H.E.R. Vol 2 & H.I.M. Vol 2

The music business is a fickle industry. The way to attack marketing and creation of music is a very fluid in approach and can easily fail horribly. After my last review of H.I.M. and H.E.R., I enjoyed both projects but was unsure of the places H.E.R. and H.I.M. would fill. Less than six months later, I feel confident that both H.E.R. and H.I.M. have potential to be here to stay.

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Kendrick Lamar – ELEMENT

I originally was debating on doing a full album review today or not but I finally got a chance to see Kendrick’s ELEMENT video, the third video from his album DAMN. I watched it and felt it connects with the topics I’ve been touching on this week. Kung Fu Kenny’s back again.

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SZA – CTRL (Album Review)

To Close Out Women’s Week here at Everything’s Magnificent, I want to finish with what is arguably this best R&B album of this year, SZA’s CTRL. This was probably one of my most anticipated albums of 2017 and it definitely paid off.

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Vintage Vibes: Amel Larrieux – For Real

I wanted to debut a new series for the blog today with Vintage Vibes. Every once in a while, I’ll showcase a favorite song from years ago that still remains dear to my heart. For this week, we have Amel Larrieux For Real.

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Streaming’s Effect on Music Pt. 2

Being from Hitsville. USA (Detroit, Michigan) aka the birthplace of the Motown Sound. I am a student of music. My Uncle studied Musicology at UCLA and all of my grandparents play at least one instrument. I play three instruments, compose, sing, and rap. I watched radios die, blogs boom, and most recently, streaming explode. How […]

Last week in Streaming’s Effect on Music Pt. 1, I spoke on how the digitization and streaming of music reignited the single, destroyed the mixtape, killed the sample and changed how sales are recorded. This week I’ll go into more about how the structure of music (Hip-Hop) itself has changed.

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Smino and the Creation of Scat Rap: Blkswn (Album Review)

St. Louis has been relatively quiet in hip-hop since Nelly no longer ruled the airways. The last time I can consciously remember enjoying a Nelly song was Over and Over in 2004. Since then, he has released three new albums with the last one in 2013. Now, the interwebs are abuzz with a guy named Smino.

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Streaming’s Effect on Music Pt. 1

Being from Hitsville. USA (Detroit, Michigan) aka the birthplace of the Motown Sound. I am a student of music. My Uncle studied Musicology at UCLA and all of my grandparents play at least one instrument. I play three instruments, compose, sing, and rap. I watched radios die, blogs boom, and most recently, streaming explode. How are these changes affecting the music itself?

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Vibe Fridays: Daniel Caesar – Get You

Right around the time I found Khalid – Location, I also found a guy named Daniel Caesar. He had amazing writing, rich voice, and super addictive songs. But, I knew nothing about him. Two months later, I finally got around to writing about the song that has been in constant rotation, Get You.

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Love Like Food for My Soul (Happy Mother’s Day)

The year was 1997 and Soul Food came out. It was one of the rare movies that felt distinctly black and authentic in a sea of movies and shows that portrayed black life as problematic. The cast read like hall of fame with Vivica A. Fox, Nia Long, Vanessa Williams, and Mekhi Phifer to just name a few. But the soundtrack was what really resonated with me. Continue reading “Love Like Food for My Soul (Happy Mother’s Day)”