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New Music: DJ Khaled – Khaled Khaled Album Review

DJ Khaled is back…again. And I must say the album is on par with what he has done before in the past. It’s jam packed with some of the most odd collabs that somehow…work.

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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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Julian King brings the heat with ‘Can We Go Back’

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Triple Threat singer/songwriter/dancer Julian King has been known to wow audiences over the years as one hell of a performer , so it should come as no surprise why we’re featuring him today. The Philly native has had quite the few years in the spotlight after making noise on season 16 of the hit NBC series ‘The Voice’. His standout performances definitely made him a fan favorite and although he didn’t win the show, what he got out of the experience was just as rewarding. The show proved that Julian has nothing but star power and his gift will continue to make room for him whenever he shares it. In the past two years he dropped two critically acclaimed projects ‘Made In China’ in 2019 and ‘TakeOut’ in 2020 and this was just only the beginning of what he has in store for the world. This pandemic might have set things back for most of the world but it only has fueled him to get back in the studio and create some of his best work yet. During quarantine his experience with love and the loss of it became the subject of song which is what true artistry is all about. He teamed up with producers Dirty Harry & Robert ‘Biz’ Thomas for this emotional ballad which is sure to connect with anyone who has been in a relationship which suddenly goes wrong. The performance clip shows a different side of Julian as a performer as he gives his audience an intimate look at love between two men in the most vulnerable way as an artist as he shares just a piece of what he personally experienced during quarantine. Get into the must see video as he continues to take his artistry to the next level on his own terms. 

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Didi J is back with ‘ Cover Girl ‘ with help from Iggy Azalea & more

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International pop singer/ designer Didi J is back and better than ever with the release of her long awaited debut EP ‘Cover Girl’. It’s been a few years since we last heard from the European star who made waves with her last two singles ‘ Say No More ‘ and ‘ I’m Sorry , but bows she’s ready to take over the world with her latest project. The now mother who took some time off to bring her precious baby girl into the world during the pandemic never stopped working as she quietly gave birth last year. She slowly but surely got back into the studio to cook some records up and now we have a full project which features her latest single ‘Flashing Lights’. The pop singer shot the Eif Rivera directed clip this summer in Miami with NBA star / rapper Drummxnd which has just arrived in time to heat things up this winter. Check out the video , then get into her EP which also features appearances from rap superstar Iggy Azalea on the track ‘Murcielago’ as well as Azia and She Real now available on all music streaming platforms.

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Roddy Ricch Readies Sophomore Album

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Roddy has taken to instagram to announce the release of his sophomore album, “livelifefast“. The album is slated to arrive on December 17.

Who will feature on it? I’m hoping to hear appearances from Lil Baby, Young Thug, Meek Mill, Drake, 42 Dugg. From what they’ve put out in the past and where they’re at now, I think those would be some solid feature

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