Esperanza Spalding’s New Album Was Everything I Needed

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Yesterday, everyone was freaking out over the release of Kendrick Lamar’s secret album untitled unmastered. Not me. I  listened to it. It’s good and I will come back to it later. Right now my ears are too preoccupied with Esperanza Spalding’s latest release, Emily’s D+Evolution, to take notice of anything else.

I, like many other fans, have been waiting 4 years for Esperanza to release a new album. The length of time I’d been waiting for Rihanna to put out a new joint. The length of time it took me to get through college. The length of time it’s been since my grandmother passed, because I remember having just bought her last album Radio Music Society and playing it in the car with my mom and cousin as we drove through Mobile, Alabama. That’s where my mom’s side of the family is from. Not to get too melancholy on you.

Radio Music Society is one of my favorite albums of all time. I actually went out and bought it. And the people that know me well know that I don’t buy albums, unless I love them. And that album spoke to me, just like her newest release does. Emily’s D+Evolution picks up where Radio Music Society leaves off, but it has more of a story to it. This album takes you on a journey with Emily. Esperanza’s lyrics weave an interesting, abstract tale of Emily as she falls in love, deals with conformity, and just gets over fear of living her own life the way she wants to. In some spaces the album reminds me of Janelle Monae with it’s quirky, funky sound at times, but with more fusion jazz mixed in. To put it simply, the album is amazing and you should listen to it.

Not convinced? Listen to Esperanza and her band perform the whole album live during NPR’s “First Listen Live” segment. You’ll love it!

 

Santigold Ft. ILoveMakonnen – Who Be Lovin Me

Santigold’s latest single “Who Be Lovin Me” featuring ILoveMakonnen is just what I need right now. I’ve been obsessed with this song for the past month and just found out that there is a music video. It’s set at some music festival (They all look the same after a while. But, it’s Made In America in Philedelphia. Still salty I wasn’t able to go this year and now I’m extra salty.) where Santigold and ILoveMakonnen ride around on a pimped out golf cart and hang with artists like Big Sean, Earl Sweatshirt, and even Meek Mill whose riding one of those hoverboards. It’s cute, it’s quick, and it’s fun and to the point. The new album can’t come soon enough. Entitled 99 cents, it’s out January 22, 2016. So close, but so far away. I may buy it. Maybe.

Rihanna’s Bitch Better Have My Money & Other Life Giving Videos

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you should know about Rihanna’s new video for her song “Bitch Better Have My Money”. A Tarantino like production with a killer 90’s inspired wardrobe, the video doesn’t disappoint. This video gives you everything, kidnapping, torture, murder, and Rihanna covered in blood sitting in a trunk full of money. You won’t be disappointed or at least I wasn’t.

Besides Rihanna, I’ve compiled a list of 6 music videos I’ve seen this year that have made me feel some type of way. Whether I got hair envy from watching Lianne La Havas twirl around in “Unstoppable” to wondering what the hell was going on in Pond’s “Man It Feels Like Space Again”, these videos are meant to shock, inspire, or just tell a story.

1. Rihanna – “Bitch Better Have My Money”

2. Madonna – “Bitch I’m Madonna”

3. Lianne La Havas – “Unstoppable”

4. Janelle Monae – “Yoga”

5. Alabama Shakes – “Sound & Color”

6. Pond – “Man It Feels Like Space Again”

Azealia Banks Debut Album Is Worth The Wait

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I have always loved Azealia Banks, since I heard “212” a few years ago. And, it’s taken since around 2012 to now for her first album to drop. I, like the rest of her fan base, have been waiting for her debut album Broke With Expensive Taste for a while now. Her mixtape Fantasea and EP 1991 held me over, but where was the album? Well, the wait is over and the album will be played on repeat until next year probably. It’s that good.

The 15 track album is full of electropop beats and Azealia’s fast paced lyricism. There are a few familiar favorites like “Luxury”, “212”, “Yung Rapunxel”, and the single “Heavy Metal And Reflective” released earlier this year. The biggest surprise for me was on “Gimme A Chance” when Azealia started rapping in Spanish. I wasn’t expecting that, and it sounded good to my English speaking American ears. I wonder what a native Spanish speaker thinks? The weirdest track on the album is “Nude Beach A Go-Go”, which has a vintage sixties surf pop sound. Perfect song for dancing like a spazz in your house.

The second single from the album, “Chasing Time” released in September, will be having a video coming out soon. The teaser trailer has already been released. You can view it below. Love her or hate her Azealia Banks brought it with this album. It’s worth every cent.