I am verrryyyy late to the party with 67. My friends and Twitter timeline have been talking about 67 for a while. And by a while I don’t mean months; I’d go as far as saying I am at least a year and a half behind, maybe even two.
I promise it won’t happen again.
It wasn’t until I saw their interview with DJ Vlad on YouTube autoplay that I finally took notice of the South London collective.
I read an article recently that named Rihanna songs that should have been singles. A few of my favourite Rihanna songs didn’t make the list and these are songs that deserved to.
The article named songs like ‘Consideration’ and ‘Love Without Tragedy’ which are fan favourites that are already celebrated although not officially released as singles.
What about the overlooked album cuts that are often ignored? I decided to write my own list of Rihanna songs I think are underrated and unappreciated.
Drake ‘More Life’ due 18th March 2017
If I got paid every time I thought we had a release date for ‘More Life’, I would be able to afford Drake’s pricey Calabasas estate. The playlist, not mixtape, by the Canadian superstar, has been subject to an array of false starts, pushbacks and delays but it seems Drake has finally decided on a release date.
My Twitter timeline has been talking about Tory Lanez for a while. Tweets either praise his originality or compare him with Bryson Tiller, the Kentucky native who also switches between rapping and singing over moody and melancholic beats.
It was when I saw videos of Lanez performing that I became intrigued with his artistry. It wasn’t the songs off his highly anticipated debut album ‘I Told You’ like ‘Say It’ and ‘Luv’ which the crowds reacted to best but instead songs like ‘Diego’ and ‘LA Confidential’. It was then when I realised that the greatness and artistry of Tory Lanez is at its full potential on his mixtapes and EPs. The ‘Chixtape’ and ‘The New Toronto’ series are prime examples as well as my personal favourite, ‘Conflicts of My Soul’.
Perhaps the mixtape arena allows Lanez the freedom to sample and experiment musically in a way that a major label release such as ‘I Told You’ does not and it is the sampling and experimenting where Lanez is innovative and at his best.
In brief, it’s lit!
Migos know they’re lit and they bring this energy to their sophomore album ‘Culture’. Every song on this album is perfect for a party turn up or the strip club, much like their prior bodies of work.
I have been to dinner with Nicki Minaj, clubbing, shopping and most importantly, she described me as her best friend and one of the most talented people she has ever met. I know what you are thinking, I promise I am not being delusional, this actually happened. Sort of.
There is always one member of every group that outshines the rest: the Beyoncé’s, the Nicole Scherzinger’s, the Sisqo’s and now it appears, the Swae Lee’s.