MUSIC: GUCCI MANE FT. THE WEEKND – “CURVE”

I am too happy about this collaboration.  Gearing up for his next album, Gucci Mane calls on The Weeknd to join him on the Nav produced single “Curve.”

The track starts with The Weeknd and then once that initial beat hits… say less.  He also has the voice of a got damn angel.  Pretty sure Abel could sing about anything, and it would sound amazing.  Ugh.  Love him.

TBH though, “Curve” sounds like it could be a Weeknd track featuring Gucci.  Either way, I really enjoy it.  Listen below on YouTube or on Apple Music here.

Gucci’s album, Mr. Davis, is set to release this Friday, September 15.

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NEW (sorta): Travi$ Scott – “Dinosaurs”

Some will judge and say “real fans heard this last year,” but I don’t really care because I’m just really hearing it for the first time.

About 20 minutes ago, La Flame Tweeted a YouTube link to an “unreleased” song titled “Dinosaurs.”  Could this be on his upcoming album Astroworld?  Why would he be Tweeting this a year later?  Any way…

The track, about five and a half minutes long, carries that same Travi$ vibe – that slow, almost sensual, sound.

 

ICYMI: The Weeknd ft. Young Thug & A$AP Rocky – ‘Reminder Remix’

YES.  YES.  YES.

This song is everything, and I am so very excited that there’s not only a remix but that the remix is with A$AP Rocky.  Young Thug is tight too, but Pretty Flacko?  Yes, please.

The Weeknd teased snippets of the remix prior to its release, but now we officially have the full version, and I have been listening to it on repeat.  The original is still the better of the two, in my opinion, but this is pretty fire.

And you can watch the video to the original track below.  Which version do you like better?

 

VIDEO: Tyler, The Creator – “Who Dat Boy”

You guys have to watch this.

Tyler is back with a new song and visuals, and I love all of it.  It was more like a mini film – not your standard music video.

From the opening scene to him stumbling across the neighborhood to freaking A$AP Rocky making an appearance… everything!  And the ending may be my favorite.

Watch “Who Dat Boy” below.  I hope yinz enjoy it as much as I did!

 

Deb’s Domain: 002 – #TBT

Hello,

Well Pittsburgh is still buzzing with the Stanley Cup shining in our town again… you gotta love the Penguins.

I can remember numerous times Sydney Crosby would come in to eat at Bravo, and I felt so bad because his lips were always so chapped.  But I assume that is the price to pay for quality time on the ice.

For those of you who do not know, I am a hostess at Bravo Cucina.  I applied for the job back in October of 1999 thinking I would earn some extra money for Christmas.  Well, 18 years later, I am still working there.  Have to admit, I love it.  Located close to the Pittsburgh Airport, you would be amazed at the many athletes and celebrities that pop in.

I went to the Daryl Hall & John Oates a few weeks ago.  These are two great old-time performers.  And yes, I broke out into tears when they performed “Sara Smile.”  I would always sing that to Sara as a baby. And I love the fact Sara has no ‘h’ in the spelling… just like my baby girl’s.

So let’s chat about Stevie Wonder for a moment.  Such a great and talented performer.  A TRUE LEGEND in the music industry.  No matter your age, there has to be a Stevie song you like.  One of my favorites is “Higher Ground.”  Okay, so I am not trying to be a Debby Downer, but the world is suffering with terrorism and senseless crimes.  SO SO SAD.  Take a listen to “Higher Ground.”  The lyrics resonate with your heart, and the great sounds make you want to dance.  It is an immediate spirit booster.

I think we all need to reach our higher ground!

Check out the Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran & Gary Clark Jr. Tribute for Stevie Wonder at the 2015 Grammy Awards (check out Tony Bennett jamming in the audience)

“Higher Ground” – Stevie Wonder

People keep on learnin’
Soldiers keep on warrin’
World keep on turnin’
‘Cause it won’t be too long

Powers keep on lyin’
While your people keep on dyin’
World keep on turnin’
‘Cause it won’t be too long

I’m so glad that he let me try it again
‘Cause my last time on earth I lived a whole world of sin
I’m so glad that I know more than I knew then
Gonna keep on tryin’
Till I reach my highest ground

Lovers keep on lovin’
Believers keep on believin’
Sleepers just stop sleepin’
‘Cause it won’t be too long
I’m so glad that he let me try it again
‘Cause my last time on earth I lived a whole world of sin
I’m so glad that I know more than I knew then
Gonna keep on tryin’
Till I reach my highest ground

Till I reach my highest ground
No one’s gonna bring me down

Till I reach my highest ground

Don’t let nobody bring you down (they’ll sho ‘nough try)
God is gonna show you higher ground

Until we chat again,

DEB

*Blog Owner’s Note*
Images/GIFs supplied by me.

VIDEO: Kendrick Lamar – “ELEMENT.”

King Kendrick is back with another round of powerful visuals for “ELEMENT.” off of his latest album DAMN.

Kendrick has been taking music videos to the next level and watching them makes me like the respective song that much more.  Well done.

Watch below, and see for yourself.

 

 

Concert Review: BET Experience – Night 3

It has been a busy last few days filled with concerts, and I am not mad about it for one second.

