Black Licorice: Omarion feat. Jay Rock – Hoodie

I will tell ya’ll a story about Omarion. I saw him perform once at a Scream-style concert with other artists including Lloyd and Marcus Houston. Omarion was so playful and appreciative of his fans and it showed in his performance! He also sang very well and danced his ass off as usual. So I have a little soft spot for Omarion – I think he’s a talented, humble guy…Moving on, here is the video for his second single, Hoodie featuring California rapper Jay Rock. Omarion pays homage to his hometown in this gritty Michael Jackson Beat-It tribute video. The song sounds similar to Get It In, which didn’t fly too well around these parts. It’s cool that Omarion is riding his (so) hard hip-hop image wave, but where’s my real R&B at O? I hope this album is not going to be another disappoint. I’m hoping for music more along the lines of his former hits, O, Touch and Icebox. With what he’s released so far, I’m not fully impressed just yet.  Check the video below. Also, that female in the liquid leggings and red hair is Omarion’s MOM. Go girl!

Omarion drops Ollusion January 12th.

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Published in: on December 23, 2009 at 2:09 am  Leave a Comment  
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Black Licorice: Shakira – She Wolf Video

Pic via Rap-up.com

Pic via Rap-up.com

The other night I was making it a Blockbuster night with my girl Cinnamon and we came across this new music video of Shakira’s. The imagery was very strange to say the least, with Shakira looking like a possessed contortionist in a cage. The song itself didn’t sound like anything we’ve heard from Shakira in recent memory: mostly a trippy dance track with Shakira singing in that yodel/mumble that she does so well. Still, I fuxx with this song and video. Its really different and like nothing on the radio or television right now. But isn’t that a good thing? Check it out below. Shakira is hottie, eh?

**Side Note: People are mumbling that Shakira is biting Beyonce in this video. Do we see this? Maybe they are saying this b/c of Shakira’s one-piece suit inthe video. But Beyonce did not invite these outfits…

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Published in: on August 9, 2009 at 7:39 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Black Licorice: Lady Gaga – Paparazzi video

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By now you must know I have a soft spot for Ms Lady Gaga :). I think the girl is really talented and she absolutely REEKS with Swag (if swag was a fragrance)! About 3 weeks back, Gaga released her new video for her single Paparazzi. Perez Hilton raved that the video was “Epic” so I had to check it out. But I had the sound on mute for some reason (Sidenote: ya’ll should try watching videos on mute, it makes you appreciate the visuals more!). I found the video highly entertaining and over-the-top but in a good way. Gaga has come a long way, starting off her career with raunchy lower-budgeted videos like Just Dance. She now has a big budget video complete with exaggerated storyline, full-out dance sequences and several costume changes.  And I must mention, her dance sequences are on-point!

Still, it wasn’t until today that I actually heard the song for the first time and I was pleasantly surprised! I actually really like this song – it is perfect Pop music: catchy, up-beat and danceable.  With Gaga’s overtly sexual visuals in this video, she really is solidifying herself as the Madonna of the new Millennium. And I ain’t mad at her! No way! Check the video below! Did ya’ll like it?

*Side Note: The video was directed by Jonas Akerlund who has worked with Madonna & Prodigy. Also, this single Paparazzi is her new single released in the UK.

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Published in: on June 19, 2009 at 1:35 am  Leave a Comment  
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Black Licorice: Lady Gaga performs PokerFace on Ellen

Many people have many different opinions and thoughts on Ms Gaga. I think she is very creative and fun (hence her outfits) and she is also very talented. Gaga produces and writes all her own music – at 23 years old! And I believe she styles herself and inputs her choreography. Her music is more dance-infused, but you cannot deny this chick’s star power. This performance stood out to me because she starts off the performance sitting at her piano singing in an old 50s cabaret-style before standing on top of her piano bench and leading into Poker Face (with dancers in tow). Gaga can sing, dance, write & produce hits! And these get-ups…She betta WORK!

