Life seemed more difficult after the Flower boy era for Tyler, The Creator. A native of Los Angeles, this versatile artist has been put on the very high bar and he has to work hard and try to overcome this project. But there seems to be nothing impossible for this striking genius of music. At 28, the evolution that this artist has offered in his musical career seems to be taken from a book that mix the genre of science fiction with a typical story of self-improvement. He introduced himself to the world with his band Odd Future, where he presented himself as a sinister warrior, it was a long time ago and not many people remember these times. It was with his album Goblin, already solitary at the beginning of this decade, when the attention of the whole world was made and he presents himself as a young and violent visionary. After this album they followed Wolf (2013) and Cherry Bomb (2015), where the bases are dense and the aggressive darkness reigned. But Tyler was going to sprout little by little, and evolved in each album, improving in terms of sounds and musical styles without abandoning his essence and path. The culmination of his flowering was, right, with Flower boy (nice metaphor), a fair and sincere work. This album went a step further, a medal in excellence for himself. He offered original production tricks, new sounds, letters and rhymes on projections and the demonstration that this young man was capable of doing magic by reinventing himself. And not only that, we can see a clear personal evolution into tolerance: a measure he launched his projects, he opened his mind, both musical and socially speaking, moving from homophobia to play with sexual fluency in Flower boy. Tyler turned from a boy to a man (yes ..., weird, falsely infantile and original man) with this album, which is presented as the best of his career and very difficult to beat. Well, The Creator has put all the meat in the spit to create IGOR, an album care for detail that raises to unsuspected levels all the good and remarkable of his previous work. No, I'm not exaggerating, I promise. Tyler has overcome even more if possible and presents a project inspired by a love break up and the sentimental process experienced by our protagonist. Pain gives us strength, that is understandable, but, how does such an enigmatic being perceives pain? This is what is presented to us in IGOR, a project as crazy as full of nuances, where the singer is multidisciplinary, delving into new styles that merge with each other and showing more personal than ever. Continuing with his more experimental phase, Tyler will continue rapping but will dare to sing his first notes in this project dyed pastel pink.
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"The mystery is a metaphor for who I am, or who was at the time of creating the project ... I feel like oftentimes we do not like to be open as people about our emotions or things that we are going through.'’ These are some words that our well-known H.E.R. said for an article in Blavity. Always wrapped in a mysterious halo, the no longer so anonymous artist and composer used her EPs to show us little by little her world, which was shown encrypted. It seemed that, like many young people, the singer had raised a series of defensive walls to protect her intimacy. And many of us know that those walls, once built, are difficult to tear down. As she showed her many abilities, she also opened her heart to us, in a kind of emotional joke. With I used to know her: The prelude, we met a straightforward H.E.R. , that dared to experiment with light electronic rhythms that merged with the neosoul of yesteryears. The singer, who presented herself as a modern Lauryn Hill, gracefully slipped her voice between rap and soul while echoing the social injustices that she and the women lived. With Part 2, the continuation of I used to know her, the singer returns to her origins in an improved way, seeking the correct natural evolution of her sounds, while combining her essence with real instruments, creating more personal and moving sounds, which fit perfectly in her style. Wilson continues with the game of giving us small gifts and surprises about her facet as an artist and person, this time, focusing more on herself, offering a more melancholic and introspective project, giving an idea of the artist's mind. The puzzle is almost complete, we already know who the physical person of H.E.R. is, but we don’t know 100% who she is, who thinks, who feels. With Part 2, the singer helps us to put the last pieces of her own puzzle. The message is clear: she is increasingly prepared to rebel against everything.
