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Free Write 4/14/14: Spotify Starred List

I haven’t done this is in a while.  I’ve been feeling some kind of way {No Rich HOmie Quan} for the last couple of days, and my emotions have been all over the place.  It wasn’t until I listened to The Globe Sessions by Sheryl Crow that I realized I had a myriad of things on my mind.  I’m going to let Spotify guide me today . . . and lets see what happens.

Arianna Grande – Almost is Never Enough

She is not a Mariah Clone . . . I think she actually has the option of being better.  Lots of it will depend on her song choices.  But her voice is amazing.  bout the Song: Almost is NEVER Enough.  I’ve held on to almost multiple times, and it never ended up the way i felt it should have.  This song evokes the pain that can come from letting go/giving up.  It’s the conversation you have when you are walking away.

Try to deny it as much as you want, but in time our feelings will show . . .

When you are trying to make it work, and begging the other person to try with you, and it just seems like they won’t. You are on the outside looking in at something falling apart.  A very deep song sung by someone who probably hasn’t experienced this yet. Shouts to Nathan Sykes from The Wanted.

Bad Meets Evil – I’m on Everything ft. Mike Epps

Eminem and Royce da 5’9 are everything.  Them rapping together is also everything.  They play off each other so well lyrically.  I remember when I heard they had fallen out, I was actually sad for Detroit Hip-Hop. When I heard about this album, via Twitter of course, I was SO EXCITED. The clip from the Mike Epps special is hilarious, and the beat is just . .. you guessed it everything.  It’s actually my favorite song on this album.  The fact that it’s about the kinds of Drugs they were both doing during their careers . . .and they are now both sober makes it even better.  They aren’t glorifying drug use at all . . . but it’s a catchy ass song.  It wasn’t until I listened to the lyrics . . . Durgs are bad guys.  BAD.  This album is a my favorite “I have lots of shit to get done and I need to be motivated” album. Also, Royce and I had a conversation on Twitter one night.  Clearly he loves me.

John Legend – Made to Love

The drums on this song ALONE . . . . I love this album because it tells a story.  As with Get Lifted, when it’s over I feel like I watched a movie about a relationship.  I saw all the ups and downs, and at the end they lived happily ever after.  One reason John Legend has remained a favorite of mine, his messages/songs/lyrics are real.  He doesn’t paint pretty pictures.  He talks about what it’s really like to be in a relationship.  The cheating, the love, the fights, the wanting to make it work, the end of it all.  Especially in this song, you can just picture him talking to this woman, like “This is it Girl. We are here for each other.  Let’s bask in this shit, and make it work.” Definitely a favorite on Love In the Future.

Diddy-Dirty Money – Your Love

#Fact Diddy-Dirty Money was an awesome Group . . . yet another one that Sean Combs ruined.  This album goes so damn hard! When he ended Danity Kane, I was worried that I was never going to hear Dawn’s voice again.  When he introduced this group, I was a tad bit concerned.  Even after I watched the Making of the Album on MTV . . . still had reservations.  But this song right here .  . .

Just vulgar and catchy at the same time.  Trey Songz was whinin’ his lil heart out . . .and making it sound good.  Kaleena (is that her name?) and Dawn really compliment each other, to the point that I can’t really tell their voices apart. I didn’t know whose P***y was walking on who’s tongue.  even the video was sexy.  Damn You Diddy. You Ruin EVERYTHING!

Sam Smith – Nirvana

So the blog I wrote before this one is all about my love for Mr. Smith. But there is always more that can be said about him!

I’m done with running so I give in to you
This moment has caused a reaction
Resulting in our reattachment
Oh you take me to nirvana
I don’t think this will last
But you’re here in my arms

This song is all about that moment you wake up in the morning and regret.  Maybe you smoked too much, maybe you drank too much.  But you fell right back into the bad haidt you were trying to avoid.  But once you fell, you decided to just let that feeling last for whatever time you have with each other.  “I know it’s wrong . . . but it feels so damn good.” This song is the truth.