Published in: on May 15, 2009 at 12:30 am  Comments (2)  
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Black Licorice: Megan Goode – Starstruck

I’m BACK!! So sorry about the departure, I have neglected my ChokLit Spot. pause.  I have been away but I am back and ready to hit ya’ll with the HEAT!

Ok, I’m playin, news has been kinda slow, other than the news of Cassie shaving half her head. Now ya’ll should feel bad about calling her talent-less, the poor girl done gone crazy!

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Ms Goode

Anyways, this post is about another beauty, apparently Megan Goode wants to be a singer (I’m not sure if her name has an extra E at the end, but I like how it looks!) Her sister is a singer who was a part of the group Isyss – of Single for the rest of my Life fame – and I guess Megan wants to follow suit. She is a beautiful ChokLit Lady, but I don’t hear a voice here, sweety. I do like the beat and the feel of the song…this seems like a waste of a decent track. What do ya’ll think?

Megan Goode – Starstruck

Published in: on April 15, 2009 at 1:31 am  Comments (6)  
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Melt in Your Ears: Sophia Fresh – What It Is

Fresh new group Sophia Fresh

Fresh new group Sophia Fresh

After listening to the first 10 seconds of this song…who do you think produced this track? Take a wild guess!

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Published in: on March 26, 2009 at 4:59 am  Comments (7)  
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Black Licorice: Artist Feature – Robyn

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I know all my 80s babies must remember Robyn. The white girl with the platinum blonde hair who sang R&B-pop diddies, burst onto the North American scene circa 1996, and released the top 10 hits, Show me LoveDo You Know (What it Takes) & Do you really want me(Show Respect). My sister ended up buying the album and I remember enjoying it; it was a pretty solid effort. Sadly, Robyn’s momentum did not last long as she was disagnosed with Exhaustion and had to return to her native Sweden for some much-needed rest. After her hiatus, she returned with a more Electronica-influenced type of music, one that her record Label RCA, didn’t feel suited her Urban image.*Side Note: A similar situation happened to Pink once she decided to go against the ‘ Urban white girl’ image crafted for her by BabyFace & Antonio ‘L.A’ Reid. Meanwhille, over in Europe, Robyn was beginning to enjoy success with her second album, My Truth which displayed her new sound.

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Published in: on March 16, 2009 at 3:33 am  Comments (2)  
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Black Licorice: Bow Wow & JD…R.E.S.P.E.C.T tha hustle!

Gracin Source Mag

Gracin Source Mag

OK so…first things…I know this is NOT a Hip-Hop blog! lol Don’t need the reminding, thanks! And anything posted under the category Black Licorice is suited for things you may not be feeling, but I kinda dig it. Not to say you won’t like this song – you probably will! You just may not like who’s behind it, lilBow Wow and ’em. But, we do have some Johnta Austin in it so…take the good with the bad.

Ever since Bow hooked up again with the man JD, they are making some MAGIC together. I don’t know, maybe I am reminiscing for the late 90s again, but I am feelin the music they been puttin out recently. And yes, these JD beats are so repetitive, but I DARE you not to bob your head!

The beat is cute, especially since it is giving me the vibe from TLC’s Baby, baby, baby(love that!). And Johnta sounds nice in his likkle bridge. So, yes, the formula is mad tired, but it still sounds good. Plus, Bow Wow been doin the Grown & Sexy Usher look in this video (we see u Bow) lookin fine too.

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Published in: on February 25, 2009 at 5:44 am  Comments (3)  
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Sweet Tooth: Kanye’s Heartbreak

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This is Kanye’s new video for Welcome to Heartbreak featuring Kid Cudi. Not his official 3rd single, but I assume this one had some special meaning to ‘Ye and he wanted to make a wicked video to go with it. Enjoy!

*Note: This site is an AVID Kayne supporter and will wait patiently for the video for Robocop!!

Published in: on February 18, 2009 at 5:57 am  Comments (1)  
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