I only discovered Kendrick Lamar this past year but I quickly became a fan shortly after, hearing tracks like “B*tch Don’t Kill My Vibe,” “Poetic Justice,” “Swimming Pools,” “Collard Queens,” “She Needs Me,” “No Makeup” … the list could go on. But when I found “The Recipe,” I think I had this song on repeat for a week.
The one and only Dr. Dre makes an appearance on the track, which debuted as a single from his first major label good kid, m.A.A.d city in 2012. The song gives props to some of Lamar’s favourite cities, but his main focus is on L.A. and the best of what it has to offer: women, weed and weather. The bottom line? There’s nothing like Cali.For.N.I.A.
Wha-what more can I say, w-welcome to L.A.!
Beyonce‘s surprise album has only been live for just over a week and djs are already all over her music – they liked it so they put a remix on it.
Music producer, dj and songwriter Yashar Gasanov mixed Beyonce’s “Yoncé” and “Partition” singles into a slow-moving, deep house and techno twist. With the bass in tact and the piano adding to the rhythm, Gasanov’s crafts a remix to be obsessed about. As Queen B puts it, he “sneezed on the beat and the beat got sicker, Yoncé y’all on his mouth like liquor.”
Can we just talk about something real quick?
Let’s first talk about the fact that Beyonce just released an album at 12am on Friday, December 13th – with NO HYPE. No publicity, no stunt, no warning, no build up… no nothing.
No one knew that Queen B was about to drop a bomb as arguably one of the best – if not THE best – albums of 2013. No other musical artist has done this, “this” being one of the smartest “campaigns” for an album release. The rest of Hollywood is probably shaking her head right at this moment…
After the album drop, Queen B stated, “I didn’t want to release my music the way I’ve done it, I am bored with that. I feel like I am able to speak directly to my fans. There’s so much that gets between the music, the artist and the fans. I felt like I didn’t want anybody to give the message when my record is coming out. I just want this to come out when it’s ready and from me to my fans.”
Along with this surprise album, Beyonce gives fans a list of 17 tracks to bounce too – including a music video for every track. This is probably B’s greatest holiday gift ever. Here are some of my favourites:
2. Yonce / Partition
3. Mine ft. Drake
5. No Angel
Full of confidence and sass, Bee really amped up the sexiness on this album. You can also get a sense that Jay-Z lent a hand to Beyonce on the self-titled album “Beyonce,” with tracks like “Drunk in Love” (which features Jay-Z) where B takes a shot at spitting her own rap game.
While the hype around the surprise album release was starting to sky rocket in the social realm, Beyonce casually uploaded a picture of cupcakes on her Instagram. The girl didn’t even blink at the millions she just made overnight. And all she’s sayin’ is “H-Town vicious, bow down bitches!”