Young Money, Drake – Trophies

Love the “Horns” at the beginning of this song.  It’s a great way to start the song.  We all know I love me some Drake.  Even moreso after the SNL appearance.  I love that he doesn’t really take himself seriously.  Technically this is supposed to be a Young Money song . .. but it’s Drake. This is just a remember to those who think he’s walked away from Young Money, and isn’t down for them (I think.) Honestly, I just like the beat.

What’s the move? Can I tell truth?
If I was doing this for you
Then I have nothing left to prove, nah
This for me, though
I’m just tryna stay alive and take care of my people
And they don’t have no award for that

Idle Warship – Beautifully Bad

Found this song on a Spotify Radio Station, I think the Talib Kweli station.  This entire album is the truth.  I love collaboration albums, especially when it’s something I came across on accident.  The entire album evokes an emotion for me.  Res and Talib are the perfect blend of soul and hip-hop.  This song is one of those, if only I had heard this while I was IN the relationship.  I might have known how to express myself to him/her.

And I closed my heart for you, Couldn’t love if I wanted to
When you gave up on us . . . I became bitter
And never wanted to believe, That you’re killing all my energy
You’re beautifully bad to me

Yup. All of that.  ALL OF IT!

Justin Beiber – Heartbreaker

Yes.  I still listen to Justin Bieber.  I think he’s become an asshole, but his music is still great.  I understand why this album was a mixtape.  His core demographic probably heard this album and was like, “Who Bitch What?!?!” It’s all R & B, and actually soulful.  I mean as soulful as Justin Bieber could be. The entire album is great actually, except for that song with R. Kelly . . . because R. Kelly is singing to the WRONG age group. This is Justin’s sexy album.  And I’m here for you Justin, I am.

Trillville – Some Cut ft Cutty

First of all, the explicit version of this song . . . SO MUCH. This song is attached to The One that Got Away. This was our favorite song to dance to at college parties.  Like, the INSTANT the bed squeaks started, we found each other.  Don’t judge my life, because you don’t know my life!

Anyway, my favorite parts of the song are the funniest. What guy tells a girl, “I’ll follow that ass in the mall…” Really, is that what we do? Also, how did the start of the song get explained in the studio. “Aight dude, listen.  Just record the mattress squeaking.  Not voices, yes for 16 measures. Trust me, it’s going to work. But don’t drop the beat until 8 measures in.  TRUST ME DAWG, It’s gonna work.” Also, they talk A LOT about their balls in this song.  Like at least twice in every single verse.  And in the chorus . . .*le sigh*

The fact that I actually answer my phone with the 1st line in the chorus when my close friends call me tho . . . Also: I listen to this song at LEAST twice a week.  I feel like that MIGHT say something about me as a person. I don’t CARE what it says, but I think it says something.

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See, I thought this was going to be an expulsion of emotions.  Instead it was a fun little trip down memory lane (at least for me).  It feels good to write about music, and not be working on my book, or submitting resumes, or goal planning, or updating business plans.  I clearly needed to heed Dominique’s advice and just start living in the moment.

Anyway . . . thanks for reading and listening. I hope you enjoyed this very random musical journey as much as I enjoyed writing about it.

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This Right Here’s a Panty Dropper: R&B/Soul in 2010

Best Song on the Album: Bodies

By FAR the Best Album of 2010 {in any catergory} Is Cee-lo’s The Lady Killer.  This album was so good, I actually paid for it because I wanted the album art.  It’s Soul, R&B, Hip-Hop, Old School all in one.  It tells a story from beginning to end. I highly recommend the purchase of this album.

