MUSIC: N.E.R.D FT. FUTURE – “1000”

Wowowow.  This song is giving me life.  I was hooked right from the first five beats.  The uptempo, high energy beat is everything, and I can guarantee it will make you move.

Just as you’re getting into the feels of N.E.R.D, Future’s voice begins to emerge at about the one minute mark.  You can hear him saying “one thousand,” which is the title of the track.  And this little Future intro got me too ready for the rest of the song.

And then at 1:07min, we get that *fire emoji* pumped up verse which has almost a suspending-like sound.  Future ends at about 1:40min, and we are back into the high energy beats of N.E.R.D.  To me, Future’s verse + the beat resemble Jim Jones and Ron Browz “Champagne” ft. Jules Santana.  Can you say throwback?  Compare below.

Cut to 2:10min, and we are blessed with a new sound – an almost electric, fantasy sounding beat.  It reminds me of the Mario Kart Rainbow Road theme song tbh.

The rest of the song you’re pretty much guaranteed to live your best life, and then with only 30 seconds left, you are hit with that fire.  I would love to watch some choreo (or participate in some) to this outro.

**LISTEN TO “1000” HERE**

If this and Lemon are any indication of what the rest of the album will sound like, I’m all about it. No_One Ever Really Dies is expected to drop on December 15.

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November 18th on November 18th

Currently listening to November 18th on repeat today.  I’ve realized I posted about this song on November 18th in 2015, but this post is a bit more informative.

“Up so high even when I’m coming downnnn.”

When Drake begins the song with those first words, I die.  His voice is so smooth and sultry sounding, and he’s singing to us in that deep voice… wowowowow.

And as I’m trying to catch my breath, the beat switches up at about one minute in, and I die again.  The whole song is straight vibes.  I can’t handle it actually.  Then cut to about 1:22, and Drake is now singing.  Swoon.  And back to that chopped and screwed vibe at 1:45.

And I’m not one to typically listen to (and actually like) a chopped and screwed song, but this one is done in a tasteful and subtle enough way that you’re not thinking WTF is happening while listening.

As I listen to “November 18th,” it truly takes me back to 2009 when I first became a fan of Drake and when this song was initially released, as well as the project you can find it on – So Far Gone.  It gives me all the feels, and I really can’t explain it.

Now Drake opens the song with a Houston (H-Town) reference and mentions the city a few other times throughout.  People ask why Drake is so tied to Houston.  “I thought he was from Toronto.”  Well, yeah.  I’m from Pittsburgh, but I feel like I’m tied to Los Angeles.  Can The Boy live?

Let me educate –

Houston is where Drake flew to meet Lil Wayne for the first time after Wayne heard his music and wanted to meet him.  This was before Drizzy was signed to any record label or was even really heard of in the music scene.  That and Drake sold out his first show in Houston at the concert venue Warehouse Live.  I meannnn.  Those are pretty big tings, so I can fully understand why Drake has such appreciation for that city.  He even hosts a Houston Appreciation Weekend every year.  Need to attend that.

Now go and listen to this song before the day ends.

 

FIRE MUSIC FRIDAY

We didn’t receive just any new music today.  We were blessed with new music from some legends – Eminem, Beyoncé, N.E.R.D, and André 3000.  Like, come on now.

“WALK ON WATER” – EMINEM FT. BEYONCÉ

I’ve read some mixed reviews on this song.  Actually, the first review I read was “this is trash.”  Chill.  I highly doubted a song with the rap god, Eminem, and the queen, Beyoncé, would be “trash.”  And I’d bet that those who are hating on the song are all about that mumble rap life.  Bye. “Walk On Water” is real and truthful.  Eminem comes off as super humble to me in this as well.  The combination of Eminem’s raw poetry with Beyoncé’s angelic and powerful vocals makes for a moving track.  Listen below, and let me know what you think.  Em’s Revival album is expected to drop on November 17.

“ROLLINEM 7’S” – N.E.R.D FT. ANDRÉ 3000

This sounds like it picked up where “Lemon” left off  with that same bouncy beat, and I am here for it.  The initial instrumentals make me feel like I’m at a super dope jazz club.  Around 2:54, we get a switch up on the beat.  Digging it.  And then for the final verse, we get the legend who is André 3000 aka Three Stacks who continues to spit that fire.  Listen below!

#MERCHMONDAY: 4:44 Tour

Hi, fam!  It’s definitely been a minute.  I admit I’ve been blowing it in regards to posting – I haven’t posted anything since mid-September.  Not okay.

Anyways.  Here to talk about really the only thing that’s become my life as of late – #MERCH.  For those of you who don’t know – yes, some have asked me what “merch” is – merch is short for merchandise.

Merriam-Webster defines merchandise as the following –

Now that we’re all up to speed, my focus is on concert and rapper #MERCH.  It truly  makes up 95% of my wardrobe.  What #MERCH am I wearing today?  Check it below –

I copped this at Jay-Z’s opening night of his 4:44 Tour in Anaheim at the Honda Center on Friday, 10/27.  And the concert was freaking amazing BTW.  I bought the Paris edition because they didn’t have LA.  They were selling Brooklyn and New York versions, but I thought Paris was the most unique.  And it reminded me of Watch The Throne, and I miss Kanye and Jay-Z together sooooo.  Yes, I think that much into my #MERCH purchases.

#MERCH RATING

Quality: AMAZING.  Seriously, this is not your standard janky t-shirt that you feel is going to fall apart after one wash.  Well done, Hov.

Design: Now I’m no fashion designer or stylist, but I’m giving you my opinions anyway.

Color: I definitely don’t have a piece of #MERCH in a peach or tan colorway so glad to add this to my collection.  Not sure it’s the best color on me as sometimes I appear to be jaundice in yellow / tan colors.  IDGAF.  I like it.

Front: Clean and simple.

Back: I wish I would have gotten a better look at the back of the other city’s shirts so I could compare, but I was a few beers in and don’t remember.  I like it though.  Black and white, newspaper vibes.

Sleeves: It may be a little much to have “4:44” on one sleeve and “Jay:Z” on another, but because the front of the shirt is so simple, I think it works.

Tag: Love, love, love a custom shirt tag.  It makes the shirt that much more meaningful.

Cost: $50 – This isn’t bad for the quality.  Trussssss mi.  The quality is v good and well worth the price.  And the concert ticket was free so all is good.

What will I wear next Monday?  Wait on iiiiiiit.

 

 

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.

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.

 

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!

 

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