It may be that the title is not familiar, but this phrase that invites the exhibition, to tell a truth, to show everything…, is the acronym that hides the name of the young and brilliant H.E.R., an artist who devotes herself body and soul to the R&B. Totally contrary to the way in which this singer has shown herself to the world, always in the background and in the least anonymous way, her name also finds within herself a meaning of great proportions: the key and the strategy that Gabi Wilson (real name of the artist) continues to present her world through her music. The young, natural from Vallejo, has chosen the formula of anonymity to show herself to the world little by little, always wrapped in a halo of mystery guided by her voice. Following the example of other singers like Sia or Daft Punk, she has left aside the image, and has focused totally on the music and her sound. Wilson appeared in the music scene timidly, in 2016, presenting a series of EPs, H.E.R. Volume 1 and H.E.R. Volume 2 together with H.E.R. Volume 2, The B Sides, recognized on the compilation album of H.E.R., which made critics and public fall in love with their classic, slow and soft R&B sounds. H.E.R. seems to have grown in another time, she could perfectly have been the quiet and calm colleague of the more R&B Janet Jackson, in her The velvet rope era. The R&B reborn as a phoenix a few years ago, and now lives in a small golden age influenced by the glory of the 90s, when this genre dominated the American charts. Today, promising young people like H.E.R., Jorja Smith or Ella Mai, who was born for those times, experienced an exquisite taste for these sounds, and new meanings flourish and reinvent them with mastery and quality. Our protagonist says that she has had an interest for this genre and other themes of yesteryear since childhood, thanks, above all, to her father, a musician by profession. He introduced her in the music world and now she knows how to play up to five instruments and already with only 12, she dazzled with her talent in the American tv program Today Show, where she performed with mastery a piano version of ''If I ain’t got you'' by Alicia Keys. Now, and honoring what her name encloses, she gradually reveals her personality, her essence and what she is capable of with I used to know her: The prelude and I used to know her: Part 2 (about which we will speak in the following narrative). Both EPs released in the second half of 2018, served as a delicious appetizer of what is yet to come when, finally, her debut album is released.
I have been lucky enough to see the fantastic Dua Lipa in concert twice. The first time was in Amsterdam. It was October 2016, and this British young woman with Albanian ancestry had just released a couple of days earlier ''Blow Your Mind (Mwah)''. She began to stand out and make her way in the world of young promises of pop offering dance sounds but soft and, above all, with personality. The tickets were 10€ and my friend Sofía and I showed up two hours before the concert, drank a bottle of wine while we queued and still managed to be in the second row (and take a picture with her <3). She barely gathered 2,000 fans, but who worryingly loyal and crazy for her. Half a year later, in July of 2017, I saw her again, much more confident and almost a mass idol. She was at her peak (and even better times would come). A month prior she had released her debut album, the namesake Dua Lipa, and two weeks ago she released the video clip of ''New Rules'', which was beginning to sound all over the world. In just half a year, the expectant crowd to see her had tripled, but the fanaticism and admiration that the fans showed for the artist was the same, as intense as fan can be. Lipa, who presented herself as a demigod of the normcore, sophisticated and urban, which had managed to convert thousands of people and make them join her sect of fans. From that summer, our protagonist would see how her career would take off as few artists’ have. It seemed that she was going to become a world-class star, and she did. Dua cut her hair and appeared before the world with a bob, and it seems silly, but this is often a sign of triumph (Rihanna with ''Umbrella'', Miley with ''We Can't Stop''), who do you think made this hairstyle a trend between teen girls? Dua came to slay. Her unique voice along with her musical style and appearance give her a personality and overwhelming presence that has helped to captivate all the fans she has around the world. With her debut album she set out to conquer the world. Dua Lipa was delayed three times, since the artist wanted to work in ''exciting collaborations''. And the wait was worth it: composed of dance-pop, electro-pop and tropical house dance songs, the artist's self-titled album is presented as one of the best debuts released by a female pop artist of this decade, which revolves around of empowerment, love and sex. In a time when the concept of ''pop star'' or ''pop princess'' seems to have died, Dua redefines this idea in her image. Ladies and gentlemen ... Are we facing the new and renovated pop princess?
