The anticipation for Janelle Monae’s second studio album, The Electric Lady, was almost unbearable. For those of you who don’t know, this new album is actually the 4th & 5th installment of Janelle’s Metropolis concept series, which she began with her debut Metropolis: Suite I (2007). With this context in mind, it’s easier to understand her obsession with cyborgs. I’ve been a fan of Janelle’s concept since the beginning and The Electric Lady is no exception. Everything from the artwork, to the short films, to her collaborations, falls perfectly in line with her message that she executes exquisitely. The musicality of this album is powerful and cinematic, bringing you the essence of each genre she explored, whether it be that rock soul in ‘Give Em What That Love’ (Ft. Prince) or the pop-punk vibe in ‘Dance Apocalyptic’. She has a great team of musicians working behind her. However, the large array of genres on this one album is its only downfall. While it may fall in line with her concept, I found it distracting to go from Rock to Jazz to Gospel and back. As a listener I like to be able to put an album on and know what kind of vibe I’m in for but with this album, you’re on your toes the whole time. This may be Janelle’s conscious decision though; it’s clear that one of her primary mandates is to stimulate our mind while appealing to our ears and eyes.
Label: Wondaland Art Society
LeBron James & Kevin Durant make it look easy in secret hip-hop track
Who knew Kevin Durant and LeBron James could spit that fire!
If you know the history of the game then you should be well versed in the fact that athletes want to be rappers slash hip-hop artists and hip-hop spitters want to be ballers. Like many before them, LeBron James and Kevin Durant decided to put their lyrical skills on display by coming together during the 2012-13 NBA lockout season to record one of the best joints ever released by a pair of NBA ballers. “It Ain’t Easy” recorded at Spider studios in Cleveland, Ohio, re-produced by Franky Wahoo and Stew Billionaire features Durant and James spitting some vicious bars over an ill-laced beat and a easy to digest hook that keeps your head nodding. Both NBA superstars rhyme about not being easy to reach superstar status and the sacrifices they had to make to reach their goals.
“Look, I cut me, I bleed out, dedication, hard-work, sacrifice, meditation. I meditate up on a goal that I’m trying reach/ Grinding all-day to the top and I ain’t trying to sleep / Come and get me, come and get me, I’m an animal cutting throughout your brain like a….” unloads Kevin Durant in the freestyles opening 16 bars
“It ain’t easy… on the path I’m on, but, put the world on my back because I’m that strong / Long journey I been on / from the very start no way I die off with thus Iron Heart”
“Single parents, just moms, dad gone / It’s all good pops you made a King strong.” empties Lebron James
Damian Lillard Illest splitter in the NBA
Portland Trail Blazers killed all the rumors about who is the best ill splitter in the league by dropping a mean freestyle (not off the dome) to a classic beat during his recent visit with “Sway in the Morning” at the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend in New York City.
“Gridin in the gym / So I can live through the recession”
“I tried to y’all” – Damian Lillard
What did y’all think of the DAME’s lyric’s?