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Monthly Archives: April 2013

VIDEO WORLD: Alicia Keys x Maxwell “Fire We Make”

Alicia Keys decided to release a visual to the only tolerable song on her most recent album. “Fire We Make” is a sensual song featuring the pure falsetto sexiness of Maxwell. Check the steamy video below.

Don’t let this song fool you, her album Girl on Fire is pure hot garbage. But this song does something to me. Sidenote: I’m not here for this short bob on Alicia anymore, in the least.

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MUSIC WORLD: Janelle Monae x Erykah Badu “Q.U.E.E.N.”

Janelle Monae presented a new Eykah Badu assisted track from her new album. It’s titled “Q.U.E.E.N” and it’s an electric good time. Check it below.

“Is it peculiar that she twerk in the mirror? /And am I weird to dance alone late at night?”

I love how you almost can’t tell who you’re hearing at any given time in the song. This is set to appear on Janelle Monae‘s new album The Electric Lady. Can you dig it?

VIDEO WORLD: Ciara “Body Party”

Let me be honest, Ciara dating Future has made her much more interesting. And apparently she knows that. She’s included a story line  featuring Future, for her latest single. The video is everything. Check out “Body Party” below.

Future could put his glasses back on though. Ciara‘s new self-titled album is set to drop July 5, 2013. I may check it out.

MUSIC WORLD: Ludacris x Young Jeezy “Raised in the South”

I’m not sure who’s still here for Ludacris, but he’s released a new song featuring Jeezy titled “Raised in the South.” Check it.

The final verse is the only slight interesting part of the song. But even that is meh. If it made you interested, Ludacris‘ new album Ludaversal drops later this year.

MUSIC WORLD: Solange Rocks out The Bottom Lounge in Chicago

I’ve been not-so-secretly obsessed with Solange since my first month of this blog. She has been touring small rock clubs and private venues since the earlier part of this year. After a reschedule, she finally made it to Chicago to rock out The Bottom Lounge. Check my full synopsis below.

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I had the pleasure of attending with fellow blogger and friend, Nikki, who was celebrating her birthday. Since we were on time, we decided to grab a drink and some bomb ass chicken fingers at the bar. While there, we overheard that opening act was someone named Roman GianArthur. To say were less than enthused would be an understatement. But we decided to check him out and he was AMAZING!

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He sang, played his guitar, and had everyone in the audience swooning over his falsetto. Prince‘s influence was apparent, so you know I was a fan. He was backed by a beautiful bass player named Isis and a cute drummer named KwikStiks. As a unit, they were amazing. You can here more of his music HERE.

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Then it was time for the main act, Solange. She came out in her usual mixed prints and afro. She belted out songs from her True EP much to the delight of the audience. I was able to capture a short video of her singing “Some Things Never Seem to Fucking Work.” And that is not me singing in the background, for the record. Check it below.

She got the audience hype singing songs like, “Sandcastle Disco,” “Losing You,” “T.O.N.Y.,” and more. She even announced that she recently recorded a video for “Lovers in the Parking Lot.” After finishing a Corona, making a quick outfit change (because it was hot as Hades in there), she also sang a cover of Selena‘s hit “I Could Fall in Love.” I couldn’t capture a video because I was too busy singing along, but it was AMAZING!

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All in all, I had an amazing time! The boyz in the front were losing it for Solange and there was a slight hood moment to my right, but the audience was great and Solange killed it! She helped to create a very memorable night for me. Can’t wait to catch her performance at Pitchfork this summer.

Check out my full gallery of photos below.

MUSIC WORLD: Drake “Girls Love Beyonce” and “No New Friends Remix”

Drake wasn’t kidding when he said he was releasing two new tracks this week. Drake should be a Gemini as the two tracks represent the very two different sides of Drake, the soft and the hard. The first, “Girls Love Beyonce” features James Fauntleroy. Check it below.

The second, “No New Friends (SFTB Remix)” features DJ Khaled, Lil Wayne, and Rick Ross. Check it.

Was that Future I heard in the background? Thoughts on the two new tracks?

MUSIC WORLD: Jay-Z’s “Open Letter” + The White House Responds

Jay-Z is reminding you that he’s still here. And can still shut the internets down. He released a new track “Open Letter” where he addresses a number of things including his recent trip to Cuba with Beyonce. Check it.

The White House even fielded a question regarding their recent trip. Ha!