I could spend hours and hours writing about Miley Cyrus. She has always fascinated me and I have wondered what will go through the head of this magical, changing and disdainful being that in her day was the prodigy child par excellence, loved by the whole world. The ex-queen of the Disney world lived a reality in her childhood and adolescence that no other child has ever lived and this made her mature (and also rebel) at early ages, in order to get her own voice heard. To her long-lived 26 years, it seems wise to me, able to give you any advice by putting an insult in the middle of the sentence and ending it with her horny laughter. I would not be surprised if a person who has lived in the spotlight since she was born, has progressed more quickly than the rest of the mortals of her same age, having lived much more (in any imaginable sense) than someone who doubles her in age and giving it a kind of "superior" mentality and way of thinking, and luckily, in a good way. She reached a point where she got tired of having to give explanations and the rebellion and the party have been her banner during the last years. Can’t be tamed left no doubt about the indomitable spirit that the world had created for Miley, and it was fully corroborated with the controversial Bangerz, with which this girl from Tennessee earned a do-what-I-want-and-I-don’t-give-a-fuck title. Many would want to do this too. Open to to all types of criticism (which she doesn’t give a damn, to be honest), Miley has been doing what she wants for many years. And it has been with the years when I finally believe that I have ended up catching the ''Miley Cyrus strategy'': to each album, a new facet of hers, a new character. But taken to the extreme, no half measures. Miley is a cheeky girl, we have taught her to be like that, I can’t imagine her doing what Lady Gaga does, which is to offer different roles of her personality but without these having just conquered Gaga's own spirit. Miley lets herself be completely absorbed by the character she chooses for her project, adopting a new being. From queen teen pop and soft disobedient rock with the most general sounds of these genres in their beginnings, evolving towards the most extreme rebellion in the form of sexual bombs and twerk with Bangerz, to be the most experimental artist, smeared with glitter and psychedelia with Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, to finish reincarnating in a half-puritan and mature cowgirl that returned to its country origins with Younger Now. Nobody knows how to jump from one character to another as disparate as Miley in such a short time and without offering an evolutionary process to get used to the viewer. But, then ... Who is Miley Cyrus? Of all these interpreted roles, what would be the protagonist? Or does she show us a bit of them in each of her projects? It seems that the answer is coming with She is coming, the first EP of a trilogy (She is here and She is everything) that together will form what is expected to be the artist's masterpiece, She is: Miley Cyrus.
What do you do when you are an unknown artist? How do you make your way into the competitive music industry? Should you be yourself? Should you get carried away ''by those on top''? How will the public react? All these questions are sure to haunt the heads of thousands of young artists who have the dream to emerge in this difficult music world, as full of glories as of sorrow. I would not be surprised if young Mabel, a 23-year-old British artist born in Malaga, has questioned this too. For those who do not know her, she is a young R&B promise that appeared in the music scene about 4 years ago, when the critics fell in love with her, but she did not cause great impact in the music market. Since then, the singer has released singles, as well as an EP called Bedroom, several collaborations with the top DJ of the time, and a mixtape: Ivy To Roses, at the end of 2017, and relaunched it with new songs at the beginning of this year. My attention is drawn to the way in which this last project has been proposed, which is the one we are going to analyze. We already presented the eternal struggle in the narrative of ANTI, where we explained that the record companies tend to squeeze their singers with songs without personality. Rihanna, due to her status, has managed to avoid this and be heard by herself, but ... what if you are a relatively new artist without any strength in this industry? Well, Mabel has been very smart.
Do you remember Christine in Lady Bird? Charlie, Sam and Patrick from The Perks of Being a Wallflower? Juno in Juno? Different characters who share a common environment: young teenagers who find it hard to live in a society that doesn’t truly accepts them. These children with a rare vision and enormous personality showed their weirdo side, yearning for some freedom and desire to escape the reality they lived and be understood. Is not this the story that many of us have lived? There is a reason why we like these characters so much: we feel ourselves in them. '' Oh, you just want me to be / Sweeter, better, angel, yeah (...) Pictures, numbers, figures, yeah / Deeper, smarter / And I'll just try to be me ''. This is how "Business Diners" starts, the tenth song of Sigrid's first album, entitled Sucker Punch. An immaculate washed face, white and freckled, no make-up on, a shirt of a Dutch airline, mum-style jeans (they look like Levis) and some Converse. An image that could well be that of a protagonist of any independent film focused on the world of a unique teenager. This is how Sigrid Solbakk Raabe, Sigrid, appears before us. It looks like the clothes of any young girl, and that's the way it is. It has been a couple of years since this Norwegian appeared in the music scene, and her teen image has been a constant. No clue of bodies, glitters, boots the-ones-that-look-like-socks, in short: no pop diva paraphernalia for this young promise who is only 23 years old. Sigrid offers her “commonness” as a weapon to capture the attention of the world and as her personality badge. Exactly, how is it that something that looks common transmits originality to us? The reason is that apparently it is fashionable not to be fashionable and in the pop-feminine world that means not being the typical pop-start. Numerous singers do not adapt to this image anymore, rather they create their own mini-diva, defining their vision in order to show their essence. Examples: Robyn, Kali Uchis, Dua Lipa, Lorde ..., a stage full of small (and not so small) aspiring to the Olympian world of pop. In this way, it is fashionable to be unique and, therefore, more difficult to achieve as time goes by. Sigrid campaigns with a message that dictates that she is different from the rest, using her candidness and adolescent attitude away from frivolities. Normality is hrt shield to lean on, and as much as this can be strange to us, this seems a rarity today. With her energetic, fresh and professional debut, our protagonist not only talks about not becoming another pretty face, but that she goes beyond as she does not want to be a product anymore, signing a clear intention to be herself and not fall into the industry claws. Put on your best clothes, I mean, your best Converse and jeans, this is Sigrid and Sucker Punch.
