Today DJ Khaled dropped his latest album, “Khaled Khaled“, and it proves that he still has a couple favors in the industry. Some of today’s biggest urban stars were featured on the album, and it also features some of music’s legends.
Earlier this week, Khaled announced that the album was dropping today, and followed that announcement up 2 days ago with the tracklist. From the names on the tracklist, I wasn’t really sure what I should expect. Then yesterday, the tracklist was updated, and Cardi B was added.
So needless say, the album has not peaked my interests, and today, as soon as I woke up, I had to put the album on. I would say that I give the album about a 7/10. Where it was good, it was real good. But where it was “bad”, it was really just ok.
My standout tracks from this album are Big Paper, We Going Crazy, I Did It, Body In Motion, and I Can Have It All.
Big Paper – Cardi really showed that she’s been working in her “downtime”. The energy and the lyrics matched and it made a song that was very pleasing to the ear! She got on live last night, and explained how she had to write the song a couple days ago in order for it to make it on the album. And I’m glad she did it, because if this is a taste of what I can expect from her sophomore album, I’m already interested.
We Going Crazy – So like most people, lately I’ve been on a H.E.R. addiction. I like this different vibe for her. It shows her range in what she can do, and how her music isn’t limited to the R&B bangers that she’s known for. Migos for me was fun, but not required. I will say, however, it sounds way better than I envisioned it would when I seen the tracklist.
I Did It – So let me get the shade out the way. I am so proud of making a song that doesn’t mention her sex, or liquor. If she can’t ride a POP beat, I’m gonna want her to explore of the hardcore Hip Hop sound. Post Malone was… acceptable. I have no idea how people ever confused this POP singer as a rapper. Lil Baby had the strongest verse on the song in my opinion. It’s captivating and you can’t help but to get sucked into the verse and bob your head to it. DaBaby was surprisingly good as well. This is probably a better lane for him to explore as well. Hands down top 5 verses for him, and it sounds as if he stepped out of his comfort zone.
Body In Motion – Bryson Tiller on the chorus. It’s….a chorus. Nothing spectacular, nothing special. Lil Baby hops on the track, and he’s back in his regular bag, which is more fitting for this song. Some smooth bars bout fuckin, but it’s something about his delivery that always seems to demand my attention. Roddy Ricch got on track and he delivered a really smooth but fun vibe. I didn’t know what to expect from this track either, but I should’ve known I would love it, as both of them have proven to be great collaborators. Bryson Tiller didn’t really require a verse.
I Can Have It All – Bryson Tiller was doing a lot, and H.E.R. starts to sing and you kinda forget Bryson was ever there. But I’m biased when it comes to H.E.R. these days lol. It’s a beautiful song about coming from something to nothing. Meek left his heart on that track. He spit some of the realest shit I’ve heard in a while, it was so much passion, and hurt in that verse. It came alive and told a story.
But overall, it was a solid attempt. The song that really caught everyone’s attention was “Sorry Not Sorry“, the Nas & Jay Z song that has Beyonce on it (Heyyy!). It’s hip hop history and something that DJ Khaled has talked about for years!
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Mary J. Blige Takes the stage for AdWeek x Youtube Concert at The Apollo
Mary took the stage at AdWeek x YouTube’s concert, and all that I can say is “I Can’t Wait“! I can’t wait to see Mary in concert, it’s been a while since I’ve taken in a good show!
Mary journeyed through her hits like Real Love, I Can Love You, Just Fine, Family Affair, and more! Check out the Queen of Hip Hop/Soul as she reminds everyone why she’s The One!
Adele is coming…
Adele took to her social media outlets earlier today to announce that her new single, “Easy On Me“, will be released next week.
As big as Adele is, it be foolish to say nobody cares, but one thing that always has baffled me is why do we get over hyped for blue eyed soul? Don’t get me wrong, Adele has made so much great music in the past. Her body of work is solid and stands alone. She has earned her spot. But as black people, why do we give blue eyed soul such a high praise, but in return have a hard time promoting and supporting our own people, the originators of this sound?
Please don’t get me wrong, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying the music of the blue eyed soul singers like Adele, Sam Smith, and Justin Timberlake. I just hope that the original soul singers can get that kind of love and respect as well.
Moe Isaac Premiere’s ‘ The Fader ‘ ( EP)
Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Moe Isaac is finally ready to release his long awaited third project ‘The Fader‘ which has truly been a long time coming. The R&B crooner born and raised in NYC is clearly no stranger to doing this on his own terms so it only makes sense that he continues to push his eclectic blend of Hip Hip and R&B to the masses which ultimately sets him apart from the rest. The classically trained LaGuardia High School alumni definitely put in the work over the past two decades from winning amateur night at the Apollo three times while in a group and selling sold out shows as a solo act as he searched for the right place to land his debut project. He ultimately decided to release his 2009 project ‘This Ain’t R&B‘ independently to critical acclaim which solidified him as once to watch but then it would be awhile before his growing fanbase would hear another project from him. In 2017 he released his next EP ‘ Love on A Spaceship ‘ which showed major growth in his sound and production style as listeners gravitated toward the new Moe Isaac, but once again the entrepreneur took another hiatus from music as he proved to be a rockstar in the IT world as well. Now although he didn’t release any projects since then, his passion for his craft never left him as he continued to figure out who Moe Isaac truly was as a singer/performer and now he’s back to give the world just a preview of what can we expect from his highly anticipated album. For now get into his new 4 track EP ‘The Fader‘ as he gives us a glimpse into the world of Moe Isaac below.
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