would love to headline my own tour and keep meeting fans and meeting new people.

Listen to Jesse Jo Stark’s latest work below and be sure to check her out on tour.

Where To Listen to Taylor Swift’s “reputation” for free online

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While its a fact that Taylor Swift’s newest album “reputation” will be released tomorrow, there has been no official word if the album will be available on streaming services, and for how long it will be off streaming services if they do decide to first only do a physical release.

However, what we know for sure is that it will be available on the iHeartRadio app for free tomorrow.  They made this announcement on social media, making it the first known place where you can stream “reputation” tomorrow.

Will you be buying “reputation” tomorrow or just waiting for it to stream?

UPDATE:

You can listen to “reputation” radio here.

Which episode each song on the Insecure Season 2 Soundtrack was featured on

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Insecure released their season 2 soundtrack, featuring music from this season, and also all of Issa’s mirror raps. I highlighted each episode that the song was featured in below. Check that out and stream the soundtrack below.

Cheater for One-Issa Ray- Episode 1 “Hella Great”

Insecure-Jazmine Sullivan, Bryson Tiller-Episode 5 “Hella Shook”

Supermodel-SZA- Episode 2 “Hella Questions

Attitude-Leikeli47- Episode 1 “Hella Great”

Crew-GoldLink, Brent Faiyaz, Shy Glizzy-Episode 1 “Hella Great”

Go Low-Issa Rae-Episode 2 “Hella Questions

A Lite-Buddy-Episode 3 “Hella Open”

Real Bitch ProblemsTT The Artist-Episode 3 “Hella Open”

Lowkey-Kari Faux-Episode 7 “Hella Disrespectful”

Run Up-Cam & China-Episode 2 “Hella Questions”

Hoe For It-Issa Rae-Episode 3 “Hella Open”

Poppin’-Rico Nasty-Episode 3 “Hella Open”

Run Me Dry-Bryson Tiller- Episode 4 “Hella LA”

Hit The Ceiling-LION BABE- Episode 1 “Hella Great”

Fine Line-Jorja Smith- Episode 8 “Hella Perspective”

Feels Like-NAO- Episode 6 “Hella Blows”

Rejected-Issa Rae- Episode 6 “Hella Blows”

Quicksand-SZA-Episode 8 “Hella Perspective”

Morning Blues-Smiles Davis, Bosco, Tola- Episode 1 “Hella Great”

Matthew In The Middle-Sean Leon, Daniel Caesar-Episode 4 “Hella LA”

Gucci Ice Cream-Girls In The Yard- Episode 6 “Hella Blows”

Bloct-Issa Rae-Episode 7 “Hella Disrespectful”

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.