The Black Eyed Peas seem to have returned to pre-Fergie form. As the title indicates, “RING THE ALARM pt.1, pt.2, pt.3” is three songs in one (the second is my favorite) and is possibly the most conscious single the group has ever put out, touching on issues ranging from police brutality to Big Pharma. Also, Will.I.Am is spitting like its 1998, so no complaints here. Watch the clip below.
Jessie Reyez released the video for her new single, “Body Count,” a week ago. The song is presumably the lead single from her sophomore album, whose title and release date are yet to be announced.
Co-written by Babyface, “Body Count” is a stripped-down mid-tempo that talks about double standards relating to the number of “bodies” (i.e. sexual partners) that men and women are allowed to have. The lyrics are clever and profane like every other Jessie Reyez song, and the video has a Salem witch theme where Jessie gets burnt at the stake (presumably for having too many bodies). Watch the video below.
Today in 2005, the world got introduced to Rihanna. “Pon de Replay” sounded like about 5 other songs released in that period, but as luck would have it, the song went on to be a major hit, peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 (Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together” sat at No. 1 that entire summer).
Modeled after Beyoncé in the early days of her career, Rihanna has gone on to establish her own unique style and is now a legend in her own right. Watch the clip below.
So…Kendrick Lamar headlined the Hangout Music Festival this past Sunday (May 20) in Gulf Shores, Alabama. During his performance, he invited a white girl onstage to rap along to “m.A.A.d City,” which is laden with the n-word (especially the chorus, where almost every line ends with the word).
The white girl rapped the n-word with her chest and in a way that suggested that she knew she was crossing a line — I mean, how couldn’t she? Kendrick stops her mid-chorus (to which she responds, “What? I’m not cool enough for you?” and “I’m used to singing it like you wrote it”) and asks her to censor herself. She plays dumb and acts like she didn’t know she had used that word (“Did I do it?”), and then apologizes (“I gotchu!”).
Oops! She REALLY had no idea, guys! Watch the clip below.
As far as awards shows go, the Billboard Music Awards is one of the best. Not because it’s ever that entertaining (this year’s show was generally a snoozefest) but because most of the awards are based on statistics. If you sold the most, had the highest streaming numbers, or achieved the highest radio impressions, you win. This eliminates the heartache that comes every year at the Grammys, where a small group of out-of-touch and possibly racist people (i.e. NARAS) hands out awards based on some stupid and narrow-minded prototypes about how good musicians and good music are supposed to look and sound.
No, we’re not done with the nostalgia. It turns out that yesterday (May 18) was also the 15-year anniversary of the release of “Crazy in Love,” the lead single from Beyoncé’s debut album, Dangerously in Love. Nothing has been the same ever since.
The song samples the Chi-Lites’ “Are You My Woman (Tell Me So),” but the sound of those horns now belong to Queen Bey. Peep the clip below.
They call her the Duchess of Sussex, but I call her the Duchess of Success — because Meghan Markle just made the come-up of the century. The former Suits star exchanged vows with Prince Harry earlier today with over 2 billion people watching worldwide. Oprah, Serena, Gina Torres (and other Suits cast members), Idris Elba, the Clooneys, the Beckhams, James Corden, and Elton John were among the celebrities in attendance.
It was a beautiful ceremony, but let’s talk about what really matters: Idris Elba’s fiancée’s Gucci Gang outfit.
When Tory Lanez said he was Gucci’d down, this is what he meant. Shorty has on a Gucci dress, a Gucci cardigan coat (complete with the Gucci logo buttons), a pair of Gucci shoes, and a Gucci purse to boot. All with the signature Gucci ribbon just in case you had any doubt.
Lil Pump could never.
The failure to keep that same energy is an epidemic.
PS: According to his law firm’s website, Aaron Schlossberg offers services in multiple languages, INCLUDING SPANISH.
Let me start by saying that this isn’t a Janet Jackson fan page. It just so happens that her birthday is two days before the release of her fifth studio album, Janet, and this year marks a quarter-century since its release.
The album is early ’90s R&B/pop perfection. It sold over 14 million copies worldwide and registered six top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 (which is no easy feat). “You Want This” gets an honorable mention, but my favorite song from that album is “That’s the Way Love Goes.” Peep the clip below.
Janet Week isn’t quite over yet. She’ll be receiving the Icon Award this Sunday at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards (8pm ET on NBC).