Friday, September 11, 2009

Dirty Money - Angels

Now, I don't think it's particularly good. Diddy doesn't need to sing autotuned for half of it, the lyrics are dull, and I can't believe he used the same Biggie verse TWICE in the same song. Laziness is killing the industry, for real. What's weird is I can't stop listening to it. Why? Because the emotion that goes into the words, "If you don't want to stay you can go" hits me point blank in the chest every time I hear it. The other weird thing is that from what I'm hearing, those are the only lines that vocalist has in the entire song, because everything else sounds awful compared to that line. I don't like it enough to post it here though, so watch it here.

Monday, September 7, 2009

5 Top 40 Music Trends I Hate Right Now

1. Repetition: Why the hell do I have to listen to the same words being repeated over and over and over again? I got it the first time: You can see his halo. I'm not an idiot that you need to repeat that for me 50 times in a three minute period. Were you bored? Did the record skip? Or were you just too lazy to actually WRITE the song and filled it with repeats so you could spend more time at the spa? Why this really annoys me is that people only care about Cobra Starship now that they've released "Good Girls Go Bad". There's nothing about that song that's different from any other of their songs, apart from the repetition (and a newly famous TV actress). So why is it that this song is played all over, and their last album, which was amazing, flew under the radar?

2. Ryan Tedder: This dude gets on my nerves. Not only is he populating the airwaves with formulaic songs with a LOT of repetition and not particularly deep or insightful lyrics, he also screwed over Kelly Clarkson by taking the arrangement he wrote for her and selling it to Beyonce, who incidentally, released her track, Halo, a year before Kelly Clarkson released her track Already Gone. I prefer Already Gone (and not just because I have issues with Beyonce) personally. And I don't like giving douchebags my money. So if Ryan Tedder is involved, I'm not buying it. My apologies to all top 40 artists who once had my support.

3. Disney artists: Miley needs singing lessons. The Jo Bros were poised to be the next Busted/McFly, but lost that chance as soon as they signed with Disney. Most of their artists are MUCH better actors than singers, and I can't tell the difference between Selena whoever-her-name-is and Demi Lovato. Go to college, people. Better yet, acting or music school, so that the kids who listen to your music will go to college themselves, instead of running about in Miley Cyrus wigs in the most inappropriate situations.

And as a sidenote, all you High School Musical kids need to start finding decent movies to act in, and avoid the trap of playing someone ten years younger than you are for the rest of your life. Turst me: people will take you seriously.

4. Sell-outs, re: Black Eyed Peas: I loved this group back in the Elephunk days. Then they still had intelligent raps in their songs. Now it's just "How many top 10 hits can we put into this album? Well if it's going to be top 10 we can't have any actual rapping, just a couple of smart lines done in autotune". What the hell happened, guys??? Shoot, even Monkey Business was decent, and I only listen to the first few tracks on that album. Selling out ain't pretty, people.

5. Lil' Wayne: I was done with this dude's "sipping on sizzurp" gargle dressed up as singing back in the Lollipop days. He's featured in nearly every major single of the past two years. Does nobody know the meaning of "overkill"?? He needs to go into rehab and remind himself that he's a rapper and he needs to start bloody rapping.

The Return of the Female MC

So, if you haven't noticed before: I'm a feminist. I think women and men are equal (though not equivalent) and should be treated as equals. I think women bring a very different perspective to the rap game, and so I'm very happy to tell you that the female MC is back in full force. Queen Latifah is releasing her first non-jazz album in years, and she's going to rap on it (though not all of it) but there are some new players that I think are poised to remind the world that women can spit too.

Before I get into all that, let's salute the old guard: Lil Kim, Eve, Foxy, MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Missy Elliot, Left Eye (RIP), Queen Pen, and Da Brat to name a few. A few of these women have new singles that I'm not particularly enamored with, so let's remember the good ol' days.

And now onto the newbies:

Lil Mama: While I despise her dress sense and think she makes absolutely no sense when she judges ABDC, she can spit. Here's one of her better tracks.

One Hit Wonder - Lil Mama

Get Em Mamis: Fresh from Baltimore, these chicks are FIRE. Two of my favorite of their current tracks:

Cold Summer - The Get Em Mamis

Nikki Minaj: Newly signed to Lil' Wayne's Young Money imprint, which also is home to everyone's favorite new rapper Drake, (who impresses me less and less these days), she's making waves. I'm not a huge fan, but she's got skills. You should definitely listen to her remix of "Put A Ring On It" and I'll post her own track, featuring Weezy himself, which I am really digging right now.

Single Ladies Remix (feat. Nicki Minaj) - Beyoncé

I Get Crazy (Snippet) - Lil Wayne Ft. Nikki Minaj

The Fly Girls: Who would have thought that young girls from Brooklyn would be putting out records? I love that they're getting the opportunity to do this at such a young age, and that they can actually spit. Awesome.

TNT (Tifa, Natalie, Timberlee): Three female MCs from KingstonJamaica each doing their own thing, but performing together as TNT, and rocking the dancehall world. I could make a really bad pun to describe how awesome they are, but I'll post my favorite of their solo tracks, this one by Tifa, "Spell It Out", and link you to the site where you can preview and buy their mixtape.

Tifa - Spell It Out from Music Videos on Vimeo.

Nola Darling: Named after a character from one of my favorite Spike Lee films, these women from Brooklyn are tearing it up. Check out their remix to "Boom Boom Pow" entitled "That Nola D", which is, in my opinion, a great improvement on the original.

"That Nola D" by Nola Darling *Boom Boom Pow Remix" from Nola Darling on Vimeo.

Kid Sister: Remember Pro Nails? Kid Sister is finally releasing her debut album, Ultraviolet, in October, and I can't wait. I love Right Hand Hi, her first single, but my favorite track of hers so far is definitely Control:

Control - Kid Sister

So what do you guys think? Is the female MC back?