It is a surprise for me that I have chosen Carly Rae Jepsen for this narrative. If I'm honest, I’m not really a fan of hers (until recently), and for a while I followed her track intermittently and superficially... Even so, it is wise to rectify, and what I am a fan of is of reinventing oneself, evolve and learn from mistakes (this is where the artist has won my heart), something that Carly has achieved with very good results with Dedicated, her fourth album published on May 17. Eight years have passed since her well-known ''Call me maybe'' became the hit of the year thanks to Justin Bieber, and Carly has come a long peculiar path of metamorphosis to reach who she is today: a totally renewed girl, different from the one that gave us her number and urged us to call her, although everything seemed a bit crazy. She became known on Canadian Idol, and already had an album on the market, Tug Of War (which doesn’t even need a mention), when her worldwide success appeared. Carly was already 26 years old when ''Call me maybe'' was released, a childish song pop-bubble-gum that gained immense popularity. It was played on radio over and over again and became the biggest hit of 2011. But it was a double-edged sword: despite the victory, our protagonist was typecast as a teen artist, but exceeded in a decade her fellow mates of the industry. And that is when everything began to crack: She released Kiss, her second album which was inspired from these pinky teen sounds, known for their ability to bore in large doses, and Carly bored the world, deflating quickly and getting the dreaded crown of a one-hit-wonder. What happened from here? Well, Jepsen knew how to transform from caterpillar to butterfly.
What formula should an artist follow to prosper and, above all, remain popular in the world of music? We know that this is not an exact science, but rather the opposite. Broadly speaking, times change, musical genres are renewed and evolve and those who have dedicated their life to singing can’t do anything else but adapt to new trends, and still be true to themselves. An example? Ciara Princess Harris. This singer, born in Texas, has nothing less than 15 years in the music industry. It may not seem much, but it is something that is increasingly difficult for artists today. She surprised the world with the tremendously hypnotic ''Goodies'', becoming the princess of the R&B of the early 2000s, a golden age for this genre and hip-hop. She was postulated as the successor of Janet Jackson or the female version of Usher. She touched the sky with great songs and collaborations before beginning to deflate little by little over the years: ''1, 2 Step'', ''Oh'', “Like A Boy” or the sexual ''Love Sex Magic'', to fall into what seemed like oblivion with her album Basic Instinct (we all know that “dancing 2010s” were not good for the R & B). Everything pointed to a dark gray almost black point for our Cici, but a sexy R & B song took her back to the top of the music scene: ''Body Party''. A song which belongs to Ciara, an album with which the artist was reborn (hence the name, there is no more) and presented a homogeneous work where she intended to return to her beginnings (as it is prove by the aggressive ''I'm Out''). Thanks to this project, she achieved a moderate success, and the artist was built with a status of timeless R&B diva, without disappearing, but without shining. The mezzo-soprano enjoys a warm omnipresence, is one of the pillars of female R&B/hip-hop, opening the way for artists like Tinashe. This singer, mega-dancer and with great beauty worthy of a goddess, prevails in our memory in a less intense way. Cici has gone through remarkable ups and downs in her career and personal life, which have made her learn a lot, making her the person she is today. She is almost a veteran at 33, a warrior that the world has seen evolve and fight from her youth to become a woman. All this is reflected in her new album Beauty Marks, published on May 10, where Ciara is also presented as an independent artist, under her own label Beauty Marks Entertainment. So many questions came to my mind after the release of this album. How is this new Ciara without barriers when creating her own music? In order to answer this question, we must analyse her scars.
Collected by ”@FerSP”
Collected by ”@FerSP”
Collected by ”@FerSP”
Collected by ”@FerSP”
Collected by ”@FerSP”
Collected by ”@FerSP”
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