"No disrespect to anyone..."
Even I have to admit that in a game of Who’d You Rather [listen to], it’d be a difficult task to choose between Miguel and Frank Ocean. Both are incredible talents, and both are responsible for some serious bangers. You all can probably guess that I’d choose Frank, but I also have to admit that I’m not as familiar with Miguel‘s work (though I’ve definitely fallen in love with a few of his songs and am currently bumping Coffee). Now that his album has dropped, he’s making a strong case for why we should be listening up—and he’s taking shots at Frank Ocean in the process. Click inside for more!
Posted under: Frank Ocean, Miguel
Rihanna‘s Bitch Better Have My Money video received an incredible amount of attention when it was released last week—and much of it was negative. Critiques of the video addressed the issue of violence against women and many people (myself included) have offered counter-critiques, defending the video. Others are arguing that the feminist perspective is specifically that of white feminists, which limits the perspective. And now we have this—an odd cartoon parody from PopToonsTv and Chibi Toons wherein Rihanna actually kidnaps and tortures Taylor Swift (who she might have had some beef with in the past). Click inside for more!
"Yall gotta have a chill button"
I’m not ashamed to admit that last night at a cookout, the subject of Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill came up, and stayed up fro about 15-22 minutes. The general consensus among a group of experts in attendance (myself included, obviously) was that it is incredibly difficult to take this relationship seriously, after watching Nicki have one of the most private long term relationships in the history of celebrity. Safaree, we believe you’ve been done dirty, and we support you. At the same time, I want to be optimistic and say that Nicki and Meek are a real-life couple and therefore deserve to be happy in peace. However, I’m not the only with opinions about this couple, and rapper Joe Budden (who’s always down for a good Twitter debate) took to his podcast to let the world know why he isn’t feelin’ them. Click inside for more!
This is going to be incredible.
As I sit her at my computer, listening to Jay Z and pondering the meaning of life, love, and all those drinks I had last night, one profound truth has occurred to me: Life was better with Empire. There’s been a sort of lull over the past few months and I realize now that it’s partly due to a severe lack of Empire, and I’m holding on to any news about Season Two and its impending arrival. If you don’t mind a little casting SPOILER, click inside for more!
Posted under: Kelly Rowland
Not even feminism will keep me from #BBHMMVideo
Just because you are a feminist it doesn’t mean that you are always a good feminist or always practicing feminism perfectly. As my former philosophy professor might say, we are always, along with the world and theories about the world and human nature, constantly unfolding. So my first reaction to Rihanna’s BBHMM video was one of pure glee and excitement. My actual favorite song of the year (so far) finally had a video and my body was ready for it! So I loved RiRi‘s wild ride with her friends, which involved more violence and bad behavior than a typical night out for most of us (I hope). But people are beginning to tackle the many problems that might exist within the visuals for the track, and I think it’s definitely worth addressing. Click inside for more!
From the 'Southpaw' soundtrack
Back in October of 2011, we first heard that Eminem was involved with a boxer movie that he was rumored to star in. We’ve since learned that the movie, Southpaw, stars Jake Gyllenhaal and will be out later this year. Eminem is still involved, tho, as he has at least 2 songs on the official motion picture soundtrack for Southpaw. Previously, we heard his song Phenomenal in the most recent movie trailer for Southpaw and today we get to hear a new song from the motion picture soundtrack, Kings Never Die. As you can hear below, Kings features Gwen Stefani on guest vocals. Check out the track and see what you think of Eminem and Gwen‘s new song. More »
"Don't act like you forgot, I call the shots, shots, shots"
Earlier this week, we got to see a preview trailer of Rihanna‘s cinematic music video for her single Bitch Better Have My Money. Just a short time ago, Ri Ri released the NSFW video in full … and as you can see above, it’s pretty insane. The storyline for this video follows fairly closely the lyrics of the song, which is plainly evident when she sings, “Shit, your wife in the backseat of my brand new foreign car“. To be honest, the video turned out much better than I expected. It’s clear Rihanna had fun with this fantasy story. Watch the video above and see if you find it just as fun and entertaining.
"Cover your ears because you're about to hear a woman just scream"
Back in May, Prince and his new band 3rd Eye Girl released a song titled Baltimore that was written and released in support of racial tension that erupted on their streets due to police brutality and abuse of power. Today we get to hear a new song from Prince and 3rd Eye Girl that has been released for an entirely different reason … a very sexy reason. The new song featured below is titled HardRockLover and it sounds very much like the sexier Prince that used to reign supreme in the ’80s and early ’90s. It’s unknown if this song, as well as the other new music (HERE and HERE) that Prince has been performing on tour lately, will be released on a new album but any new music is good news to me. Click below to hear HardRockLover in full. More »
"Never Too Late"
Last Friday, when the US Supreme Court handed down the landmark decision that legalized same-sex marriage here in the US, pretty much everyone took to social media to show how happy they were about the news with rainbows exploding almost everywhere you looked. Noticebly absent from the social media celebration was ardent LGBT ally Beyoncé not only on Friday but all Pride Weekend long. Today, Bey is sharing a video on her official Instagram profile that shows just how happy she is that marriage equality has become the law of the land. As you can read below, Beyoncé captioned the video “Never Too Late” to celebrate equality. Check out the video and fall more in love with Beyoncé. More »
"Take me down into your paradise"
Demi Lovato is coming at us with a fun new summer song that is due for official release soon but has managed to make its way to the Internets for our listening pleasure today. Cool For the Summer was co-written by Demi along with the legendary Max Martin and his collaborators Ali Payami, Alexander Erik Kronlund and Savan Kotecha (who wrote Demi‘s 2014 summer single Really Don’t Care). This sound is very new for Demi as she ventures into a pop sound with this track … and seeing how I can’t stop playing this song over and over again, I’d say I’m a fan. Click below to see the cover art for Demi Lovato‘s Cool For the Summer and give the song a listen. I have a feeling you may like it. More »