You all probably saw this coming...some pretty fresh songs have already been dropped this new year, but of all of the ones I listened to, Kanye's seemed like the obvious choice. This emotional ballad is a touching toast to his deceased mother, and I loved it immediately.
The production was very minimalistic, and was handled by the legendary Paul McCartney. Kanye's vocals are autotuned approximately, as the effect helps to bring out the raw emotion of the song. No...it isn't perfect, but is an enjoyable listen, and a sweet dedication to his mom.
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Overall, this was a smooth track about staying positive in a dark life. I personally enjoyed it after the first listen, even though it took me a while to get used to. This does contradict the negative image that this album supposedly will have, but then again, I feel like we won't be able to fully appreciate the track until the album is released.
No...this isn't Kendrick's most lyrical track to date, but his theme stays strong, and I kind of like the direction he is going with it. The third verse was pretty great though...a lot of these lyrics did go down pretty deep. Moreover, this may some of the best singing Kendrick has ever released.
Overall, this track was dope, but I still don't think it is up to par with his good kid, m.a.a.d city work quite yet. Even though we probably can't judge it quite yet, I was expecting a bit more. Kendrick still delivered though...I'm interested in listening to his next album.
Even though "Lies" does not have any vocals in it, that does not make it a best song. Simply put, it is dubstep mastery. On the first listen, I was impressed with the first drop, but the second drop was even better. It is obvious that "Lies" is a very well-thought out song, and that Unbalanced spent a lot of time working on it. I am proud to be collaborating with him.
If you haven't done so, listen to the song above. Stay tuned for more true music reviews!
Today marks the twentieth anniversary of one of the most influential rap albums of all time, "Illmatic". Our song of the week is the widely praised "N.Y. State of Mind", which many consider the best rap song of all time. An interesting fact is that Nas recorded this legendary song in one take. The beat was produced by the legendary DJ Premier.
If you haven't already, listen to this terrific track. Here are the lyrics:
"Just The Same" is a superb collaboration between two high school seniors: Aaron Deux and Isaiah G. Its lyrics depict an aspiring rapper that knows deep down, he is different from all of his haters. The beat was produced by Deux himself. Here are some of the standout lyrics:
My interest to indent is a infant cause I just want all of this shit
I'm proactive activist, decoding all hieroglyphs
You silicone rapping your passion is backward I'm actively active
If you have not already, check out the song. I can almost guarantee you that you will enjoy it, if you like listening to rap music.