I was wondering maybe
Could I make you my baby
If we do the unthinkable would it make us so crazy
Or would it be so beautiful either way I’m saying
If you ask me I’m ready…
Alicia Keys finally makes good use of her immaculate album, Element of Freedom, with the video for Unthinkable. Directed by Jake Nava, it follows the story of a couple doomed to love and the courage it takes to overcome the fear and/or stigma. The story floats between different time eras seamlessly, adding to the allure of the video. Chad Michael Murray from CW’s One Tree Hill (I know my girl BSB is a fan!) plays Alicia’s love interest.
Ok, I LOVE the video! Alicia looks classic and sexy and the storyline really tugs at the heartstrings. The scene in the convenience store is the cutest! Soooo my ethnic ladies, does this video entice you to try and date outside your race, finally? Or is it just a cute video?
Drake released the video for his next single, produced by Kanye West, Find Your Love. Anthony Mandler directed the clip in Jamaica with Video model Maliah Michel and Dancehall star Movado. My first thought of the video was that Drake seemed a bit out of place with the gritty background and badman theme, but I do like that he didn’ t try to act like something he wasn’t. Movado was a scene-stealer and is extra sinister-looking in the video. I think the video enhances the feelings behind the song for me, and I’m definitely feeling the abrupt ending.
This is a good look for Drake! Oh the power of the P.U.S.S.Y…
Toni Braxton, who enjoyed much success in the early and late 90s, released her sixth studio album, Pulse, this past Tuesday. It was her first album in five years and the first she did for Atlantic records after re-signing her contract with them. Pulse received a decent amount of push from her label, including 3 music videos, a racy performance at the Soul Train Awards (where she kissed singer Trey Songz onstage in front of a live audience that included her now Ex-Husband Keri) and talk show appearances. I must say, I missed nearly all of the promo for this Project, other than Yesterday, her duet with Trey Songz. I did catch up on Hands Tied, her second single on the album. Last month, Toni commented on album sales and what it means to the Pulse project, saying: “You just want to create, but I know if I don’t sell, I’m not going to be able to make another album.” source. Estimates are coming in that have Pulse selling 45K – 50K records, the lowest debut in Braxton’s career. Sad to hear, I am a fan of Braxon’s music so I hope this project does well. I wonder what God we would have to pray to, to see Toni and Babyface reunite one last time…
Check out the video for Hands Tied, which I am loving right now!
Drake appears to be carrying the torch for Hip Hop right now. While he leaves the cubic zirconium chains and gold teeth for the other rappers, Drake is the clean cut, straight-talking Rapper who actually has something to say. In his video for his first single, Over, Drake hired famed director Anthony Mandler, who is well known for directing stylish, edgy and art-driven videos. The video is definitely solid and entertaining – Drake gives life to his lyrics with such fervor not seen since Kanye’s fiery actions (Where are youYeezy?). Drake explains some of the driving force behind the video and his album, Thank Me Later (now due June 15th) to MTVnews:
“The song is so aggressive, and it’s sort of a love story in the video. It has a lot to do with the album [Thank Me Later]. The album is about finding love, feeling ‘Have I sold my soul’ as far as ‘Will I ever be able to gain the trust of a woman? Will I only be able to be around the dark, evil women? Will I ever find that pure love?’ Those elements are in the video.”
I’m loving this video and I’m excited for Drake’s album. It has been a long time coming so I hope he lives up to the Hype! What do you guys think of the video?
Meanwhile…did you guys hear the song Fab and Nicki Minaj recorded for his Funeral Service Mixtape? He borrows the beat to Gucci Mane’s Lemonade and proceeds to pull no punches. Fab talks about dudes blowing up their girls’ phones (apparently that is a jab at Rob Kardishan and the way his Ex Adrienne Bailon punked him – don’t ask how I know these things). He ends his verse asking, “If you could have Beyonce, would you take Solange?” Ouch!
The good news is, we are starting to see a lot more new music being premiered for a year that has so far been pretty lackluster musically. The lineup of artists who will be releasing products in the next 3 – 5 months has me a bit excited. However, will these projects be any good is the question?
Toronto Native and Hip hop’s biggest thing since Bling, Drake has begun leaking singles for his major label debut album, Thank Me Later. His first single Overhas been getting a favorable response after debuting at #35 on the Billboard Hot 100. This track, Shut it Down features the LoveKing over a beat produced by 40 and Omen. This was originally supposed to be Drake’s lead single, but I am glad they changed direction. I like the song, even though it sounds like a reject from Kanye’s 808′s and Heartbreaks and Dream’s LoveHate (simultaneous reject). I think Drake needs to give us a little bit more Hip Hop before he delves into his auto-tuned creative side. #Noshade the song is hot!
But that’s just my opinion…what did ya’ll think of the song?
*Update* TheDream confirmed with MTVnews that the released track is an unfinished version.
Even though Kelly Rowland has done the unthinkable by leaving her former management team (Beyonce’s father, Matthew Knowles) to seek out management that will actually work to make her a star, I’m still not really checking for Kelly. Now, I think she’s a beautiful girl, and she has a nice voice, I just don’t see Kelly as a solo star or entertainer. She appears to be more like the sidepiece/jumpoff, but not the main chick. Feel me?
Anyways, again, my opinion Hopefully, Kelly can prove me wrong this time around.
