Kendrick Lamar continues to wow us with his latest visual for “Element”, his 2nd single from his current studio album, ‘Damn’. 

This visual gives us a glimpse of what a brotha goes through in his natural habitat. Despite the violent nature, “Element” perfectly depicts life as is for some brothas in their communities. You’ll see gangs fighting, a father teaching his son how to fight, and other emotionally charged images.

Kendrick not only tells a lyrical story so impeccably, he has a way of visually capturing the intrinsic quality of the lives of black males, young and old, in America’s predominantly black neighborhoods. Brothas “in their element”.

Warning: NSFW

I was watching a web series by Issa Rae Presents when I caught a tune accompanying one of the scenes. I fell immediately in love with the charming tune so hard, I had to purchase music by the artist who’s been on the independent scene for some time.

Her name is Alex Isley and I am forever a fan!

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Alex Isley discovered her love of music and passion for performing at an early age. She takes great pride in the influence and legacy of her family’s music; her father, Ernie Isley, and her uncles are collectively the Isley Brothers. From living room shows to elementary school talent shows, she began to cultivate her passion into a career as a musician.

She started classical vocal training at the age of 12 and later went on to attend the LA County High School for the Arts, where she discovered her love for not only listening to, but for performing jazz as well.

Singers such as Ella Fitzgerald and Kurt Elling made an immense impression on her and her approach to performing, which she incorporated in her performances as a Jazz Studies major at UCLA. During her college years, Alex began songwriting, drawing from her own life experiences as well as those of friends and family. She wrote most of what would later become her first self-written and produced debut EP, “The Love/Art Memoirs,” which she released in Spring, 2012. The EP’s single, “Set In Stone,” was featured in the film “The Last Fall,” which debuted on BET and is currently airing on Netflix.

In August 2013, she released her second self-written and produced project, “DreamsInAnalog,”, which has been well-received around the world. Aside from her own music, she has more recently collaborated with those of different sound aesthetics including:Brandon Williams and Moonchild (On Williams’ “Leave Love Be”), Scarface (“Mental Exorcism”), and Kendrick Lamar’s 2016 Grammy Award-Winning, “These Walls”.

Alex’s third and most-recent self-written & produced collective,
L U X U R Y, is now available on Bandcamp, iTunes, and Amazon. She is currently working on several visuals as well as planning to take to the stage nationwide and beyond.

 

I have ‘L U X U R Y’, her latest project on repeat! Catch snippets of Luxury below!

 

 

This is her hit from her ‘Dreams In Analog’ project.

Click here for more music by Alex Isley.

 

After a long hiatus in the music biz, singer/actress and former Destiny Child member, Letoya Luckett, is back with a hot new single called “Back 2 Life”.

The single is off her upcoming album, ‘Until Then’.

 

Sampling Soul II Soul’s classic “Back to Life (However Do You Want Me),” LeToya sings about a failing relationship.

“Maybe we’ll survive,” she sings over an airy trap-inspired instrumental. “Maybe it’s a lie / To keep our love alive / But I know you want to ride / So, I gotta get back to life / Back to reality.”

Could this be art imitating life?

Back in August, the 35-year-old divorced life coach and relationship expert, Rob Hillman, after only two months of marriage.

You can now catch Letoya NOT ONLY on stage but on your television set, as part of the cast for Fox’s hit show, ‘Rosewood’. She is also set to play Dionne Warwick in a biopic.

Get into “Back 2 life” below!

I caught Daniel Caesar’s name as a music recommendation on Facebook and I’m so glad I’ve decided to check him out for myself.

The 21-year-old Toronto native’s latest single, “Get You” Ft. Kali Uchis, is a laid back mature song with a soulful sound that very easy on the ears.

Although Caesar has been in the game only a couple of years, he’s been singing as long as he can remember, according to Complex!

His music focuses on themes of love, the millennial generation, and religion—something that played a large role in his upbringing. His first EP, ‘Praise Break’ was released in 2014.

 

Get into “Get You” below!

 

Remember the days when we couldn’t wait to turn on the radio?

The music that played across the airwaves was music that made us smile and reminisce…music that snatched our souls and made us yearn for more…music that made you want to fall in love and stay in it….music that just made you feel good!

Today, most of us barely listen to the radio for a few reasons.

