Rebelle Loves… Alkaline

Most of my childhood memories are soundtracked to Beenie Man, Elephant Man, Bounty Killa and Buju Banton.

My Mum was/is a die hard Beenie Man and Elephant Man fan but even she cannot deny the greatness of the now incarcerated Vybz Kartel. Kartel dominated dancehall and although he still releases great music whilst behind bars (‘Hi’, ‘Fever’, ‘Hey Addi’), it can be said that there is notably a difference without his heavy presence in the dancehall scene.

I know I am not alone in saying that I miss Vybz Kartel.

Whenever I tell people that Alkaline is currently my favourite dancehall artist, I get two responses: either agreement or disgust. With the latter, I receive a lecture on how the artist is merely a Kartel imposter.

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Seven albums/mixtapes I’m looking forward to in 2017 ​

Drake ‘More Life’ due 18th March 2017 

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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.

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Review: Grand Theft Auto V (PS4)

I don’t think it is too much to say that Grand Theft Auto V was revolutionary for the gaming world when released in 2013. The graphics, extensive map and three playable protagonists were elements which were new to most gamers.

Grand Theft Auto V was the follow up which Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas deserved and Grand Theft Auto IV failed to deliver. Grand Theft Auto IV was good but not great.

The Grand Theft Auto games went from offering a plethora of mini-games, customisation options and an extensive open world to explore to a dull protagonist and lack of the aforementioned.

Grand Theft Auto V, however, is the perfect balance. It took the realism that Grand Theft Auto IV aimed for and met in the middle with the fun and extensive open world of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas that the player could make their own.

In GTA V, Of Michael, Trevor and Franklin, Franklin was my favourite character to free roam with. Franklin reminded me of Carl Johnson from the 3D universe and the nostalgia added an extra feeling of enjoyment.

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LA Girl Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss Review

If there is one thing I hate, it is a lip gloss that leaves a sticky residue on your lips. If you want a product that is a pretty colour but feels like it has left superglue on your mouth, buy this lip gloss.

When I pressed my lips together, they became stuck. Therefore, Ladies, I don’t think this lip gloss will do well on dates.

There is also no nice smell or taste like with other products such as the NYX Matte Lip Cream. The LA Girl Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss instead tastes like baking flour and smells like chemicals.

I won’t be buying this product again unless I need an alternative product to glue on my lashes or stick up wallpaper.

Rebelle Loves: Tory Lanez

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.

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Farewell Obamas: In the words of YG and Nipsey Hustle: FDT

Happy Anniversary. 💕

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Of course I’ll miss the charismatic, poised and graceful President Barack Obama, the United States of America’s first ever Black President.

I remember my form tutor playing his inauguration speech in morning registration. History had been made and I couldn’t have been more excited and proud.

But at the same time, Michelle being First Lady meant just as much, maybe even more.

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