I skipped on reviewing (or even listening to) Takeoff’s solo album because I had low expectations and I am still kinda recovering from the review of Quavo Huncho — it wasn’t a terrible album, but it wasn’t amazing either and it was hella long. And I’m also tempted to downgrade its rating, but whatever.

Anyway, upon hearing “Casper,” I’m seriously considering giving The Last Rocket a chance. The song manages to be very Migos-esque without sounding tired, and Takeoff snapped on every verse. The video is also dope — it features Takeoff ghostriding his Wraith on the moon. Because that’s what young rich niggas do. Check it out below.

I always forget that Tamar Braxton is a legitimate artist because the first things that come to mind when I think of her are reality TV and Instagram drama. That being said, I have never heard a Tamar song I didn’t like — I’ve never done a deep dive in her albums, but all of the singles I’ve heard have been solid. “Wanna Love You Boy” is no different.

The video looks like it was shot on somebody’s Galaxy S5, but I like it anyways. The colorful outfits and droptop Cadillac give me ’90s vibes, and I live for nostalgia. Watch the video below.

We now have a video for “ZEZE” and Travis Scott directed it, so you know it’s good.

The video is presented as “behind-the-scenes” footage, where we get to see all of the mishaps that could happen during the production of a music video, complete with a moody video director (played by art prodigy Steven Savoca). We also get what appears to be actual footage of Travis Scott directing the video. And, of course, we get all the special effects. Because Travis Scott.


Today in 1998, the video for Britney Spears’ debut single, “…Baby One More Time,” premiered on MTV’s Total Request Live. And just like that, a star was born.

With that very first music video, Britney Spears changed the game and became the prototype for young white female pop singers. Over the next five years or so, record labels would churn out one act after the other that was modeled after Britney in look and sound. As you can imagine, none of them were able to replicate her success because there is only one Britney. If there ever was a case study for an artist that had the much-coveted X-factor, it would  be Britney Jean Spears.

The “…Baby One More Time” video was set in Venice High School (where Grease was filmed), with Britney rocking the now-legendary catholic school girl uniform. According to Nigel Dick, the video’s director, much of the video’s treatment came from Britney, including the decision to tie the shirts at the midriff.

“…Baby One More Time” would go on to become the first of Britney’s four No. 1s on the Billboard Hot 100 — it was also the first for songrwriter and producer Max Martin, who would go on to write 21 more No. 1s (and counting). I was only [redacted] years old at the time of this video’s release, and I didn’t quite get the hype, but it was clear that it was a new day in pop music.

Kelly Rowland just dropped a new single titled “Kelly” and it sounds like she really wanted to blend in with a lot of what’s on the radio. She’s sing-rapping over a beat that you might hear on a Migos or a Travis Scott album. It’s not the worst song ever, but I know Kelly is capable of so much more. Listen below.

Jade’s “Don’t Walk Away” is quintessential ‘90s contemporary R&B magic. With a thumping beat and a beautiful melody, it was hard yet soft, and years later, it still gets the party started. I often wonder if the bangers of today will age this well.

Written and produced by Vassal Benford III and Ronald Spearman, the song borrows the percussive beat of Kool & the Gang’s “Jungle Jazz” and the piano line from Stevie Wonder’s “That Girl.” The song peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was the group’s biggest hit.

Like many other super talented acts from that decade, Jade didn’t last, but “Don’t Walk Away” has upheld their legacy through the years. Any true R&B fan understands what a chune that song is, and if you’re just discovering it, thank me later.