Music today has lost so much substance, meaning, value and the lyrics are so degrading and misogynistic, you can’t help but wonder if the music actually reflects the dynamic between men and women, which has changed for the worst. It has gotten so bad over the years that we keep the radio off so that our kids doesn’t become exposed to such negativity.

Let’s go back to the days when music meant something.

There were love songs like “On Bended Knee” by BoyzIIMen, “With You” by Tony Terry, “Soon as I Get Home” by Babyface, “Can We Talk” by Tevin Campbell, “Yearning For Your Love” by The Gap Band, “P.Y.T” by Michael Jackson, “Nothing Compares to You” by Prince, “A Long Walk” by Jill Scott, “Brown Sugar” by D’Angelo, “I Need Love” by LL Cool J, “Pretty Brown Eyes” by Mint Condition, and ANYTHING by Luther Vandross.

There were conscious, supportive, and happy songs like “Lost Ones” by Lauren Hill, “Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin, and “Brotha” by Angie Stone”.

You can’t even change the dial on the radio without hearing demeaning lyrics, which in many cases, us women dance to at the club, as long as the beat is right!

It used to be rap artists that were the primary musicians with misogynistic lyrics. Unfortunately, lyrics of such nature has carried over into the R&B scene. Titles like “These Hoes ain’t Loyal”, and R&B songs with the word “bitch” thrown in a few times, A lot of these R&B songs are no longer pleasant to our ears or our hearts.

We, as fans, want to support these artists because they are talented. But, how can we spend money on a project that teaches their fans, particularly the young and impressionable ones, that treating women with misogynistic behavior is okay?

As a fan of music and an observer, I am convinced that the music of today has shown us the true dynamic between men and women in these modern times. I’m convinced the true dynamic between women and men is partly the reason dating has become hard to do.

But that’s a whole new blog post

 

The bottom line is I don’t want to turn on the radio and hear “you stupid ass bitch, I ain’t fuckin’ with you!”, whether it’s censored or not. That particular song is not “R&B”, but that’s not the point, for those who wants to point that out.

I’ll either keep it on one station I’m satisfied with or listen to my customary playlist.

I see Ne-Yo, and Pharrell, and John Legend, and Jill Scott, and Kem, and Tyrese, and Ledisi, and Fantasia, and Musiq Soulchild, and BJ The Chicago Kid, and Kenny Lattimore, and a few other artists who are keeping R&B alive, safe, pleasant, and worth spending money on to add to our music collection.

Meanwhile, we search the internet for other talented and unknown artists who are missed under the radar, because the over-saturation of pop and unpleasant R&B has taken over the airwaves.

I understand that times change with each generation.

I understand that the generations under mine like the music they’ve grown accustomed to listening to.

However, that doesn’t change the fact that what they listen to lacks substance.

 

 

 

Teyana Taylor is becoming the muse for all new gym members in 2016.
Check out the visual to the remix of Kanye West’s “Champions.”
Teyana is STILL serving BAWDY, but THIS time, we get to hear her vocals.

What sticks out about this visual is the creativity. This video was created with all photographs and the Stop Motion effect. The photos were shot by Sasha Samsonova.

In case you haven’t caught “Fade”….

Kirk Franklin teamed up with super producer, Pharrell Williams for a revamp of his single, “1 2 3 Victory” off the ‘Losing My Religion’ album.  It has more of an uptempo vibe with Pharrell’s magic sprinkled all over it!

I heard it driving through the city one morning, and I went through the whole day with a mental note to cop that joint later on. Good songs stick to ya!

Get into “1 2 3 Victory” remix with Pharrell below and get it on iTunes


Go to Neptunes.Org to listen to the full version

If you’re a fan of Spike’s ‘Lip Sync Battle’, you may remember the episode with competitors, Zoe Saldana and Zachary Quinto. The ‘Star Trek’ actors battled it out on cable television’s premier lip sync competition, hosted by LL Cool J, and they’ve pleasantly surprised fans of the hilarious show!

Zoe Saldana did her thang as “Left Eye” with her performance of “No Scrubs”, complete with the silver outfit and ponytails the late great Left Eye rocked in the futuristic video. Quinto also did his thang, lip syncing to “Get Your Freak” On by Missy Elliott. Quinto even dressed the part as Missy, complete with a wig, hoop earrings, lipstick and a denim outfit that looked like he borrowed from Missy, herself!

Peep the hilarity below!

By the way…Zoe won the competition!

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