I feel like all the random live performances I’ve ever posted have been by Miguel, but I can’t help that he’s so dope. A few weeks ago, he performed an amazing rendition of “Banana Clip” on Austin City Limits,s and it would be unkind if I didn’t share it with everyone I could. Thank me later.
As if 23 tracks weren’t enough, Lil Wayne just added a few more songs to Tha Carter V. “In This House” features Gucci Mane and samples Frank Ski’s “Whores in This House”; we get a new version of “What About Me,” now featuring Post Malone; and Tay Keith fucks these niggas up on “Hasta La Vista.” Listen to all three tracks below.
Sade is back with “The Big Unknown,” which is off the Widows soundtrack. It is classic Sade. I’m not opposed to it at all, but it kinda got me thinking: How many musical acts do we allow to stick to the same sound for 35 years without accusations of “playing it safe?” Not many, but we seem to make that concession for artists that give us “earthy” vibes. It’s Sunday, so I’ll leave it at that for now.
I have a love/hate relationship with U2. On one end, they have quite a few songs that I love, but on the other, they’re the holders of countless Grammys that they don’t deserve. Ah well. I guess my anger is better directed at the trash-ass voting members of the Recording Academy.
“Stuck in a Moment” was written as a fictional conversation between lead singer Bono and Michael Hutchence of INXS, who committed suicide in 1997. I was today years old when I learned that little factoid, but now that I know, it makes the song that much more special.
The song peaked at No. 52 on the Billboard Hot 100, but it was a lot more successful outside of the US. It also won a Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. Check it out below.
This is the first single off Swizz Beatz’s Poison that I don’t hate. And I haven’t been motivated to listen to the album because all the people who’ve told me they like it have terrible taste in music.
As far as EDM songs go, “I Found You” is very standard — in melody, production and lyrics — and I ain’t mad. The video includes appearances from Tory Lanez, Halsey and Benny Blanco’s mom. Check it out below.
Still relatively fresh off her break up with Pete Davidson, Ariana Grande released an ode to all of her exes — Big Sean, Ricky Alvarez, Mac Miller and Pete Davidson — thanking them for what they taught her.
One taught me love
One taught me patience
And one taught me pain
She name-checks all of them in the opening verse, calling Mac Miller an angel. If the title of the song sounds familiar, it’s because she had tweeted the same words in what was deemed a subtweet at Pete Davidson, who can’t seem to stop talking about Ariana. However, just hours before she was being released, she tweeted that there was “no shade” at all. She also revealed that she let her exes hear the song before it was released.
In any case, the song’s dope. Something about it reminds me of Beyoncé’s “Love Drought”; their tempos are different and “Thank U, Next” has a lot more bass, but there are similarities. If you’re interested in testing my theory, sing “Love Drought” (at a sped up pace) over this beat.