Song: Pusher Love Girl
Artist: Justin Timberlake
Album: The 20/20 Experience, Vol. One
Oh Justin. When I played “Pusher Love Girl” in the car for my friend a few months ago, she said, “Oh, yeah, I forgot JT put out an album this year.” A lot of people were thrown off by “Suit and Tie,” JT’s 2013 collaboration with Jay-Z, and then “Blurred Lines” hit the radio waves this spring and, well, we know the rest. How does that happen, with a national tour and a track record like Timberlake’s?
Artist: The Internet
Album: Feel Good
I’ve discussed my fandom of Odd Future as a collective in previous posts (here, here and here), and with 2013′s Feel Good, Odd Future’s resident DJ, producer and sometimes vocalist Syd the Kyd and partner Matt Martians show that their skills are quickly catching up with their good taste. Their 2011 release Purple Naked Ladies had some solid tracks, but FG is a way more cohesive album. “Dontcha” is a seriously groovy, percussion-heavy romp that would make Jamiroquai proud. read more…
As the world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela, and the incredible sacrifices he made to end apartheid in South Africa, I know almost as many people, myself included, are thinking about how much we would give and give up to fight an injustice. Our paycheck? Our popularity/reputation? Our lives?
Song: All The Way Home
Artist: Tamar Braxton
Album: Love and War
Nowadays, R&B mostly appears on urban radio stations as the wifey of hip-hop, occasionally messing with his regional cousins, the most popular currently being Trap Music (see Future, AKA Future Vandross for reference). But Mrs. Vincent ‘The’ Herbert made a great, mature yet contemporary R&B album this year, without succumbing to the trappings of her younger counterparts. read more…