Last night I attended the third night of the concert series that make up the BET Experience.  The lineup below –

  • Lil Yachty
  • Young Thug
  • Migos
  • Rae Sremmurd
  • Gucci Mane
  • ScHoolboy Q
  • A$AP Rocky

We missed Lil Yachty but got there just in time for Thugger.  Staples Center wasn’t completely full yet so the crowd wasn’t as lit as I expected for Young Thug, but he played a handful of his old and new tracks, keeping the audience satisfied.

Time for Migos.  I just saw them last Friday as one of the openers for Future, and once again they did not disappoint.  I truly think they are the top hip-hop group in the country right now – from the success of their Culture album to being featured on numerous tracks and making appearances across the board – they’re everywhere.  Talk about living your best life.

Can we also talk about how TakeOff needs to take off his pink windbreaker situation and give it to me?  And I don’t even wear pink, but it’s everything.  Photo cred: Staples Center Twitter

Next up was Rae Sremmurd.  Now these two guys really had the crowd lit.  From “No Flex Zone” to “Black Beatles” to “Swang” to “No Type” and more, Swae Lee and and Slim Jimmy elevated the energy inside the Staples Center.

Now I was pretty excited to see the next rapper – Gucci Mane.  Last night was the second time I’ve seen him live – the first was at Rolling Loud in May.  But to see him at Staples Center in a more controlled environment compared to a chaotic outdoor music festival was much more preferred. He performed “Both,” “Lemonade” (one of my favorites), and brought out Migos to perform “Slippery” in addition to a handful of other songs.

The last two acts were ScHoolboy Q and A$AP Rocky.  Now I thought A$AP would be the headliner, but the two rappers actually started on stage together.  I was all the way down for that.

TDE x A$AP… yes, please.

Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg took this approach Thursday night.  They alternated stage time and performed together.  This kept the energy going and held your attention as a fan.  V smart.

Anyways, ScHoolboy performed “Man of the Year,” “Collard Greens,” “THat Part,” and “Studio” to name a few.  A$AP Rocky aka BAE$AP Rocky performed “Electric Body” (with ScHoolboy), “Shabba,” “Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2,” and more.

But nothing, and I mean nothing, could have prepared me or the rest of Staples Center for the final song.  ScHoolboy came back out with truly only a few minutes to spare until their ending time of 11:30PM.  He took to the mic saying this next song was to those from Compton, Carson, Gardena, etc (Los Angeles cities for those yinzers reading this), and “Humble” started playing.

Everyone knew what this meant…

K I N G  K E N D R I CK

For the three minutes Kendrick was on stage, the energy was at PEAK levels.  I almost told my friend who was there with me that we should leave a little early to get ahead of the crowd, but I’m so glad we stayed until the end.  The entire A$AP Mob and TDE family rushed the stage and everyone was living their best life.

You can watch snippets from the concert below!

Okay, time to go get some sun and then get ready for the 2 Chainz concert tonight!

#SARALIKESTRAPMUSIC

Drake On Drake On Drake

Drake was feeling v generous yesterday.  Not only did we get the 46th episode of OVO Sound Radio, but he also gave us three new tracks.  Well, technically two since we heard “Signs” earlier this week but it’s officially on Apple Music.  And I know I already posted “Signs” a few days ago, but I wanted you to have all the new tracks in one place 🙂

Peep below!

“Signs” – Drake

I love all three minutes and 55 seconds of this song, and it could have either been on Views and/or More Life. 

Listening to it puts me in a very chill mood.  His voice is so smooth and then he breaks out into the deep Drake voice and you just die.

“You can’t drink all day if you don’t start in the morning.”  What’s that?  Facts.

Listen on Apple Music here.

“Freak in You” – PARTYNEXTDOOR ft. Drake

Now this was a surprise.  I’ve already listed to PND’s most recent EP, Colours 2, which is where “Freak in You” is from so when I was listening to OVO Sound Radio and heard Drake on the track I was like… waiiiit a second.  Pleasantly surprised for sure.

Vibes on vibes with this remix.

Two of my favorite lyrics from the song are:

  • “I’m just more ready than petty nowadays.”  
  • “Young and in control, even when they stoop low.” 

Listen below –

“No Complaints” – Metro Boomin ft. Offset & Drake

Looks like this will be the first single from Metro Boomin’s upcoming project, Boominati, which he’s been teasing on his Twitter.

Out of these three songs, “No Complaints” is definitely the most lit, and I actually could hear it on If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and/or What A Time To Be Alive.  Banger.

I would love to see this performed live, and I can only picture the excitement of Drake on stage, jumping around with Offset and Metro Boomin.

Listen here.

Now I must go get ready for the final night of the BET Experience.  Tonight’s concert lineup is:  A$AP Rocky, ScHoolboy Q, Rae Sremmurd, Gucci Mane, Migos, Young Thug, and Lil Yachty.

L I V I N G.

Talk soon!

Music: Drake – “Signs”

Do you know how excited I was typing in the above title?  Probably not.

“Signs,” inspired by Louis Vuitton’s upcoming collection and produced by 40, is the first piece of music Drake’s released since More Life.  I also just realized I haven’t published my review of that album… slacking.

He premiered the track during the Louis Vuitton fashion show during Paris Fashion Week.

I just listened… his voice, you guys!  And 40 is just a producing genius!  I am loving the vibe of “Signs” – for real. I know I like just about every one of Drake’s songs, but this is what I needed.  It’s also refreshing to hear this sound among the mumble rap we’ve been given from other artists recently.  Definitely not hating on that type of music but just saying.

Okay, listen below.  Start around the 4:40 mark, and let that ish play.