Ciara is really living every black grandmother’s dream for their granddaughter. She stopped messing around with these saggy pants thugs with no manners and got herself a good Christian athlete who’s worth hundreds of millions of dollars and a beautiful family. She had boyfriends named 50 Cent and Lil’ Bow Wow and now she got a good man named Russell. If you’ve ever been to an AME church, you would know that niggas named Russell are always good men who can change a tire. But enough with this metaphor. Ciara has come a long way from that rumor she had a penis. Seriously, we based that rumor off like 3 low quality photos in 2005, we had no twitter, no Facebook, no group chats, how did that shit get so popular? Anyway, Ciara’s growth as a woman (pun intended) has been inspiring to many as she has truly persevered to find her happiness. She’s legitimately lived a Tyler Movie plot, from being betrayed by the shady dark-skinned baby father to being saved by the holy, quiet light skinned man looking for a wife. The craziest part about Ciara’s journey is that what’s often forgotten about her is that she’s a singer. Seriously People love talking about Ciara until it’s time to talk about her music. Her personal life means more to people than “1, 2 Step”, “Ride” or “Goodies” ever did. No matter how interesting her personal life is, her music is the reason we were introduced to her so that’s the basis of her identity. Most people forget that. Luckily for y’all, I didn’t forget. Ciara dropped a new album and I took the time out to listen to it. So, here’s my review of “Beauty Marks”.
I got to know about Post Malone via a friend whilst having an argument with a female friend that day about how good Hozier is and how much I rate him and then she told me there was another guy that was equally as good as Hozier. I disagreed with her and she got to send me two songs on WhatsApp. Although I didn't know the singer of both songs as at then but I fell in love with one of the songs the very first time I listened to it, while the other song didn't really do it for me, I remember I told her how poor her taste in music was if that other song was indeed one of her favourite. The song I fell in love with Post Malone’s "rockstar" featuring 21 Savage, Post Malone joined Hozier in becoming my two favourites. Fast-forward to almost a year later, I was watching the TV on a boring Saturday night when the video to "Better now" came up. Usually, I am not one to like that kind of song because the genre and style was not my thing but surprisingly. What really attracted me to his songs and made me like his sound was how he always managed to blend different genres into one and made it great. After a while, I reached out to my best friend, just to tell her about this new star that I had just discovered. I already hyped him so much about how he is equally as good as Jon and Hozier, I finally got to tell her that the guy's name is Post Malone and immediately she read it, she called me on phone and for almost 3 minutes, she was just laughing on the other end of the line. I was so shocked as to why she was laughing so hysterically but I kept mute until she was done laughing, then she finally said "Now, who has a poor taste in music?" At this point, I was still lost until she reminded me that the other song she sent to me alongside Jon Bellion's "Human" was a Post Malone song titled "White Inversion". After the call, I went ahead to download the song again and as I listened to it. If you don't give his song a thorough listen or if your mood is a little bit off, you might end up not liking them but in the right frame of mind, his songs would blow you away. beerbongs & bentleys is his second studio album which debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, having a first week sales of 461,000 album equivalent units. beerbongs & bentleys was also certified Triple platinum by Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA). At the 61st edition of the Grammy Awards, it was nominated for Album of the year while songs off the album like "Rock star" was nominated for Record of the Year and Best Rap/Sung Performance. "Better now" was nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance. Beerbongs & Bentleys was ranked as the third most popular album of the year on the Billboard 200 in 2018 after it had total sales of over 3,046,000 album-equivalent units in the US.
Miley Cyrus Manifests The Perfect Niche & Amalgamates From Her Previous Forms on New ‘She Is Coming’ Album.
I can’t believe how prolific Miley Cyrus is proving to be changing in and out of characters through each album, as She Is Coming is such a shockingly tasteful merging of her personas from her last albums yet resembles its own embodiment. I guess the fact the she is a former Disney Channel actor from her childhood should’ve given me a hint of her chameleon like potential but it’s so refreshing when the morphing of artistry is unfolding right before the eyes. It’s unfortunate that we only get 19 minutes of this country-infused She Is Coming as the EP consists of 6 tracks because it’s over in a flash and you feel like there’s something incomplete about the totality of the character she embodies. Miley Cyrus also confirmed that there will be 2 more EP’s to follow up She Is Coming, called She Is Here, and She Is Everything due to drop throughout this year, 2019. As I was saying she does find a nice & trill consolidation between her last personas and a new one as well singing “I’m a little drunk, I know it, I’ma get high as hell. I’m a little bit unholy, so what, so is everyone else.” It’s been almost a decade since we were smacked with her first major hit machine “Wrecking Ball”, as it was in 2013 when Miley Cyrus took a different route in the music industry inviting the Britney Spears representing Larry Rudolph to be her manager as the authentication of deal with RCA Records surfaced. With She Is Coming Miley Cyrus continues to carry that torch with RCA and enlisted hot producers including Jasper Sheff, King Henry, and Mark Ronson who also produced “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart” dropping back in November 2018. Miley Cyrus also enlisted Pluss, RZA, Andrew Wyatt, and Mike Will Made It for She Is Coming as well.
I love to hear beautiful wealthy singers sing about love. I mean, life must be better when your traveling the world and you have money in your pocket. So, wouldn’t this make finding love a lot easier. H.E.R makes trying to find love sound so sexy. She effortlessly flows over these groovy tracks and pleads for some understanding. Why does her music sound so familiar to me but different from anything that I have ever heard? The whole EP screams I want you back in my life.
I have conflicting feelings about Tyler, the Creator. On one end I really admire and respect his growth as a black man in society. His openness about himself and vulnerability have without question inspired young men everywhere to be their true selves no matter where they fall on the sexuality spectrum. I think his sneakers are dope and his social media is hilarious. On the other end, I‘m not crazy about his music. I’ve always wanted to love Tyler’s music. I’ve noticed him consistently get better and better at making music, figuring out his sound and just overall increasing his abilities. But every time I listen, I find one song that I like a lot and then I get bored with everything else. I enjoy Tyler’s music the same way I buy LaCroix, I’m excited at all the possibilities but after I experience a little bit I’m good for a few months. To be fair to him and critical of myself, I honestly don’t think that I have the right taste in music to truly appreciate what he’s doing. Tyler makes music for fans of N.E.R.D. I just missed out on the N.E.R.D. wave because this is music that came out on CD’s and not through illegal downloads. So where other people could walk in and purchase any of their albums, I was 12 and drawn to Lil Bow Wow’s “Beware of Dog.” Now some of you might say “why didn’t you just download their albums illegally” and to that I’ll say, I just didn’t think about them. I was too busy trying to get Game’s 300 Bars and Runnin or Booty Talk 29. My priorities weren’t set to listen to the protoype of sad boy rap/rock. So as a result of these early life decisions, I don’t fully grasp what Tyler’s doing. I keep waiting for that one album to change my mind, I thought it was gonna be Flower Boy but I found myself more entertained by Tyler talking about the album than the album itself. However, IGOR just released so, I’ll give Tyler another shot.
THE HOT R&B Albums CHART
THE HOT R&B Singles CHART