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Miguel: Adorn Remix- Song of the Week

Last week, Miguel released his 2nd CD, Kaleidoscope Dream to a strong sales week of over 50,000 copies. It’s the follow-up to his nearly 2-year-old debut album, All I Want Is You. You may have heard “Adorn” as far back as February as the first track on 1 of 3 “Art Dealer Chic” EPs. All of those EP tracks are featured on Kaleidoscope Dream, with a few new songs as well. But “Adorn” made so much noise that it was chosen as the lead single for the CD. I must admit I didn’t care for the song as much, until one day I gave it a chance and heard the whole thing. It has since really grown on me and I like the simple production on here. Plus, the Wiz Khalifa feature on this version makes it even better. In the background, Wiz Khalifa says “That boy can sing.” Miguel is no R & B ballad king, but it’s a sure thing he’ll gain an even bigger following with this one.

What do you think of the song?

*Check out my thoughts on the Kaleidoscope Dream CD at the end of my video for today’s earlier blog, “T-Boz Finds A New TLC”*

The Great American Cruel Summer (CD Review)

In the last couple of weeks, we have witnessed the release of two of Hip Hop’s most anticipated CDs this year. Kanye West Presents G.O.O.D. Music’s Cruel Summer and Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor II…The Great American Rap Album Part I sold 200,000 copies and 100,000 copies in their first week’s respectively. But do the record sales reflect the quality of each CD? Does Cruel Summer have too many guest appearances to make it a solid CD? Is Lupe Fiasco too conscious for fans and maybe going over their heads?

Check out the video for the full review on what I thought about each CD. Cruel Summer vs. Food & Liquor II…which one is better?

Bump It Or Dump It? Sorry…Don’t Push My Style That Way

No Doubt- Push and Shove

26 years in their career, I just bought my first No Doubt CD ever. I’ve always been a fan of their singles, but for some reason, never bought any of their CDs. So after enjoying both of Gwen Stefani’s solo CDs, I figured I’d give this one a try. All in all the CD is pretty good, although I do like Gwen Stefani better as a solo artist. But one of the high lights on Push and Shove I the title track. This song (and many of the ones that shine on the CD) has a reggae influence and just so happens to be the 2nd single taken from their new CD.

Kenny Lattimore- Find A Way

I’ve never been a huge Kenny Lattimore fan, but I reviewed this song by request. I have to admit though, this song has a different edge for him that I wasn’t expecting. The vibe here is similar to R & B singer Joe. Although I don’t see this breaking any new ground or major fan base for him, I think it should be getting more airplay than it has been. This is my first time hearing of it, but the song has actually been out since the early part of the Summer. Wonder if this is about his recent divorce from R & B songstress, Chante Moore. Dang, guess Chante doesn’t have a man right now…lol. Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

Ciara- Sorry

With the exception of a few songs (namely “Promise” and “Like A Boy”), Ciara just hasn’t quite seemed to gain her initial “Goodies” momentum that she first had on her first CD. But never one to give, she has consistently put out a CD about every 2 years. Now, she’s back with a new song. Ironically, the production will put you in the mindset of Promise and she looks amazing in the video. Weird hard-core dancing to a soft beat aside, she seems to really be feeling this song personally. I’m not too sold on the song, but hope it’s a big hit for her.

Psy- Gagnam Style

This is one of those guilty pleasure songs that’s just so stupid, it’s actually good. I have no idea what’s being said here (I need a translator), but this video is hilarious. I first saw it a few weeks ago and couldn’t stop laughing. I think it’s interesting too that the song and its dance are becoming such a worldwide hit, but many of the moves are recycled from similar songs (can’t you see “Jump On It” in here???). But I guess it’s true there’s nothing new under the sun. But I digress…this is a fun song nonetheless and you just can’t be in a bad mood when this is on. Check out the video…it has gotten over 300 million hits on YouTube…yep, you read right.

Lecrae Stands Up Against “Violence”

It seems like yesterday (actually back in May of this year) that Lecrae was enjoying the successful release and buzz from his most recent mixtape, Church Clothes. Then seemingly out of nowhere comes his new CD, Gravity. Only because of the quick timing, I was skeptical on purchasing the CD. But after getting it, I was extremely glad I did. I would put Gravity up against any Hip Hop CD out right now. It truly is just that good. And apparently, America thought so too. Gravity, Lecrae’s 6th album, debuted at No.  3 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart and No. 1 on the Rap and Christian Albums charts. His sales for the opening week topped out just over 72,000 copies. His fan base is obviously broadening and his CD even features an appearance from mainstream rap artist Big Krit.

