2 Chainz, Drake and Quavo are imagined as bad-ass kids in detention in the “Bigger Than You” video. The song is the first single from 2 Chainz’s upcoming album, Rap or Go to the League, which still doesn’t have an official release date. Watch the video below.
MØ has released her yet another lead single from her upcoming album, Forever Neverland. “Imaginary Friend” is standard fare as far as MØ’s music is concerned, and I’m not mad at it. The video features the singer dancing all by herself, sometimes as a silhouette behind curtains — like she’s no more than an imagination. MØ has run out of ideas. Peep the clip below.
Do you remember the 21st night of September? Summer officially ends tomorrow and I am verklempt. It was too short and the weather was trash for half of it. The only good thing about September 21 is that it reminds me of Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September,” which mentions that specific date in the opening line.
Released in November 1978, the song peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has gone on to become the band’s signature hit. During the making of the song, co-songwriter Allee Willis supposedly took issue with Maurice White repeating “ba-dee-ya” throughout the song and actually tried to get him to change that lyric. He refused, and Willis later admitted, “I learned my greatest lesson ever in songwriting from him, which was never let the lyric get in the way of the groove.”
That little anecdote, as insignificant as it may seem, speaks very directly to how I have always felt about music, and why I have so much contempt for people that try to denigrate songs for not being “deep enough.” Some of the best songs ever have nonsensical lyrics, and as a matter of fact, there are lots of great songs that have no lyrics at all. Music is — first and foremost — about the melody, and anyone who tells you any different simply doesn’t know.
In celebration of melodies and in mourning of the summer, join me in screaming “Ba-dee-ya!”
King Aubrey just won’t quit! As “In My Feelings” logs a 10th week at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Drake has now spent more weeks at No. 1 in a single year than any other artist in history — 29 weeks and, dare I say, counting. With 28 weeks at No. 1 in 2004, Usher is now the first runner up, while the Black Eyed Peas are in third place with 26 weeks in 2009.
Drake is now also the first solo artist to have at least three No. 1 hits with double-digit reigns, with “One Dance” (featuring WizKid and Kyla; 10 weeks), “God’s Plan” (11 weeks) and the current leader, “In My Feelings.” The only other act to achieve this feat is Boyz II Men, who had double-digit reigns with “End of the Road” (13 weeks), “I’ll Make Love to You” (14 weeks) and their collaboration with Mariah Carey, “One Sweet Day” (16 weeks).
Early projections indicate that Maroon 5’s “Girls Like You” (featuring Cardi B) will be No. 1 next week, and even if that does happen, I have a feeling that Drake will be back at the top of the Hot 100 before the year is over.
We now have video for Ella Mai’s “Trip,” and it features the singer all alone, seemingly deserted by her lover for tripping on him. There isn’t much else to say about the video, but I will say that the song has grown on me in the month since its release. Watch the clip below.
Mario just released the second single and title track for his first album in almost a decade, Dancing Shadows. The song kinda reminds me of Usher’s “Climax” — it’s slower and a lot less melodic, but it has the same electronic R&B feel. The video features Mario dancing with a woman in a poorly lit room. Because dancing shadows. Check it out below.
I hate gang culture and everything about it, but I find YG highly entertaining (and his album, Stay Dangerous, is one of the best releases of the year). I would’ve loved to see him make “Pussy Money Fame” a single, but “Bulletproof” will do for now. As expected, the video features a whole lot of gang shit, opening with a solid minute dedicated to clowning 6ix9ine for being an alleged pedophile. Watch the clip below.
Nothing makes me sadder than when a whole bunch of people I like come together to make a song I hate. “Pistol On My Side (P.O.M.S.),” the second single from Swizz Beatz’s sophomore album, POISON
(due November 2), not only has Lil Wayne rapping on the track — Swizz’s wife, Alicia Keys, also receives a producer credit. Technically, this should be a good song, but I’m just not feeling it. Something about it feels dated. Ah well, check it out below.
I’m no Eminem fan, but Machine Gun Kelly just got bodied. This is the best Eminem has rapped since The Marshall Mathers LP. In a delayed — by today’s standards — response to “Rap Devil,” Eminem’s “Killshot” pokes fun at MGK’s man bun, weak ass bars, and simultaneous dissing and stanning (actually referring to MGK as “Stan”). Em also does a lot of flexing, saying that his biggest flop is MGK’s biggest hit and how he is still outselling him at 45. With the exception of the gratuitous Rihanna namedrop and the weird line about Diddy, “Killshot” is solid. That being said, this whole beef is still lame by virtue of its participants. Check to “Killshot” below.
It seems Khalid’s new joint, “Better,” got lost in the wave of new releases over the last 24-48 hours. The track, presumably a lead single from Khalid’s as-yet-untitled second LP, is your run-in-the-mill mid-tempo R&B song. If you’re within a certain age group, the production will remind you of Mario’s “Let Me Love You.” Check it out below.