Ms Rowland apparently stole purchased the track that Teyana Taylor was wishing hoping to use as her next single and recorded a pretty decent song with producer Bangladesh. I’ve listened to this song three times now trying to get a good feel for it since the Internets are saying this one is a Banger. Arrrgggghhh I just don’t hear it. What is the song about? Maybe if I heard it in a club with some alcohol in me? That appears to be what it takes for me to like some of the music I’ve been hearing lately…I need to stop listening to Stevie and Aretha…
What do you guys think of this song? As a small sidenote, I sort of think this song may have been better suited for Teyana *dodges rocks*
First off, we must give respect where respect is due. You may have your qualms about Lil Wayne, but you must admit he has an ear (and an eye) for talent. I haven’t been keeping up with the lineup changes as much as I should, but adding Miss Nikki Minaj, Drake, and now Shanell and Omarion were some good looks for YM. Now they have released an ensemble track as a lead single (to a full length album perhaps? yes, I’m late) that is produced by Kane Beatz. The single features Wayne, Gudda Gudda, Nikki Minaj, Drake, Tyga (when did he join YM?) and Jae Millz. There are two versions to this song. It was initially recorded when Omarion was still a part of Young Money (they have since parted ways) and was called Girl You Know. Now that Omarion has left to pursue his own endeavours (O recently signed a deal with EMI records) YM has tapped the talented singer Lloyd for their official single, and also laid a new hook with him for the song now dubbed Bed Rock. The only problem is, the song now sounds too much like an ensemble track because none of the artists appear to be rapping about the same topic.
Regardless, the song is hot. It’s very simplistic, but it works – for me at least. I love the beat on this as well. Only question is, who sang the hook best? I am a big fan of Omarion’s voice period. I’ve always liked the strain in his voice, since it gave him character as a singer. I was definitely excited when I heard he was signed to Young Money, especially after having being dropped by Sony not too long ago. However, I am also a big fan of Lloyd’s as well. Lloyd’s voice is velvety-smooth and is very unique as well. But if I had to choose, I would have to give it to my man O on this one. Although Lloyd has the better hook, Omarion’s voice suites the beat just a tad bit better for me.
**Side Note: I’mma need Wayne and his Young Money crew to start throwin’ some money into more photo shoots for their artists (namely for Nikki) so we Bloggers can have more stock photos to choose from And who the f*ck is Gudda Gudda??
ChokLit’s take: Are we still going with the Untitled shtick?? Ok Mr. Kelly. I love Kelly’s quote when he mentions his ‘research’ for this project included throwing parties at his mansion for a good month and judging the crowds’ reactions to his music. For his sake, I hope this was a 25+ only party…I love Miss Info
ChokLit’s take: This video is on every single blog today so I’m sure you all have seen it already.I chose to watch it with the sound off for my own personal reasons. I love me some Rihanna, but the screeching in this song is a bit much, plus I simply enjoy watching her play dress up instead (did that come out wrong??). Of course Rihanna looks stellar and appears ever so confident while performing next to her former Boss. Kanye steals his scenes – the only scenes Rihanna is not dominating. Sorry Hova, we barely noticed ya! Dope video, still.
The Prince Trey Songz is back with another promotional Mixtape before his August release of his new album, Ready. He released Anticipation onto the web last week and the response has been overwhelming. I’ve gotten halfway through so far, but the material is decent. So far from what I’ve heard, its strictly for the ladies! Trey sounds great but I’m worried his material is fleeting – how many songs can you make about pickin’ up a hot girl at the club, taking her home and bangin’ it out?. I just hope Trey has a lot more to talk about come Album time. You can download the full Mixtape by clicking on the link above.
*Update: I’ve listened to the entire Mixtape and it is a very solid effort by Trey. He actually has some really good material on here, I was impressed.
I am posting this video…just for kicks! I’m sure by now, everyone has seen this mess. I’m confused. The blogosphere first reported that Drake was filming this video and that Kanye West would be directing it. We saw some pictures from the video set and were introduce to the lead girl, a cute Puerto Rican chick with a chest. We even saw pics of Amber Rose posin’ up with supposed Ex-Boyfriend Kanye on set. So needless to say, there was some anticipation for the video. But when it was finally delivered, all we could muster was a “Womp Womp Woooommmp” and a “That’s it??” Coming from Kanye, I expected more…but then again, maybe I didn’t. Coming from Drake, him being the next BIG thing, and this song hittin’ the top 5 on the Billboard 100, I was expecting a video with money behind it. We got neither. Just a lot of t*tties…some more t*tties and…some t*tties. I couldn’t even recognize a lead girl. The girls’ B-ball outfits looked like they were made by a 5-year in kindergarten and the storyline was beyond wack. There were some obvious jokes of course: ‘Take that D like the champions you are!” and “But Drake, all you ever taught us to do was stretch!” But someone should have told Kanye that we all know he is into lesbians and we don’t really care! Maybe Little X can do a re-make and we can make this a true Canadian connection Until then, enjoy! Well…try to.
I know this video is MAD old…think it came out in March (ok, not that old), but I’ve been avoiding watching the actual video for some reason. What is it about Chrisette that makes me want to issue a raincheck to check out her music at a later date? But when I do get around to listening to her, I’m really feeling her! Her first album was received well, but was mostly looked over by even a lot of R&B heads. Why is that, I wonder?
Nonetheless, Chrisette is back with a new album, Epiphany, which will hit stores in May. This is her first single and video, which co-stars the Hottest thing out of Hip Hop right now, Toronto’s own, Drake. (Y’all know about Drake right? He sings some of his own hooks too! I just got up on dude, post will follow!)
Chrisette looks beautiful in this video as she sings about reaching an Epiphany where she realizes, this Drake dude, ain’t the one! Chrisette sounds amazing in this song as well, I actually really like her voice. The song is cute and memorable as well. I really hope I remember to at least download this track to my iPod…