Check out one of the tracks below, taken from Gravity, called “Violence”. It’s this week’s featured song on the site and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. The song has a heavy reggae influence and a powerful message about putting an end to war and violence in our communities (From passionate catastrophe/To genocidal  blasphemy/No respect for humanity/They resort to humanity).

What do you think about the song?

One Republic “Feels Again” For A Cause

Ever since seeing them open for Maroon 5 a couple of years ago, I instantly became a fan of One Republic. Their CD, Waking Up, is still in heavy rotation on my iPod. From “Made For You” to “Good Life” to “Secrets” to their massive hit “Apologize”, the group seems to do no wrong. Needless to say, I’m eager to hear their new CD (as yet untitled), set to be released at the end of this year. Check out their new music video for the song “Feel Again”, which was just released last Tuesday. The song is linked with Save the Children and Ad Council’s “Every Beat Matters” campaign. One Republic used the heartbeats taken from healthy children in Malawi and and Guatemala, as part of The Heartbeat Project online initiative. Not only is “Feel Again” a great song, but for every download of the single on iTunes, part of the proceeds go towards preventing the death of infants and children around the world. Go to to find out more on how you can help.

In the meantime, check out One Republic’s new single “Feel Again”. What do you think about the song and the music video? It’s also rumored that B.O.B. will be featured on the new CD as well. I’m interested to see how that collaboration will turn out. Make sure you go out and purchase the “Feel Again” single too….especially since it’s for a good cause.

Missy Elliott Finally Releases “Triple Threat” and “9th Inning”

***Update- September 20, 2012***

Well, we didn’t have to wait too long to get the full versions of new singles, “Triple Threat” and “9th Inning”.

Missy Elliott released both songs this past Tuesday, along with a U stream featuring longtime producer and collaborator, Timbaland. Check out my review of each of the songs and get a chance to listen for yourself, if you haven’t already.

Triple Threat

This song is extremely busy production wise. But if anybody can pull it off flawlessly, leave it up to Timbaland. The music here is part, jungle, part space ship, part funk and part Asian. Missy proclaims her and Timbaland to be the new “Ike and Tina” and spits plenty of hot talk that only she can back up. This song is less about a club banger (think some of her earlier hits like “Lose Control”) rather than a bold declaration with an old school flare, but ahead of its time all at once. Can’t wait to see the music video for this one.

9th Inning

If this is what being at a baseball game with Missy feels like, then I can’t wait to go. The production here is very dramatic and showcases another great match her and Timbaland. This will remind you of her song “She’s A B&^ch”, even though it’s actually a much better song and stands on its own well. Her flow her is more choppy and aggressive in comparison to “Triple Threat”. This is what real Hip Hop should be. You can always count on Missy to come in and save the day in the 9th Inning….thanks for bringing real music back.

Check out both songs below. What are your thoughts?

Original Post on September 10, 2012

It’s been quite a while since fans have had a new CD from singer/rapper/producer/songwriter, etc (you get the point, she does it all…lol), Missy Elliott. Her last project, The Cookbook was released in 2005. Needless to say, her strong presence is missed and needed in current music. Block Party, her upcoming CD, is supposed to be released later this year. But it’s been in creation since 2008 and has even changed names a couple of times. Who knows when the project will really be released. We’ve heard from her sporadically on a few tracks (“Talk That S#$%” and “Shake Your Pom Pom”), but not a complete collection of tracks in almost a decade.But 7 is the number of perfection, and the woman who gets “$200 grand to eat Dorito chips” just may surprise us with her 7th release. And who cares what it’s called? Just give us the music Missy!

Well, she has broken her silence today with a countdown to the release of 2 brand new singles, “9th Inning” and “Triple Threat”.  But turns out it wasn’t much of a countdown at all. Missy has tricked us and released just a snippet of one of the songs, “9th Inning”. Although I was ticked that she didn’t actually release both songs at 6:00pm CST (like her website suggested), the clip is amazing. It’s good to have Missy back, even if it’s just a snippet, lol. Hopefully we’ll hear the full versions of “9th Inning” and “Triple Threat” really soon.

Are you ready for the return of Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott? I know I am….her presence in music has definitely been missed. To check out the snippet of “9th Inning”, go to!