Favorite Song on the Album: The Other Side ft. Cee-Lo and B.O.B

Bruno Mars has been all over EVERYWHERE this year, and with good reason.  His album, Doo Wops & Hooligans, was the most complete album I heard this year.  Besides the fact that his voice is immaculate, and his production skils are impeccible, this is one of the FEW albums that I can play all the way through without skipping a song. He didn’t stick to one genre, but he moved around seamlessly.  Kudo’s Mr. Mars, now if you could just get off that Nose Candy . . .0_o

Favorite Song on the Album: In Another Time

Sade has been around since I was a little kid.  I actually went to school with her daughter when she came to Detroit in 1985 or 1986 to record an album.  But The BAND’s music stays timeless.  *Little Known Fact: The Band is named Sade, the singer’s name is Helen* This years release, Soldier of Love, is one of those albums that you put on, and just think about your path in life. It’s a very healing kind of record. {Except that song BabyFather, what the F*ck is that song in there for?}

Favorite Song on the Album: The Worst is Over

Laura Izabor is a little known singer from overseas.  But those of us who know her, LOVE HER.  Her album, Let the Truth Be Told, is such a mellow and grown up kind of album.  She has a very smooth/soulful voice.  With the right marketing, she could be a very big artist over here.

Best & Favorite Song on the Album: When a Woman Loves

Before you say anything, I know he peed on an under-aged girl.  But in the words of Riley, “If you don’t wanna get peed on, you move.” Back to the MUSIC. Love Letter is so freaking awesome.  It’s R. Kelly the Grown Man, singing his heart out.  He shows his vocal range in the damn Intro. Judge Me If you Want, I will stay bumping this album for the rest of this year right on into the next.

Favorite Song on any of the albums: Shoes from In My Zone

Bet you thought Breezy would be first on my list didn’t you. I will admit, based solely on Volume of music put out in a year, he should be on top. 1 Studio album, and 3 Mixtapes . . . and his hit single of the year came from a mixtape that was FREE. This trend of artist’s having mixtapes better than their albums is so strange.  Either way, Chris Brown made his presence known this year, in a big way.  #TeamBreezy


Best Song of the Album: Out My Mind, Just in Time

We all know Badu is the TRUTH. But this album, New Amerykah Part 2: Return of the Ankh, took me back to the days of Mama’s Gun. The controversery surrounding the “Window Seat” video shoot alone let me know that Erykah was going to be at her best.  Another album that tells a story, and can be listened to all the way through.  I see you Erykah.

Best Song of the Album: I Can’t Write Left Handed {Originally sung by Bill Withers}

John Legend’s HORRIBLE Hairline aside, he has the voice of a 1960’s soul singer. Teaming up with the Roots for this years, WAKE UP!, was a genius idea.  All live instrumentation, and live recording this is a cry out to a generation that seems to be missing the point.  The fact that these are covers of songs from 40+ years ago, and yet they are still relevant should say a lot about the state of the world.

Best Song of the Album: It’s in the Mornin’ ft Snoop Dogg

There wasn’t much “Get your Freak on” music released this year {Will of Day26’s Sextape will be featured in the MixTape Blog}.  Select tracks on a few albums, but nothing that really spoke to my soul . . . Until Robin Thicke’s Sex Therapy: The Experience came out. The Interludes took me there and the actual tracks just kept me going. I bet Jon B is PISSED right now, Robin just stole all his thunder.

Favorite Song on the Album: Love You Long Time

Jazmine Sullivan came in at the end of the year, but that doesn’t make her album any less great. On Love Me Back, she still has the gruff voice that made people fall in love with her in the first place, but thankfully she is less, “Bust Yo’ Windows” and more “I’m too old for this BS.” This album has a very good balance of faster paced songs and ballad.  Well done Ms. Jazmine.

Cant forget some of the other albums/tracks that just spoke to me, even if the album wasn’t on point…

Whip My Hair – Willow “Sh*ttin’ on Grown Women” Smith

Nobody Wins a War – Raheem DeVaughn ft Dwele, Jill Scott, Ledisi and like 4011 other Neo-Soul artists

Love is Blind – Alicia “Please forget a stole a woman’s husband” Keys

Bittersweet – Fantasia “Yes, I stole yo’ Nupe” Barinno

I Hope She Cheats on You – Marsha “I can yodel and make it sexy” Ambrosuis

Four Women – Jill Scott, Ledisi, Kelly Price, and Marsha Ambrosius